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A 27-year-old Filipino domestic helper admitted to stealing $1,100 from her employer in Mid-Levels because she had to pay for the education and health expenses of her family members in the Philippines DeVera was sentenced to three weeks in prison for the charge of theft, but owing to her guilty plea, Eastern Courts Magistrate Kenneth Chan...

June 8, 2017
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A Filipino domestic helper will stand trial for allegedly hurting the 10-year-old daughter of her employer in North Point Hong Kong. Emerolyne M. I. on May 19 pleaded not guilty to the charge of ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of child or young person. Eastern Courts Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai scheduled Emerolyne’...

June 7, 2017
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THE “insensitive” comments she got from Facebook had further hurt her. The Filipina victim who gave evidence in court about the indecent assault and rape committed on her by her former employer read Facebook comments about her and these added to her anguish, Social Welfare Attache Elizabeth Lim Dy. “Dapat nga proud pa tayo sa kany...

June 6, 2017
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A Filipina who pleaded guilty to bringing an estimated $2.323-million worth of cocaine from Brazil to Hong Kong in 2015 was sentenced to 17 years in prison. High Court Justice Kevin Zervos on May 25 said the starting point for S.B. Cumpio’s custodial sentence was 23 years, and added one year owing to the “international element” of the crime a...

June 1, 2017
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A former domestic worker was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed guesthouse despite being a torture claimant. M.L. Abad first came to Hong Kong to work as domestic helper in 2005, and in 2009 she filed a non-refoulement claim after giving birth to a son. Her duty lawyer said the defendant had no rela...

May 31, 2017
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A missed opportunity. This was how a history professor from the Chinese University of Hong Kong described the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court to allow property company DMCI to proceed with the construction of the 49-storey Torre de Manila, a building that mars the line of sight of the Rizal Monument. Morley said the SC decisio...

May 25, 2017
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A Filipina who pleaded guilty to a charge of trafficking in dangerous drugs took the witness stand in a hearing on May 10 at the High Court. S. B. Cumpio told the court that she tried to tell a Customs officer that a person was waiting for her outside the Hong Kong International Airport when she was arrested on July 15, 2016. Cumpio ple...

May 22, 2017
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FOREIGN domestic workers in Hong Kong would continue to push for the increase in the minimum allowable wage and food allowance, standardized working hours, and even their inclusion to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme. Eman Villanueva, secretary-general of United Filipinos-Migrante-Hong Kong, cited “three Ws” as their petition...

May 18, 2017
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The High Court found a 36-year-old man from the West African country of Togo to be guilty of indecently assaulting and raping a Filipino domestic helper in 2015 in the home he shared with his wife and his daughter in Tuen Mun. Voting six to one, a seven-member jury on May 16 took less than three hours to issue a guilty verdict on Kokou Afla Apel...

May 16, 2017
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FILIPINOS working overseas wishing to put up their own business in the Philippines need not immediately go home to do so, an official of Iloilo province said. Velma Jane Lao, local economic & investment promotion officer of the province of Iloilo, told Hong Kong News would-be entrepreneurs only need to find a person they trust to help...

May 15, 2017
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