PRRD: Let Chinese work in Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to have slightly changed his tune in deporting illegal Chinese workers. “Hayaan mo ‘yan dito magtrabaho (let them work here),” Duterte said in a campaign rally of the PDP-Laban party in Laguna Saturday.

The President reasoned that this is because of the number of Filipino workers in China.

“We have 300,000 Filipinos in China, kaya hindi ako makasabi o umalis ka dito, deport ka doon. E, kung bigla silang paalisin doon? 300,000 of them,” he said.

[Translation: We have 300,000 Filipinos in China so I can’t say ‘o, leave this country, we’ll deport you there.’ What if the (Filipinos) were suddenly deported? There’s 300,000 of them.]

Duterte previously talked about the possibility of deporting illegal Chinese workers from the country last year. While he was for it, he had also asked for the consideration of the Filipino workers in China.

SOURCE: CNN Philippines Staff (2019). Duterte: Let the Chinese work here. Updated 22:54 PM PHT Sat, February 23, 2019.

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