Influx of Chinese workers no cause for alarm –– DoJ

August 01, 2019
Menardo Guevarra

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday downplayed growing public concerns over the reported influx of Chinese workers in the country, saying there’s no cause for alarm as long as they have the proper visas, pay correct taxes, and obey Philippine laws.

‘For as long as Chinese nationals are coming to our country with proper documentation and appropriate visas, there should be no problem. We surely welcome them as tourists. If they wish to work here, they should comply with all legal requirements such as securing alien employment permits and work visas, and they should pay income taxes. most important of all, they should obey our laws and ordinances and conduct themselves properly; otherwise, they shall be asked to pack up and leave, without prejudice to any civil or criminal liability,” Guevarra said.

Guevarra qualified that Chinese workers should not be allowed employment in industries where more than enough Filipino workers are available, and if they would only pose threat to national security.

“There is also cause for alarm when foreign nationals, including Chinese nationals, are coming in as tourists but with intentions that pose a threat to national security. In all cases, the proper government approach is a more stringent enforcement of our immigration, labor, and security regulations,” said Guevarra.

Just the other, Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio stated the same view over the spike in Chinese arrivals as long as they have visas and obey local laws.

Carpio made the statement at the sidelines of the two-day Legal Education Summit at the Manila Hotel last Wednesday. He was asked to comment on National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon’s concern over the increasing number of Chinese citizens in the country.