Even if Overseas Filipino Workers are working abroad and earning more than workers in the Philippines, some of them are still looking for different ways to earn more so they can send more money to their families and loved ones in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, some of them are involved in illegal activities in other countries. Some are not even aware that the employers they are serving are doing illegal activities in the said country.
Filipinos Included in the Hong Kong Arrest
Last April 15, at exactly 10:13 in the evening, the Pakistani owner of a bar in Hong Kong, along with 15 of his South Asian and 8 African-American customers were arrested by the Hong Kong authorities. The arrest happened in a Philippine shop in Yuen Long NT.
The Yuen Long police received several reports of fighting and troubles in the area, prompting them to make the arrest. Along with the Yuen Long District Special Duty Squad and Tactic Unit, the 40-year-old Pakistani was arrested by the police. According to the authorities, the shop is selling Unlicensed Alcoholic Drink even if there’s a signage saying “There are no alcoholic beverages available for sale.”
No License to Sell Alcohol
Along with the 15 South Asian arrested, some of them are Filipinos working as OFWs in Hong Kong. They are caught in the act drinking in the store with no license to sell any alcoholic drinks.
The police were able to collect money amounting to HK$3,200 in cash along with 470 bottles of liquor with a total value of HK$9,400. The arrest men and women are currently detained at the Yuen Long Hong Kong Police for further investigations.
Hong Kong’s Strict Regulations
Hong Kong has very strict regulations when it comes to selling and drinking alcoholic beverages. Selling unlicensed liquors or those caught operating without a license is subject to a serious offense. Penalties include paying up to HK$1 million and imprisonment of up to two years.
Anyone caught in the place where drinking is prohibited can also be punished and forced to pay up to HK$2,000.Our kababayans in Hong Kong, it’s okay to have fun especially during your day offs but please make sure to go to a legal place.