Palace alarmed over death of Chinese national in Las Piñas

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FILE PHOTO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador "Sal" Panelo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — Malacañang on Sunday expressed alarm over the death of a handcuffed Chinese national after supposedly falling from a building in Las Piñas.

In a statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador "Sal" Panelo, the Palace called on the police to resolve the case immediately.

"We ask the Philippine National Police, which is seriously looking into the matter, including tracking down the supervisor of the victim who allegedly made the former a prisoner, to treat the case with dispatch," it said.

A report by the Southern Police District said Yang Kang, a 27-year-old information technology employee, supposedly fell from his office building in Pamplona, Las Piñas, early Friday morning.

The police report said Kang's body was discovered by a security guard who was then conducting a routine inspection.

Las Piñas City Police chief Col. Simnar Gran told CNN Philippines that Kang was initially brought to the Las Piñas District Hospital then transferred to the Asian Hopsital in Alabang, where he died four hours after.

Gran said Kang was recruited to work in the country by his fellow Chinese.

The victim opted to resign after a few weeks but his employer required him to first pay the amount he had advanced for his flight to the Philippines.

"Habang sinisingil sya ay nilagak sya sa isang room at doon po ay nakita sya at pinosasan at binigay nya 'yung kamay nya at iniwan na sya doon," Gran said.

The police chief said Kang fell to his death as he tried to escape the room through a window.

"Aming napag-alaman na 'yung taong 'yun pala ay nakita pala sa CCTV na tinanggal po nya 'yung grills nung bintana at unti-unti po syang lumabas doon. Sinipat nya po 'yung bintana, siguro hindi nya masyadong makita madilim, lumusot po sya sa bintana hanggang sa mawala na po sya sa picture ng CCTV," he said.

[Translation: CCTV footage showed that the man removed the grills of the window and gradually went out. He looked outside and he probably saw nothing since it was dark then he passed through it until he was no longer seen in the CCTV.]

"Sya po ay hindi itinulak, hindi po sya pinahirapan o kung ano man ang ginawa, wala naman pong ganong sitwasyon. Ang nakita lang po natin ay pinosas sya at ang kanya pong pagtakas ay doon sya dumaan sa bintana kaya po sya ay nahulog," he said.

[Translation: No one pushed him, and he was not tortured. He was handcuffed and he tried to escape through the window that's why he fell.]

Gran said they have identified Kang's supervisor, who will face charges for serious illegal detention.

The Palace also expressed concern about "growing reports" of foreign workers in the country who are allegedly "being subjected to coercion, illegal detention and other violations of law even by their own countrymen while in the Philippines".

"We need to put a stop to these illegal acts. We will not allow nor tolerate any kind of abuse inflicted on any foreigner whether sojourning or working in this country, whether done by their fellow nationals or by our own citizens," it said.

The Palace urged foreign workers in the country to report to authorities any violation of the law committed by their employers.

"No one is exempted from the strict enforcement of our laws of the land," it said.

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