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SAYING the testimonies and evidence given by witnesses were inconsistent, a Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts judge acquitted an employer who was accused by a Filipino helper of indecently assaulting her on two occasions. Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung on Thursday said he was "unable to reconcile the different versions" in the testimony of prosecution witnesses to convict Ong C.K. of indecent assault. Judge Wong noted that the testimony of first prosecution witness, a 24-year-old Filipino domestic helper, given in court was different from the...

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“SIR, it’s not OK...In the Philippines, this is called harassment,” a 24-year-old Filipino domestic helper testified in court in the trial for the two counts of indecent assault against her former employer. The Filipino woman was the first witness presented by the prosecution at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts on February 8, the fi...

February 15, 2017

THE Philippine Consulate General has confirmed that a worker who fell to death while dismantling one of the carnival rides at the Central Harbourfront was a Filipino. Danilo Baldon of the Assistance to Nationals Section accompanied the sibling of the 27-year-old Filipino man, surnamed Padilla, to the Victoria Mortuary on Thursday morning. The...

February 16, 2017

The Duterte administration wants to increase the value added tax on the service fee of money transfer centers where remittances of millions of overseas Filipino workers pass through, a move that was immediately opposed by OFW groups, lawmakers and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Department of Finance spokesperson Assistant Se...

February 15, 2017

HONG Kong  Chief Executive Chun-ying Leung has disclosed that the government will seek to amend a bill that would pave the way for heavier penalties on overcharging employment agencies. “The Labour Department plans to introduce an amendment bill in the second quarter of this year to provide the legal basis for the newly promulgated Cod...

January 26, 2017

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ANOTHER Filipino mother has transferred the custody of her children to her parent after she learned that her husband had been engaging in illegal vices and drugs. Mai, a 36-year-old mother of three and who is working as a domestic helper in the city, told Hong Kong News that the Office of the Social Welfare Attache at ...

February 22, 2017

A husband and wife bound for the United States were initially barred from boarding  their flight when a bullet of caliber .22 was found in their luggage after passing through the security x-ray machine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport [NAIA] Terminal 2. The passengers identified as Cesar Caranto and Marlyn Caranto, ...

February 21, 2017

A 50-year-old former domestic worker was sentenced to 24 months in jail after pleading guilty to stealing over $300,000 from his employer and gambling it away. District Court Judge Timothy Casewell gave a one-third discount to A.I. Laberos after the latter pleaded guilty to the charge  in the early stage of the case. ...

February 20, 2017

DOMESTIC helpers are encouraged to remind their employers that they should be given a mandatory 24-hour rest day for every period of seven days of work. Vice Consul Alex Vallespin told Hong Kong News that the issue of continuous rest, and rest days were among those taken up during the January meeting between the offici...

February 17, 2017
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