Editor's Note
As clear as day
How little Regina Ip knows about our migrant women! What little regard she has for them!

Reading a full translation of her column in Ming Pao in which she denigrated Filipina domestic workers immediately evoked a sense of outrage and shock. Prejudice dripped from the written piece, as clear as day.

How could anyone, least of all someone aspiring to be Hong Kong's next chief executive, come up with such damning allegations against one of the most vulnerable and least protected sectors of society?

She wrote: "In Hong Kong, there are quite a lot of cases where expat employers and complaints from expat women residing in Discovery Bay. They complained that the Hong Filipino domestic workers have an affair. When I was the Secretary for Security, I received Kong government had tolerated Filipino helpers who seduced their husbands. But at that time, the bureau could only respond to them by saying that it's rather difficult for the authorities to govern such behaviour under the existing regulatory framework." Details...

Anak Araw
Para kay Regina
Simple lang sana ang mensahe ni Regina Ip sa isang artikulo niya sa pahayagang Ming Pao, na umalingawngaw sa Hong Kong kamakailan: Dapat daw ay hindi lang ang pang-aabuso sa mga domestic helper gaya ni Erwiana ang pagtuunan ng pansin ng international media kundi ang mga ginagawang seksuwal ng mga expatriate sa kanilang mga katulong, na binansagan niyang "sexual resource". Ang ginamit niyang mga salita ay may patama hindi lamang sa talagang target niya. Kaya umalma ang marami. Details...

Migrant's Forum
An open letter to Ip
Ma'am Regina,

It was a great opportunity to have had a chance to talk to you up close and personal on one sunny Sunday of 2008 beside the Legco building in Central. We shook hands and you said, "I am Regina Ip, come to me if you have problems with employment because I cater to concerns of domestic helpers" in Hong Kong. But that's now history. Details...

Know Your Rights
What should new arrivals know

(First of a two-part series)

In the last survey of the Mission For Migrant Workers (or Mission), it appeared that 50% of the respondents were new arrivals in Hong Kong (or have been here for less than two years). Hence, they need basic information to avoid any untoward incidents that may jeopardize their objectives of at least providing the basic necessities to their families and loved ones. Details...


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CA freezes 242 bank accounts of Binays, dummies
Granting a request from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), the Court of Appeals has frozen 242 bank accounts and insurance policies belonging to Vice President Jejomar Binay, some members of his family and close associates, who are suspected of being his dummies.
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Pintura Circle's charity art exhibit a success
Three Philippines-based artists were featured in "Trichotomy", another successful art exhibit organized by Pintura Circle and held at the Consulate from May 12-14.

At the close of opening night on May 12, most of the works on display had been sold.
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Fil-HK bowling team Grand Slam champion in Singapore
Filipino Bowling Club Hong Kong bagged the Grand Slam Champion trophy at the 5thAsian Filipino Bowlers Friendship Game which was held at the Safra Metrobowl Mt. Faber in Singapore on May 2-3.
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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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