Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaa  A 28-year-old returning overseas Filipino worker admitted this lunchtime (March 19) that she stole more than $5,000 from a fellow domestic worker. Jenny Anne G.N., 28, pleaded guilty to one count of theft at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts after she made several withdrawals and stole $5,830 from the bank account of Lilian B.C., who also worked for her previous employer. “This is not a one-off incident or a just moment of greed. You made withdrawals a number of times,” Eastern Presiding Magistrate Peter Law told the defenda...

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aaaA Filipino domestic worker was sentenced to prison yesterday (March 18) after she admitted to stealing and pawning her employer’s two gold rings in Mid-Levels. Eastern Principal Magistrate Peter Law sent Johara T.N. to a month in jail after she pleaded guilty to two counts of theft. “Umaamin po,” said the 32-year-old domestic worker. The prosecution said the worker’s male employer found a pawnshop ticket in his flat while she was on vacation in the Philippines last Christmas. The ticket showed that the employer’s gold ring...

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aaaA Filipino domestic worker from Nueva Vizcaya died earlier this month at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after falling ill, a Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) official said. The official, who asked not to be identified, said the worker Susie B. Olid, 56, died on March 9 due to kidney failure. “She was hospitalized for a long time and was even brought to the ICU,” the official said. Besides having kidney problems, Olid also had a bout of pneumonia which led to her hospitalization, the official added. The deceased had two chil...

March 18, 2019
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aaa  A judge in Kwun Tong this afternoon (March 15) acquitted the Filipino domestic helper who was accused of stealing $40 from her colleague in Sai Kung. Kwun Tong Deputy Magistrate Philip Chan Chi-fai cleared defendant Imelda B. of the charge of theft after the prosecution failed to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt. “In this case, the defendant’s defense was not effectively challenged by the prosecution,” Judge Chan said. “Her (behavior) was suspicious but suspicions are not enough to prove a criminal charge. I fi...

March 15, 2019
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aaaSaying it was “heart-wrenching” to watch on CCTV, a judge in Sai Wan Ho this afternoon (March 7) sentenced a Filipino domestic worker to four months in prison for assaulting her bed-ridden ward. Eastern Deputy Magistrate Selma Masood found defendant Ivy B.R., 39, guilty of common assault while dismissing the additional charge of indecent assault filed against her. Masood said CCTV footage showed Ivy assaulting her 60-year-old paralyzed ward when she slapped his left thigh, hit his right hand with a plastic chair, pulled his penis in a...

March 7, 2019
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aaa  A Filipino domestic helper accused her colleague of stealing $40 from her jacket which she had left inside her employer’s flat in Sai Kung. Catherine C. testified at the Kwun Tong Magistrates Courts today (March 6) and accused her more senior colleague, Imelda B., of stealing two $20 bills out of the $141.5 that she had put inside the pocket of her jacket. The initial charge said that the defendant took all the $141.5 but, when she testified in court, the complainant said that she lost only the $40. “Hindi po $141.5 pero ...

March 6, 2019
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aaa    A Filipino domestic helper who allegedly received a package of illegal drugs insisted that she was innocent after the police filed a case against her in court. Analyn B.D. told Eastern Magistrate Cheng Lim-chi that she was going to challenge the drug trafficking charge against her when her case goes to trial. “Not guilty, your honor,” De Leon told the judge on February 25. A Philippine Consulate General (PCG) official said Analyn was arrested after she received a parcel which contained more than 200 grams of coc...

March 5, 2019
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aaaFILIPINO domestic workers who do not get enough food from their employers can have them included in the watchlist of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), according to Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre. Dela Torre said that the POLO received complaints almost “daily” against employers who do not give enough food for their helper. He said these employers are put on the watchlist, which included more than 6,000 employers as of January. “We do it all the time…almost on a daily basis. Problema sa pagkain. Dami,” Dela Torre said...

March 5, 2019
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aaaA 50-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was caught selling fake Nike and Under Armour caps in Central during her day off luckily avoided prison. Eastern Presiding Magistrate Peter Law on January 31 meted out a suspended sentence to Milagros P, who admitted to the charges of selling fake goods and violating the conditions of her stay in Hong Kong as a foreign domestic worker. “What you did is you tried to earn extra money on your leisure time. I will sentence you on this basis,” Law told the Filipino woman. The judge sentenced he...

February 26, 2019
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aaa  THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has resumed offering free uric acid and cholesterol level tests for overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong. POLO staff member Joszoa Villa said they had resumed offering the exams after procuring the expensive strips needed for uric acid and cholesterol tests. However, the POLO is prioritizing those who have a history of high uric acid or cholesterol levels. “Iniinterview namin sila whether may previous na history. Pakidala na lang ng proof na nadiagnose na or binigyan siya ng gamot ...

February 26, 2019
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