HONGKONG – Reports of Philippine former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio-Morales was barred from entering Hong Kong on Tuesday is suspected as a possible retaliation by Beijing against the former Filipino official has caught the ire of a Hong Kong legislator.
It was said that Carpio-Morales had sought an investigation into Beijing’s “systematic plan to control the South China Sea” through the International Criminal Court.
Hong Kong Legislator Ted Hui Chi-fung called the barring of a former Philippine Ombudswoman from entering Hong Kong “barbaric”.
Legislator Hui asserted that the decision of Hong Kong immigration is unreasonable and departs from rule of law.
“Looks like political reasons rather than security reasons were considered. Under the “one country two systems” policy, the Hong Kong government has no legal basis to consider the court case that has nothing to do with Hong Kong,” Hui emphasized.
Legislative Council Member HUI Chi-fung from the Democratic Party, Hong Kong.
Legislator Hui stated that even the court case is against China, it is for the court to make the judgment, not the immigration.
“Deportation based on a court case is plain barbaric” he added.
He stressed that this incident yet again showed that Beijing has exercised control over Hong Kong’s immigration which is clearly against the Rule of Law and Hong Kong Basic Law.
“This incident harms Hong Kong’s declining international reputation. I urge the government to explain this case openly” Hui said. [BicolToday.com]