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In landmark decision, the Labour Tribunal yesterday (February 19) allowed a former domestic helper---who is now a factory worker in Laguna---to testify via video link from the Philippines. Labour Tribunal Presiding Officer Timon Shum also allowed a union officer to represent in court claimant Joenalyn D. Mallorca, who is suing her former employe...

February 20, 2019
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A 35-year-old Filipino domestic worker died in Tai Po yesterday (February 18) after she was hospitalized for lupus, consulate officials said. One official, who asked not to be identified, said Maristel P. Pepito, who was from Baybay, Leyte, died at the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po. “Her husband and sibling were supposed t...

February 19, 2019
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  THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) handled more cases of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong getting sick than welfare cases involving employers violating their contract obligations last year. The OWWA data for the whole year of 2018 showed that 213 OFWs sought assistance due to health and medical problems com...

February 19, 2019
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She used to have many friends, but now, they’ve all gone away. Mawar (not her real name), an Indonesian who used to be a domestic helper here in Hong Kong, can only cry alone on her bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Jordan. Friends she had considered as sisters all disappeared when they learned that Mawar already had AIDS (Acquired Immuno...

February 15, 2019
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  Migrant domestic workers (MDWs) are “less healthy” compared to local Hong Kong residents due to their “poor working conditions,” according to a survey by one of Hong Kong’s top universities. The Research Centre on Migration and Mobility (RCMM) of the Department of Sociology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) releas...

February 13, 2019
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  A 48-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Tung Chung is in hot water after she allegedly got involved in a money laundering scam involving funds worth more than $600,000. Jeanette C.R., of Ying Hong Street, Tung Chung, Lantau was arrested after the police found suspicious funds worth a total of $677,331.04 in her two accounts with the ...

February 12, 2019
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Five Filipino tourists this morning (Feb. 11) denied in court that they tried to steal the wallet of a Korean tourist at the MTR station in Central. The defendants—Zenaida S. Aviles, Rasim D. Linambos, Arlene C. Gerodias, Manuelito M. Camacho, and Delia N. Tagalo—pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft filed against them at the District Co...

February 11, 2019
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  A judge in Shatin sentenced a 42-year-old Filipino domestic worker to a month and a half in prison after she was caught working illegally during her holiday. The magistrate on January 15 found Adelaida A.M. guilty of one count of breach of condition of stay after she was caught selling cloth on a metal trolley for a South Asian man in ...

February 8, 2019
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Two Filipino domestic workers died over the weekend here in Hong Kong, an official of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) said this afternoon (February 4). The PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section security officer, who asked not to be identified, said one Filipino woman died on Saturday after she collapsed while another domestic worker died af...

February 4, 2019
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