PH responds to Beijing resto that bans Pinoys, dogs
MANILA - The Philippine government on Wednesday said it is treating as an isolated incident a Beijing restaurant's refusal to serve Filipinos and other customers from countries locked in maritime territorial disputes with China.
In a press conference, Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez said the Philippine government is aware of the photos posted on social networking sites of the Houhai restaurant that refuses service to Japanese, Vietnamese, and Filipinos.
A Facebook photo of the controversial said: "This shop does not welcome Japanese, Filipinos, and Vietnamese, and dogs."
Asked about the controversy, Hernandez said: "We think the notice that was posted on that shop in Beijing is a private view about the whole situation that is happening between the Philippines and China."
"We hope it is not state policy not to allow Filipinos in restaurants in Beijing," he added.
Hernandez said the Department of Foreign Affairs has not received any reports of racism against Filipinos in Beijing.
He said there are no discussions yet on issuing an advisory to Filipinos in Beijing who might be exposed to racism due to the brewing maritime row over the West Philippine Sea.
"We will see how it will play out but so far this is just an isolated incident. This is the first time that such an incident was reported," he said.
A report by Radio Free Asia earlier quoted the Beijing restaurant's owner as saying that he put up the sign out of patriotism. "Chinese customers support me," the owner, identified as Wang, told BBC News.
China is currently embroiled in maritime disputes with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.