MANILA – Three Filipinos are confirmed to have been attacked in Taiwan, amid continuing tension between Manila and Taipei over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman.
"Tatlo ang officially confirmed," said Amadeo Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO). Perez, however. said that no one was seriously hurt from the incidents.
Perez identified the three Filipinos as Joey De Leon of Lingayen, Pangasinan; Danilo Taperla; and Renato Puro.
"Out of danger, walang grabeng nasaktan sa kanila at nai-report sa puils at lahat ng statement naibigay na sa pulis," said Perez.
He said De Leon was hurt when his dormitory was attacked by angry Taiwanese.
"Nagamot na at ayos na. Yung isa na pinaligiran ng siguro 10 mahigit Taiwanese teenager na naka-motorsiklo, ang naka save sa kanya sabi nung employer niya No! No! No! hindi Pilipino yan, Indonesian yan. Kaya hindi nasaktan," he said.
But Perez denied earlier reports that a Filipino and a Vietnamese were killed due to growing tension in Taiwan.
"Hindi ho totoo yung naibalita na namatay yung isang Pilipino at isang Vietnamese. Wala pang report pinabe-verify namin ng mabuti," he said.
He appealed to Filipinos to remain indoors after work.
"Pagkatapos ng trabaho manatili sa bahay huwag nang lumabas kung di na kailangang," he said.
The MECO chairman also revealed the creation of a task force to check on the situation of Filipino workers.
"We have organized a task force comprising of MECO employees plus the attached agencies like the Department of Labor, attending to any problem. Most of our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), if not all of them, know our telephone numbers in three offices in Taiwan and that we have sent out notices that if something happens to them they should inform our office immediately," said Perez.
The attacks came amid simmering tensions between Manila and Taipei after the Philippine Coast Guard killed a Taiwanese fisherman off Batanes.
He also believes that the attacks against Filipinos will no longer escalate as the Taiwanese government deployed more policemen to beef up visibility particularly in the Kaohsiung area.
"Sa mga kababayan ho rito, kamukha nung mga sana pupunta ng Taiwan at maga-apply ng visa, konting pasensiya. Bigyan ninyo po ang gubyerno ng sapat na panahon para maayos ang gusto at sa mga pamilya wag kayong maaburido at hindi naman napapabayaan ang mga Pilipino doon pati ang Taiwan government ngayon sa mga sensitive areas ang daming pulis na naka-assign at nagpapatrolya para sumaklolo," he said.