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Duterte on surge of Chinese workers in PHL: Bakit? We have 300k Pinoys in China

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he cannot simply deport Chinese workers in the Philippines as he is looking out for some 300,000 Filipinos in China.

"'Yung mga Chinese dito, hayaan mo 'yan na dito magtrabaho, hayaan mo. Bakit? We have 300,000 Filipinos in China," the president said in a speech during a campaign rally of his political party PDP-Laban in Biñan City, Laguna.

"Kaya hindi ako maka-sabing, 'o umalis kayo dito, i-deport ka doon.' Eh kung biglang paalisin yon doon 300 [thousand] of them, just like in the Middle East?" he added.

President Duterte had earlier called for a “careful” approach in addressing the issue of illegal Chinese workers.

“If you think that you are at a loss, at the disadvantage because there are so many Chinese nationals who are working here, remember that we have seen equal amount of people [Filipinos] who are there working in China,” he said.

“But wala naman silang idineport. So maybe you can just tell them to go home,” Duterte added.

This was after the Senate labor committee opened an investigation on the influx of foreign workers in the Philippines.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had said in September last year that, in the last two years, it had issued around 25,000 of over 40,000 Alien Employment permits to Chinese workers. — MDM, GMA News

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