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No VCM issues despite rains, but some voters ‘misbehave’

Posted on 21 April 2019 No comments

by Vir B. Lumicao
A lone voter inside a Bayanihan precinct


Heavy rain dampened Day 7 of the month-long overseas voting for Filipinos in Hong Kong, with just over 300 voters casting their ballots.

The Observatory issued a thunderstorm and amber rain warning for most of the territory, and the sidewalks of Bayanihan Centre turned into raging streams, keeping many voters away.

But despite the damp weather, none of the previously problematic vote-counting machines malfunctioned.

“There were no problems with the machines today, unlike in the past days. At least we are learning how to use the machines although malalaman po natin (talaga) kung marami nang botante,” Consul General Morales said in a media briefing at the end of the day.

He said the Consulate, which was deputized by the Commission on Elections to conduct the overseas voting in Hong Kong, is in close touch with the election body just in case problems recur when more voters come.

Morales said three additional VCMs had been put on standby, to be used to replace any malfunctioning machine.

About 320 voters turned up, bringing the total ballots cast since the overseas voting began exactly a week ago to close to 5,100, Morales said. That represents just 5.78% of the 87,441 registered voters in Hong Kong. But Morales said he still expects a 50% turnout.

Overseas voters will pick 12 Senators and one party-list representative in Congress the Senate in the ongoing mid-term elections.

Today two ballots were rejected by the VCM because there were ink marks on their bar codes, or the so-called ballot timing mark, Morales said.

There were also two voters who were caught taking photos of their ballots and were asked by the chairperson of the Special Board of Inspectors in their respective precincts to delete the pictures.

“Nakasaad po (sa batas) na bawal ito at ang SBEI chair ay napilitang pagsabihan sila na i-delete ang kanilang mga photo,” Morales said.

One person with disability made her way to the voting center despite the driving rain, and the chairman in her precinct had to go down to bring her the ballot.

“Alam nyo po na it’s difficult to climb the stairs of the voting center, at may bumaba na chair ng isang SBEI kasama ang isang watcher” so that the avid voter could cast his vote at the election secretariat on the third floor of Bayanihan, Morales said.

The election secretariat also received a protest against a person who was allegedly campaigning at the entrance of the voting center, the consul general said.

Morales said the protest was immediately sent to the Comelec along with the names of the protester and the person who was the target of protest.

“Huwag (din) pong mangangampanya, huwag sasabihin ang ibinoto natin dahil kapag may nagprotesta in written form, pinadadala namin ang pangalan ng nagprotesta at ng iprinotesta sa Comelec at sila ang gumagawa ng tamang aksiyon. So please be reminded of the rules.”

He again warned that distribution of campaign flyers outside the voting center is prohibited. It is allowed only at least 30 meters away from the voting center.

Asked why the Consulate has not been posting the daily running total on its Facebook page as in the 2016 presidential election, Morales said: “I have said we were deputized by the Comelec, we will ask for permission; kung papayag sila, ilalagay natin.”  




3 araw ang piyesta opisyal dahil sa Mahal na Araw, pero hindi kasali ang mga FDW

Posted on 18 April 2019 No comments
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Tatlong araw ang idineklarang bakasyon ng mga manggagawa dito sa Hong Kong mula bukas dahil sa Mahal na Araw, pero hindi kasama ang mga dayuhang kasambahay. 

Ang lahat ng mga tanggapan, pribado man o sa pamahalan, ay walang pasok sa Biyernes Santo, Sabado de Gloria, at sa Lunes pagkatapos ng Easter Sunday o Araw ng Pagkabuhay. Dahil ang Linggo ay karaniwang walang pasok naman, bale apat na araw na sunod-sunod ang bakasyon ng mga manggagawa.

Pero para sa Konsulado at ang Philippine Overseas Labor Office, nagsimula ang mahabang bakasyon ngayong Huwebes Santo dahil piyesta opisyal din ito sa Pilipinas.

Katulad ng ibang mga tanggapan, muling magbubukas ang dalawang opisinang ito ng  ating pamahalaan sa Martes, ika-23 ng Abril.
Para sa mga mangangailan ng agarang overseas employment certificate o OEC dahil sa takdang pag-uwi sa Pilipinas, nakatakdang tumulong mismo si Labor Attaché Jalilo dela Torre. Kailangan lang magpadala sa kanya ng mensahe sa kanyang email address,  jodelatorre1957@gmail.com, o sa Whatsapp (68091069) o sa FB Messenger.
Lakipan ang mensahe ng mga sumusunod:

1) Araw ng pag-uwi sa Pilipinas
2) Araw ng pagbabalik sa Hong Kong
3) Ang numero ng iyon mobile phone
4) Larawan mo sa biodata page ng iyon pasaporte
5) Isang larawan ng iyong pinakahuling visa sticker;
6) Ang iyong estado sibil (walang asawa, may-asawa, biyuda)
7) Isang larawan mong pang-ID ang laki; hindi printout kundi malinaw na kuha mo sa sarili;
8) Isang larawan ng iyon kontarata sa trabaho (unang pahina)
9) Araw ng huling pag-aalis mo sa Pilipinas
10) Kumpletong pangalan sa pagkadalaga ng iyong ina, at ang kanyang araw ng kapanganakan;
11) Kumpletong pangalan ng iyong benepisyaryo at ang kanyang araw ng kapanganakan.
12) Ang gusto mong araw at oras ng appointment.

Sinabi ni Labatt Dela Torre na bukas ang POLO sa Linggo, Abril 21, para tumanggap ng bayad na $20 sa OEC.
Pinapaala niyang ang inyong mga pasaporte ay dapat na may bisa pa ng hindi hindi kukulangin sa anim na buwan mula sa araw ng pagbabalik ninyo sa Hong Kong.

Para sa mga sinusuwerte na nabigyan ng bakasyon sa loob ng apat na araw na sunod-sunod, subukang mag-hiking, ngunit kailangan ang ibayong pag-iingat, lalo na pagkatapos ng magkakasunod na mga sakuna sa bundok nitong mga nakaraang linggo.
Maari ding maligo sa beach, mamasyal, magbisikleta sa Taiwai at iba pang malalawak na lugar sa New Territories.

Sa mga mahilig naman sa sine, manood ng “Still Human”, isang pelikula tungkol sa magandang samahan ng isang among paralitiko na taga Hong Kong at ng kanyang Pilipinang katulong, na ginagampanan ni Crisel Consunji.

Anuman ang nais gawin, sundin ang payo ng pulisya na umiwas sa mga lugar na sikskan at hindi ligtas.



Samantala, nakalathala sa ibaba ang listahan ng mga Simbahang Katoliko sa Hong Kong at ang mga takdang oras at araw ng kanilang serbisyo para sa mga deboto.


English Holy Week Services

HONG KONG ISLAND

CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
16 Caine Road
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.00pm
Adoration: 9.30pm to 11.30pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 10.30am
Lord’s Passion: 6.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 6.00pm

HOLY CROSS CHURCH
1 Holy Cross Path, Shaukeiwan
Holy Thursday
Adoration: up to 11.00pm (after 8.00pm Cantonese Mass)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 8.00pm

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHAPEL
Catholic Centre
3/F Grand Building
15-18 Connaught Road, Central
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.00 pm

OUR LADY OF LOURDES  CHURCH
1 Chi Fu Close
Pokfulam
Holy Thursday
Adoration: 9.00 to 11.00pm
Good Friday
Way of the cross: 5.30pm
Lord’s Passion: 6.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 6.00pm 

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH
1 Star Street
Wanchai
Holy Thursday
*Mass: 8.00pm     
Adoration: after Mass
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 5.00pm
Rosaryhill School
41B Stubbs Road
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.30pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 2.30pm
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 7.00pm

SALESIAN MASS CENTRE
Salesian School

16 Chai Wan Road
Good Friday
*Way of the Cross: 8.00pm

ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
1 Tung Tao Wan Road
Stanley

Holy Thursday
*Mass: 8.00pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 10.00am 
Lord’s Passion: 5.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 7.00pm

ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH
37 Garden Road
Holy Thursday
Mass: 8.00pm 
Adoration: after Mass to 11.00pm (Room A)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 10.00am, 6.00pm
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 8.00pm

ST. JUDE’S CHURCH
30 Kin Wah Street, North Point
Holy Thursday
Mass; 6.00pm
Adoration: up to 11.00pm (after 8.00pm Cantonese Mass)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 11.30am
Lord’s Passion: 6.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 5.00pm

ST. MARGARET’S CHURCH
2A Broadwood Road
Happy Valley
Holy Thursday
Mass: 8.00pm (parish hall)
Adoration: after Mass to 11.15pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 11.00am (Church)
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm (parish hall)
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 8.00pm (Church)

WAH YAN COLLEGE CHAPEL
281 Queen’s Road East
Holy Thursday
Mass: 8.00pm
Adoration: up to 9.30pm   
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 8.00pm

KOWLOON

HOLY FAMILY MASS CENTRE
Catholic Secondary School

1 Tse Wai Avenue
Choi Hung Estate
Holy Thursday
Adoration: up to 10.00pm (after 8.00pm Cantonese Mass)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 9.30am 
Lord’s Passion: 4.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 5.00pm

ROSARY CHURCH
125 Chatham Road
Tsimshatsui
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.30pm
Adoration: up 10.30pm (after 8.30pm Cantonese Mass)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 12.00 noon
Lord’s Passion: 5.30pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 6.00pm

NOTRE DAME PARISH
51 Shing Tak Street
Ma Tau Wai
Holy Thursday
Adoration: up 10.30pm (after 8.00pm Cantonese Mass)
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm (chapel)

ST. MARY’S CHURCH
5 Dyer Avenue, Hung Hom
Holy Thursday
Adoration: 4.15pm to 10.00pm
Good Friday 
Way of the Cross: 10.00am (G/F hall)                     
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm  (G/F hall)
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 7.00pm (G/F hall)

ST. PETER’S CHURCH
Mariners Club
11 Middle Road, Tsimshatsui
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.30pm 
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 2.00pm
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 6.30pm

ST. TERESA’S PARISH
258 Prince Edward Road
Holy Thursday
Mass: 6.30pm 
Adoration: 10.00pm to 12 midnight
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 12.00 noon
Lord’s Passion: 6.30pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 6.30pm

ST. VINCENT’S CHURCH 
DD224, Lot 352, Hang Hau Road
Clear Water Bay
, Kowloon
Holy Thursday
Mass: 8.00pm
Adoration after Mass 9.00pm to 11.00pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 6.00pm
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 7.30pm

NEW TERRITORIES

ANNUNCIATION CHURCH
11 On Yin Street, Chai Wan Kok
Tsuen Wan
Holy Thursday
Mass: 8.00pm 
Adoration: after Mass to 11.00pm (in hall)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 5.45pm (in hall)
Lord’s Passion: 7.00pm (in hall)
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 8.00pm (in hall)

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH
10 Wan Tau Street, Taipo
Holy Thursday
*Mass: 8.00pm
Adoration: 9.00pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 3.00pm
Lord’s Passion: 4.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 7.00pm 

MOTHER OF CHRIST CHURCH
11 Po Ping Road, Sheung Shui
New Territories
Holy Thursday
Adoration: after Mass up to 11.00pm (Church)
Holy Saturday
*Mass: 8.00pm (Church)

SACRED HEART CHURCH
Lot 1762, DD221 Yau Ma Po St.
Sai Kung Town
Holy Thursday
*Mass: 8.00pm
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 5.00pm

ST. ALFRED’S CHURCH
19-21 Man Lai Road, Shatin 
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 5.00pm

ST. BENEDICT CHURCH
7 Kong Pui Street, Shatin Wai 
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 2.00pm
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm

ST. FRANCIS CHURCH
11 Hang Kwong Street
Ma On Shan
Holy Thursday
Adoration: 9.00 to 10.30pm
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 12.00 noon

ST. JEROME’S CHURCH
6 Tin Mei Street
Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long
Holy Thursday
Adoration: 9.30 to 11.00pm
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 5.00pm
Lord’s Passion: 5.45pm

ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE MASS CENTRE
Yan Tak Catholic Primary School
Butterfly Estate, Tuen Mun
Holy Saturday
* Easter Vigil: 8.00pm

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
201 Castle Peak Road, Ping Shan
Yuen Long
Holy Thursday
Adoration: 9.00pm until 07.00am (Good Friday)
Good Friday
Way of the Cross: 10.30am
Lord’s Passion: 5.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 6.30pm (at school hall)

ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH
5 Tsing Luk Street
Tsing Yi
Holy Thursday
Adoration: up to 11.00pm
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 8.00pm

CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND

OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHURCH
Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road
 
Holy Thursday
*Mass: 8.30pm
Adoration: until 10.30pm
Good Friday
*Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Holy Saturday
*Easter Vigil: 8.00pm

LANTAU ISLAND  

EPIPHANY CHAPEL
Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road
 
Holy Thursday
*Mass: 8.00pm
Adoration: after Mass
Good Friday
*Way of the Cross: 10.30am
Lord’s Passion: 7.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 8.00pm

TRAPPIST MONASTERY
Good Friday
*Way of the Cross: 10.30am

TRINITY CHAPEL
Discovery Bay International School
Holy Thursday
Mass: 9.00pm
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm
Way of the Cross: 5.00pm
Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil: 7.00pm

TUNG CHUNG VISITATION CHAPEL
Tung Chung Catholic School

Yat Tung Estate
Holy Thursday
*Mass : 7.00pm
Adoration: after Mass to 10.30pm
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 5.00pm
Holy Saturday
*Easter Vigil: 10.00pm

PENG CHAU ISLAND

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHAPEL
15 Wai Tsai Street
Holy Thursday
Mass: 8.30pm
Good Friday
Lord’s Passion: 3.00pm 
Holy Saturday
*Easter Vigil: 8.00pm



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Pinoy resident jailed for 3 months for beating girlfriend

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Eastern Court

A 30-year-old Filipino resident of Hong Kong was jailed for a total of three months on  Apr 18, following his conviction on two counts of “assault causing bodily harm” to his girlfriend.

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RJ Raqueño was sentenced by Eastern Court Magistrate Peter Yu to two months in jail for each of the two occasions he assaulted his girlfriend, a mother of a young child, in their rented room on Chun Yeung St in North Point in November last year.

But the magistrate ordered the sentences to overlap by a month, resulting in a three-month jail term.
Raqueño was found guilty of the two assault charges at the end of a trial on Apr 4.

In mitigation, the defense lawyer said Raqueño is very remorseful and still loves his girlfriend, although his affection has been unrequited since the assaults were committed.
The lawyer cited a medical report stating that the victim’s injuries from the assaults were not serious. He also said there were no aggravating circumstances such as the use of weapons.

The lawyer pleaded for a lenient sentence on Raqueño, who arrived in Hong Kong in 2007 and is supporting his three children in the Philippines.



But the magistrate said that although the injury the woman suffered from being kicked in the leg by Raqueño did not require hospitalization, she was also strangled, bitten on her left arm, and hit in the eye by the defendant.  Vir B. Lumicao

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Pinay jailed for 3 months for stealing jewelry says she'll appeal conviction

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By Vir B. Lumicao


A Filipina helper was sentenced today, Apr 18, to three months in jail for stealing a platinum ring and other jewelry pieces from her employer’s mother-in-law.


Her lawyer immediately said she will appeal the conviction.

Defendant Gladys Manuel stood calm and emotionless as Eastern Court Magistrate Peter Yu, reading from a written judgment, said he was convicting her based on the strong evidence against her.
The magistrate issued his verdict more than a month after the trial on Mar 5 during which the alleged owner of the jewelry, Lee Man-ying, gave evidence.

Manuel decided not to give evidence and the defense did not present any witness.
Lee said she lost a 1.06 carat yellow diamond ring, a platinum ring, a small piece of diamond, a pair of earrings with 0.6-carat and 0.7-carat diamonds, and a pair of purple crystal earrings. She valued the gold ring at $3,000 and the platinum ring at $6,600.

The magistrate gave credence to Lee’s testimony, saying he found her honest and reliable.



During the trial, Lee said she took off the ring and the pair of earrings after coming home from a party on Dec 12 and kept them in a small plastic box in her bedroom. At the time, she said she had just returned from a trip to the United States.

She told the court that before the left for the US on Nov 28 last year, she gave Manuel her spare keys so the maid could enter her flat and take care of her grandchild.
Manuel, meanwhile, went home to the Philippines for her Christmas vacation. During her absence, when Lee noticed that her rings were missing, she and her son searched Manuel’s room and found pawnshop receipts.

The helper returned to Hong Kong on Jan 2 and the next day Lee asked her to accompany her to the pawnshop so she could redeem the pawned jewelry. 

Lee paid $1,700 to redeem the pawned items. Seeing the item were hers, she called the police and Manuel was arrested. The officers found the earrings in the maid’s bag.

The magistrate said he did not believe the maid’s claim that the two rings and the earrings were hers. He also said he did not find it unreasonable that Lee would call the police after seeing the pawned items were hers.
In mitigation, Manuel’s lawyer said she was a single mother with two daughters one aged 9, and the other who turned 2 today.
He asked for a very lenient sentence, saying that Manuel had repaid the $1,700 redemption money. However, Yu said the case was a breach of trust that called for an immediate custodial sentence.

He did not give any discount for the prescribed sentence of three months’ jail.

The defense lawyer immediately applied for bail for the helper so she could appeal the verdict in the High Court, but the magistrate refused the application.

The lawyer said after the hearing that he would file the appeal just the same even if his client would have served out her sentence by the time the appeal is heard.
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Kulang sa salawal

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Kahit kulang sa budget ay may lamang pa rin si Leng sa kanyang amo, ang pagkakaroon niya ng mas maraming panty.

Ito kasing amo niyang kuripot ay aapat ang panty na pinagpapalit-palit lang niya.

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Kabisado na tuloy ni Leng kung ano ang paborito nitong suutin, iyong puti o grey, at ang pinakaayaw ay yung kulay itim.

Noong Chinese New Year, akala niya ay bawal maglaba kaya natambak ang maruming damit nila habang siya ay naka day-off.

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Nagkataon namang may espesyal na lakad ang kanyang mga amo, at wala na palang susuutin na salawal ang babae, kaya galit na galit ito.

Ang ginawa ni Leng ay dali dali niyang kinusot yong apat na panty  at binanlawan. Itinapat niya ang mga ito sa heater at natuyo naman agad.

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Gustong gusto na niyang sabihan ang amo na bumili ng bagong panty pero nahiya naman siya.

Si Leng ay isang Ilongga na mula sa Guimaras, 37 taong gulang, may asawa at dalawang anak na parehong nasa elementary.

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Dumating siya sa Hong Kong  noong Disyembre 2018 at naninilbihan sa mga among taga Tiu Keng Leng. – Merly Bunda


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