Hong Kong-Bound Filipino Workers Cancelling Jobs

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Job recruiters are worried over reports that several overseas Filipino workers bound for Hong Kong have been canceling their employment contracts following the backlash from the August 23 hostage tragedy in Manila, where eight tourists from the Chinese region were killed.

In a statement on Sunday, the Society of Hong Kong-Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines (SHARP) said its member-agencies are alarmed that Filipino applicants have been apprehensive of taking jobs in Hong Kong. "Some departing workers for Hong Kong have withdrawn their contracts and many applicants are now hesitant to apply for [jobs in] Hong Kong," said SHARP president Alfredo Palmiery. He did not provide numbers.