Poll reveals Pinoys feel safe in HK

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Commuters travel on a tram with a design commemorating the 20th anniversary since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain, in a residential neighborhood of Hong Kong. (AFP photo)

An online recruitment platform survey on Tuesday revealed that despite violent protests in Hong Kong, Filipino domestic workers are unlikely to move to another country or come home as they “feel mostly safe” in their work places.

In a poll result released by Based HelperChoice’s, it showed that of the 982 Filipino domestic workers, “more than 97 percent” said they were not willing to relocate while “more than 50 percent” said they did not feel threatened.

According to the online recruitment platform’s business development manager, Mahee Leclerc, most of them “don’t feel affected in their work lives. At the moment, it’s on their days off. They feel mostly safe.”

Leclerc added that the respondents said they changed their routines only during their days off, which usually fall on Sundays, when pro-democracy rallies are usually held and Filipinos are also regularly updated by the Philippine government through the Facebook page of its consulate in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the Palace on Tuesday has supported the move of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to include China in the list of countries whose survey vessels are prohibited in Philippine waters.

In a statement, DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said that he issued the ban after recurrent sightings of Chinese survey vessels in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without the government’s permission.

Two Chinese survey ships have been recently spotted operating within the Philippines’ EEZ.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said it would not oppose DFA’s move.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhanjian” was spotted operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines while Dong Fang Hong, another Chinese survey ship, also entered in the country’s EEZ without the government’s consent.

DFA has protested the presence of Chinese survey ships in Philippine waters.

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