By Jan Carlo Anolin
Around 40 to 50 Filipinos were stranded at the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday afternoon because of the continuous protests that closed down the airport, an official of the Philippine Consulate to Hong Kong said.
Paulo Velasco Saret, Philippine Consul General in Hong Kong, said operations at the airport were on and off, causing more cancellations and delayed flights.
“Predictable naman po kung saan magkakaroon ng demo[nstration] kaya lang po ‘yung airport po ay on and off ang operations. Talagang may mapeperwisyo na hindi makakalabas o hindi sila makakapasok ng airport,” Saret said in an interview over radio DZMM.
(“The places where the demonstrations would be staged were predictable but the airport operations were on and off. It would really cause inconvenience and some cannot go in and out of the airport.”)
He said operations resumed early afternoon on Tuesday but were stopped again late afternoon.
In other reports, Saret said there were no airport personnel who could process the documents of the stranded Filipinos.
The official also reminded Filipinos in Hong Kong to stay away from places near demonstrations.
More than 100 flights were cancelled Tuesday, the fifth consecutive day that protesters occupied the airport.
Airlines were still working through a backlog of more than 200 flights from Monday when the airport announced in the afternoon that check-in processes would once again be suspended. (with reports from Agence France-Presse)