IF TRAVELING TO HONG KONG | DFA reminds pinoys not to carry restricted items
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JANUARY 12, 2018 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminds Filipinos traveling to or transiting through Hong Kong to ensure that they are not carrying restricted items in their luggage.
This came after the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong reported the arrest and detention of a Filipino student bound for Canada last Tuesday, January 8, for bringing two extendable batons in his check-in baggage.
Extendable batons are considered dangerous weapons in Hong Kong according to Consul General Antonio Morales.
The Consul General in a statement said that personal defense weapons such as stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas, flick knives, and knuckledusters are also considered dangerous weapons in Hong Kong.
Unlicensed possession of the mentioned items is punishable by a fine of HK$100,000 and maximum sentence of five years imprisonment upon conviction.
Morales said the unnamed Filipino student was allowed to leave Hong Kong yesterday, January 11, after legal representation and assistance from the Consulate General.