Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaa    A judge in Kowloon City this afternoon granted the application for legal costs filed by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was arrested during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok in August but was eventually cleared of any charge. Kowloon City Acting Principal Magistrate Ada Yim granted the application of Hong Kong Disneyland dancer Jethro Pioquinto, 36, for him to recover all of his legal expenses. Judge Yim said she granted Pioquinto’s application because “nothing suspicious was found on him” and he was ...

December 6, 2019
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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  Consul General Raly Tejada urged overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Hong Kong to tell their families back in the Philippines about the hardships of earning a living here instead of granting every request they make. Tejada said that OFWs should tell their loved ones back home about the difficulties of working abroad so that they will also realize how hard it is to earn money as an OFW. “Turuan nyo rin po yung ating mga kababayan sa Pilipinas…lalong-lalo na yung mga pamilya ninyo. Turuuan ninyo po sila. Ipakita niyo po ang tun...

December 3, 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 HK government has decided to drop the case against the overseas Filipino worker arrested during an anti-government protest in Mong Kok in August. A government lawyer told Kowloon City Presiding Magistrate Aida Yim early this afternoon (Nov. 26) that they were withdrawing the charge of unlawful assembly against Jethro S. Pioquinto, who works as a dancer at Hong Kong Disneyland, and another male defendant arrested with him. "We are applying for the withdrawal of both charges against the defendants," he said. The prosecutor did not ex...

November 26, 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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aaaCONSUL General Raly Tejada vowed to bring up the issue of the long working hours of Filipino domestic workers when he meets with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam next month. Speaking at a Filipino community leaders’ meeting on Nov. 3, Tejada said he would also discuss with the HK leader the need for Filipino helpers to have decent accommodation. “Nag-usap po kami ng ibang kasama natin sa community at nabanggit nila ang isang issue rin po ang suitability ng ating mga bahay kung saan po tayo natutulog. May nagsabi sa akin, may natut...

November 18, 2019
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aaa  A 37-year-old Filipino domestic worker died after she hanged herself in Tai Kok Tsui over the weekend, the police said. The worker was found hanging inside her room in the flat of her employer at 11 Hoi Fai Road on Saturday (Nov. 2), said a Police Public Relations Branch spokesman. “The worker was Filipino. Her name was Elen,” the spokesman said in an interview. He said the police received a call from the domestic worker’s employer at around 10:35 a.m. “She found the domestic worker had hanged herself with a towel ...

November 4, 2019