MANILA - Some 20 Filipinos who traveled to Hong Kong last year were penalized for carrying restricted items, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.
In a statement, the DFA warned Filipinos that possession of weapons such as stun guns, pepper sprays, firearms, bullets, and flick knives among others in their hand carry or check-in luggage are prohibited.
Travelers found with prohibited weapons may face a fine of HK$100,000 and a maximum of 5 years imprisonment, while those found with stunning devices may face a fine of HK$100,000 and up to 14 years in jail.
The DFA released the advisory 3 days after former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales was barred from entering Hong Kong with no explanation from Chinese authorities.
Morales was eventually allowed to enter the territory but she had already decided to fly back to Manila Tuesday night, saying she was already "enervated."