OPINION   
Editor's Note
Back and ahead
Of all the events that happened in Hong Kong in the past year, nothing could be more significant for Filipinos than the end of hostilities over the Luneta hostage crisis.

After nearly four years of uncertainty, at times made worse by angry rhetoric from politicians, cordial ties between Hong Kong and the Philippines were again restored. Details...

Anak Araw
Pagbabago
Ayon sa isang survey na Social Weather Stations kamakailan, 93 sa bawa't 100 Pilipino ay umaasa na mas maganda ang dating ng bagong taon.

Mas lilinaw ang sulyap natin sa pag-iisip ng Pilipino kung ihahambing mo ito sa isa pang SWS survey na nagpapakitang 52 sa bawa't 100 pamilyang Pilipino ay nagsabing sila ay mahirap, at 41 pamilya ang nagsabing naghihikahos sila sa pagkain. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Travelling tips for OFWs
Travelling between two countries is not the same as taking an aircon bus from Manila to Baguio. You have to make sure many things are in order before your intended trip. Here are some tips to ensure a hassle-free travel. Details...

Know Your Rights
The ILO Convention 189


(3rd Part)

In our last article, we discussed articles 1-7 of the ILO Convention 189 or C189. In this article we will discuss the succeeding articles of the C189 starting from Article 8.

It is clearly stated in C189 that a domestic worker must have a written job offer and an employment contract which is enforceable in the country where she or he will work. Article 7 enumerated essential components of the provisions of the employment contract to provide clear protection for the domestic worker. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
Malungkot na bakasyon

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NEWS FROM HOME   
Filipinos eagerly await Pope Francis visit
Church bells will ring simultaneously at 5:45 p.m. on January 15 as a symbolic gesture of welcome to Pope Francis who will visit the Philippines until January 19.

The country eagerly awaits the arrival of the Holy Father as President Benigno Aquino III assures that the government prepares for worst-case scenarios, including the possibility of a terrorist attack and a stampede, during the papal visit.
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COMMUNITY   
Applicants for the Intl Youth Exchange Programme sought
The SUN editor, as a member of Hong Kong's Committee for the Promotion of Racial Harmony, has been asked to endorse two ethnic minority youths as participants in the International Youth Exchange Programme (IYEP) for 2015-2016.
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SPORTS   
Filipino softbelles get taste of defeat in top league

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PINOY JOKES   
Kamukha

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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Enero 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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