Unofficial estimates put the number of Chinese nationals working in the Philippines at 100,000, or around twice the number of official permits issued by the government between 2016 and 2018. Photo: AFP

Chinese workers ‘flood’ the Philippines, yet Duterte’s officials ‘don’t know’ how many there are

  • Senate probe revealed how little Manila knows about the number of Chinese nationals in the country, but records show official figure is well below estimates

Topic |   The Philippines

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Unofficial estimates put the number of Chinese nationals working in the Philippines at 100,000, or around twice the number of official permits issued by the government between 2016 and 2018. Photo: AFP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.