THE Legislative Council is to send a delegation to the Philippines to express concern for a Hong Kong tour guide sentenced to life for drugs charges. The proposal by Liberal Party member Miriam Lau Kin-yee won majority support and a maximum funding of $30,000 at yesterday's House Committee meeting. Tour guide Paul Au Wing-cheung and tourist Wong Tsuen-ming were jailed in 1991 for possessing 33 kilograms of the drug 'ice', but their colleagues and families believe they were unfairly convicted. Au and Wong are appealing, but the Philippine Solicitor-General recently applied to put back the hearing for the sixth time. The committee agreed the eight-member delegation should express the council's concern to the Philippines Government and press for a quicker hearing. While the council sends its message in writing to the Government, including the Senate and Chief Justice, the delegation will try to meet President Fidel Ramos, senators or diplomats. The delegation will set off this month with a group from the travel industry. The industry has raised about $400,000 to support the cost of an appeal. Ms Lau said: 'The case deserves the council's attention because it relates to the protection of human rights and is the concern of the public.' Committee vice-chairman Ronald Arculli said: 'The trip is more important than the one paid for by the council delegation recently to a United Nations Human Rights Committee hearing.' The committee also suggested discussing the jailing of Ming Pao reporter Xi Yang at the next meeting. Xi was sentenced to 12 years in China last year for stealing state secrets.