Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaa  A Filipino domestic employer and her male employer were charged with illegal employment after she was caught managing an illegal guesthouse in Causeway Bay. Pamela S. was charged with two counts of breach of condition of stay and another count of maintaining an unlicensed guesthouse at the Eastern Magistrates Courts in Sai Wan Ho. “Do not look at (the Filipina domestic worker) like that! It will create some pressure on her,” Eastern Principal Magistrate Peter Law told the male employer when he and his helper appeared side by...

January 17, 2019
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aaa  With the Chinese New Year approaching, the Labour Department (LD) today (January 16) reminded employers and cleaning workers to stay alert and pay attention to safety when cleaning windows. "It is customary for families to conduct a thorough clean-up of their homes to get ready for the Chinese New Year. Many will either perform the chores themselves or engage cleaning workers to help,” an LD spokesman said. “Both employers and cleaning workers should take heed of safety precautions when undertaking household chores. In parti...

January 16, 2019
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An Indonesian domestic worker was found dead hanging inside her employer's home in Tai Kok Tsui this morning (January 16), the police said. The police confirmed that the worker was a 27-year-old Indonesian and not a Filipino. "The worker was not from the Philippines. She was from Indonesia," a police spokeswoman said. "She did not leave any suicide note but there were no suspicious circumstances in her death," she added. The Oriental Daily earlier reported that the domestic worker was found hanging i...

January 16, 2019
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aaaSaying it was a “threat” to Filipino domestic workers, an alliance of migrant workers here in Hong Kong is preparing to hold protest actions against the proposed mandatory health checks being studied by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). Dolores Balladares-Pelaez, chair of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong-Migrante-HK, said the POLO proposal to require check-ups for domestic workers renewing their contract or changing employer was “dangerous” as it could cost them their jobs. “Ang tingin po natin doon sa mandataory hea...

January 15, 2019
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aaaTHREE call center agents from the Philippines landed in jail after their “free tour” of Hong Kong turned out to be a scam that police suspect might be linked to money laundering. The three Filipino suspects—Enrique V., Ryan S.I., and Maureen M.G.—were brought to Eastern Magistrates' Courts in Sai Wan Ho on January 7 for a mention hearing. The defendants—who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s---are facing charges of “using a false instrument.” A government official familiar with the case said the suspects claime...

January 15, 2019
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aaa  The Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday (January 9) passed a non-binding motion calling on the government to increase the number of Hong Kong statutory holidays from 12 to 17 days. The motion was initiated by LegCo member Poon Siu Ping, who wanted the government to declare September 3 as a statutory holiday as it marks the “Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression” during World War II, according to the Hong Kong Standard. The motion, however, was amended to just add five more d...

January 11, 2019
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aaaTHE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is studying a proposal to require mandatory pre-employment health check-ups for Filipino domestic workers renewing their contracts or transferring to a new employer. Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said the proposal was meant to ensure that Filipino migrants remain healthy after the spate of overseas Filipino workers dying after having a stroke last year. “We are still reviewing this policy because there are concerns that this might lead to terminations,” Dela Torre said in an interview on J...

January 11, 2019
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker and her 66-year-old employer in Mid-Levels were charged with money laundering at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts yesterday (January 7). Prosecutors accused J.E. Palpal-latoc and her employer, P.H. Wong, of laundering HK $19,104,851.68 from January 2010 until May 2018. “Wong…together with (Palpal-latoc) dealt with property, namely (the $19 million), held in the name of Firstmount Investments Limited with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe that the...

January 8, 2019
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aaaLabor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre allayed the fears of Filipino domestic workers that their visa application might be rejected if they break more than two contracts with employers within a year. Dela Torre said that Immigration Department (ImmD) officials told the Philippine Consulate General that they deal with visa applications “on an individual basis” and do not automatically reject applications if the helper had broken her contract for the third time. “Per our discussion, hindi naman daw yun automatic na pag tatlo or apat na beses...

January 4, 2019
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aaa  The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health yesterday (January 2) said that the number of flu cases had continued to increase, indicating that Hong Kong “has entered the winter influenza season.” In a statement, the CHP urged members of the public heighten its vigilance for protection against influenza, which is mainly spread through droplets when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. "We anticipate that local seasonal influenza activity will continue to rise in the coming weeks and remain at an eleva...

January 3, 2019
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