OFWs express their feelings for advice they received from the lawyers of the IBP-Pampanga and Bataan Chapter.
Join Occupy Central protest or not? Filipinos in Hong Kong weigh their options.
Filipino watercolor artist launches art career in HK.
PHL Congress to hold public hearing in HK, says solon
A public hearing on the concerns of overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong will be held soon.

This was the promise made by Rep. Walden Bello (Akbayan Party-list) when he met Filipino community leaders at a hurriedly-arranged forum at the Consulate on Oct. 5.

Bello said he was in town at the invitation of the Hong Kong Trade Union Congress which asked him to speak at the ongoing pro-democracy rally near the Central Government Offices in Admiralty. He stressed that he came here in his personal capacity and not as a representative of the Philippine government. Details...

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Editor's Note
Lies and half truths
It is not easy being at the center of a raging controversy. More so if it involves charges of serious dereliction of duty, or worse, corruption.

Thus, it was with extreme caution that we reacted when we first received an anonymous letter accusing former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan of a series of acts that at best amounted to serious misconduct. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Bad court decisions make for unjust law
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy at Lingnan University

There are times in history when legislatures come together and somehow manage to enact good laws. These are the kinds of laws that tend to make society a better place for all. These are the kinds of laws that create conditions of greater safety, fairness of equality for all persons in society. Details...

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Something good comes our way
As I was preparing my KYR in this issue, I came across an article that I believe will really make migrant workers happy. Here, I will share the important parts of the article and towards the end, I will just add a few sentences to elaborate the points raised for the consumption of our readers. This is good news indeed. Details...

Umamin na para iwasan ang habla

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Prove it, Binay camp dares accusers
While Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to consider accusations of corruption and ill-gotten wealth against him as part of a demolition job, his spokesmen have challenged his principal accuser, former Makati City vice mayor Ernesto Mercado to show concrete proof and not just bare allegations.
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Three gifts to IsaFed at anniversary bash
Surprise came in threes at the fifth anniversary celebration of Isabela Federation, held on board MV Star Pisces off Tsim Sha Tsui on Oct. 2.

The first was a pledge by Rep. Ana Cristina Go (2nd district, Isabela) to donate four months of her Php50,000-a-month salary to IsaFed for their projects.

She also promised to help raise funds for them in Isabela.
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FBA launches final tourney for `14
The Filipino Basketball Association launched on Oct. 12 its last tournament for the year, FBA Basketball League, with a five-game card at the Jaffe Road court in Wanchai.
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Tech savvy

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Ano ang hatid ng Oktubre sa iyo

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Report on Labatt inquiry out, says CG
The fact-finding committee set up by the Consulate to look into allegations of misconduct in office against former Labor Attache Manuel Roldan has completed its investigation, and its report has been sent to relevant government offices in the Philippines.

This was revealed by Consul General Bernardita Catalla who also told The SUN in an interview on Sept. 30 that she was not yet at liberty to disclose the findings, pending approval by the head office. Details...

Philippine lawyers give free legal advice to OFWs
Hundreds of OFWs availed of the free legal advice provided by nine lawyers from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) chapters from Pampanga and Bataan on Oct. 4 and 5 at the Consulate.

The joint international legal mission of the two chapters meant their lawyers had to pay for their own way to come to Hong Kong. Details...

Retailers in World-Wide see 50% dive in sales
Retail shops in World-Wide House in Central, the favorite meeting place of Filipino workers on Sundays, suffered an estimated 50 percent drop in sales from the absence of the usual crowd in the first week alone of the Occupy Central protest.

Shop staff said they suffered a significant blow to their businesses on Sept. 28 and during the Oct. 1-2 statutory holidays as they were visited only those who lived nearby and lived nearby and still had transport services connecting them to Central. Details...

Employers must pay for maids' training, Labour Dept says
When a domestic service worker attends a training seminar during her working days, the employer is duty-bound to pay her wages, according to a Hong Kong Labour Department conciliation officer.

The labor officer gave the opinion as she presided over a conciliation meeting between Filipina worker Mary Ann Muyuela and her employer of just over a month, who lives in Lam Tin. Details...

`People's initiative vs. pork' runs into early opposition
A "people's initiative" to abolish the graft-ridden pork barrel system in the Philippine government is barely two months old but is already under fire from people threatened by it, an opposition lawmaker said at a recent forum in Hong Kong.

Despite this, Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna party-list) said overseas Filipino workers who are registered voters should help push the campaign by signing the petition, and urging relatives and friends to do the same. Details...

HK charity group raises $11.5 million for RP's ultra poor
This was a charity banquet among Hong Kong's mega rich meant to raise money for the Philippines' "ultra poor".

On its 10th year, the International Care Ministries (ICM) set a new record by raising $11.5 million (Php63.49 million) for its programs in 10 communities in Palawan, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga and Central Mindanao. Last year it raised $11.2 million. Details...

Air terminal fee integration moved to Nov 1
The Philippine government has postponed the implementation of a plan to add the Php550 terminal fee to air ticket cost to Nov. 1.

This follows intense criticism of the plan, largely by migrant organizations like Migrante International. Overseas Filipino workers are exempt from the payment of the terminal fee, and under the new scheme, could only avail of this exemption if they apply for reimbursement at airports in the Philippines. Details...

Stepfather pleads guilty to repeated sexual assaults on 10-year-old girl
A Filipino resident has pleaded guilty at the District Court in Wanchai to four charges of indecent assault on his 10-year-old stepdaughter, and a charge of attempted indecent assault on the same child. Details...

Loss of earrings leads employer to larger loot
A search for her silver earrings in early September led an employer in Shatin to discover other valuables worth over $16,000 hidden among her Filipina domestic worker's personal belongings, a Shatin court was told. Details...

Ahas sa bakuran sa Sai Kung
Sumisipol pa si Sanny habang nililinis ang bahay- bahayan ng alagang kambal sa bakuran nila nang biglang nahagip ng kanyang mga mata ang isang malaking sawa, isang dipa mula sa kanyang kinatatayuan. Sa tantiya niya ay isang Burmese python ito, na ang haba ay may dalawang metro. Details...

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Protest or not? Filipinos in Hong Kong weigh in
To join or not to join. This is the question that has divided many people in Hong Kong, including Filipinos, as regards the ongoing pro-democracy protest in the city.

But why should this be an issue among those who make up the biggest group of non-ethnic Chinese residents in the territory?

Pagsali sa paghubog ng kasaysayan ng HK
Naging usapin ang pagsali ng mga Pilipino at iba pang mga dayuhan sa patuloy na Occupy Central rally nang hilingin ng China sa mga konsulado ng iba-ibang bansa sa Hong Kong na pagbawalan ang kanilang mga mamamayang naririto sa pagsali sa protesta.

SUN lectures on use and abuse of social media
Learn how to control technology before it controls you.

This was the gist of the two-day lecture given by The SUN editor Daisy CL Mandap and publisher Leo A. Deocadiz on Oct 11 and 12 at Fanny Li Hall of St John's Cathedral at the invitation of Fr. Dwight de la Torre of the Philippine Independent Church.

Number of jailed Filipinos drops
There has been a noticeable decline in the number of Filipinos being jailed since last year, figures supplied by the Philippine Consulate show.

As of June 30 this year, there were 108 Filipinos in jail, down from 129, or 15.5% for the same period last year.

By year's end, the number rose slightly to 119, which was 9.24 percent lower than in previous year.

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HK launchpad for watercolor artist Carizo's career
Randy Carizo's name may not yet ring a bell in the Philippine art scene, but his paintings leave an impression that behind the little-known signature on the canvas is a promising talent that will one day gain renown in the larger realm of international art.

This was evident in the works he exhibited at the just-concluded Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong 2014 at the Conrad Hotel at Pacific Place, the first ever art exhibition that he has joined.

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