Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaa    For the first time, the Labour Tribunal heard thru a video link the testimony of a former domestic helper (FDH) who had already left Hong Kong and is now back in the Philippines. Labour Tribunal Principal Presiding Officer W.Y. Ho listened to the testimony of Joenalyn D. Mallorca, who is suing her former employer, Ng Mei Shuen, for a total of $85,935.56 (P572,653.79) for lost wages and other expenses. The tribunal’s decision to allow testimony via a video link had been hailed by migrant rights advocates as a step for...

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aaaWith the help of her two French employers, a Filipino domestic worker was set free after she was accused of theft in Happy Valley. Eastern Magistrate Albert Cheung acquitted on August 23 helper Cyndy D.S., who was charged with theft for allegedly stealing a pack of potatoes, two packs of salmon, and two packs of asparagus worth $281 from a supermarket. “Although her actions were suspicious, I consider that what she said might be true. Because of these doubts raised (about the case), she is entitled to be acquitted,” Judge Cheung said....

September 18, 2019
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aaaWIPING away tears, a Filipino domestic worker walked out of court a free woman after she was acquitted of charges that she illegally sold bedsheets at World-Wide House in Central on her day off. Sha Tin Deputy Magistrate Tsang Chung-yui on September 6 junked the breach of condition of stay case filed against helper Evelyn B.A. due to reasonable doubts in the prosecution’s case. “I find that there is reasonable doubt in the case. Having considered all the evidence, I find (the defendant) acquitted of the charge,” Judge Tsang said. ...

September 17, 2019
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aaaWill the government approve a wage hike or freeze wages? Many migrant domestic workers are concerned that Hong Kong’s economic woes amid the anti-government protests could adversely affect their petition for a wage increase later this month, migrant leaders said. The government usually announces increases in the minimum allowable wage (MAW) of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) at the end of September but migrants are worried that the ongoing protests could jeopardize their petition for a $1,300 wage hike. “May ganyang concern among m...

September 16, 2019
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aaaA 53-year-old Filipino domestic worker from was found dead yesterday morning (September 9) in her employer’s home in Clear Water Bay, according to the police. A police spokesperson said the long-time employer of Grace R.L., who is from Tuguegarao, found her unconscious in their home at 11 Pik Sha Road, Clear Water Bay. She is believed to have died of natural causes. “The employer discovered the body of the domestic helper who had collapsed and so she made a report to the police,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the police received...

September 10, 2019
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aaaTHE Philippine Consulate General (PCG) has asked the Hong Kong government to make it mandatory for employers to give foreign domestic workers their long service pay if they have served for at least five years. Assistant Labor Attache Antonio Villafuerte, officer in charge of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, said they made the formal request during the technical working group (TWG) meeting on August 22 between PCG officials and HK government representatives. “We asked that, once the domestic worker reaches five years with the same e...

September 2, 2019
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aaaA 42-year-old overseas Filipino worker was sentenced yesterday (August 27) to prison after she stole and pawned P2.6 million worth of jewelry from her employer in Ho Man Tin. District Court Judge Clement Lee sentenced Charity E.R. to 16 months in prison after she admitted to stealing and then pawning 27 pieces of jewelry from her female employer, some of which were family heirlooms. “A lot came from grandma who has passed away,” the employer told the court. “I totally trusted her and allowed her to stay in my home and she did that t...

August 28, 2019
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aaaA total of 40 employers in Hong Kong were convicted of abusing and exploiting their foreign domestic workers since last year, according to a US State Department report. The 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, covering the period from April 2018 to March 2019, said the HK government reported that 11 employers were convicted of physically or sexually abusing their domestic workers compared to just four in 2017. “The government also reported convicting 29 employers of foreign domestic workers for illegally using workers to perform du...

August 21, 2019
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aaaA total of 61 Filipinos had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) here in Hong Kong since 2014, according to the HK Department of Health (DH). This number included 12 Filipinos who were among the new 141 non-Chinese HIV cases reported to the DH-Centre for Health Protection (CHP) last year. A DH spokesman said that 11 Filipinos were diagnosed with HIV in 2014; 12 in 2015; 11 in 2016; 15 in 2017; and 12 last year. “Among the HIV cases reported in 2018, nine out of 12 Filipino cas...

August 20, 2019
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aaaA 36-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was arrested during anti-government protests on Saturday in Mong Kok was charged yesterday afternoon with being part of an unlawful assembly. Jethro Pioquinto, a Hong Kong Disneyland dancer, appeared before Kowloon City Magistrate Raymond Kwok and was allowed to post bail for $2,000 (P13,000) as his lawyer insisted that he was innocent. "He is just a passerby. He was on his way home on that day," Pioquinto's lawyer told Judge Kwong, adding that the suspect lives in Mong Kok. Pioquinto ap...

August 6, 2019
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