Filipino workers in China not harassed — Binay


Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER file photo

Vice President Jejomar Binay said Monday that Filipino workers in China are not being harassed despite the territorial dispute between China and the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal.

“We have not received any news about any [overseas Filipino worker] being maltreated in China,” Binay said in a statement. “I believe that the Panatag dispute will not be a reason for this to happen,” Binay said, using the Philippine name of Scarborough Shoal.

International law

Binay, who is also presidential adviser on Filipino migrant workers’ affairs, said he was confident China and the Philippines could achieve a “peaceful and diplomatic solution” to the dispute.

He reiterated the Philippine stand that all conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea should be settled in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“I am one with President Benigno Aquino III in the belief that both countries can agree to a peaceful and diplomatic solution,” Binay said. “The Philippines and China both have a stake in ensuring peace, stability and economic development in the region,” he said.

The Vice President also said the Chinese Embassy was only protecting its nationals when it issued a travel advisory ahead of protests by Filipinos at Chinese embassies around the world on May 11.


“We need to have sobriety,” Binay said. “It’s but natural that their embassy issues a statement and tells their tourists to be careful because a rally is going to take place. It’s also natural that they tell their countrymen who are planning to go to think twice before going,” he said.

The Vice President advised against reacting to statements coming from unofficial sources. “It’s difficult because we hear many things that turn out not to be the official position of the countries involved,” Binay said.

“Isn’t it that a report came out that they’re preparing for war but they [denied] it immediately, saying this is not their official stand?” Binay said.

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  • Henri

    “The Philippines and China both have a stake in ensuring peace, stability and economic development in the region,” he said.

    You should have spoken out this much earlier.

  • jaysonragasa


  • Ben

    Just a reminder, if harassed file a complaint to the Embassy and at the same time to the UN to investigate human rights violation by China, since sometimes  the embassy`s hands are tied.

    Unlimit your mind.

    • reddfrog

      If harassed file at the UN? Investigate human rights violations by China? Hilarious!!!

      • Ben

        You may think so, since you are just just too naive. For your information, I did that in the defense of the Filipinas being abused in Saudi, one example such as burning by flat iron in the face, physical maltreatment, nonfeeding and working like a carabao etc. One example I sent to the UN introducing myself as a Fil-American who is concerned about the abuses, and they replied to me through email thanking me for the report and that they will investigate, was the report in Inquirer 2 to 3 years ago, a Filipina jump out of the 2nd floor of a Saudi condo to escape her employer, while in the pavement in pain or dying, the woman employer rushed out and drag her inside the buidling….that woman employer was convicted, thanks to the UN who probably worked in conjunction with the Philippine embassy.

        Is that hilarious if the Philippine embassy can`t do anything and the UN promises to do something? There are so many instances of the report of abuses in Saudi for example that was featured in the US before. Because once harassed, it will soon cascade into other human rights violation, so should always be proactive so the OFW will know what to do.

  • joeldcndcn

    there are 1.4B chinese, and most of them are very poor and needed jobs, why are the filipinos getting the “jobs” supposed to be for these poor chinese, ha? the filipinos should go somewhere else and seek employments but not the communist china, the poor chinese feed themselves mostly in “noodles” only, tsk, tsk, tsk? the OFWs in china should leave that country, go to HongKpng, middle east, europe, north america, singapore, BUT LEAVE THE JOBS TO THE POOR CHINESE, NOW!

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