Pinoys warned vs carrying firearms in Hong Kong

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Monday, March 10, 2014


FILIPINO nationals are being advised against bringing stun guns and other "arms" when they travel to Hong Kong, saying it could result in severe fine and imprisonment.

In an advisory, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong said stun guns and devices, such as tear gas, bullets, extendible batons, flick knives, and knuckle dusters are considered restricted items there.

"The Philippine Consulate General reiterates its warning to all Filipino travelers transiting or entering Hong Kong as visitors, workers, or as residents to refrain from bringing restricted items in their hand carried or checked-in luggage," said the Philippine consulate.

It said this is because the mentioned items are considered as "arms" under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance of Hong Kong.

"The Hong Kong authorities are strict with the enforcement of the said Ordinance. All hand-carried and checked in luggage of passengers are subjected to security screening in the airport terminals," said the Philippine agency.

If convicted, it said the individual could face a fine of HK$100,000 and/or a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

According to the Philippine Consulate General in HK, a total of 68 Filipino nationals were convicted for possession of arms without license in 2013 alone.

This is 19 percent higher compared to only 57 in 2012, said the Consulate. (HDT/Sunnex)

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