This is not the right time to go to Hong Kong, the Philippine government, on August 13, 2019, advised its citizens because of the numerous ongoing anti-government protests in the Chinese city.
Flights to Hong Kong were canceled by authorities on Monday, August 12, 2019, after major protests were held near the city’s international airport. As of posting this news article, there were no updates yet on the resumption of Hong Kong airport operations.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said reports on flight cancellations should serve as basis not to visit Hong Kong for now.
Despite the unrest, Panelo said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has not issued a deployment ban of Filipino workers in Hong Kong.
The Philippine government will continue to monitor the situation in Hong Kong, Panelo said.
The Hong Kong protests were sparked by an extradition bill which government critics believe would violate the territory’s autonomy.