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Taiwanese friendly toward Filipinos: foreign minister

Taiwanese friendly toward Filipinos: foreign minister

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Taiwanese people are generally friendly toward Philippine nationals in Taiwan, Foreign Minister David Lin said Wednesday after a rumor of Filipino worker being mistreated as was determined to be untrue. Lin said he hopes all Filipinos living in Taiwan can experience the friendliness of the Taiwanese people, but he also urged the Council of Labor Affairs and the Ministry of Education to provide assistance to Filipinos when necessary. The rumors about mistreatment of Filipinos are untrue and a report of a Filipino being denied service at a Taipei cafeteria was also fabricated, Lin said at a meeting of the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) Central Standing Committee. Taiwan is a freedom-loving country and it offers a friendly environment for Filipinos workers and students, he said. President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as KMT chairman, said Taiwan is a civilized country and he urged citizens not to vent their anger on Filipinos over the Philippine government's "unjust actions." A Lihpao Daily reporter, identified only by his surname Cheng, said in a May 14 Facebook post that a Filipino worker had been refused service by a cafeteria owner who was angered by the May 9 attack of a Philippine government vessel on a Taiwanese fishing boat. Cheng admitted Wednesday that he had only heard of the situation, but he wrote the story as if he had witnessed it and he went as far as having a friend pretend to be the cafeteria owner on May 17 in an effort to convince Lihpao Daily deputy editor-in-chief Liao Yun-chang that the post was factual. (By Lee Shu-hua and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-05-15 04:24 GMT+08:00