CHINESE BUSINESSMEN SNAPS AT ROBREDO’S COMMENT ON CHINESE IN DRUGS
Vice President Leni Robredo committed a political blunder when she commented Chinese are linked to the country’s illegal drugs problems.
The Philippine political opposition is positioning Robredo in the presidential race in 2020, when President Rodrigo Duterte’s term expires. The “Chinese vote” is a big influence in Philippine national elections.
The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) has advised Robredo to be cautious in making public statements that they said could promote unfair stereotypes.
Robredo said the government should look into reports that China was the top source of illegal drugs in the country and that those arrested here were either Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese.
FFCCCII president Henry Lim Bon Liong said that some reports have since inadvertently besmirched their reputation and generalized their community as peddlers of illegal drugs.
“Let us be more careful in making public statements that may unnecessarily create rancor, conflicts, misunderstanding and promote unfair stereotypes,” Lim said in a statement.
Still, Lim said that their community and group reaffirm its support to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.