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OFW caregiver issue erupts tensions between Taiwan and Philippines sovereignty dispute

Taiwan has demanded the Philippines to stop referring to the island as a part of China, as tensions again flare between Taipei and Manila in a sovereignty row over a Filipino domestic helper.

Taipei instructed its office in Manila to file a formal protest with after Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Taiwan was part of China while commenting on the helper’s deportation case.

"China has never ruled Taiwan for one day, and only the popularly elected Taiwan government can represent the country's 23 million people internationally," Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed our representative office in the Philippines to immediately negotiate with the Philippines to express their protests. We solemnly call on the government officials of the Philippines to face up to the facts and stop misrepresenting Taiwan as a part of China," Ou added.

Palace denied it was seeking Ordidor’s deportation, saying the Philippines upheld freedom of expression. Philippines’ top envoy in Taiwan, Angelito Banay also said he had received no instructions from the presidential office to seek the deportation.

"We leave that wholly to Taiwan and China. Taiwan is part of China," Roque said with a decision on whether the caregiver should be deported rests with Taipei and Beijing.

Taipei responded on Thursday, protesting against Roque’s comments. The foreign ministry also stressed that Taiwan was ruled by law and all migrant workers were protected by the island’s laws.


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