AUGUST 13, 2019 – The Philippine government has an obligation to hold accountable the people behind the death of a 27-year-old Chinese worker, the country’s top diplomat said on Tuesday.
A handcuffed worker, identified as Yang Kang, died after falling from a six-storey building in Las Piñas while trying to escape from his supervisor who detained him. Kang reportedly owed a debt to his employer.
“It makes no difference who [the] killer(s) are, killing happened here. Our obligation to bring them to justice pronto,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said in a tweet in response to a netizen who asked if a Chinese triad was responsible for the crime.
“Unless opposition wants to thank Chinese triads. Triads as generous as drug cartels—a hint to administration critics. Deep pockets to line deep convictions,” Locsin added, taking a swipe on Duterte administration’s critics.
Locsin also supported the Chinese Embassy’s call to the government to conduct an objective and thorough investigation into the tragic death of Kang.
“ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AGREE WITH CHINA ON THIS ONE. We go down this road of letting Chinese nationals be hurt, our people in China will pay. Send carping yellows to China when the anti-Filipino riots start to take the sacrificial place of our people working at good jobs there,” Locsin responded.
Malacañang condemned the attack, saying it will not allow any illegal actions in the country against foreign workers.
Prior to the incident, the Chinese embassy lamented the number of Chinese citizens working illegally under Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and other gambling activities, who were reportedly subjected to “modern slavery.”
It also opposed the plan of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to place Chinese workers in “self-contained” communities or hubs.