MANILA, Philippines — More than three million Chinese nationals have been allowed to enter in the Philippines since 2016, as President Rodrigo Duterte pulls out all the stops to thaw his country’s frosty ties with China.
A total of 3.7 million Chinese citizens arrived in the Philippines from January 2016 to September 2018, data provided by the Bureau of Immigration.
Of that figure, 2.44 million came from mainland China while the rest were from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
According to a Bloomberg report dated May 4, Chinese migration to the Philippines—which was partly stirred up by the Southeast Asian country’s booming gaming industry—has been pushing up property prices in the capital Manila, where offshore gaming operators hired thousands of employees, most of whom are Chinese nationals.
However, this surge of Chinese nationals has cause great alarm to some AFP officers:
“Good day! I’ve read about your post regarding the sudden influx of Chinese Nationals here in the Metro. Just to add, here in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, you can observe the influx of Chinese Nationals working in establishments like Resorts world and other adjacent entertainment business like restos, call centers, casino’s etc pati maliliit na resto at tindahan. This is very alarming lalo na nag oocuppy sila ng mga condo at building na almost puro Chinese lang ang laman. May service pa sila at guards.
Nakakaalarma lang knowing na anlapit lang nila sa mga military sites natin in Villamor and Bonifacio. Pano ba macoconfirm na di mga illegal alien mga to, at kinukuha na nila mga jobs na para sana sa mga Filipino unless yung mga businesses na nagdala sakanila dito e mga Chinese owned din na may front lang na legal business.
Biglang sulputan sila dito sa Villamor (not inside the base of course). Kahit maliliit na resto e mga chinese ang tauhan. As in ang mga residence ng mga to e mga 4 story buildings.
Pati sa BGC at sa Aseana na mga business districts natin e puro mga chinese nagtatrabaho. I can’t say but this could be a part of a scheme of economic sabotage in part to the goal of establishing PH dependency to Chinese investment and business. Please dont mention my name. Thanks and more power!”
-From a concerned PAF officer
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War