By Genalyn Kabiling
The government has expressed alarm over the death of a handcuffed Chinese national in Las Piñas and urged the police to investigate the case “with dispatch.”
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government is committed to put a stop to any abuse and other violations of law against foreigners in the country, adding that no one will be spared from the enforcement of the law.
“We express alarm over the death of a handcuffed Chinese national who reportedly died after escaping from a sixth-floor window and falling from the building,” Panelo said.
“We ask the Philippine National Police, which is seriously looking into the matter, including tracking down the supervisor of the victim who allegedly made the former a prisoner, to treat the case with dispatch,” he added.
A police report said a Chinese national, identified as Yang Kang, died after supposedly falling from the sixth floor of a building in Las Piñas City last Friday. The 27-year-old foreigner was reportedly handcuffed by his employer in their office over a debt.
According to Panelo, the government will not tolerate any abuse towards foreigners even those committed by their fellow nationals or by Filipinos.
“The Palace is concerned with growing reports that foreign workers in the country are being subjected to coercion, illegal detention, and other violations of law even by their own countrymen while in the Philippines. We need to put a stop to these illegal acts,” he said.
“We will not allow or tolerate any kind of abuse inflicted on any foreigner whether sojourning or working in this country, whether done by their fellow nationals, or by our own citizens,” he said.
He appealed anew to foreign nationals, especially Chinese workers, to report to authorities any act performed by their employers in violation of any law.
“No one is exempted from the strict enforcement of our laws of the land,” he said.
A security guard claimed that he was conducting routine patrol around the mall at about 7:30 a.m. when he noticed the victim lying unconscious on the pavement with handcuffs.
The incident was immediately reported to the nearby Police Community Precinct and the victim was rushed to the Las Pinas District Hospital where he was attended by Dr. Paul Dayo.
Police said that at about 9:48 a.m. they received a call from the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City that the victim was declared dead by Dr. Frances Bernardo.
The incident happened at a time when China appealed to the Philippine government to ensure the protection of the rights and interests of Chinese citizens in the country.
The embassy of China in Manila made the appeal amid concerns over the alleged illegal recruitment of Chinese nationals by Philippine offshore gaming operators as well as the planned transfer of the workers to self-contained communities.