DOJ: PHL gov't prepared for backlash of Taiwanese gov't

February 23, 2011 11:58 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 23 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday assured that the Philippine government is already preparing for possible backlash of the Taiwanese government after the country deported 14 Taiwanese nationals to the People's Republic of China (PROC).

De Lima made the assurance in the wake of reports that the Taiwanese government has instituted stringent rules on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in their country.

"We are preparing for the worst that it would involve interagency efforts," DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima told reporters in an ambush interview on Wednesday.

The Taiwanese government is also reportedly mulling to impose some economic sanctions against the Philippines.

"We are also tapping business communities and private sectors so that they can help us mitigate the effects," De Lima said.

Likewise, the DOJ Chief stressed that the Philippine government will not apologize for deporting the 14 Taiwanese nationals to China instead of Taiwan.

The Philippine government deported the 14 Taiwanese nationals to the PROC upon the request of the Chinese government as the suspects are facing criminal charges there.

De Lima noted that the government has already sent a Special Envoy, former senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II to explain to the Taiwanese government the reason for deporting the 14 Taiwanese nationals to China.

"There is no reason for us to apologize," De Lima pointed out.

The 14 Taiwanese nationals were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in crack down raids in the cities of Makati, Paranaque, Muntinlupa and Quezon in December last year.

They are suspected to be members of international criminal syndicate victimizing residents of the Chinese mainland in a modus operandi using internet and other telecommunication devices to access their victims and exact money from them.

The NBI said that the syndicate netted some US$ 20.6 million from their victims. (PNA)

DCT/PTR

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