OPINION   
Editor's Note
Desperate act
You know that something is terribly amiss when one tries to cover up a misdeed by doing something stupid, like crudely tampering with an official document.

This was exactly what happened when the Consulate started investigating allegations of impropriety against former Labor Attache Dodong Roldan. Details...

Anak Araw
Nagkabuhol-buhol
Nakakatawa ang drama sa Pilipinas na kinasasangkutan ng pangalawang Pangulo na si Jejomar Binay.

Matapos na hainan siya ng kaso sa Ombudsman dahil sa sobrang laki ng gastos sa pagpapatayo ng isang parking building sa Makati noong mayor pa siya, hindi pinalampas ng isang senador, si Antonio Trillanes IV, ang pagkakataong suriin ang pagkatao ni Binay lalo pa't nangangampanya na siya bilang susunod na pangulo sa halalan sa 2016. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Aral mula sa Haiyan: Pagbabalik-tanaw
Katulad ng marami, ako ay may karanasang lalong nagpatibay sa aking mithiin sa buhay, ang makatulong sa kapwa. Nag-ugat ito sa naging karanasan naming mag-asawa halos isang taon na ang nakalilipas, nang namalasa sa parteng Kabisayaan sa Pilipinas ang bagyong Haiyan o Yolanda.

Dahil pareho kaming taga Capiz ng aking maybahay na si Liezel ay lubos kaming nag-alala nang wala kaming makuhang balita mula sa aming lugar, apat na araw pagkatapos manalasa ni Haiyan. Dahil dito ay nagdesisyon kaming mag-asawa na ang isa sa amin ay uuwi ng Pilipinas. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
Buhay stateside

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NEWS FROM HOME   
China's old maps disprove its claim over Spratlys
Old maps made by Chinese authorities or commissioned by the dynasties of old belie the claims of the Beijing government that it owns Kalayaan or Spratlys group of islands, according to Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.
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COMMUNITY   
Coins for Bethune Part 3 launched
A new campaign to get Filipino community organizations donate to the Bethune House Migrant Women's Refuge was announced on Oct 28 at the De La Salle Alumni Association Hong Kong's fund-raising event at Orange Peel bar in Central.
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SPORTS   
Pacquiao, dinumog ng kababayan sa Central
Wala pa sa kanyang isip ang pag-re-retiro, sabi ng World Boxing Organization welterweight champion at mambabatas na si Manny Pacquiao, nang dumalaw siya sa Hong Kong noong Okt. 26.

Dinumog ang sikat na boksingero ng kanyang daan-daang mga tagahangang kababayan nang sumaglit siya sa Statue Square sa Central at ilan pang lugar.
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PINOY JOKES   
Miriamisms

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Noyenbre sa iyo

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Your Daily News   
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  Mid-May 2013 Hong Kong News   
Filipina fighting to be with resident kid wins appeal
A Filipina mother has won a temporary legal victory in her fight to stay and look after her seven-year-old daughter who is a permanent resident here in Hong Kong.

The Court of Appeal reversed the Director of Immigration's decision to refuse an application by Milagros Tecson Comilang, a former domestic helper, to extend her stay in the territory.

In its judgment handed down on May 2, the CA directed the Director to make a fresh determination based on the true nature of the application, which was for Comilang to stay and take care of her young daughter, who is also an appellant in the case.

The Court said the Director's basis for his judgment was "apparently misconceived" since it treated Comilang's bid as an application to remain as her daughter's dependant.

The applicant could not have sought this because her 7-year old daughter "was self-evidently not in a position to support her mother."

To further illustrate the Director's misapplication of the Dependant Policy to the case, the Court referred to the application as a "square peg" which was made to fit the "round hole of his (the Director's) Dependant Policy."

The CA's judgment was, however, not entirely a victory for Comilang.

She now has to wait again for the Director of Immigration to decide on her application to remain in Hong Kong based on the ground ascertained by the Court.Comilang worked as a domestic helper until July 2005.

She was given permission to stay as a visitor until Oct. 10 of the same year.

But three days before the expiry of her visa, she married a Hong Kong permanent resident, and subsequently applied for a change of status.

But the marriage broke down and the husband withdrew his sponsorship in 2007.

Last year, he obtained a decree of nullity of the marriage on the ground that he was already married when he married Comilang.

The daughter, who was born in 2006, automatically became a permanent resident by virtue of her being born in Hong Kong to a parent with the same status.

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