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Morales says HK ordeal won’t silence her about China

/ 12:18 AM May 22, 2019
Albert del Rosario - Conchita Carpio Morales - Anna Marie Corominas

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales arrived at NAIA on Tuesday evening, after being detained in Hong Kong for four hours. With her (right) were former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and her lawyer, Anne Marie Corominas. (Photo by DEXTER CABALZA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said she would remain vocal on Chinese policies affecting the Philippines despite being barred from entering Hong Kong on Tuesday afternoon.

On her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the evening of the same day, she was asked about her plans following the incident, and she said: “That is something that I should reflect on. I am not saying anything, I’m not saying whether I am going to file any action nor I am not going to file action. Whatever action means.”

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But she said the ordeal would not stop her from being vocal.

“I’ll be the same. I will be vocal in the same manner as I have been vocal before,” Morales said.

Not shocked, but disappointed

She said she neither “shocked” nor “awed‘ by the incident.

“Nabubwisit ako,” she said.

[I’m annoyed.]

“I was disappointed not because I was deprived entry, but because I was deprived of the opportunity to see my grandchildren enjoy their vacation in Hong Kong,” she said.

Continuing, partly in Filipino, she said “Of course, as a grandma, I was happy even on the plane and they were also delighted. So I’m happy [because] it was infectious. But then I wasn’t able to see them.”

Morales was visiting Hong Kong with her family for a vacation.

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After being detained for four hours, authorities later said she could enter, but she declined and opted to fly back instead to the Philippines.

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(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)

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