CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Avoid Hong Kong protests Filipino bishop advises

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Ruperto Santos, head of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said it would be in the best interests of Filipinos not to take part in any gathering. On August 3, Hong Kong police arrested a Filipino migrant worker as he was passing an area where anti extradition bill protesters had gathered.
 
The Filipino, who works at Hong Kong Disneyland, was making his way through a crowd of protesters at around 11.00pm when the police ran after him. Hong Kong Disneyland’s lawyers are working on securing his release as at the time of going to press.
 
Bishop Santos said Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong are not participating in the rallies because they know it would jeopardise their work. “They went (to Hong Kong) with the sole intention of working to improve the lives of their loved ones, and they are observant of the laws and customs of Hong Kong,” he said.
 
Philippine consul general to Hong Kong, Germinia Aguilar-Usudan, said it was unfortunate that a Filipino has been arrested for alleged involvement in the protests.
 
“He said he was on his way to get some food and unfortunately he was wearing black but was not part of the rally,” Usudan said in a television interview. She advised Philippine nationals in Hong Kong to avoid areas where rallies are being held and to avoid wearing black or white shirts.

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