The sudden surge in Mainland tourists may not be exactly good for the Philippines.
The Senate Labor Committee has discovered that thousands of Chinese residents who have been flying to Manila are not here for travel and leisure. Rather, they are securing special permits to work in online gambling operations based here.
Senator Joel Villanueva said the number is at 119,000 visitors from Mainland China who found a way to skirt local laws and enjoy short-term work in online gaming tables.
“It’s very clear. Chinese nationals have been stealing our jobs, taking away our homes and pilfering opportunities from Filipinos,” Villanueva said.
Their modus apparently involves getting a Philippine tourist visa and staying for three to six months to work here.
Chinese nationals are increasing in number especially in southern Metro Manila, with Villanueva saying that there may be more than the official numbers tallied by government agencies.