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“SIR, it’s not OK...In the Philippines, this is called harassment,” a 24-year-old Filipino domestic helper testified in court in the trial for the two counts of indecent assault against her former employer. The Filipino woman was the first witness presented by the prosecution at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts on February 8, the fi...

February 15, 2017
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THE Philippine Consulate General has confirmed that a worker who fell to death while dismantling one of the carnival rides at the Central Harbourfront was a Filipino. Danilo Baldon of the Assistance to Nationals Section accompanied the sibling of the 27-year-old Filipino man, surnamed Padilla, to the Victoria Mortuary on Thursday morning. The...

February 16, 2017
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The Duterte administration wants to increase the value added tax on the service fee of money transfer centers where remittances of millions of overseas Filipino workers pass through, a move that was immediately opposed by OFW groups, lawmakers and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Department of Finance spokesperson Assistant Se...

February 15, 2017
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HONG Kong  Chief Executive Chun-ying Leung has disclosed that the government will seek to amend a bill that would pave the way for heavier penalties on overcharging employment agencies. “The Labour Department plans to introduce an amendment bill in the second quarter of this year to provide the legal basis for the newly promulgated Cod...

January 26, 2017
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THE year 2017 is shaping up to be a good year especially for overseas Filipino workers. With the recent weakening of the Philippine peso, allowing OFWs to earn and remit more from the favorable exchange rate, and the implementation of savings and investment options, OFWs are given more choices on how to better use their money. Here in Hong Kong,...

January 13, 2017
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Marking International Migrants Day, foreign domestic workers submitted a petition, with more than 28,000 signatures, to the government asking for standardized working hours, particularly “11 hours of uninterrupted rest.” Eman Villanueva, chair of Bayan Hong Kong and Macau, said they turned over the petition to the office of Hong Kong Chi...

January 3, 2017
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A 75-year-old Filipina was arrested after she allegedly tried to encash a fake check worth US$50 million (around HK$388 million or P2.5 billion) at the headquarters of a major Hong Kong bank. The elderly tourist, with initials M.I.G., was arrested on December 9 at the headquarters of Hang Seng Bank along Des Voeux Road in Central. She was ac...

December 30, 2016
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The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation opened this morning (December 28) its South Island Line (SIL), which provides train services to Ocean Park and other areas in Hong Kong island’s Southern District. The 7-km South Island Line comprises four new stations---Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Lei Tung and South Horizons---and an expanded...

December 28, 2016
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“Marami siyang tama. Tinadtad talaga nila.” A 68-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Mong Kok is seeking justice for her son who was killed in Bulacan in another suspected case of extra-judicial killing (EJK). Myrna Ramos, of Tiaong, Bulacan, spoke at a candlelight vigil on December 11 in Central against EJKs and called for justice for h...

December 16, 2016
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MANILA---Starting Christmas Day, all balikbayan boxes containing valuables worth up to P150,000 will be exempted from duties and taxes, Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said. Bureau of Customs and the Department of Finance officials have signed Customs Administrative Order 05, which paves the way for the tax exemption that will take ...

December 15, 2016
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