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Police have right to ask for your ID, says Congen on viral video

12 January 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Screen grab from the video shows the police pinning the woman
to the ground after she tried to get away

A viral video of a woman, apparently a Filipina, tangling with three police officers in a still undetermined place and time, has prompted Consul General Raly Tejada to advise Filipinos to cooperate when asked for their Hong Kong ID cards during spot checks.

In a Facebook post on Jan 11, ConGen Tejada mentioned the video, noting that the woman resisted showing her HKID card so she was arrested.

Ang payo ko po ay maging kalmado at mag cooperate lamang. Nasasaad po sa batas ng HK na maaaring mag-check ng identity ang mga police. Ibigay agad ang ID (huwag kalimutan) kung hinihingi at sagutin ang mga katanungan nila sa malumanay at maayos na pananalita,” he said.

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(My advice is for you to keep calm and just cooperate. Hong Kong laws provide that police could check people’s identities. Give your ID immediately (don’t forget to always bring it with you) when asked and answer all their questions calmly and properly).

He further reminded everyone to take note of the officer’s badge number so reporting could be made easily in case an untoward event happens.

But when asked if he was told of the full details of the incident, including what happened to the woman afterwards, ConGen said no, adding the video was just forwarded to him by a Filipina migrant worker.

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It would appear, though, that the woman was indeed, asked for her identity, and instead of showing the officers her ID card, tried to get away.

In the video, the woman could be heard telling the officers repeatedly, “Wait, I call my boss”, but each time the hold on her was loosened, she would try to escape.

While tightening their grip on her, the officers could be seen trying to take her mobile phone off her hand. In the end, they ended up pinning her to the ground, before putting handcuffs on her.

The woman, said to be a Filipina, kept saying she wanted to call her boss

Several comments in social media chat groups said the woman was a Filipino who had overstayed her visa, and could thus not show any HK ID to the officers. Others said she was caught shoplifting and wanted to flee.

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But there has been no independent confirmation of any of the claims, as several of those who posted said in reply to private messages that they merely shared the video, and did not know where it had come from originally.

Nobody seemed to know for sure, either, where the incident happened. Some said it was taken in one of the alleys in Sham Shui Po, others claimed it was in Wanchai or Central, while others gave Tai Po as the location.

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When contacted, the Police Public Relations Branch said today, Jan 12, that they had no record of any such incident taking place in Central or Sham Shui Po.

After being shown the video, a police spokeswoman said it was still difficult to check their records if no positive location and date and time were given.

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She suggested those who have this information should relay them to the police so they could check on the case status and advice the public, if called for, on what they should do under the same circumstances.

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