Locsin: Filipinos in China will pay if we let Chinese nationals get hurt in PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr. warned that Filipinos in China would suffer the consequences if the government fails to bring to justice those behind the death of a Chinese national who fell from a building in Las Piñas City.

Locsin on Tuesday said he completely agrees with China that the Philippines should resolve the incident.

"One hundred percent agree with China on this one," he said in a tweet, all in capital letters. "We go down this road of letting Chinese nationals be hurt, our people in China will pay."

He did not elaborate on what could befall Filipino workers in China. Government data show there are over 200,000 Filipinos in China,

Authorities said 27-year-old Yang Kang, an information technology employee, fell from the sixth floor of his office building in Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas City on August 9, while trying to escape his employer. He was recruited to work in the country by a fellow Chinese national.

Locsin said, "It makes no difference who killer(s) [is/are], killing happened here. Our obligation [is] to bring them to justice pronto."

He added that China could send its own investigators to the Philippines if it sees local authorities as "unable to [solve the crime]."

Beijing earlier welcomed Malacañang's call for the police to resolve Yang's case immediately.

"We cannot allow any illegal act committed in this country by any person, foreigner or citizen, against any citizen of a foreign country working here," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

More than three million Chinese nationals have entered the country since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016 and fostered friendly ties with Beijing. Officials have flagged the influx of Chinese workers, noting that thousands of them may have been working in the country illegally or without proper documentation, particularly in the Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGO industry. The Chinese Embassy earlier called on the Philippine government to investigate and put a stop to the illegal employment of Chinese nationals in the country.