Posts by Philip Tubeza

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aaaA 35-year-old Filipino domestic worker was found dead in the New Territories early this morning (May 17), according to the Hong Kong Police.

A police spokeswoman said the worker was found hanging inside her employer’s flat at 26 Tin Sum Street, in Sha Tin. “Her employer found her hanging. She used a rope,” the spokeswoman said. “The case was reported to the police at 7: 23 a.m. A responding fireman certified that the woman was dead at the scene,” she added. The spokeswoman said no suicide n...

May 17, 2019
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More than 320 Filipinos trooped to the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Towan today (April 13)to cast their vote fpr the 2019 midterm elections, Consul General Antonio Morales said.

Morales said the total number of voters who had cast their votes since April 13 had exceeded 5,000 or 5.78 percent of the 87,411 registered voters in HK.

"Most of the voters are women. We hope we can reach at least 50 percent of our registered voters," Morales said during a brieifing this afternoon.

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April 19, 2019
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aaa  Foreign domestic workers will get their long-standing demand for regulated working hours if Hongkongers also have standard working hours, a lawmaker said. Legislative Council member Kenneth Leung said local Hong Kong workers had also been asking for standard working hours but this has not been granted by government. He added that he would also look into the request for mandatory food allowances for foreign domestic workers. “Even Hong Kong people, we are also asking for standard working hours and the government said ‘No, ...

April 18, 2019
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aaaTHE Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has recommended to Manila that overseas Filipino workers who are going to be deployed to Hong Kong for the first time should get vaccinated against measles. Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said they recommended that “all HK-bound workers,” not just domestic workers, should get vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). “We recommended the MMR vaccination to be part of the pre-employment medical checks for newly-hired workers,” Dela Torre said. He said the Philippine Overs...

April 17, 2019
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aaa  Two vote-counting machines (VCMs) malfunctioned yesterday (April 15) at the Bayanihan Centre as Filipinos continued to cast their votes for the midterm elections, a consular official said.. Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General-Assistance to Nationals Section, said voting went “smoothly” on Monday although two VCMs broke down and one of them had to be replaced. “May dalawang machines na medyo nag act up, so to speak. Yung isa, nadala sa trouble-shooting. Yung isa, pinalitan ng contingency VCM. After n...

April 16, 2019
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aaaAlthough she is suffering from stage 3 cancer, a 38-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was fired by her boss after being diagnosed with the ailment went to the Labour Tribunal this morning and won $30,000 after the camp of her former employer decided to settle.   Labour Tribunal Principal Presiding Officer Eric Tam awarded the amount to Baby Jane Allas, who has cervical cancer, after the representative of her former employer, Jamil Bushra, agreed to it.   Tam said Allas could still get a “substantial amount” if she ...

April 15, 2019
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aaa  The number of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong who complained that they were made to work for more than 16 hours a day increased by nine percent from last year, according to a migrant rights group. The Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW) said that the number of FDHs who sought its help to complain about working for more than 16 hours increased from 34 percent last year to 43 percent this year. “Nine out of every 10 complain about long working hours and lack of rest. There is a nine percent increase for those who reportedly...

April 15, 2019
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aaaAfter a vote counting machine (VCM) “jammed” on Saturday, two VCMs malfunctioned yesterday at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town, Consul General Antonio Morales said. Morales said they were also verifying a complaint from one voter who claimed that another VCM counted two “extra” votes for senator that the voter did not cast. “We encountered two vote counting machine failures--meaning hindi binasa, hindi tinanggap ang ating balota,” Morales said during a briefing after the end of the voting yesterday at the Bayanihan Centre...

April 14, 2019
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aaa  MEMBERS of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) should be given back their money “plus interest” once they “retire” from being an overseas Filipino worker, a senatorial candidate said. Former House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tanada III said OWWA members should get back all their contributions if they retire without availing of any OWWA benefit or service. “Every time a worker comes out, kailangan magbayad sa OWWA. So, ang lumalabas dyan parang insurance yan. Kapag may aksidente ka, merong tatanggap...

April 9, 2019
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aaaAN overseas Filipino worker was sentenced to six weeks in prison after she was caught working illegally in the food shop of her employer’s family in Sham Shui Po. Deputy Sha Tin Magistrate Cheng Yukit on March 19 sentenced Racquel V.S., a domestic worker, to a month and a half in prison after she admitted to working at the shop because her female employer, a certain Madame Wong, was feeling sick because she had cancer. “I accept you helped your employer, who is suffering from cancer, out of the goodness of your heart but, as I said, i...

April 9, 2019
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