De Lima seeks probe on influx of Chinese workers in the country

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Senator Leila De Lima gestures during a Senate hearing into the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa in Manila on November 10, 2016. -- AFP

Senator Leila M. De Lima has called for an investigation into the influx of Chinese nationals employed and residing in the Philippines, which she said steals jobs from Filipinos but also triggers property surge on many developed areas.

Senate Resolution No. 751, filed on May 29, urged the appropriate Senate committee to assess the effective implementation of existing immigration and labor laws to ensure that Filipinos are protected against adverse effect caused by the immigration surge.

“The increasingly laxed control mechanisms over the influx of Chinese nationals in the Philippines have led to concerns on whether we have enough capability to properly enforce our immigration and labor laws to the detriment of our national interest,” she said in a statement. — Camille A. Aguinaldo