ABS-CBNNews.com reports that the Philippines' top envoy to Taiwan urged Filipinos living on the island to "stay at home and eat indoors before and after work" in the aftermath of two separate incidents involving Filipinos who were hit with baseball bats by unidentified men.
According to the report, which was based on Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Amadeo Perez's interview with dzMM, one of the victims suffered facial injuries because of the attack while the other was hurt on the head. Perez said tensions have been running high on the island because of the latest diplomatic spat between Taiwan and the Philippines. In the report, the official also confirmed news that "markets and restaurants in Pingtung, Taiwan are refusing to sell food to Filipinos."
In light of the strained relations between Taiwan and the Philippines, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said on Friday that his people still "consider the Filipino people as our friends." He added, "We call on our people to treat them well, and our government will continue to provide a friendly environment for them."
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