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A 75-year-old Filipino tourist was required to pay $105,249 so she could have a lawyer to represent her in District Court. M.I. Gosilatar on Nov. 7 told District Court Judge C.P. Pang that she was required by the Legal Aid Department to pay the amount so that she could have a lawyer in the court proceedings. Gosilatar has been in custody sinc...

November 20, 2017
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A former domestic helper who was charged in court for faking the death of her Filipino husband so she could marry a Hong Kong man was sentenced to six months in prison. Acting Principal Magistrate Joseph To Ho-shing, however, suspended the jail term for 18 months, which meant that T. Lam would not have to serve the sentence provided she would no...

November 17, 2017
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FOR failing to pay for about $200-worth of food items from a grocery store, a Filipino domestic helper was fined $2,000. Shatin Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung on Nov. 3 found L.T. Merogenia guilty of theft for taking on July 19, $199.3-worth of goods from a Wellcome supermarket on Tai Wai road. The fine would be taken from the $5,000 bail t...

November 16, 2017
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  LAW enforcers assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals are banned from greeting passengers “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” this holiday season. The ban covers all employees of the Manila International Airport Authority, PNP Aviation Security Group, as well as Immigration and Customs personnel. ...

November 7, 2017
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TO eradicate baggage pilferage, a private security company has offered to the Manila International Airport Authority  a wide-angle high-definition GoPro camera that will be attached to the chest of the vest of luggage loaders while at work to record the working areas where luggage is coming out from the plane to the conveyors. A private securit...

November 3, 2017
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MANY migrant domestic workers in Southeast Asia work 14 hours a day and less than half have a day off, an International Labor Organization (ILO) official said. Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, urged Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states to pass the internation...

November 1, 2017
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TWO Filipino women will stand trial for allegedly selling in Central bottles of beer without license. Rosita T. and Marilyn R. appeared at the Eastern Magistracy on Sept. 25 and pleaded not guilty to the charges of selling 80 bottles of beer at Li Yuen St. in Central in Hong Kong. Rosita, a Hong Kong resident, and Marilyn, a former domestic h...

November 1, 2017
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TWO unemployed Filipino men said their hunger drove them to stealing $136.70-worth of grocery items in Hung Hom. Deputy Magistrate Vennie Chiu Wai-yee of the Kowloon City Magistracy on Oct. 3 ordered R. Tabora to be jailed for eight days, but reduced it to six days following his guilty plea. The other defendant, R. Ledesma, was originally fin...

October 31, 2017
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THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong to be wary of job offers in Mongolia and three other countries. In a statement, the POEA said it received reports that Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cyprus were falling victim to fake job offers in the United Arab Emira...

October 30, 2017
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A new feature-length documentary titled “The Helper” by British filmmaker Joanna Bowers is currently screening in Hong Kong cinemas. It chronicles compelling stories, both wonderful and heart-breaking, of Hong Kong’s female migrant workers mostly coming from the Philippines and Indonesia. They leave their own country in search of greener p...

October 30, 2017
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