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Palace not surprised Pinoys alarmed by Chinese influx in PH

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang said it was not surprised with the results of a recent Social Weather Stations survey showing that 70 percent of adult Filipinos are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the Philippines.

On Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo lamented the way the survey question was worded.

“It is a matter of research methodology. We note that the survey question has been slantly phrased as: ‘Gaano po kayo nababahala sa pagdami ng dayuhang Intsik na nagtratrabaho sa Pilipinas?’ Necessarily, the response is logical and expected because the question already assumes that there exists a cause of worry,” said Panelo.

“In the same logic, those who are opposed to the President’s pivot to China by reason of his independent foreign policy, would put political color and tweak and highlight the result of this survey question for political propaganda purposes,” he added.

The Palace official said the findings of the survey ran contrary to fact that the Chinese has seamlessly assimilated into the Philippine culture for centuries, attributing this to the hospitable and inclusive nature of the Filipino people.

“The Filipino people are assured, that this Administration is strict in enforcing the the law, especially those pertaining to our immigration and labor policies. The President, as always, will prioritize the interests of the Filipino people and our local labor force,” he concluded.

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