Three Filipino tourists jailed in Hong Kong

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2019   •   2537

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed giving assistance to three Filipino tourists who were sentenced to five-month imprisonment in Hong Kong for using forged documents.

According the DFA, the three call center employees were involved in a supposed “free Hong Kong tour” which turned out to be a scam.

They opened bank accounts, specifically with Bank of China and Standard Chartered Bank, using falsified documents.

Despite successfully opening an account, authorities suspected that the accounts were to be used for money laundering activities and so arrested the three when they returned to the bank.

“Consul General Antonio Morales reported that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong has been providing in-kind support and legal advice to the three Filipinos, including jail visits to ascertain their condition,” the DFA said.

Sentenced on February 18, the three Filipinos pleaded guilty to two counts of “using a false instrument” before the Hong Kong Magistrates’ Courts.

For this, Morales said the three are expected to be released in March after serving a reduced sentence for admitting the offense.

DFA begins repatriation of Filipinos in Wuhan City, Hubei province

Marje Pelayo   •   January 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is readying the repatriation of Filipinos in Wuhan City, the epicenter of novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), and those in other cities in Hubei province affected by the outbreak in China.

The agency is making available special flights from Hubei Province to the Philippines for Filipinos who wish to come home, subject to China’s rules on disease containment, including immigration clearance and quarantine process, among others.

As discussed in the meeting with health experts and other concerned government officials, the DFA reiterates that Filipino repatriates will undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon arrival as required by the Department of Health (DOH).

Those who wish to stay in China are likewise advised to heed advisories from local health authorities, and cooperate with efforts to quell the further spread of the virus.

Likewise, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella stressed the call of Chinese government that Filipinos in the affected areas needing medical assistance and treatment should go to the nearest medical facility and seek proper medical care, including treatment and quarantine.

Filipinos who wish to avail of the repatriation are advised to contact the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai:

Tel. No.: (+86-21) 6281-8020

Fax No.: (+86-21) 6281-8023

Hotline No.: (+86) 1391 747-7112

Email: shanghai.pcg@dfa.gov.ph / shanghaipcg@hotmail.com

Website: www.shanghaipcg.dfa.gov.ph

Those who wish to remain in Hubei, apart from the abovementioned contact details, may likewise use any of the two 24-hour Hotlines established by China Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA):

+86-27-8712-2256

+86-27-8781-1173

The said MFA Hotlines can also be contacted should Filipinos need assistance, supplies, and other needs.

Based on the National Health Commission’s latest count, as cited by state-run China Global Television Network (CGTN), the number of individuals affected by the 2019-novel coronavirus is broken down as follows:

– 5,997 confirmed cases, including eight in HK; seven in Macao and eight in Taiwan

– 132 deaths

– 9,239 suspected cases

– 103 discharged from hospital

Cebu Pacific: Flights en route to China, HK, Macau can rebook, refund tickets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2020

Cebu Pacific announced passengers with flights between China, Hong Kong and Macau booked on or before January 24, 2020 and travelling until February 29 may rebook their flights for free or refund their tickets in full.

In their Facebook post, Cebu Pacific said passengers can avail the following options:

● Rebook flights (new flight date within 30 days of original travel date);
● Refund tickets in full;
● Store the value of the ticket in a Travel Fund for future use

CebuPac Flight 5J111 passengers urged to seek medical advice for nCov infection

Marje Pelayo   •   January 24, 2020

picture made available on 17 July 2014 of a Cebu Pacific Air aircraft and rain clouds on the runway at Clark International Airport, once the US Air force base, near Angeles City, the Philippines, 26 June 2014. Cebu Pacific Air offers domestic and international destinations with its main base at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and hubs throughout the Philippines including Clark International Airport. EPA/BARBARA WALTON/FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Budget airline Cebu Pacific is calling on all passengers of Flight 5J111 from Hong Kong to Manila which arrived on Wednesday (January 22), to seek medical attention should they exhibit flu-like symptoms amid the outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCov).

In its advisory, the airline said it has been alerted by reports from Hong Kong media that four passengers aboard the said flight may have been exposed to a person infected by nCov.

The management, however, assured that “all passengers and the crew aboard the flight were screened by the Bureau of Quarantine upon arrival in Manila, and none of them were held for further observation.”

To verify, the airline is now coordinating with Hong Kong authorities regarding the media reports.

Nevertheless, CebuPac advises its passengers aboard the said flight to “immediately seek medical attention should they exhibit flu-like symptoms including runny nose, cough, sore throat or fever.”

“We have also disinfected the aircraft following our standard practice for all inbound international flights,” the airline assured.

“We are closely monitoring the spread of the Wuhan virus, and have precautionary measures in place for our flights,” the statement read further.

Meanwhile, airline passengers are urged to take the following precautionary measures and maintain good hygiene and strong immune system so as not to contract the virus.

• Frequent handwashing with soap and water
• Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Using a face mask
• Postponing air travel if feeling unwell. Health experts recommend travelers stay home a minimum of 24 hours after a fever subsides

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