Posts by Ally Constantino

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aaaA Filipina call center agent who was caught at the Hong Kong International Airport in 2016 with an estimated $690,000-worth of cocaine  was sentenced to 18 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to  a drug trafficking charge. In sentencing A. R. S. Cruz on June 6, Court of First Instance Justice Albert Wong reduced the sentence to 12 years and three months following the defendant's guilty plea and in consideration of her circumstances being a single mother and the sole breadwinner of her family. The discount given was one thir...

June 23, 2017
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aaaA Filipino domestic helper has offered to assist in the prosecution of her former employer who made her work at a shop in Central. The duty lawyer of G.R. told Shatin Courts Deputy Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan the defendant was cooperating with the Immigration Department for the possible filing of the case against her Chinese employer L.P. G.R. pleaded guilty to charges of breach of condition of stay for working at the shop in various dates in 2016. She was also charged with dishonesty and making a false statement to an Immigratio...

June 20, 2017
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aaaA 27-year-old Filipino domestic helper admitted to stealing $1,100 from her employer in Mid-Levels because she had to pay for the education and health expenses of her family members in the Philippines DeVera was sentenced to three weeks in prison for the charge of theft, but owing to her guilty plea, Eastern Courts Magistrate Kenneth Chan Ping-chau reduced it to two weeks. De Vera was seen crying when the magistrate gave the sentence. The prosecution said De Vera’s employer had suspected her of stealing money from him so h...

June 8, 2017
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aaaA Filipino domestic helper will stand trial for allegedly hurting the 10-year-old daughter of her employer in North Point Hong Kong. Emerolyne M. I. on May 19 pleaded not guilty to the charge of ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of child or young person. Eastern Courts Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai scheduled Emerolyne’s trial date on July 14. A pre-trial hearing will also be held before the trial is scheduled. The prosecution charged the defendant of hurting the child on Mar. 6 in the flat of her employer...

June 7, 2017
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aaaA former domestic worker was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed guesthouse despite being a torture claimant. M.L. Abad first came to Hong Kong to work as domestic helper in 2005, and in 2009 she filed a non-refoulement claim after giving birth to a son. Her duty lawyer said the defendant had no relationship with the father of her son and Abad rented the extra room in the flat she is occupying with her son to augment their finances.  The prosecution charged Abad of accepting through her mobil...

May 31, 2017
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aaaA 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, 2016. Cumpio pleaded guilty to bringing into Hong Kong 1,210 grams of dangerous drugs with an estimated market value then of $2.3 million. The Filipina, who married a Brazilian, and has a son in the Philippine...

May 22, 2017
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aaaFOREIGN 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” as their petition to the Hong Kong SAR government. Besides the hike in the minimum allowable wage to $5,000 and food allowance of $1,600, they would also bid for the protection of worker’s rights; and standar...

May 18, 2017
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aaaTHE Business Development Community of the Philippine Association of Hong Kong (PAHK) is set to hold a roadshow to promote Iloilo as an investment site for business leaders from Hong Kong and China. Rex Aguado, PAHK president, told Hong Kong News the group will be holding a tour in Iloilo for 50 potential investors from Hong Kong, Hainan, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Fujian on May 18-21. “This is the first major project of the group, we call this the business bridge project, and we plan to do this to other cities like Davao, Cebu in...

April 28, 2017
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aaa  A domestic helper who was charged with theft has provided  to the court the address where she could stay,  one of the conditions for allowing her to post bail. However, it was not clear if Helen L. M. could be released on bail as the original condition of $2,000 as bail money remains. She was previously granted bail by Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin of the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts, but she did not have enough money for  bail. On Apr. 26,  Helen appeared before Judge Lin again and, through her duty lawyer, informed th...

April 26, 2017
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aaaA Filipino charged with handling stolen goods was fined by an Eastern Magistracy judge on Mar. 28. It was apparently the sentence that Mark A. B. was hoping for as he repeatedly bowed to Deputy Magistrate Winston Leung Wing-chung and said “thank you”, when the judge ordered that the defendant pay $600 instead of serving time in jail. Mark was charged with receiving two boxes of chocolates that were allegedly stolen from a Wellcome Supermarket in North Point on Dec. 14, 2016. Two police officers saw Mark acting suspicious...

April 19, 2017
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