Editor's Note
A tragic tale
One of the saddest stories I have ever written about was the one involving the Cousins-- the couple known to friends as Nick and Grace, and their two teenage daughters.

As soon as the news broke in April that their older daughter, Blanca, had jumped to her death from their luxurious 19th floor flat in Repulse Bay, I received a text message from a friend who knew Grace, who is a Filipina. My friend was trying to confirm the shocking news, as she couldn't believe that Grace wasn't who she claimed to be. Details...

Anak Araw
Rehistrado ka na?
Nagsimula na ang huling buwan para ang mga hindi pa rehistrado bilang botante ay makapag-palista na. ayon sa Commission on Election, wala nang maasahan pang extension pagkatapos ng deadline na ito.

Alam mo ba kung saan ka puwedeng magpalista? Dapat ay sinimulan mo nang alamin noong nakalipas na taon pa. Pero hindi pa huli ang lahat. Details...

Migrant's Forum
In support of Filipino youths in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has rich historical ties with the Philippines. From the time the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal held clinic in Central in the 19th century to the more recent influx of overseas Filipino workers to the city, there has always been a productive interaction between the two territories.

What is not immediately apparent is the impact and contribution of several generations of Filipino residents who have come to call Hong Kong their home. Details...


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Grace Poe keeps lead in poll surveys
For three quarters in a row, Senator Grace Poe has kept her lead in the survey of pollsters Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia on voter preference as successor to President Benigno Aquino III in 2016.

The latest "Ulat sa Bayan" survey of Pulse Asia -- conducted on September 8 to 14 with 2,400 respondents with a +/- 2% error margin and 95 percent confidence level -- Poe got 26 percent of the respondents choosing her as their preferred candidate for president, with the second place shared by three probable presidential candidates: Manuel "Mar" Roxas II for the administration Liberal Party (20 percent), Vice President Jejomar Binay for the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (19 percent), and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (16 percent).
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LUFOH, 15 taon na

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A young doctor moved out to a small community to replace a doctor who was retiring.

The older doctor suggested that the young one accompany him on his rounds, so the community could become used to a new doctor.

At the first house a woman complains, "I've been a little sick to my stomach."
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Chinese Horoscope   
Ano ang hatid ng Oktubre sa iyo

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Your Daily News   
  Phil. Daily Inquirer
  Manila Times

  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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