Hong Kong shuts door on Morales

Conchita Carpio-Morales
Conchita Carpio-Morales

ACCOMPANIED by her children and grandchildren, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was set to come home yesterday evening after Hong Kong authorities denied her entry to the former British Colony declared.

In an initial report received by the office of Bureau of Immigration (BI) chief Jaime Morente at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Morales and her entourage were scheduled to leave Hong Kong at 6:00 pm and expected to arrive about 8:15 pm on board a Philippine Airlines flight at NAIA Terminal 2.

Authorities believed that Morales was held by immigration authorities at an airport in Hong Kong possibly in retaliation by Beijing against the former Filipino official.

Morales flew to Hong Kong with her children and grandchildren for a family vacation but was barred from entering the territory of the special administrative region of China with no explanation.

The Philippine consulate communicated with Hong Kong officials but the former Supreme Court magistrate was still barred from entering the territory of China.

Morales and former Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario hauled Chinese President Xi Jinping to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

The former Philippine officials sought an investigation into Beijing’s “systematic plan to control the South China Sea.”

Report said Atty. Anne Marie Corominas, who represented Morales on her filing of the ICC criminal case vs Xi, said Hong Kong’s Immigration considered the former Ombudsman a “security threat.”