Filipinos no longer welcome in Taiwan restaurants, says Meco exec


Premier Jiang Yi-huah speaks while holding a picture showing the number of gun holes in a fishing vessel after it was assaulted by the Philippine coastguard, killing a Taiwanese fisherman, during a press conference in Taipei on May 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Mandy Cheng

DAGUPAN CITY – Filipinos have been refused service in restaurants and supermarkets, as tensions continue to rise over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard  in the Balintang Channel last week, said Amadito Perez Jr., chair of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco).

Many such cases have occurred in the hometown of Hung Shih-cheng in Taiwan, he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview from Taipei.

“We have received numerous reports of harassment, particularly from Kaoshiung City, where the slain fisherman resided. Emotions are running high there and you can feel the animosity toward the overseas Filipino workers,” he said. “Some restaurants refuse to serve food to Filipinos and some supermarkets won’t let Filipinos inside to buy groceries. They (Taiwanese) cast angry glances at Filipinos. I advised them to just buy from the markets and not to wander around, to stay at home if they have nothing important to do outside.”

The Meco is verifying these reports, including claims that some migrant workers were beaten up by Taiwanese residents, he said.

“The situation is tense. The Filipinos are afraid to lose their jobs. I advised them to stay calm and never to retaliate no matter the provocation,” Perez said.

There are 90,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan, 10 percent of whom are domestic workers.

Perez said he was informed of factories that have put out news releases threatening to terminate the contracts of Filipino workers because of the death of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng.

But the factories that issued the threats did not come from the electronic sector, which employs 25,000 Filipinos, he said.

“We have good workers in the electronic sector. The Taiwanese cannot just fire them or their electronics sector would be paralyzed. But there are factories in other sectors that may send our workers back home,” he said.

The Taiwanese government has stopped issuing working visas to Filipinos and has advised tour agencies to cancel tours to the Philippines, he said.

Taiwanese tourists rank fifth on a list of top foreign tourists who frequent the Philippines.

The Meco was ready to evacuate Filipino workers if needed, “but we are proceeding with caution,” Perez said.

He admitted he was not spared from the prejudice. He said when he tried to check in at a Taiwanese hotel, he was informed that there was no vacant room.

“There was a small hotel that accepted us. But they told us later they could not accommodate us because of the many reporters outside the hotel and the guests were complaining of being disturbed,” he said.

Local reporters have been hounding Perez there since the incident happened.

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  • okabato

    Kung ako pinoy sa Taiwan hindi ko iisping kumain sa restoran ng intsik. Laking kanto rin ako alam ko kung paano nila hinahanda ang pagkain ng mga kalaban. Uhog at plema ang magsisilbing pampasarap ng inorder mo. Luto na lang kayo dyan!

  • damiranda126

    If you go to Taiwan, Hongkong, Macau or China make sure you bring your own food or stay in hotel were kitchen is available so you can cook your own food. Inside the kitchen of these places you will find roaches, rats, ants, worms and garbage. Don’t eat there, it’s horrible.

    • topolcats

      LOL…….its more fun in the Ph and much cleaner? LMAO

    • Rob Tuazon

      I would not even bother going to Kilikili Countries .. Sa Palawan na lang ako.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    why not start beating taiwanese also, masyado na tayong kinakawawa ng kalapit bansa at ang gobyernong pnoy subrang inutil. Bakit hindi isakrispisyo muna ang mga pork barrel para may pag umpisahan ang mga OFW upang makauwi muna? Bloated na masyado ang “windfall” ng mga nasa senado at kongreso kaya sagipin nyo naman ang tinaguriang bagong mga bayani — o puro salitang palubag loob lang ang maibigay ninyo sa mga kababayang nasa panganib?

  • 馬 克

    Wag po maniwala sa ibang balita. Over acting na po ang iba. Atlease aq safe parin sa taiwan. Di ko alam bakit ganun ang iba maltreated. Siguro depende s itsura yon

  • Izabelle Santos

    i guess i would believe din sa coast guard that those fishermen were trying to ram their ship kasi nga di ba? alam ng marami na bangkang papel lang ang gamit natin.. AFP people stop your corruption. upgrade now ……….tsktsk.

    • Izabelle Santos

      di ata makaintindi ng sorry ang prime minister nila baka siguro we need former pres. gloria arroyo ang magsabi ng I AM SORRYYY. baka mas may arrive.

  • penoy2012

    Hindi dapat dinadamay yung mga hindi sangkot sa gulo.
    Baka lalong mapasama ang mga Taiwanese na yan kung sasaktan nila ang 90,000 Pinoys.
    9 million ang Taiwanese sa bansa, baka gawing kalamay ang mga yan dito kapag hindi tumigil ang mga intsik na yan.

  • Rob Tuazon

    ngayon lang ako nakakita na nag apology sa mga Poachers

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