DFA to Pinoys: Be cautious in HK

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday cautioned Filipinos in Hong Kong following the ongoing mass protests there, which was described by international media as a “historic violence.”

In a statement, the DFA urged Filipinos to “exercise extreme caution and vigilance” as protesters flocked to the streets to protest “a controversial bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China.”

“The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong released an advisory, asking Filipinos there to keep away from demonstration areas which are generally concentrated outside the government central offices, particularly the Legislative Complex, in Admiralty and in Tamar Park,” the DFA said.

The Consulate General also advised the public to consider rescheduling their consular transactions unless their need was “absolutely immediate” as it is “located very near the demonstration areas.”

The Foreign Affairs department also advised the Filipino community “keep themselves updated with the security situation in Hong Kong as of this time through media reports” as it expressed readiness to provide assistance.

Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales said his office would continue to monitor the situation and would provide public advisories as often as necessary.

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