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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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THE trial at the High Court of a former employer of a Filipina domestic helper who was accused of raping her in 2015 finally proceeded on Thursday after three days of adjournment. Kokou Apelete,  who is from Togo and married to a Hong Kong woman, pleaded not guilty to one charge each of indecent assault and rape. The Filipina, a mother of...

May 11, 2017
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THE defendant in a rape case whose alleged victim is a Filipina who was his former domestic helper failed to appeal in the first day of trial on May 8 at the High Court because he was admitted to the hospital. The Filipina flew in from the Philippines so she could give her testimony in court. She was seen outside Court 11, talking to Assistance ...

May 8, 2017
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FOR Deputy Consul-General Deric Atienza the Hong Kong post, above all, means a chance to study and complete his view of east Asia. With his previous posts in Russia, and South Korea, and having lived as a journalist in Japan, and as a student in China, he believes the Hong Kong post will allow him to gain a better understanding of the re...

May 5, 2017
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SHE did not abort her baby. Aileen Grado, 37, was originally charged with infanticide in Tsuen Wan court in April 2016, but a medical report on the case revealed there was no sign the baby boy she gave birth to in the flat of her employer in Tsuen Wan was harmed or asphyxiated. Grado on May 4 pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of preventing...

May 4, 2017
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  TWO Filipinos who were charged with illegally bringing to Hong Kong thousands of cigarettes from the Philippines sought a review of the sentences imposed on them by judges. M.E. Lumba and A.N.L. Sempio appeared separately in Court 1 and Court 9, respectively,  of the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on Apr. 19. Lumba, 36,  was sen...

May 2, 2017
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FOR wanting to give her teenage daughter gifts, a Filipino domestic worker stole some $1,800-worth of items from a mall in Quarry Bay, and for that she was fired from her job. M.C. Viterbo, 37, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft at the Eastern Magistracy on Apr. 12. Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai sentenced her to four weeks in ...

April 28, 2017
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  A domestic helper who was charged with theft has provided  to the court the address where she could stay,  one of the conditions for allowing her to post bail. However, it was not clear if Helen L. M. could be released on bail as the original condition of $2,000 as bail money remains. She was previously granted bail by Principal Magi...

April 26, 2017
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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has announced his plan to establish a dedicated department that will address the concerns of overseas Filipino workers. Duterte first announced his plan in a recent visit to Bahrain. “You will have, in a few months, a Department for OFWs only,” the President said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, however, rai...

April 25, 2017
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