Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaaA Filipino restaurant manager was charged with stealing money that was left behind in an ATM machine in Causeway Bay. Mark R.B., an HK resident, admitted at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts to stealing the $500 bill that belonged to K.Y. Tsui, a Chinese national. “I plead guilty,” Mark told Eastern Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han on October 19. The prosecution said the incident happened between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on February 23 at an HSBC ATM machine on the first floor of the Park Lane Hong Kong hotel along Gloucester Road. T...

November 13, 2018
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker asked for help from her compatriots after a pickpocket, believed to be another Filipina, stole more than $4,000 from her in Central on Sunday (November 4). Mary Jane Olivar, of Happy Valley, said the woman took her wallet while she was walking along Li Yuen Street East Street, one of “alley-alleys” popular with Filipinos, in Central. The incident was caught on CCTV and a copy of the CCTV video had gone viral online. “Please help me. She took almost my entire monthly salary,” Olivar said. “Those w...

November 7, 2018
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aaaConsul General Antonio Morales urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong to tell their loved ones back in the Philippines about how hard it is to work abroad. Morales spoke on October 14 at the launching of Go Earn Achieve Return Uplift Philippines (GEAR-UP!), a part of the Philippine government’s comprehensive OFW reintegration program. “It’s very important that we have a common understanding of what overseas work entails. Akala ng mga kamag-anak natin madali lang kumita ng pera abroad,” Morales said. “Kailangan ma...

November 6, 2018
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aaaMembers of Hong Kong's business community raised nearly P110 million in donations for the poorest families in the Phillipines living on less than P27 a day. The International Care Ministries (ICM), a nonprofit organization, held its annual auction and charity banquet on October 24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Wan Chai and raised HKD15.9 million (P108.6 million). "Despite having 10 fewer tables than a few years ago, this year, total donations were HK$15.9m, up 14 percent on last year's result of HK$14.0m," said Davi...

November 5, 2018
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aaa  A 45-year-old Filipino tourist was arrested before dawn yesterday (October 25) after she assaulted another Filipino woman in a fight inside a bar in Wan Chai. Emily R.P., an owner of a beauty salon in the Philippines, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, after she scratched the face of the complainant Mihira R.P., inside the Neptune III Disco. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge this morning and Eastern Presiding Magistrate Peter Law sentenced her to one week of imprisonment but suspended it for 12 mon...

October 26, 2018
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aaa  The Immigration Department (ImmD) said it will start replacing old Hong Kong identity cards (HKIC) of HK residents, including overseas Filipino workers working in the city, in late December. An Immd spokesman said that the upcoming territory-wide identity card (HKIC) replacement program will start on December 27, 2018. Holders of existing smart HKICs will be invited to attend one of the nine newly-established Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCCs) in phases, in accordance with their year of birth, to have their HKICs repl...

October 25, 2018
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aaa  Get those jackets ready. The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) said it expected the weather in the city to be cooler and drier next week, with a low of 19 degrees Celsius next Wednesday (October 31). The HKO said an anticyclone system will bring brighter weather to China’s southern coastal regions in the next couple of days. The temperature on October 31 will range from 19 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. “A cold front is expected to reach the coast of Guangdong on Saturday. Under the influence of the associated northeast...

October 24, 2018
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker and his employer were charged at the Shatin Magistrates Courts after the helper was caught allegedly working illegally in a pigsty in Sai Kung. The police charged Joefrey A.B. with breach of condition of stay while his employer Yong Shing U was charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the breach of condition of stay on October 4. Both men pleaded not guilty. According to a police witness, he and his colleague were conducting an operation against illegal workers in Sai Kung on April 17 when they s...

October 24, 2018
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aaaThe police in China are looking for a Filipino domestic worker who left her tour group and went into hiding earlier this month, a tourist agency official said. Steven Xu, a travel agency business director, said they were offering up to HKD20,000 for anyone who had information about Angeline C. Curato, a domestic worker in Macau, who left her group that was on a tour in Shenzhen. Her Chinese tourist visa expired yesterday (October 18). “We would like to pay HKD10,000 to HKD20,000 for anyone who can provide clues for us to get her,” sai...

October 19, 2018
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aaaThere will be 12 statutory holidays for Hong Kong workers next year, according to the Labour Department. The department reminded employers to allow their workers to take the day off during statutory holidays. An employer who wants her foreign domestic worker to work during a statutory holiday should inform her 48 hours before the holiday. If the worker agrees, the employer should provide an alternative holiday within 60 days, the Labour Department said. The employer cannot offer to pay the worker additional wages in lieu of the statuto...

October 18, 2018
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