Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaa  Bowing to public pressure, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam today (September 4) announced the full withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill that sparked the anti-government protests that have rocked Hong Kong since June. In a pre-recorded video message aired on television, Ms. Lam said the government will formally move to withdraw the bill when the Legislative Council resumes its session next month “The Fugitive Offenders Bill will be formally withdrawn in order to fully allay public concerns. The Secretary for Sec...

September 4, 2019
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aaa  A Filipino domestic worker sought the help of the police after she lost more than $4,000 in Statue Square in Central on Sunday (September 1). Janet H. said she suspects a fellow Filipina in their hangout took her wallet and got away with her monthly salary of $4,410. “Suspect ko kasama ko lang kasi doon lang nawala kung saan ako nakapuwesto,” Janet said. She said the incident happened at around 10 a.m. while she was with her friends at their hangout in Statue Square, popularly known as “black man” among overseas Filip...

September 3, 2019
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aaa    The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) yesterday (September 2)advised Filipinos to delay “non-essential travel” to Hong Kong as anti-government protests continue to rock the city. The PCG noted that the protests had disrupted the city’s modes of transport. Late on Saturday night, train services were suspended in the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Island, South Island, and Tseung Kwan O Line line. On Sunday, the Airport Express and Tung Chung lines were suspended due to protests near the airport. “In view of the serio...

September 3, 2019
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aaa  Hong Kong residents, including foreign domestic helpers, born in 1955 or 1956 should have their HK identity cards (HKIC) replaced starting later this month until mid November, the Immigration Department (ImmD) said. The ImmD said those born in 1955 and 1956 can have their HKICs replaced at the different Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCC) starting on September 24 until November 15. “Eligible applicants can now make appointment for replacement of smart identity cards,” the ImmD said. The members of the current ...

September 3, 2019
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aaa  A 32-year-old Filipino domestic helper died yesterday (September 1) of an apparent heart attack in Yuen Long, according to the police. A police spokesperson said the worker was brought unconscious to the Pok Oi Hospital in Au Tau, Yuen Long but the doctors were not able to revive her. “She was taken there unconscious and was later certified as dead. The initial investigation showed that there was nothing suspicious about her death,” the spokeswoman said. She said a friend of the victim called the police at around 12:05 p....

September 2, 2019
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aaa  Passengers using the Hong Kong international airport from Sunday to Tuesday should go there early as anti-government protesters are expected to create gridlock on the roads and trains, the airport authority said. The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) said it was aware that demonstrators were planning to disrupt transportation routes going to Check Lap Kok starting on Sunday and during the two days of citywide general strikes on Monday and Tuesday. “AA is aware that there have been calls for attempts to block traffic to Hong Kon...

August 30, 2019
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aaa  Eligible foreign domestic workers can get free measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines from designated clinics and outreach programs across Hong Kong until Nov. 15, the HK Department of Health said. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said eligible FDHs should make a booking for the vaccination and bring their employment contract/working visa and Hong Kong identity card/passport on their appointment day. It said persons with laboratory evidence of immunity (i.e. tested positive for measles immunoglobulin G) do not require M...

August 27, 2019
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aaaHONG KONG Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said Filipinos might soon get new job opportunities in HK when the territory allows foreigners to work as caregivers, according to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA said in a report that Cheung, who formerly served as HK labor and welfare secretary, made the statement when former Consul General Antonio Morales visited him for a farewell call before going back to Manila. “The Chief Secretary…noted the ageing population of Hong Kong, with the elderly currently numbering ...

August 23, 2019
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aaa  We’re first. To better serve Filipinos in Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Sunday launched at the consulate the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) first online ePassport appointment system for overseas Filipinos. Locsin said the DFA decided to launch the new system so that overseas Filipino workers in HK who need a new passport would be spared from spending their day off just queueing in line at the consulate. “It is clear to me that your one day of ‘me time’ is a right and also a preciou...

July 17, 2019
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aaa    Hong Kong residents, including foreign domestic helpers, born in 1964 or 1965 should have their HK identity cards replaced starting later this month until late September, the Immigration Department (ImmD) said. The ImmD said those born in 1964 or 1965 can have their HKICs replaced at the different Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres (SIDCC) starting on July 27 until September 23. “Eligible applicants can now make appointment for replacement of smart identity cards,” the ImmD said. The members of the current ...

July 4, 2019
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