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China urges PHL to protect rights of Chinese nationals
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China urges PHL to protect rights of Chinese nationals

August 13 ------ China on Monday asked the Philippine government to protect the rights of its citizens in the country after a handcuffed Chinese national was found dead in Las Piñas City. The victim, identified as Yang Kang, jumped from a sixth floor window, apparently to escape his employer, reports said. In a statement, the Chinese embassy urged "relevant departments of the Philippine government to bring the perpetrators to justice through an objective, fair and thorough investigation, and continue to take concrete and effective measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in the Philippines."

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippine National Police is already investigating the incident, adding that the Philippines “will not allow nor tolerate any kind of abuse inflicted on any foreigner.” "The Chinese embassy highly appreciates the Palace’s call to put a stop to these illegal acts, as well as the commitment to protecting the safety of Chinese citizens in the Philippines," the embassy said.

Several lawmakers have expressed alarm at the influx of Chinese nationals who work for Chinese-owned offshore gaming companies that operate in the Philippines. Majority of them, they said, do not have legal work permits and have entered the country using tourist visas. The Chinese embassy said that China respects the laws and regulations of the Philippines regarding the employment of foreign nationals, and acknowledged that Chinese nationals "should not stay or work illegally in foreign countries including the Philippines." At the same time, it admitted that a large number of Chinese citizens have been illegally recruited and hired for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations or POGO and also for Philippine casinos. Many of them, the embassy said, were subjected to abuse by their employers.

Any form of gambling by Chinese citizens, including online gambling, gambling overseas, opening and operating casinos overseas to attract citizens of China as primary customers, is illegal, the embassy said.