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Filcom leader says migrants warned by police to follow gathering restrictions

19 July 2020

By The SUN
Chater Road today was relatively empty, but not the adjacent Edinburgh Place where the police issued warnings

A longtime Filipino community leader has called on his fellow migrant workers to strictly observe the four-to-a-group rule on public gathering in Hong Kong, or risk prosecution.

Eman Villanueva, chair of Bayan Hong Kong and Macau, said he received reports shortly after 3pm today, Jul 19,  that police had rounded up a number of Filipinos near the General Post Office in Central, after taking pictures and videos of them violating the social distancing rule.
He said the police took down the names and HK ID numbers of the violators as a warning, but did not make any arrests. Police confirmed this separately to The SUN in response to a query.

Villanueva said that had they been arrested, violators would have been asked to pay an outright fine of $2,000 if they did not wish to contest the charge, or brought to court where they will have the chance to defend themselves, but if found guilty, could face a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.
At nearby WorldWide Plaza, shops were again packed with Filipino shoppers
But he said that migrant workers face an even tougher sanction.
Sa mga migrant donestic workers, malamang magiging dahilan din ito para ma-deport o hindi maka renew ng kontrata,” he warned in a Facebook post.
(For migrant workers, this could mean them being deported or denied a renewal of their contracts).

Villanueva added: “Kaya muli, paalala sa lahat na mag observe ng social distancing lalo na sa mga pampublikong lugar, palaging magsuot ng face mask at magbaon ng alcohol spray o hand sanitizer.


(So again, a reminder to all to observe social distancing especially in public places, (and) to always wear a face mask and bring along alocohol spray or hand sanitizers)

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