Posts by Philip Tubeza

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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
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aaaThe Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has blacklisted the employer of a Filipino domestic worker in Kowloon Tong for allegedly locking her out of their flat, forcing her to sleep in the hallway, and other abuses. Welfare Attache Virsie Tamayao said they immediately put the employer, surnamed Chun, on the POLO blacklist after photos of helper Lorna E.C., 54, sitting on the hallway outside their flat went viral online. Lorna decided to seek the Philippine Consulate General’s help on Oct. 21. “Blacklisted kaagad kasi ang daming vio...

November 1, 2019
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aaa  A Filipino domestic worker from Antique was sentenced to 10 months in jail this afternoon (October 29) for her “minor role” in a $31.5 million online prostitution ring here in Hong Kong. District Court Judge David Dufton convicted Jeanette V.G., a single mom who worked for her employer in Mid-Levels, after she pleaded guilty to one count of living on the earning from the proceeds of prostitution of others for almost a decade. “The scale of the operations was very large. It spanned over nine years and profit reached $31.5 m...

October 29, 2019
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aaaA Filipino domestic worker in Discovery Bay was fined $4,000 for failing to pay for some grocery items at a supermarket. She said she forgot to pay partly because she was thinking of her boyfriend, who had lost his job. West Kowloon Deputy Magistrate Ng Mee-wah found Rica E.Q. guilty of theft on October 4 and ordered her to pay a fine of $4,000 for the stolen grocery items worth $327. “I am satisfied that the prosecution proved the elements of the offence beyond reasonable doubt. The defendant is guilty as charged,” Judge Ng said i...

October 28, 2019
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aaa  A 37-year-old former Filipino domestic helper was sentenced at the High Court this morning (October 25) to nearly eight years in prison for selling shabu and other illegal drugs in Yau Ma Tei. High Court Judge S.T. Poon convicted Josephine M.F. and sentenced her to seven years and 10 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to trafficking 27.9 grams of cocaine, 23.09 grams of shabu, and 19 grams of ketamine. Josephine’s sentence was also increased by nine months because she was an asylum seeker at the time of the offense. ...

October 25, 2019
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aaaTO avoid anti-government protests on weekends, Filipino domestic workers could ask their employers if they could take their day off on a weekday, the acting chief of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said. Assistant Labor Attache Antonio Villafuerte said that Filipino workers, particularly those who do not have young wards who go to school on weekdays, could ask for a change in their day off so that they can still enjoy their rest day while avoiding the demonstrations. Many domestic workers have complained that they could not go...

October 23, 2019
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aaaThe 54-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was locked out of her employer’s flat in Kowloon Tong is now under the care of the Philippine Consulate General. Welfare Attache Virsie Tamayao said this afternoon that Lorna E.C., who is from Capiz, went to the consulate this lunchtime and had decided to finally leave her employer after the alleged abuses that she suffered. “Tinawagan namin ang kanyang amo para iinform siya pero binabaan kami ng telepono,” Tamayao said. “Gusto sana namin sabihan siya para hindi na magreport o magsab...

October 21, 2019
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aaaA 37-year-old overseas Filipino worker died in Kowloon after she had a severe asthma attack while her employer was abroad. Welfare Attache Marivic Clarin said domestic worker Ivy B., who is from Bontoc, Mountain Province, was comatose from September 20 to 25 before she finally passed away. “Nakamamatay pala ang severe asthma. Nawawalan ng oxygen supply ang brain ng matagal. Dinala siya sa opsital pero comatose. After a few days, pumanaw na siya,” Clarin said in an interview. Ivy was alone in the flat because her employer was on a f...

October 17, 2019