OPINION   
Editor's Note
Inaction
One of the biggest problems with pursuing a case involving our migrant workers is often the lack of complainants willing to pursue their case.

This not surprising, especially in a place like Hong Kong where workers have no security of tenure. All it takes is a month's notice from the employer, or pay in lieu, and the worker could be thrown out into the streets, no matter which part of the world she had come from. Details...

Anak Araw
Bagong babala
Nitong nakaraang buwan ay naibalita ng press office ng gubyerno ng Hong Kong, na nakipagtulungan ang HK Police upang maipahuli ang mga kasapi ng isang tinatawag na "Naked Chat Blackmail" syndicate sa Pilipinas, Ayon sa report, walong Pilipino ang nahuli ng Philippine National Police sa Bulacan -- limang lalaki at tatlong babae. Maliban sa kanila, limang menor de edad ang iniligtas mula sa sindikatong ito. Details...

Migrant's Forum
Upon their return, what?
Gemma Macalaging had been through some rough times in her short overseas employment stint in Qatar. At one time, she was only eating dates she had picked off the ground because the family fed her left-overs. At other times, the wife of the employer was screaming at her for looking directly at the husband's eyes. Most of the time, she only had two to three hours sleep. Details...

Know Your Rights
What to end when contract is ending
When a contract is about to end, the main concern of a foreign domestic worker is whether or not the contract will be renewed. Many of the calls we received in the past month were inquiries on what should be done if there is only a month or a few weeks left in the current contract and a worker has not heard of a clear decision by the employer on whether it will be renewed. Details...

BUHAY PINAY   
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NEWS FROM HOME   
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COMMUNITY   
Bethune House marks 28th year serving distressed FDWs
Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih may have cast the spotlight anew on Bethune House Migrant Workers Refuge, but this church-run shelter has been doing its life-saving and life-changing work for the past 28 years.
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SPORTS   
New martial arts group launched

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Chinese Horoscope   
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Filipino technology

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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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