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2 Filipina torture claimants charged with illegal work denied bail

13 November 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The 3 Filipinas had mixed luck with their bail applications at Shatin court

Two Filipinas asylum-seekers arrested in previous anti-illegal workers operations by the Immigration Department were refused bail by in Shatin Court on Thursday, Nov 11, while a third one accused of overstaying her visa and making false claims was successful.

A.M. Royo, one of the Filipinas who appeared before Magistrate Jason Wan, was charged with taking employment while under a removal order.

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The defense lawyer said the former domestic helper and now a non-refoulement claimant, was offering $2,000 for her temporary release.  But the magistrate rejected the application, citing the seriousness of the case and the defendant being a flight risk.

The other asylum-seeker, A.M. Lofamia, offered $5,000 bail, but was also unsuccessful. She was charged with taking employment after overstaying her visa.


The third Filipina, M.R. Labiano, faced a count of breaching her condition of stay by overstaying after her employer terminated their contract on Mar 2.

On top of this, she allegedly made false representation to an Immigration officer by submitting an employment contract on Apr 1, when she had already overstayed her visa.

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The prosecution said the defendant failed to report for a hearing of her overstaying case on May 11 and went underground until police arrested her a few days ago.

She applied for bail of $2,000 with a Hong Kong resident friend willing to put up surety of $3,000.


The magistrate granted Labiano’s bail application but raised the bail money to $10,000 and told her to attend the next hearing on Dec 16.

Immigration conducts anti-illegal work operations every few days

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old Vietnamese woman was sentenced to 15 months in jail in the same court after pleading guilty to working illegally and remaining in Hong Kong without Immigration’s permission.


The prosecution said the woman landed in Hong Kong unlawfully and had a removal order, but she was caught working in a restaurant in Shatin during an operation on Nov 8 codenamed “Twilight.”

The woman was also charged with using a forged Hong Kong identity card. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison for each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.

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