Filipinos ad­vised to avoid Hong Kong

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THE Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) on Fri­day, Au­gust 16, ad­vised Filipinos to tem­po­rar­ily avoid trav­el­ing to Hong Kong amid the con­tin­ued pro-democracy protests there and the un­pre­dictable sit­u­a­tion at the Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port (HKIA).

Cit­ing re­ports re­ceived by the Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in Hong Kong, the DFA said protest actions have been sched­uled start­ing Satur­day, Au­gust 17, as fol­lows:

· Au­gust 17: Chater Gar­den, Cen­tral to Cen­tral

· Au­gust 17: Gov­ern­ment Of­fices, Ad­mi­ralty;

· Au­gust 17: Hung Hom Pier to Sung Wong Toi Gar­den, Kowloon

· Au­gust 18: Vic­to­ria Park, Cause­way Bay to Chater Road, Cen­tral

· Au­gust 19: “Clean up MTR car­riages”

· Au­gust 25: Kwai Tiang The­atre, Kwai Chung to Tsuen Wan Park

“Filipinos are asked to avoid these ar­eas dur­ing protests, and re­frain from wear­ing cloth­ing and/or carrying any­thing that could mis­tak­enly iden­tify them as part of the protest ac­tion,” the DFA said in a state­ment.

The depart­ment said the Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in Hong Kong is mon­i­tor­ing developmen­ts re­lated to the protests.

In the mean­time, Filipino trav­el­ers who have no ur­gent busi­ness in Hong Kong are ad­vised to avoid HKIA as a des­ti­na­tion or tran­sit air­port.

Those who need to travel to Hong Kong are re­quested to contact their air­lines at least five hours be­fore their sched­uled

flights to check if their flights will push through.

The air­lines’ hot­lines in Hong Kong are as fol­lows:

Philip­pine Air­lines: (+852) 2769.7123

Cebu Pa­cific: (+852) 3973.3800

Cathay Pa­cific: (+852) 2747.3333

Filipinos in Hong Kong may also get in touch with the Con­sulate Gen­eral hotline at (+852) 91554023 for as­sis­tance.

Op­er­a­tions at HKIA have re­sumed, following the is­suance of an in­junc­tion against protesters who oc­cu­pied the fa­cil­ity and caused the can­cel­la­tion of all flights on Au­gust 12, 2019.

Op­er­a­tions par­tially re­sumed the next day, but a num­ber of flights were still can­celled.

In the Philip­pines, more than 20 flights of

Philip­pine Air­lines, Cebu Pa­cific Air and Cathay Pa­cific were af­fected on Au­gust 12 and 13.

Mass demon­stra­tions in the semi-au­tonomous Chi­nese fi­nan­cial hub were trig­gered by opposition to

a pro­posed law that would al­low ex­tra­di­tion from Hong Kong to main­land China./sun­star Philip­pines

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