OFWs spying in China? ‘Impossible,’ says bishop

OFWs spying in China? ‘Impossible,’ says bishop

By CBCP News

August 19, 2019

Manila, Philippines

The head of the Church’s migration commission branded as “impossible” a remark by Beijing’s envoy, who said that Filipinos working in China could also be accused of spying.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were in no position to pose a similar threat to China.

“It is impossible, unbelievable, and unfounded. Throughout the years, no OFWs have been suspected, accused of spying,” Santos said.

The prelate said that OFWs throughout the world are in demand for their work ethics and attitude.

“They are much sought after because they are very committed, faithful with their duties, and God-fearing people,” he said.

“It is a well-accepted reality abroad that they look for greener pastures for the love of their families so as to give them a better and brighter future,” said Santos.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier raised concerns about the presence of the Philippine offshore gaming operation (Pogo) sites near military and police camps.

He warned that the gambling hubs that are usually manned by the Chinese may be used for surveillance activity.

This spurred Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua to caution Malacañang that Beijing could also suspect OFWs in China of spying.

Reacting to the Chinese envoy’s statement, Lorenzana said: “That is the most preposterous statement I heard in a long while.” CBCPNEWS