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A High Court judge on Wednesday sentenced a construction worker from Togo to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of raping his Filipino domestic helper in his home in Tuen Mun in 2015. Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping sentenced 37-year-old KoKou Afla Apelete to nine years in prison for the offense of rape, and four years for indecent assault, but said the prison terms would be served concurrently. She also ordered Apelete to pay $48,120 to his victim for her loss of income. In giving her sentence, Justice Toh said Apelete, who ma...

May 17, 2017

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CHINA and the Philippines are expected to conclude a labor agreement that will expand the market and ensure ample protection for overseas Filipino workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agreement may be firmed up during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Beijing on May 13. “We are still working out the details, b...

May 12, 2017

SHE shed tears and thanked those who helped her prove her innocence of three counts of “conspiracy to deal with property known or believed to represent proceeds of indictable offense” after receiving money to her bank account from her online boyfriend. After the verdict was issued by Kowloon City Courts Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk...

May 16, 2017

MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte will make a two-country swing in Cambodia and China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from May 10-15. Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said Duterte will attend a meeting of the World Economic Forum in Cambodia, address the Filipino community in Hong Kong, and participate in the Belt...

May 8, 2017

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A Filipina who pleaded guilty to a charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs took the witness stand in a hearing on May 10 at the High Court. S. B. Cumpio told the court that she tried to tell a Customs officer that a person was waiting for her outside the Hong Kong International Airport when she was arrested on July 15,...

May 22, 2017

FOREIGN domestic workers in Hong Kong would continue to push for the increase in the minimum allowable wage and food allowance, standardized working hours, and even their inclusion to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme. Eman Villanueva, secretary-general of United Filipinos-Migrante-Hong Kong, cited “three Ws...

May 18, 2017

The High Court found a 36-year-old man from the West African country of Togo to be guilty of indecently assaulting and raping a Filipino domestic helper in 2015 in the home he shared with his wife and his daughter in Tuen Mun. Voting six to one, a seven-member jury on May 16 took less than three hours to issue a guilty verdic...

May 16, 2017

FILIPINOS working overseas wishing to put up their own business in the Philippines need not immediately go home to do so, an official of Iloilo province said. Velma Jane Lao, local economic & investment promotion officer of the province of Iloilo, told Hong Kong News would-be entrepreneurs only need to find a person...

May 15, 2017