MANILA, Philippines — A six-year-old boy died in a hit-and-run incident while crossing Roxas Boulevard in front of the US Embassy at around 9:50 a.m. on Monday.
The Manila Police District (MPD) identified the boy as Kyle Carlo and the driver of the Toyota Innova that hit him is a Chinese national named Ben Lim.
The impact of the vehicle threw Carlos down on the pavement.
Philippine Red Cross personnel who responded examined the child and found that he no longer had a pulse.
Nevertheless, they took the boy to the Ospital ng Maynila where he was declared dead on arrival.
Police officers were able to track down Lim. They arrested him shortly after the incident and detained him the MPD headquarters.
Lim will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
Chinese mainlanders floods the 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 3.12 million Chinese citizens arrived in the Philippines from January 2016 to May 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.
In 2017, Chinese arrivals in the Philippines surged to 1.38 million from 1.02 million in 2016.
In the first five months of 2018 alone, the influx of Chinese nationals already reached 717,638.
Overall tourist arrivals in the Philippines in the first two months of 2018 reached more than 1.4 million, up 16 percent from 1.21 million in the same period last year, boosted by 56 percent increase in Chinese travelers, according to data released by the Department of Tourism last March.
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.
Opposition senator Leila de Lima filed a resolution urging the Senate to investigate the steady stream of Chinese arrivals in the Philippines that she said “not only steals jobs away from ordinary Filipinos but also triggers property surge on many developed areas.”