Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaaA domestic worker caught selling fake Nike shoes outside a church in Central popular with Filipinos was able to avoid going to prison. Eastern Magistrates' Courts Principal Magistrate Peter Law this morning (July 19) sentenced Geraldine M.H. 36, to six weeks in prison after she pleaded guilty to possessing goods with a fake trade mark and intending to sell them and breach of condition of stay. But Judge Law suspended this for six months so she won't go to prison if she does not break the law during that period. "So, keep away from trou...

July 19, 2018
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aaaFILIPINO domestic workers should not be made to clean the rooftops of their employer's apartment, according to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). A POLO official, who asked not to be identified, said they had blacklisted several Hong Kong employers for forcing their Filipino domestic workers to clean their rooftops. "That's illegal. Any chore that will endanger the worker will not be allowed," the official said. She said some employers try to include "rooftop cleaning" as an "additional duty" in the contract of their do...

July 13, 2018
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aaaTHE Hong Kong government will continue to protect the rights and benefits of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the city, Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said during the celebration of the 120th anniversary of Philippine independence. Speaking during the diplomatic reception on June 19 at the Conrad Hotel in Admiralty, Cheung said the Filipino community provided a "hugely important contribution" to the city's economy. "Hong Kong is home to a large Filipino community here who make a hugely important contributio...

July 10, 2018
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aaaThe Hong Kong police have arrested a 30-year-old man for planting needles on bus seats that caused concern among bus passengers. Police Supt. Chan Yan said the suspect was involved in at least three of the six incidents of needles being planted on KMB buses since Wednesday. "According to the information we obtained, the motive of the culprit may be related to his grievances about the bus services. He mentioned some buses had bypassed the bus stop so that he can't catch the bus," Chan said in a media briefing this afternoon. He said p...

July 5, 2018
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aaaIT'S "impossible" to get infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) through shared manicure or pedicure equipment, according to an officer of the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation. Johnny Li Choi Hing, the foundation's Senior Programme Manager, assured Filipino domestic workers that the chances of getting HIV from using nail cutters and other manicure or pedicure equipment were virtually nil. "No, that's impossible. That's impossible," Mr. Li said in an interview. "The HIV virus dies easily outside the body. They can't survive outside ou...

July 5, 2018
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aaaSOME of them arrived on wheelchairs while others were on crutches, but physical disability did not stop the PADS (Philippine Accessibility Disability Services Inc.) Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team from Cebu from winning again at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival on June 24. For the second straight year, PADS won the gold medal at the carnival’s International Paradragon Championship race held at Pier 10 in Central. Around 90 percent of the team is composed of people with different disabilities---amputees, people with hearing disabilities,...

July 5, 2018
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aaaTHE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has scheduled the next Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) for Professional Teachers here in Hong Kong on September 30 as the number applicants nearly doubled compared to last year. Gloria S. Varquez, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) officer in charge of exam applications, said 818 overseas Filipino workers had signified their intention to take the test, or nearly double the 460 examinees last year. “We even have an applicant from mainland China who learned about the ...

July 4, 2018
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aaaFIRST-TIME employers of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Hong Kong should "undergo training" before they get a helper, according to a study which showed that FDWs are still paying excessive placement fees. The Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU) study, dubbed "Agents of Change: Assessing Hong Kong employment agencies compliance with the Code of Practice", recommended that employers should be trained first on having migrant workers before they are allowed to employ FDWs. "Require first-time employers of migrant domesti...

July 3, 2018
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aaaMembers of the Hong Kong police's anti-terrorism unit arrested a 44-year-old woman who shot four of her elderly relatives in Quarry Bay Park this afternoon due to a squabble over inheritance. Chief Insp. Hui Hong-kit, of the Regional Crime Unit-HK Island, said the police believe that "family conflict" led the suspect, who reportedly worked as a bodyguard in mainland China, to shoot her two aunts and two uncles---aged 50 to 72---at the park. "We are now investigating how the assailant obtained the firearm to commit the crime," Hui said in ...

June 26, 2018
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aaa  A Filipino domestic worker has asked the High Court to allow her to testify against her employer at the Labour Tribunal even though she is now back in the Philippines. The lawyer of Jonalyn D. Mallorca asked High Court Justice B. Chu this morning to allow the domestic worker to testify via a video link and to overturn a Labour Tribunal hearing officer’s decision refusing her request. Mallorca had filed a case at the Labour Tribunal against her employer after she was dismissed in September. Her but she had to go back to the ...

June 22, 2018
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