James To urges both the SAR and Central Governments to look into the case of four Hong Kong men who have been jailed for life in the Philippines
Four Hong Kong men have been jailed for life in the Philippines on drugs offences last Friday. Legislator James To, from the Democratic Party, said he has tried to meet Chief Executive over the issue but she has turned down his request. However, the attitude of the government has changed after the verdict announced, he said a senior government official called him yesterday to discuss on how to follow up the case. And he has met the officials from the Security Bureau and the Immigration Department earlier today and has urged them to convey our serious concern with the Philippine government. He revealed that the families will make a decision later tonight on whether to file an appeal.
Leung Shu-fook’s sister Leung Shu-kiu told media that the families still firmly believe that the four Hong Kong people have been wrongly convicted in the Philippines court. “Although we are running out of resources, we still believe that they are innocent and we won’t give up on them.”
Lo Wing-fai’s sister Lo Shu-ho worries about her brother’s health condition. She revealed that the environment of the prison is unbearable. “Hundreds of people are detained in a very small detention camp and 6 persons squeeze on a 6sq ft bed” She hopes that both the SAR and Central Government could make every endeavor to help the four Hong Kong people.
James To said the four Hong Kong men are extremely depressed at the moment and hoped the Chinese ambassador to show more support by visiting them more frequently. He also urges the Chief Executive and the central government to look into the case and try to convey the concern about whether the sentences were fair with the Philippine government.
James To Kun-sun Democratic Party Legislator