PRRD: I want illegal Chinese workers to stay here

Senators, including those who support the administration, on Monday rejected President Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion to allow Chinese illegally working in the Philippines to stay and keep their jobs to avoid a diplomatic controversy that could lead to the expulsion of thousands of Filipinos from China.

The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) also rejected the President’s suggestion, saying if the Chinese would want to work here, they should secure all the legal requirements like all other foreigners working in the country.

"Dura lex, sed lex," Senate President Vicente Sotto III said, using the Latin legal maxim that means "the law is harsh, but it is the law." "Deportation is a consequence if [domestic] laws are violated by foreigners," Sotto said.

Speaking at a campaign rally of his administration’s senatorial candidates in BiƱan City, Laguna province, on Sunday, the President said: "The Chinese here, just let them work here. Just let them. Why? We have 300,000 Filipinos in China."

The President explained that he could not just order the deportation of Chinese illegally working in the Philippines because China might respond in kind.

Speaking in Cebu City later on Sunday, the President said there were 400,000 Filipinos in China.

"While there are senators who want to have the Chinese nationals deported, I said, ‘Why will I do that? There are 400,000 Filipinos there in China," he said.

SOURCE: Marlon Ramos (2019). Labor, senators rebuke Duterte on illegal Chinese workers. MRamosINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:26 AM. February 26, 2019.

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