Protest in Hong Kong over recall of popular labor official
Filipinos and NGOs have rallied against Manila's decision to recall Jalilo dela Torre, saying it will undermine the fight against human trafficking
The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment recalled Hong Kong-based labor attache Jalilo dela Torre for an investigation into a complaint filed against him.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the recall of dela Torre was recommended by a team he sent to Hong Kong looking into allegations of favoritism in the accreditation of employment agencies, Business Mirror reported.
“Their recommendation is for me to recall him so he can explain and answer the charges against him. This is not a penalty,” Bello said.
On Friday, dela Torre received a memo that he was to be recalled to Manila, but no reason was stated. The recall, which usually gives the official two months to return to Manila, was effective immediately, ABS-CBN News reported.
The recall of dela Torre prompted hundreds of Filipino workers in Hong Kong to hold a protest against the government’s decision on Sunday, sunwebhk.com reported.
Several non-government organizations such as the Mindanao Federation, the Filipino Migrant Workers Union, the National Organisation of Professional Teachers and student group Students Against Fees and Exploitation were among those that took part in the demonstration.
Dela Torre is well known as an anti-human trafficking advocate among the Filipino community in Hong Kong. Indeed, many of them appear to revere the man for the work he has done for their community.
The sentiments expressed about the Labor Secretary were very different.