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Filipinos advised to stay away from protest areas

14 June 2019

By Daisy CL Mandap
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An estimated 1M people took part in the rally on Sunday, Jun 9 (photo by Rodelia Villar)

The Philippine Consulate has advised Filipinos to stay away from areas where mass demonstrations against the proposed extradition bill are being held, primarily in the vicinity of the central government offices in Admiralty.

“Should our nationals find themselves among the crowds of protesters, they should exercise extreme caution and vigilance in order to keep themselves safe from any isolated act of violence that might occur,” said the advisory issued late on Jun 12.
The public is further advised that unless their need is urgent, they should consider rescheduling their consular transactions at the Consulate as it is located very near the demonstration trouble spots.

Filipino nationals are also advised to keep themselves updated with the security situation in Hong Kong through media reports.

Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre also posted an advisory, taking note of reports of more mass protests being planned for Sunday, Jun 16 and Monday, Jun 17.
He advised workers who need to go to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Wanchai to plan their routes well, and to avoid the MTR station in Admiralty, where most of the clashes between protesters and police occurred on Jun 12.
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Protesters camped out at the border of Admiralty and Wanchai late on Jun 12

His advice is for the workers to get off in Central and just walk towards United Centre in Admiralty if they need to go to the Consulate. If they plan to walk to POLO in Wanchai, they must take routes away from the Central Government complex on Harcourt Road in Admiralty.

Meanwhile, organizers have cancelled the Kalayaan 2019 event scheduled to be held on Chater Road, Central, this coming Sunday, Jun 16, for security reasons.

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First Sunday of the Independence Day celebrations on Chater Road

Leo Selomenio, chair of Global Alliance, said the organizing groups decided to call off the event in view of reports that another big mass action is being planned for Sunday.

“Ngayong gabi lang kami nag-usap usap na ipagpaliban muna para sa safety ng lahat,” Selomenio said.

The event is part of the month-long celebration on Chater Road of the 121st anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.

Selomenio said the groups are hoping the situation will improve in the next few days so the next event planned for Jun 23 could go ahead.

The Independence Day shows are organized by the Consulate, the Philippine Association of Hong Kong, Global Alliance, Philippine Alliance and Federation of Luzon Active Groups.
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