Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaaFewer Filipinos are applying to become domestic workers in Hong Kong due to the anti-government protests in the city, according to recruitment industry leader in Manila. Alfredo Palmiery, president of Sharp (Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines), said the demand for Filipino domestic helpers and their deployment to HK remained strong but recruiters noticed a decrease of “five to 10 percent” in the number of Filipino applicants. “Mga five to 10 percent ang ibinaba. Naramdaman namin yan since two months ago at...

December 6, 2019
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aaa    A Filipino domestic worker died on Saturday (Nov. 30) after she hanged herself inside her employer’s flat in Kowloon, the police said. A spokeswoman from the Police Public Relations Bureau (PPRB) said the 45-year-old worker, surnamed Jamer, was certified dead when she was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon on Saturday night. “She reportedly had family problems,” the police spokeswoman said. She said the helper’s female employer, surnamed Chak, reported the incident to the police at around 8:1...

December 2, 2019
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aaa  He had prepared to celebrate his child’s birthday. A 48-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) died on Saturday (Nov. 23) after he drowned while sailing with his employer in Victoria Harbour. A spokesman from the Police Public Relations Bureau said the Filipino fell from a “sail boat” in Victoria Harbour about a kilometre off Ngau Tau Kok on Saturday afternoon. A Philippine Consulate General (PCG) official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the domestic worker fro...

November 27, 2019
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aaaThe Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) urged Filipino domestic workers to report employers who take advantage of the anti-government protests and do not allow their helpers to take a day off so that they can continue to work. Assistant Labor Attache Angelica M. Sunga urged helpers who are not allowed to go out on their day off because of protests and are made to work without pay to report their employers. “Kung hindi magdaday-off ng Sunday, puwede niyang kausapin si amo niya and set another day off. Internal agreement lang nila,”...

November 19, 2019
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker in Discovery Bay was fined $4,000 for failing to pay for some grocery items at a supermarket. She said she forgot to pay partly because she was thinking of her boyfriend, who had lost his job. West Kowloon Deputy Magistrate Ng Mee-wah found Rica E.Q. guilty of theft on October 4 and ordered her to pay a fine of $4,000 for the stolen grocery items worth $327. “I am satisfied that the prosecution proved the elements of the offence beyond reasonable doubt. The defendant is guilty as charged,” Judge Ng said i...

October 28, 2019
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aaa  A 37-year-old former Filipino domestic helper was sentenced at the High Court this morning (October 25) to nearly eight years in prison for selling shabu and other illegal drugs in Yau Ma Tei. High Court Judge S.T. Poon convicted Josephine M.F. and sentenced her to seven years and 10 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to trafficking 27.9 grams of cocaine, 23.09 grams of shabu, and 19 grams of ketamine. Josephine’s sentence was also increased by nine months because she was an asylum seeker at the time of the offense. ...

October 25, 2019
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aaaThe 54-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was locked out of her employer’s flat in Kowloon Tong is now under the care of the Philippine Consulate General. Welfare Attache Virsie Tamayao said this afternoon that Lorna E.C., who is from Capiz, went to the consulate this lunchtime and had decided to finally leave her employer after the alleged abuses that she suffered. “Tinawagan namin ang kanyang amo para iinform siya pero binabaan kami ng telepono,” Tamayao said. “Gusto sana namin sabihan siya para hindi na magreport o magsab...

October 21, 2019
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aaaA 37-year-old overseas Filipino worker died in Kowloon after she had a severe asthma attack while her employer was abroad. Welfare Attache Marivic Clarin said domestic worker Ivy B., who is from Bontoc, Mountain Province, was comatose from September 20 to 25 before she finally passed away. “Nakamamatay pala ang severe asthma. Nawawalan ng oxygen supply ang brain ng matagal. Dinala siya sa opsital pero comatose. After a few days, pumanaw na siya,” Clarin said in an interview. Ivy was alone in the flat because her employer was on a f...

October 17, 2019
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aaaThe police have arrested a 61-year-old Filipino woman in Wan Chai who was allegedly involved in a $731,000 (P4.8 million) money laundering scam. Shirina A.Q. was brought before Eastern Magistrates’ Courts Presiding Judge Bina Chainrai yesterday morning (October 16) after the police charged her “with dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence.” “Naiintindihan ko,” Shirina said when asked if she understood the allegations against her. The prosecution said a total of $731,731 were depo...

October 17, 2019
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aaaA Filipino domestic helper claimed before the High Court that another Filipino woman made her accept a drug parcel from Africa that contained shabu worth P2.2 million. Defendant Analyn D.L., who was charged with drug trafficking, testified before Court of First Instance Justice Susana D’Almada Remedios that her friend, a certain Adelaida, told her that the package from Benin contained only cosmetics. The drug parcel actually contained 495 grams of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $330,000. The defendant denied k...

October 16, 2019