Baldoz cautions OFWS anew against bringing stun guns, other prohibited devices while on travel

Date Posted: February 17th, 2015 09:51 AM



Baldoz cautions OFWS anew against bringing stun guns, other prohibited devices while on travel Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday strongly warned anew overseas Filipino workers to refrain from carrying stun guns, bullets, knives, and other objects or devices that can be viewed as ‘threatening.’ The Secretary’s reiteration comes on the heels of the recent report of Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus I. Yabes informing the DOLE of the request of the Hong Kong Police-Airport District to warn Filipino nationals, especially seafarers, from bringing stunning devices when travelling to or through Hong Kong’s ports, or to remove such prohibited items before entering or transiting through the territory. Secretary Baldoz said the Office of the DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) asked the DOLE’s assistance in informing OFWS bound to Hong Kong to caution them from carrying such prohibited items to avoid legal sanctions and unnecessary delay in their journey. The DFA report cites the information provided by the Philippine Consulate General in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region saying that stun guns and other devices, such as tear gas, bullets, extendible batons, flick knives, and knuckle dusters, are considered as “arms” under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance of Hong Kong. “Their unlicensed possession is, upon conviction, punishable by a fine of HK$100,000 and/or a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment,” the report stated. “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 report added. Secretary Baldoz enjoined all OFWs to abide by the laws of their respective countries of destination to ensure their safe and hassle-free stay. “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,” Baldoz said. End/GSRubio



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