A view of Hong Kong. Photo by Cathy Rose A. Garcia for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA - Hong Kong lawmakers are taking it out on Filipino domestic workers after President Aquino failed to offer an apology for the Manila bus incident in 2010.
"It is quite unfortunate that our compatriots are being used by a HK lawmaker," said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
Lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip is supported by Ray Chan Chi-chuen in pursuing the bill which is composed of three stages. The first stage would involve a stop to the issuance of visas for domestic workers, followed by a halt in the renewals of existing contracts, and lastly, to put a ban on all Filipinos traveling to Hong Kong.
The move was in reaction to President Aquino's refusal to offer an apology for the bus tragedy that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kong tourists in Manila.
President Aquino met with Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung (Leung Chun Ying) at the sidelines of the APEC Summit on Monday.
Although Aquino conveyed his deepest regret over the incident, he said it is contrary to Filipino culture to say sorry for what was the fault of another person. He referred to the act of the lone hostage-taker in the incident.
"The president and the HK Chief Executive and the latter has said the meeting was a 'little step forward'," Lacierda said.
Lacierda added the Department of Labor and Employment is "prepared for contingencies like this".
He added, "This is not the first time such an announcement was made regarding our OFWs." Report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News