OFWs in Hong Kong excited to meet Duterte, says Consul General
Filipinos in Hong Kong are excited to see President Rodrigo Duterte who was scheduled to arrive ther elate Thursday night after attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Consul General of the Philippines in Hong Kong Bernardita Catalla said Filipinos working and living in Hong Kong have long been looking forward to Duterte’s trip.
“Well, a lot of people, a lot of our OFWs are excited. In fact, they have been clamoring for him to visit,” a press release from the Presidential Communications Operations Office quoted her as saying.
Hong Kong is home to 210,000 Filipinos, 194,000 of them overseas workers, most of them domestic laborers.
According to Catalla, Duterte won in Hong Kong during the May 2016 elections. He received 66 percent of the 46,000 total votes cast there.
Duterte is scheduled to meet the Filipino community in Hong Kong on Saturday night.
Catalla already made the OFWs aware that not all of them would be able to enter the venue of Duterte's meeting with the Filipino community.
“So those who cannot be accommodated, pasensiya na po because as I said, security is of utmost importance and we are not able to provide a big venue,” she said.
For this leg of his trip, Duterte was joined by the following members of his official delegation.
Acting Foreign Affairs Sec. Enrique Manalo
Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez
Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar
Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello
Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana
Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez
Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade
Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno
Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi
Socioeconomic Planning Sec. Ernesto Pernia
Communications Sec. Martin Andanar
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon
Special Assistant to the President Sec. Christopher Lawrence Go
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
Rep. Wesley Gatchalian
Philippine National Police chief Dir. Ronald Dela Rosa