Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaaA judge in Sai Wan Ho fined seven Filipinos yesterday (March 12) after they were arrested in an illegal gambling den in North Point. Eastern Presiding Magistrate Peter Law ordered the defendants---deliveryman Rolando R.L., 49; housewife Carolina L.F., 46; bar tender RJ M.R., 30; bar tender Roberto S.A., 42; Thelma G.A., 43; asylum seeker Liziel L.R., 44; and security officer Michael G.Y., 28---to each pay a fine of $500. The seven Filipinos, all of whom were HK residents except for Liziel, had pleaded guilty to illegal gambling. The pr...

March 13, 2019
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aaa  A Filipino asylum seeker was fined $1,800 after she was found guilty of selling liquor without a license in a bar in Central. Eastern Deputy Magistrate Selma Masood ruled that the prosecution had proven that Gina C.L. violated Hong Kong Dutiable Commodities Ordinance when she sold two bottles of Blue Ice beer to undercover police officers. “I believe the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant had sold liquor without a license,” Masood said in her verdict on February 25. According to the prosecut...

March 12, 2019
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aaa  A businesswoman who accused her Filipino domestic worker of indecently assaulting her late “semi-paralyzed” husband admitted in court that the helper had to hold her husband’s penis when she changed his diaper. Answering questions from the defense lawyer, complainant H.S. Wong told the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts that she “agreed” that defendant Ivy B.R., held her husband’s sex organ in the course of cleaning the lower part of his body. “Of course, I agree,” Wong told Deputy Eastern Magistrate Selma Masood on F...

February 21, 2019
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aaa    Intensifying its crackdown on unlawful employment, the Hong Kong government is planning to increase the penalties for overstayers and those who employ illegal workers. Secretary for Security John Lee told the Legislative Council last month that the government wanted to amend the Immigration Ordinance so that overstayers could be imprisoned for up to three years from the current maximum of two years. “The Government has proposed legislative amendments against unlawful employment, including increasing the penalty on ov...

February 20, 2019
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aaaIn landmark decision, the Labour Tribunal yesterday (February 19) allowed a former domestic helper---who is now a factory worker in Laguna---to testify via video link from the Philippines. Labour Tribunal Presiding Officer Timon Shum also allowed a union officer to represent in court claimant Joenalyn D. Mallorca, who is suing her former employer, Ng Mei Shuen, for a total of $85,935.56 (P576,427.48) in damages. This is the first time the Labour Tribunal has allowed a claimant to give testimony via video conferencing. Before today, worker...

February 20, 2019
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aaaA 35-year-old Filipino domestic worker died in Tai Po yesterday (February 18) after she was hospitalized for lupus, consulate officials said. One official, who asked not to be identified, said Maristel P. Pepito, who was from Baybay, Leyte, died at the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po. “Her husband and sibling were supposed to come over from the Philippines to visit her but she passed away,” the official said. She said the consulate was still trying to obtain Pepito's death certificate to determine the exact cause of...

February 19, 2019
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aaa  Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will be the first Filipino to have her own wax figure at the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum at The Peak this April. Wurtzbach met with members of the HK Filipino community yesterday (February 17) at the Star Hall of the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre (KITEC) in a pre-launch even that was organized by Madame Tussauds and the Philippine Consulate General. “I can’t wait to have my wax figure here. I really can’t imagine that I will be part of this,” Pia said. Vic...

February 18, 2019
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aaa  A businesswoman testified in court this lunchtime (Feb. 12) that her late husband complained that their Filipino domestic worker gave him feces “to eat”. The witness, H.S. Wong, told Eastern Deputy Magistrate Selma Masood that her 60-year-old semi-paralyzed husband, who died last year, wrote to her when he was still alive that their domestic worker, Ivy B.R., gave him his own feces “for him to eat.” “My husband wrote down the words and showed me. I asked my maid, ‘You gave him feces to eat?’” Wong said. “(Iv...

February 12, 2019
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aaa  Junior New System, the hip-hop dance group from the Philippines that became famous for dancing on high heels, will be among the international performers in the highly-anticipated Hong Kong Chinese New Year parade tomorrow evening. The all-male dance group, which reached the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent last year with their jaw-dropping performances while on six-inch heels, will display their talents at the 2019 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade. The parade begins at 8 p.m. at the Hong Kong Cultu...

February 4, 2019
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aaaHong Kong’s Avenue of Stars (AoS), the popular tourist attraction along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, will be open again to the public starting tomorrow (January 31) after being closed for renovation for more than three years. Cherry Tse, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, said the new AoS has an aesthetic new look, is now more functional, and convenient for local residents and overseas visitors, making it a world-class harbor front landmark. The renovation enhanced the AoS features related to the Hong Kong film industry. In addition ...

January 30, 2019
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