Posts by Peter C. Castillo

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aaaThe Court of Appeal has dismissed the petition of a former foreign domestic worker who wanted to remain here because her husband in the Philippines allegedly threatened to kill her after discovering she had lovers while working here in Hong Kong. In a decision on Oct. 21, the appellate court  turned down the appeal of 34-year-old Gennelyn D. D., who wanted to the tribunal to review the decision in March of a judge denying her asylum bid. Gennelyn claimed that the judge made an "error of law" in failing to take into account the psychologi...

November 20, 2019
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aaa  The Sha Tin Magistrates Courts earlier today (November 1) ordered an associate of an employment agency to pay a fine of $15,000 for overcharging a foreign domestic worker, the Labour Department (LD) said. In a statement, the LD said the tribunal also ordered the agency associate to refund the excessive placement fee of $5,548 to the domestic worker. “The LD reminds EAs (employment agencies) to operate in full compliance with the law and the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies at all times. Failure to do so may lead to pro...

November 1, 2019
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aaa  The United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-Migrante HK) yesterday (October 17) slammed the imminent increase in mandatory PhilHealth premiums that could see Filipino domestic workers in HK paying more than P10,000 starting next year. Dolores Balladares-Pelaez, UNIFIL-Migrante-Hk chair, said the current political crisis in Hong Kong was already weighing down on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the city and this could be “aggravated by the looming PhilHealth mandatory extortion.” 'Instead of providing health care protection ...

October 18, 2019
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aaaPhilippine Consulate General (PCG) officials yesterday (October 13) reminded a group of Filipino hikers to avoid indecent acts in public after they were photographed baring their buttocks after climbing a mountain here in Hong Kong. Consul Paul Saret, PCG-Assistance to Nations Section chief, said the hikers who were photographed and their fellow group members went to the consulate yesterday to explain their side on the controversy, which erupted after the photos of their stunt spread online earlier this month. Under HK's Criminal Procedur...

October 14, 2019
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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