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DFA tasked to help Morales after Hong Kong ban

May 21, 2019 - Tuesday 7:05 PM by Jon Joaquin, PNA

Article Banner Image Photo from ombudsman.gov.ph

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has been tasked to assist former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and her family in their return to the Philippines after Morales was refused entry to Hong Kong and faced deportation.

"News reports have reached the Palace that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has been refused entry to Hong Kong and is subject to deportation as she is considered a 'security risk' by Chinese immigration authorities," Presidential Spokeperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We asked the Department of Foreign Affairs, through our Consulate General in Hong Kong, to render full assistance to the former Ombudswoman and her family for their safe and secure return to the Philippines," he said.

"We will defer to the immigration laws and rules of other countries much as we expect foreign nations to respect our country's internal rules," he added.

Reports have said Morales was detained for allegedly being a “security threat” and is now facing deportation.

The former Ombudsman’s lawyer, Anne Marie Corominas, said immigration authorities separated Morales from her family.

On March 13 this year, Morales and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario filed a complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC) insisting Chinese officials be held accountable for crimes against humanity and damage to environment over China's activities in the disputed waters.

President Rodrigo Duterte has clarified that his administration has no participation in the said activity.

In his statement, Panelo said government gives the same assistance to each and every Filipino in distress abroad "regardless of political persuasion or affinity."