Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaaTHE voices said her baby was evil and so she left him beside a trash bin and walked away, barefoot and sobbing, in Wan Chai. A 38-year-old Filipino woman suffering from schizophrenia was convicted at the Eastern Magistrates Courts of ill-treating her baby. Magistrate Cheng Lim-chi found Angelita S.L., an asylum applicant, guilty of “ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of a child or a young person” on August 30. The judge based his ruling on the testimony of a psychiatrist from Queen Mary Hospital who testified that, while t...

September 19, 2018
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aaaA Filipina tourist was injured in Hong Kong due to falling debris caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General-Assistance to Nationals Section, said the female tourist was injured by falling sharp objects in Tsim Sha Tsui this morning. "She had lacerations in her arm and leg. She is now being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital," Saret said in an interview. "It's not life-threatening and we will visit her tomorrow," he added. Saret declined to identify the wounded tourist, upon her requ...

September 16, 2018
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aaaTO better protect the welfare of Filipino domestic workers, the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) is now requiring employers included on its watchlist to sign an undertaking and "swear under oath" to provide "at least eight hours of continuous rest" and other benefits to their helper. Labor Attache Nida Romulo said the employers on the watchlist would have to sign the undertaking if they want to hire another Filipino domestic worker. "We want to promote the welfare and protection of our workers. So, for employers who are on the watchli...

September 14, 2018
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aaaA 47-year-old Filipino domestic worker was convicted of stealing several items from a popular retail store at the IFC mall in Central. However, defendant Mylene H. blamed her husband, saying she forgot to pay for the grocery items at the City Super store because she was thinking of his betrayal when he left her for another woman a month before the incident. According to the prosecutor, Mylene took six items---including a doll, a coffee dispenser, and baby socks---worth $851 from the store at around 1:44 p.m. on March 14. The store’s ...

September 3, 2018
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aaaA driver admitted that she wounded a fellow Filipina domestic worker in an upscale residential estate in Shek Tong Tsui over the victim's supposed bad cooking. Defendant Maria Fe H.P. pleaded guilty on August 22 to the charge of wounding her compatriot at their employer's flat on the 17th floor of The Belcher's Tower 8 three months ago. "Guilty, sir," Maria Fe told Eastern Deputy Magistrate Clement Lau Chung-man. The prosecutor said the incident happened in their employer's flat on May 22 when the defendant complained about the conge...

September 3, 2018
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aaaA Philippine Consulate General (PCG) official said there was a need to crack down on loan sharks preying on foreign domestic workers with interest rates up to 120 percent, or double the legal limit. Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section, made the comment after the police last month recovered from a suspected loan shark in North Point more than 420 Philippine passports that were used as collateral. Saret said the PCG was coordinating with the Indonesian Consulate General so that they could jointly bring up the ...

August 31, 2018
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aaaThe Philippine Consulate General (PCG) will be giving out P5,000 to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong who were stranded last week in Manila due to the Xiamen Air flight that overshoot the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section, urged OFWs affected by the accident to go to the consulate so that they could be included in the list that would be submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila. "It is true that we will be giving out ...

August 29, 2018
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aaaTHE Labour Department intends to publish online the list of erring employment agencies in Hong Kong that overcharge foreign domestic workers. Shiella Grace Estrada, Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) secretary, said Labour officials informed migrant leaders during a consultation meeting on August 7 that they intended to publish the list online soon. “This is good but we are asking that the name of the agency owner should also be there so that they can really be classified,” Estrada said. But because of Ho...

August 24, 2018
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aaaTwo more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong died this month reportedly due to natural causes. The two domestic workers, one from Pangasinan and the other from Leyte, died as consulate officials reminded Filipinos in the city to better take care of their health. The OFW from Dagupan passed away at the Pak Oi Hospital in Yuen Long on August 6 after suffering from breast cancer. She was 46, an official of the Philippine Consulate General said. "She was a member of the Filmcass (the Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Society) and w...

August 23, 2018
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aaaAT least two Filipinos are arrested every month at the Hong Kong international airport for carrying stun guns, pepper sprays, and other prohibited objects, a consulate official said. Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) -Assistance to Nationals Section, warned Filipinos that HK is very strict with stun guns, bullets, pepper sprays, extended batons, tear gas, flick knives, and knuckledusters. “These are considered as ‘arms’ under HK law and you can be arrested if you don’t have a license to carry them, ...

August 22, 2018
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