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Baka mahawa tayo! Panelo on OFWs in China: Let them stay there

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By Prince Golez

Palace Spokesman Salvador Panelo is not keen on repatriating overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in China, where the deadly coronavirus outbreak started.

Talking to reporters, Panelo said OFWs should stay in China and follow health protocols issued by the Chinese authorities.

“Now, with respect to the travel restriction and those who want to be repatriated here, we have already said that it might be difficult to repatriate them because we might even be risking them to contamination. So the best thing, I suppose, is to let them stay there and follow protocols in China, whatever protocols they have,” according to him.

“The problem nga is they might be opening themselves to contamination because when they leave there, they have to go to the airport and to ride in whatever. Pagdating dito, ganun din, baka lalong magkaproblema tayo,” he added.

On Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the government is ready to repatriate all Filipinos in Hubei province, the epicenter of a deadly virus outbreak.

“Upon arrival in the Philippines, Filipino repatriates will be subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine per guidelines of the Department of Health,” DFA said in a statement.

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