Posts by Ally Constantino

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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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aaaA former domestic helper has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to overstaying in Hong Kong and using an Hong Kong ID card that was not hers. Acting Principal Magistrate So Wai-tak of the West Kowloon Courts on Oct. 18 sentenced A.D. Matibag to a total of 16 months in prison  following her plea to the two charges and taking into consideration the "totality" principle. A government prosecutor said Matibag was apprehended on Sept. 19 at the Exit A2 of Mongkok MTR station, when a police officer saw the defendant act...

December 6, 2017
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aaaA Filipina bank executive who recently toured Hong Kong was fined $1,000 after she was found to have a stun gun in her purse. C.M.J. Herrero on Oct. 18 pleaded guilty to the charge of bringing the weapon into Hong Kong. The court heard that on Oct. 17, an x-ray check on Herrero's bag at the Terminal 1 of the Hong Kong International Airport revealed an electronic stunning device in her handcarry bag. After a manual search at the Filipina's bag, the stunning device was found. The defendant then told the officer that she brought the st...

December 5, 2017
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aaaA 32-year-old Filipino domestic helper was sentenced to three months in prison after being found guilty of trying to steal cash from the bedroom of her employers. Magistrate Edward Wong Ching-yu of the West Kowloon Courts on Oct. 6 ordered A.D. Awitan to be jailed after trial. The prosecution alleged that about 10:30 a.m.,  on Aug. 13, Awitan, who began working for the family in January,  was found by her female boss taking a pile of cash from the briefcase of her husband in their bedroom. The Filipina's male employer was a 28-year-o...

November 23, 2017
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aaaALTHOUGH she returned all the money she stole from her employer, she was still sent to prison as the offense constituted "breach of trust". Kowloon City Principal Magistrate Peter Law on Oct. 31 sentenced R.D. Bautista to 12 weeks in prison, but reduced it to eight weeks after the Filipina's guilty plea. Judge Law further discounted two weeks after hearing that Bautista paid back 1,290 Hong Kong dollars, 100 US dollars,  and 2,000 renminbi to her employer. The prosecutor told the court that the money was given to the police and that b...

November 22, 2017
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aaaEUFEMIA Cullamat, a Manobo leader, visited Hong Kong recently to speak at the Tribal Filipino Sunday held in Central by activist migrant Filipino workers. In an interview with Hong Kong News, Cullamat said she came to Hong Kong to appeal to Filipinos living and working in the city to help in their campaign to protect their ancestral lands. "Ang gusto namin sana kung ano man ang ibinabahagi namin sa kanila, sana ibahagi din nila sa mga taga-rito sa Hong Kong. "Ipaalam din nila upang maunawaan ng mga taga Hong Kong ang aming pakikibaka,"...

November 21, 2017
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aaaA 75-year-old Filipino tourist was required to pay $105,249 so she could have a lawyer to represent her in District Court. M.I. Gosilatar on Nov. 7 told District Court Judge C.P. Pang that she was required by the Legal Aid Department to pay the amount so that she could have a lawyer in the court proceedings. Gosilatar has been in custody since Dec. 9, 2016 when she allegedly tried to encash a fake P2.5- billion check in a Hang Seng Bank along Des Voeux Road in Central. A representative of the Legal Aid Department told Judge Pang that t...

November 20, 2017
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aaaFOR failing to pay for about $200-worth of food items from a grocery store, a Filipino domestic helper was fined $2,000. Shatin Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung on Nov. 3 found L.T. Merogenia guilty of theft for taking on July 19, $199.3-worth of goods from a Wellcome supermarket on Tai Wai road. The fine would be taken from the $5,000 bail that the defendant posted. The court heard that the defendant took a pack of oatmeal, a pack of candied dates, a pack of blueberries, two packs of dumpling, one pack of cashew nuts, two packs of por...

November 16, 2017
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aaaTWO Filipino women will stand trial for allegedly selling in Central bottles of beer without license. Rosita T. and Marilyn R. appeared at the Eastern Magistracy on Sept. 25 and pleaded not guilty to the charges of selling 80 bottles of beer at Li Yuen St. in Central in Hong Kong. Rosita, a Hong Kong resident, and Marilyn, a former domestic helper who is a recognisance form holder, also pleaded not guilty to the charge of employing someone who is not lawfully employable, and breach of condition of stay, respectively. Rosita, on the oth...

November 1, 2017
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