Posts by Cheryl Arcibal

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aaaSHE stole $100 from her employer because she never received any financial help from her. A Filipino domestic helper on Jun. 8 pleaded guilty to stealing the money from her employer on Apr. 26, 2017. The duty lawyer of M. Monge, a 33-year-old mother of two, told Eastern Courts Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai that when the defendant started working for her employer in North Point in 2012, she was told never to borrow money from financing agencies. Being separated from her husband, and the sole breadwinner of her family, when a typhoon...

June 22, 2017
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aaaA 69-year-old former domestic worker has surrendered to the Immigration Department after overstaying in Hong Kong for more than six years now. An apparently ailing T. Sabino pleaded guilty to breach of condition of stay before the Shatin Magistracy Courts on June 7. She had been overstaying in the city since her visa expired in February 2011 and had surrendered to authorities on May 19, 2017. Her duty lawyer said Sabino, single, had a clear record in Hong Kong and had been working as a domestic helper in the city for 30 years. ...

June 21, 2017
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aaaA Filipino seafarer was caught with smuggling 2.7 kilos of cocaine into Hong Kong on June 1. Vice Consul Alex Vallespin told Hong Kong News the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department apprehended the Filipino, who was described to be in his late 40s, after the Filipino delivered the drugs to two Colombian nationals. “The seafarer’s vessel docked in Hong Kong and Customs authorities tailed him until he delivered the drugs to the recipients,” Vallespin said. The Filipino and two Colombian nationals were then arrested. ...

June 19, 2017
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aaaTHE Hong Kong Immigration Department has committed to investigate complaints against employers who bring their Filipino helpers out of Hong Kong and forcing them to work. Officials of the Philippine Consulate and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office requested the HKID to comment “on the practice of some employers who regularly bring their helpers abroad in the guise joining them for vacation but actually force the FDHs to work.” “HKID committed to conduct an investigation to verify if ‘False Representation’ is commit...

June 16, 2017
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aaaA 58-year-old Filipino domestic worker and the 85-year-old mother of his employer were identified as the two fatalities in a traffic accident on Thursday morning in To Kwa Wan, an official of the Philippine Consulate General confirmed. Assistance to Nationals officer Danilo Baldon told Hong Kong News the employer of Rodolfo Villaruel was trying to get in touch with the Filipino's next of kin in the Philippines. "Nakapitong kontrata na daw iyong domestic worker sa amo niya. Kasama daw ng Pilipino ang nanay ng employer niya," he said. Ba...

June 16, 2017
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aaaA 58-year-old Filipino domestic worker and the mother of his employer were identified as the two fatalities in a traffic accident on Thursday morning in To Kwa Wan, an official of the Philippine Consulate General confirmed. Assistance to Nationals officer Danilo Baldon told Hong Kong News the employer of R.V. was trying to get in touch with the Filipino's next of kin in the Philippines. "Nakapitong kontrata na daw iyong domestic worker sa amo niya. Kasama daw ng Pilipino ang nanay ng employer niya," he said. Baldon said the identity of...

June 15, 2017
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aaaHONG KONG’s Labour Department is  set to send to the Legislative Council a bill that will provide a basis for stiff fines and jail terms against erring employment agencies. On the sidelines of the diplomatic reception for the celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day held on June 8 at the Conrad Hong Kong, Labour and Welfare Secretary Stephen Sui told Hong Kong News the bill will be sent to the LegCo by the end of the week. “It’s our plan to send the bill by the end of next week and then we will put this forwa...

June 15, 2017
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aaaCONSUL-General Bernardita Catalla has been confirmed by the powerful Commission on Appointments as ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary to the Lebanese Republic. Catalla told Hong Kong News she might leave her Hong Kong post in the third quarter of the year. She said it took more than an hour of questioning before she got the CA’s nod. Catalla said there was still no information on who would replace her. Catalla was appointed by then President Benigno Aquino III as consul general to Hong Kong in 2014. She has...

June 12, 2017
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aaaLABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III is receptive to the proposal to transfer the Philippine Overseas Labor Office from the Admiralty Centre to Lippo Centre. “He’s favorable [to the proposal] because it’s cheaper and more convenient. He’s receptive to the idea,” said Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre in an interview with Hong Kong News after the meeting on May 13 of President Rodrigo Duterte Jr. with the Filipino community. Bello was one of Duterte’s cabinet members who joined the President’s trip to Hong Kong. Th...

June 9, 2017
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aaaTHE “insensitive” comments she got from Facebook had further hurt her. The Filipina victim who gave evidence in court about the indecent assault and rape committed on her by her former employer read Facebook comments about her and these added to her anguish, Social Welfare Attache Elizabeth Lim Dy. “Dapat nga proud pa tayo sa kanya kasi ipinaglaban niya ang karapatan niya at ng ibang workers dito. Ipinaglaban din niya ang mga kababaihan, the right of other women. Kaya nga sabi ko sa kanya maging strong siya,” Dy told Ho...

June 6, 2017
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