Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaaTwo Filipino domestic workers have admitted to helping run a high-end prostitution ring from a luxury apartment in Mid-Levels, a government lawyer said this morning (May 18). The prosecutor told Eastern Principal Magistrate Peter Law that defendants J. Palpalatoc, 40, and J. Gallego, 47, admitted to the police to assisting in running the online prostitution service from their employer's flat on Tregunther Path. Their employer, a certain Ms. Wong, was the mastermind of the syndicate, which allegedly offered through websites the services of...

May 18, 2018
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aaaThe High Court junked the asylum appeal of a Filipino domestic worker who wanted to remain in Hong Kong because her husband in the Philippines discovered that she had illicit affairs both here in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Deputy High Court Judge Josiah Lam on April 25 dismissed the application for leave to apply for judicial review filed by L.S. Alcantara and ruled that the Director of Immigration and the Torture Claims Appeal Board were fair and did not commit any mistake in rejecting her asylum bid. "The reports of the Director and th...

May 17, 2018
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aaaTHE Philippine Consulate General (PCG) has formally asked the Hong Kong Police to investigate a store in North Point after it folded up without delivering the cellular phones purchased by Filipino domestic workers. Consul Paul Saret, PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section chief, said they sought the help of the police after several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) went to the consulate to complain against Magnum Store, which is located in Maxi Mall in North Point. "As far as we know, they ordered and bought cellphones there but these were ei...

May 17, 2018
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker who claimed she was strip-searched repeatedly by the police today lost her bid to exclude her police confession from the evidence against her in court. Deputy Magistrate Simon Ho said he found "significant inconsistencies" in the testimony of defendant Margie M.L., who was accused of theft by her employer in Pok Fu Lam. "I make the conclusion that (Margie's admission of guilt in her police statement) was made voluntarily. None of (the body searches) were intrusive or oppressive," Judge Ho said in his ruling this...

May 16, 2018
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker testified in court today against her compatriot who was initially accused of stealing the wallet of their employer, a High Court justice, in his home at The Peak. Rosiene C.C. testified at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts in Sai Wan Ho and said that she also lost $3,700 of her personal money, which she had kept in a while envelope, to the defendant, 38-year-old Marites P.C. Rosiene said she found the envelope, which had gone missing, under the defendant’s pillow after Marites was terminated on January 13. ...

May 15, 2018
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THE Hong Kong Police has sought the help of Interpol to locate the Peya Travel executive who disappeared after the police investigated the travel agency’s ticketing mess in December, an official of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) said.
Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section, said Peya Travel marketing manager Arnold Grospe would also be included in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) “watch list” in the Philippines.
“We have communicated to our...

May 15, 2018
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aaaIT'S her chance to turn a new leaf. A Filipino mother of nine children but hooked into illegal drugs got another chance in life after a judge in Sai Wan Ho approved a probation report that allowed her to avoid getting imprisoned. The defendant, with initials E.D.V., was charged with "ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of child or young person" last last year after her eighth child had convulsions. Investigators discovered that the Filipina was breastfeeding her child even while she was hooked on "shabu" or "ice" (methampheta...

May 14, 2018
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aaaTHE Philippine Consulate General (PCG) has given the green light to the deployment of Labor Attache (Labatt) Leonida V. Romulo to Hong Kong as the replacement of former Labatt Jalilo Dela Torre. The PCG gave its "clearance" for the accreditation of Romulo, who once served as assistant labor attache (ALA) to Hong Kong, on May 6. The clearance was sought on April 30, a source who asked not to be identified, told Hong Kong News. "The consulate did not pose any objection to the accreditation of Labatt Nida as the new head of the Philippine ...

May 11, 2018
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aaaFIVE Filipino inmates in Hong Kong have asked the government that they be allowed to serve their jail sentences in the Philippines, according to a Philippine Consulate General (PCG) official. Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section, said the five male inmates want to be transferred to Philippine jails so that their families could readily visit them. “We have a Transfer of Sentenced Persons Agreement (TSPA) with Hong Kong so there are five who want to be transferred because they’re serving long-term jail sent...

May 3, 2018
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aaaAFTER the High Court upheld the "live-in" rule for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs), the Immigration Department (Immd) has suggested that employers should execute an "undertaking," or a formal pledge, to provide adequate quarters for FDHs before their visas can be approved. Immigration officials told Philippine Consulate General (PCG) officers during the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on March 14 that employers who violate the "undertaking" will not be allowed to hire FDHs in the future. "(Immigration) said that the employers should...

April 30, 2018
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