Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaa  A Labour Tribunal presiding officer grilled the businessman whose wife allegedly forced a Filipino domestic helper (FDH) to clean the window of their 19th-floor flat in Repulse Bay. Labour Tribunal presiding officer David Chum on June 21 peppered K.T. Ip with questions after he claimed that helper Nerie R. Mier had resigned and was not sacked from her job. “You’re telling lies in court,” Mr. Chum told the employer. The officer noted that Ip claimed that it was the Filipina who resigned but he then paid her $2,465, appar...

July 10, 2019
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aaa  A Filipino domestic worker has accused her former employer of terminating her contract while she was pregnant with their baby. Assisted by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), helper Menchie L.L. accused her former employer, Martin C.P., a Caucasian, at the District Court of violating the Sex Discrimination Ordinance when he allegedly terminated her contract. Under Hong Kong law, it is an offense for employers to fire a pregnant employee. If convicted, they could be fined up to $100,000 and made to pay the employee up to $1...

July 3, 2019
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aaa  A 25-year-old Filipino domestic helper drowned yesterday (July 1) while swimming in a beach in Tuen Mun, a police spokesperson said this afternoon. The victim, Jenny L., drowned while swimming at Butterfly Beach, along Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun. Yesterday was a public holiday here in Hong Kong to commemorate the turnover of the city to China. “We consider this as a case of ‘body found,’” said the police spokesperson, adding that the initial investigation showed nothing suspicious about Jenny’s death. She added that...

July 2, 2019
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aaaWiping away tears, a 48-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Tung Chung yesterday (July 24) admitted to laundering more than $600,000 (P4.4 million) for her "online boyfriend." Jeanette C. Rodriguez, of Ying Hong Street, Tung Chung, Lantau pleaded guilty at the Eastern Magistrates Courts after the police found suspicious transactions worth a total of $677,331.04 involving her two accounts with the Bank of China and the Hang Seng Bank. The funds were deposited by four Chinese women who were also courted on Facebook and tricked by Rodriguez...

June 25, 2019
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aaa  SHE thought they were toys. The Hong Kong government has decided not to pursue drug trafficking charges against a Filipino domestic worker who received an air parcel from Ecuador that contained 300 grams of cocaine. Eastern Judge Lam Tsz-Kan on June 4 approved the prosecution’s request to drop the drug charges against helper Michelle M., 41, who had been under arrest since September last year. The prosecution did not proceed with the case due to lack of evidence that could prove Michelle’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt. ...

June 20, 2019
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aaaA 34-year-old Filipino domestic worker admitted yesterday  (June 18) to maltreating her 10-month-old ward in Sham Tseng. Defendant Joan F.B., also a mother of three, pleaded guilty to one count of “ill treatment or neglect by those in charge of child or young person” at the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts in Sham Shui Po. She admitted to cradling the baby in her arms and forcibly swinging him back and forth “for 10 seconds” without putting a hand on his neck to support his head. Joan said she was upset at the time because she ...

June 19, 2019
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aaaFILIPINO domestic workers should pay only up to P25,000 “at the most” for their training fees before they are deployed abroad, Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said. Dela Torre said the “benchmark amount” for training fees was P18,000 to P25,000 although the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had yet to officially determine the limit. “It’s a workable amount (P18,000 to P20,000) basta two-week training at live-in. If you go beyond three weeks...

June 17, 2019
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aaa  Found at last. After 25 hours of frantic searching, the relatives of an 82-year- Filipino tourist, who got separated from her family at the Mong Kok MTR station, finally got reunited with her last night. Ann Bautista-Shontogan said they received a report from the Hong Kong Police that their grandmother, Rose Shontogan, had been found in Tuen Mun. “She’s okay. She’s exhausted but she remains strong,” Shontogan said. She said that a Good Samaritan had reported to the police that an elderly woman had been found in a m...

June 11, 2019
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aaaSHE claimed she “did not know” the brand with the three stripes. A Filipino domestic worker will be deported back to the Philippines after she was found guilty of selling a fake Adidas jacket at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) building in Central. Defendant Mer Angeli G.S. claimed that she “did not know” the brand Adidas and so she did not kn...

June 11, 2019
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aaa  The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) issued early this afternoon the Very Hot Weather Warning and warned the public that the “risk of heatstroke is very high.” The HKO issued the warning at 1:05 p.m. with the temperature in the city going up to 32.5 degrees Celcius as of 2:20 p.m. “When engaged in outdoor work or activities, drink plenty of water and avoid over exertion. If not feeling well, take a rest in the shade or cooler place as soon as possible,” the HKO said. “People staying indoors without air-conditioning shoul...

June 5, 2019
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