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Avoid HK, Palace tells PH travelers




Malacañang has urged Filipinos to avoid traveling to Hong Kong for now after thousand of protesters swarmed the international airport there.

According to Presidential spokes­man Salvador Panelo, it is “not the right time” to visit Hong Kong after several flights to and from Hong Kong have been canceled.

“’Yung travel ban siguro with re­spect kung gusto mo pumunta sa Hong Kong. This is not the right time to go there kasi yung flight mo biglang naka-cancel,” Panelo said during a Palace press briefing.

“Avoid muna going there, that’s the advice kasi you’re not sure you’re going to reach Hong Kong in the first place,” he added.

On proposed ban on deploy­ment of workers to Hong Kong, Panelo said Labor Secretary Sil­vestre Bello III found no need to prohibit such deployment at the moment. He noted that the mass protest was currently limited at the airport.

“Nagkakagulo sa airport. Limited naman ang gulo sa airport,” he said.

The latest government appeal to Filipino travelers came after mass pro-democracy protests have gripped Hong Kong. Airport au­thorities in Hong Kong have can­celed flights when demonstrators gathered in the main terminal to demand the resignation of Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and denounce alleged police bru­tality.

The protests started last June following the introduction of a controversial legislation that will allow extradition from Hong Kong to China. The bill has been shelved but the protests continued to de­mand free elections. (Genalyn Kabiling)