Filipinos were reminded last week against bringing “threatening” items such as stun guns, bullets and knives to Hong Kong.
The Department of Labor and Employment’s reminder last Tuesday stemmed from a request from the Hong Kong airport police relayed via the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Citing information from the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, the DOLE said the items considered as “arms” under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance of Hong Kong include (http://www.dole.gov.ph/ro_polo_updates/view/971):
– stun guns
– tear gas
– extendible batons
– flick knives
– knuckle dusters
“Their unlicensed possession is, upon conviction, punishable by a fine of HK$100,000 and/or a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment,” the DOLE said, citing a report from the DFA.
It added DFA Undersecretary Jesus Yabes indicated the Hong Kong Police-Airport District’s request is for Filipinos, especially seafarers, not to bring such stunning devices when traveling to or through Hong Kong’s ports, or to remove such prohibited items before entering or transiting through the territory.
Avoiding carrying such prohibited items will help avoid legal sanctions and unnecessary delay in their journey, it added.
“The Hong Kong authorities are particularly strict with the enforcement of said ordinance. All hand-carried and checked luggage of passengers are subjected to security screening in the terminals,” the DOLE quoted the DFA report as saying.
For her part, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged OFWs to abide by the laws of their respective host countries or territories.
She said they should “know the rules, respect the laws and culture, and be always mindful of the updates and other information from your respective Philippine embassies or Philippine Overseas Labor Offices.”
“Take to heart the learning and the awareness you have acquired during the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars. It is a requisite to all OFWs leaving the Philippines and our government’s institutional response to protect you,” she added.