Posts by Cheryl Arcibal

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aaaOVER 29,000 Filipino voters in Hong Kong have been deactivated by the Commission on Elections. "Mainam na kapag nagpunta sila dito sa Philippine Consulate, i-check nila kung active pa sila para makaboto sa 2019," said Election Officer Jethro dela Cruz. In October 2016, the consulate received a list of the 29,095 registered voters in Hong Kong who were deactivated by the Comelec. A voter is deactivated if they were unable to vote in the two most recent elections - the senatorial polls in 2013, and the presidential polls in 2016. "Min...

December 8, 2017
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aaaTHE only Filipina tourist acquitted among the four who were tried for bringing into Hong Kong an estimated  $2.564-million worth of cocaine in 2015 was released from prisons. The 37-year-old mother of four, Maricel T.,  told Hong Kong News her family in the Philippines had no idea she would be coming home soon. Maricel, along with the three other defendants who were convicted of the drug charges, had been in jail custody since their arrest in September 2015. Upon her release from custody on the late afternoon of Nov. 14, the same day...

December 1, 2017
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aaaTHE bill that will provide a legal basis for stiff fines and jail terms against erring employment agencies may not be approved this year, a Hong Kong lawmaker said. Dr. Fernando Cheung of Labour Party told Hong Kong News there had been no recent deliberations on the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies at the Legislative Council. "The government is moving very slowly and we're hoping that...we could have them get the law ready, but at this point, they're not even talking about the CoP. We need to put more pressure to the government be...

December 1, 2017
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aaaA former domestic helper who was charged in court for faking the death of her Filipino husband so she could marry a Hong Kong man was sentenced to six months in prison. Acting Principal Magistrate Joseph To Ho-shing, however, suspended the jail term for 18 months, which meant that T. Lam would not have to serve the sentence provided she would not commit any other offense during the period. The court heard that Lam married her Hong Kong husband a year after she had given birth to their son in April 1995. They broke up seven years after ...

November 17, 2017
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aaaEMPLOYMENT agencies have appealed to Philippine labor officials to exempt  Hong Kong-bound Filipino workers  from the temporary deployment ban. Teresa Liu of the Association of Hong Kong Manpower Agencies Ltd. (AHKMA), and Kitman Cheung of Overseas Employment Centre (Hong Kong and Macau) met with Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre on Nov. 13 to appeal for Hong Kong's exemption. "We met with the Labor Attache, and we requested that Hong Kong be (exempted)," said Cheung in a press conference with Dela Torre and Liu held at the Philippine Ove...

November 15, 2017
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aaaTHREE of the four Filipina tourists who were charged over bringing about $2.5-million worth of cocaine from the Philippines to Hong Kong in 2015. Voting unanimous, a jury of seven persons  on Nov. 14 found defendants Shirley Chua, Remelyn Roque, and Ana Loella Creus guilty after a 16-day trial at the High Court. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Maricel T., a mother of of three, was acquitted of the two charges of trafficking in a dangerous drug and conspiracy to traffic dangerous drug. Maricel sobbed and cried  after hearing the jury's verdict...

November 14, 2017
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aaaHUSBAND and wife Jason Siao and JL Timbreza-Siao are the featured artists of Brick Lane Gallery in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Siaos, both Fine Arts graduates of the University of the Philippines, said the 12 paintings included in the collection showcase their "work and love for art". JL, who works as a part-time entrepreneur/baker, and freelance web and graphic designer, contributed seven paintings to the collection, featuring her "Death by Dessert" series. "There's an ant in every painting, and they're dying in sweetness, but the message actu...

November 3, 2017
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aaa  FOR 14 years of working in Hong Kong she had not run afoul of the law, but that all changed when she took out a loan and also became a guarantor of a loan. Saying the case was a "breach of trust" and a serious offense, Deputy Magistrate Jolie Chao  Tsz-kwan of the Kwun Tong Magistracy on Oct. 11 sentenced V.B. Daria to six months in prison. The jail term was reduced to four months following the defendant's guilty plea. The prosecution alleged that Daria, 40, started working for  her latest employer, a Yoga instructor,  in ...

October 27, 2017
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aaaFILIPINOS whose passports were held by the Hong Kong Police following a crackdown on a loan shark syndicate are now allowed to renew their passports, Philippine Consulate officials told Hong Kong News. Vice Consul Fatima Guzman Quintin said the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila authorized the PCG to allow the renewal of passports that were made collateral by those involved in the loan scam. “Pwede na silang mag-renew ng passports, instead of us giving them a travel document,” Guzman Quintin said. “We ask them to file an aff...

October 27, 2017
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aaaFOR over 22 years, she lived as a Hong Kong resident after marrying a local man and then having a son with him. However, it was discovered that her husband in the Philippines was still alive and she was not a widow like she declared when she married the Hong Kong man. T.G. Lam on Oct. 16 pleaded guilty to the offense of signing a false notice for the purpose of procuring a marriage at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts. The prosecution said Lam misled the Immigration Department when she declared that she was a widow so she could marry a ...

October 27, 2017
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