Posts by Ally Constantino

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aaaTHREE Filipino tourists who were found guilty of conspiring to bring in to Hong Kong some $2.5-million worth of cocaine in 2015 were seeking a lower sentence. The three - Shirley Chua, Remelyn Roque, and Ana Loella Creus - were set to be sentenced on Jan. 18 by High Court Judge Audrey Campbell-Moffat. Mitigating, the counsels of the three told the court that the Filipinos gave statements to the Philippine Consulate General that led to the arrest in 2015 of Rufus Katumba, a Uganda national, and his Filipino common-law wife Marilyn R...

February 12, 2018
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aaaAN Eastern Magistracy judge found three Filipino women found guilty of illegally selling alcohol in Central in December 2016. Magistrate Pang Leung-ting on Jan. 19 found R. Tanding, A. Baldoz, and J. Urbiztondo of selling liquor without a license after trial. Judge Pang sentenced Tanding to nine days in prison after she pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of liquor for sale without a license. The prosecution charged that Tanding had in her possession 333 bottles of alcoholic drinks. It was Tanding’s fourth conviction for the sa...

February 8, 2018
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BUNDLE up, folks! The Observatory's latest advisory warned that a cold front will affect Hong Kong next week. Temperatures were forecast to range between nine degrees Celsius and 15 degrees Celsius from Monday to Saturday next week. "A cold front is expected to cross the South China coast later on Sunday," the Observatory said. "It will become cold appreciably with a few rain patches over the region. The intense winter monsoon following the cold front will persist and bring cold weather to southern China next week," it added.

January 26, 2018
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aaaNGO Mission for Migrant Workers is set to initiate health-awareness programs for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong in 2018. Cynthia Tellez, Mission general manager, told Hong Kong News that recent cases that they handled showed the need for more health-related programs for foreign domestic workers in the city. "While we continue addressing immediate problems and those what we think are unacceptable policies such as the mandatory live-in policy, what we are doing now is to contact service providers that give training for practical phys...

January 5, 2018
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aaaTHE Philippines has invited Hong Kong to put up a trade office in Manila following the signing of the HK-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Free Trade Agreement in November. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told reporters on Dec. 3 that more business and trade potential would be available if a Hong Kong trade office in Manila would be set up. Cayetano met with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other Hong Kong officials on Dec. 1. Presently, Hong Kong has a trade office in Jakarta and Singapore. "They sai...

January 3, 2018
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aaaDIGITAL money transfer service WorldRemit has secured another funding for its expansion as it plans to invest in new regional center in the Philippines, The $40-million funding will be used to expand WorldRemit's mobile-first digital service into new markets as well as invest in its biggest receive market, the Philippines. "World Remit was founded because we believed there was a better way for customers to send money home to their families and communities," said Michael Liu, Regional Director for APAC. "This new funding will not only a...

December 29, 2017
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aaaOWTEL is extending assistance to Filipino domestic helpers who were left stranded in Hong Kong after the tickets they purchased from a travel agency in World Wide House turned out to be unissued. The scheme will see Owtel, the leading electronics retailer,  facilitate the purchase of tickets by affected helpers so they could  still fly home when they book flights with Cebu Pacific  or with Cathay Pacific who had earlier offered to help. David Chen, Owtel founder and CEO, said his heart goes out to the hardworking Filipino men and wo...

December 21, 2017
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aaaTIME to bring out your thick jackets. The Observatory has forecast colder weather in the next few days. "The intense winter monsoon asssociated with a cold front will affect the coastal areas of Guangdong today. It will become significantly cooler over the region," the Obervatory said. Temperatures will range from a low of 11 degrees Celsius to a high of 18 degrees Celsius from Sunday to Thursday. "The winter monsoon is expected to persist over Southern China tomorrow and the following few days. The weather will be cold, dry and win...

December 16, 2017
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aaaYOU have been warned. Hong Kong Police on Thursday said they will conduct a five-day territory-wide pedestrian road safety operation from Dec. 8-Dec. 12. In a statement, police said the effort seeks to reduce traffic accidents involving pedestrians, in particular senior citizens and youngsters. "During the operation, the Police will enhance enforcement actions and issue summonses against pedestrians who have blatantly jaywalked or committed other serious traffic offences," the statement said. It also said officers from the Police R...

December 9, 2017
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aaaTHE High Court rejected an appeal filed by a Filipino woman who sought to stay in Hong Kong after having an extramarital affair here and giving birth to a son for fear that her husband in the Philippines would harm her and the child. In a decision, High Court Judge Queeny Au-Yeung said the grounds cited by MAM to seek a  review of the decision of the director of the Immigration Department, and the Torture Claims Appeal Board (TCAB) rejecting her application were unsubstantial. MAM said that before leaving the Philippines in 2006 to work ...

December 7, 2017
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