By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government on Friday reminded Filipinos travelling to or transiting through Hong Kong to make sure they are not carrying restricted items in their luggage.
The reminder was issued after the Philippine Consulate General in the former Crown Colony reported the arrest and detention of a transiting Filipino student after airport authorities found two extendable batons in his check-in luggage.
Consul General Antonio Morales said personal defense weapons such as stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas, extendible batons, flick knives, and knuckledusters are considered dangerous weapons in Hong Kong.
Furthermore, unlicensed possession of such items is punishable by a fine of HK$100,000 and maximum sentence of five years imprisonment upon conviction.
Morales said the Canada-bound Filipino student was held on January 8 but was allowed to leave Hong Kong today, January 11, after legal representation and assistance from the Consulate General.