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A Shatin magistrate has dismissed the case against a Filipino domestic worker who was interrogated for five hours until she vomited. Magistrate Ho Chun-yiu junked the case of “conspiracy to make or cause to be made false representations to Immigration Officer for the purpose of obtaining an entry permit” against Mary Rose T. Arugay after the prosecution decided not to pursue the case. If the trial had proceeded, Arugay would have challenged the constitutionality of Hong Kong’s “live-in” rule for domestic workers.   ...

June 26, 2015

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WITHOUT public bidding, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) awarded its P8 billion e-passport project to a private firm with no established record in printing security documents, an administration ally in Congress said. Akbayan party-list Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez III urged the DFA to explain why it awarded the e-passport printing deal to ...

June 26, 2015

HONG KONG greatly values the contributions of Filipinos, particularly the “essential and valuable service” of Filipino domestic workers, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said. Speaking at the celebrations marking the 117th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence, Yuen noted that the Filipino community, with a populat...

June 12, 2015

THEY’RE BACK. After their successful concert here last year, the famous Philippine Madrigal Singers kicked off the Independence Day celebrations with a concert at the Hong Kong University (HKU) on June 9. Receiving a standing ovation from their audience, the Madz performed at least 18 songs, including Bruno Mars’ “Marry You,” the...

June 15, 2015

A Filipino driver is in hot water after he ran over a Chinese worker in a road accident in Tai Po. The victim died. Consul Charles Macaspac, head of the Philippine Consulate General’s Assistance to Nationals Section, said the consulate was already providing legal assistance to the driver, who faces charges of dangerous driving causing d...

June 15, 2015

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FROM the scorching deserts of Arabia, Alex Vallespin now finds himself among the soaring skyscrapers of Hong Kong. But an overseas posting is nothing new for Vallespin, the newly-arrived Vice Consul for Cultural and Community Relations at the Philippine Consulate General. After all, when he was still working for the Overse...

June 30, 2015

IMMIGRATION agents arrested 259 foreign domestic helpers during the first five months of the year—or almost two arrests every day---for overstaying. Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok told the Legislative Council on June 17 that the Immigration Department (ImmD) will step up its intelligence-gathering efforts to in...

June 29, 2015

A Consulate official urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to take extra care of their health and in their work after six OFWs died in Hong Kong last month. Junie Cayabyab, an officer of the Assistance to Nationals Section of the Philippine Consulate General, said that besides driver Aying Mission Reolope, who died in a vehi...

June 29, 2015

THE fate of former Labor Attache to Hong Kong Manuel Roldan is now in the hands of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. Romeo Montefalco Jr., DOLE-Legal Services Division chief, said they will submit their recommendation to Baldoz regarding the administrative cases against Roldan this week. “We will submit our recommen...

June 26, 2015
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