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AFTER nearly a year of investigation, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has ruled that former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan was liable only for “simple misconduct” during his tour of duty here in Hong Kong. In a 27-page order, Baldoz said Roldan was liable for approving compromise agreements that did not fully refund Filipino domestic workers who were made to pay illegal placement fees by abusive recruitment agencies. She also dismissed the charge that Roldan violated conflict of interest rules for approving the accreditation of the Mag...

August 14, 2015

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“We were not heard.” Critics of former Labor Attaché Manuel Roldan scored the ruling of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz which found him liable only for simple misconduct. Adrielle Panares, a leader of the Coalition of Service Providers for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong (CSPEM), confronted Baldoz as to why she made a ruling even when th...

August 14, 2015

THE United States has criticized the abuses suffered by foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong and urged the territory’s government to enact a comprehensive anti-trafficking law to prevent these from happening. In its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report, the US State Department said Hong Kong was a destination, transit, and source territory for ...

August 3, 2015

PHILIPPINE Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Cacdac Jr. cancelled the license of a recruitment agency in Manila and ordered it to pay P650,000 for collecting an illegal placement fee from a Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong. In an order on June 25, Cacdac also banned the officers and directors of Kan-ya Internation...

July 31, 2015

CONSUL General Bernardita Catalla urged visiting Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) officials to crack down on training centers that collect excessive fees from household service workers (HSWs) who are set to work abroad. Catalla said some recruitment agencies were using the training centers to collect excessive...

July 15, 2015

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A High Court judge has dismissed the appeal filed by a Filipino driver who was sentenced to one year in prison for using a passport where his middle name and birthdates were different from the first passport he used to enter Hong Kong. Both passports were genuine. Deputy High Court Judge S. D’Almada Remedios on August 3 ...

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      Meet lucky Lyka.   Although she had no lawyer, a Filipino domestic worker accused of selling clothes at the HSBC building in Central was able to avoid conviction for hawking without a license.   Eastern Special Magistrate Robin Yue this afternoon acquitted Lyka  N.L. after the...

August 26, 2015

FOLLOWING the release of a new list of prohibited items in hand-carry and checked-in baggage, the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has confiscated assorted lighters from departing passengers. Jonathan Maliwat, spokesperson of the OTS, said lighters and electronic cigarettes are among the items included in a new ...

August 24, 2015

THE number of Filipinos jailed in Hong Kong has decreased, the latest prison visit made by the officials of the Philippine Consulate General indicated. Vice Consul Fatima Guzman Quintin told Hong Kong News that based on their last prison visits in June, they found that there were 66 Filipinos in prison, lower than the ...

August 24, 2015
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