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Newly arrived Pinay says she was detained by police on fake charge

23 May 2019

By Daisy CL Mandap

Consulate officials met on May 21 with a Filipina domestic worker who was picked up by the police in Yuen Long two days earlier and detained for 30 hours for allegedly hitting her employer’s daughter with her mobile phone.

Adlao told police, "I did not do anything"
But during the meeting at the Consulate which happened after she was freed on $600 police bail, Mary Ann Adlao told the officials her employer’s daughter, Michelle Wong Hiu-ling, had faked the charge.

Adlao said Wong called the police because she had warned her of calling them herself after Wong had squeezed her arm during an argument. She pointed out that she could not have hurt Wong because her employer and another daughter were in the same room at the time and could have easily thwarted her.
The Filipina also said she was made to work not in the house of her contractual employer Hui Lin Leung, but in a house in Casa Regalia, Yuen Long, where the elderly woman’s younger daughter, Sonia Wong Hui-yung, lives with her Indian husband and four children.

Her contract states that Hui lives in the Yuen Long house with Sonia and her family, but Adlao said her employer actually resided in another district with Michelle.
The Filipina said the argument happened when she returned from her day-off at about 8pm on May 19, and was confronted by Sonia and Hui because she had left the house at 7am that day, one hour earlier than she was told.

As the argument escalated, Michelle reportedly arrived, and immediately ordered Adlao to go down the stairs where she was then.

Image may contain: 2 people, phone and indoor
Still picture from the video recording
of the incident by Adlao's sister
“Pagbabang pagbaba ko ay lumapit siya sa akin at hinawakan ako sa kanang braso ng mahigpit. Sinabi ko sa kanya na huwag niya akong saktan kundi ay tatawag ako ng pulis,” Adlao said in her police statement.

“Binitawan niya ang kamay ko at siya ang pumunta sa gilid ko, sa tapat ng TV. Sabi niya sinaktan ko siya kaya siya ang tatawag ng pulis. Tapos, dumating mga pulis pagkatapos niyang tumawag sa telepono.”

While the argument was going on, Adlao managed to place a video call to her sister, Catherine, who is also working in Hong Kong, asking her to call the police because her employer’s family had threatened to have her arrested.
Catherine managed to record a scene where Hui and her daughters are shown on the other side of the vast living room, across the stairs where Adlao was. One of the women is also shown putting away what appeared to be a video camera.

In his own statement, the arresting officer said the allegation against Adlao was that she assaulted Wong Hiu-ling with a black mobile phone “on the left forehead, causing discomfort” to the alleged victim.

But when asked about the allegation, Adlao reportedly said, “I didn’t do anything.”
The incident happened nine days after Adlao had served notice that she was terminating her contract with Hui.

Adlao’s decision to leave was allegedly sparked by Sonia getting mad when the maid hesitated about joining the family on a trip to Singapore, on learning that she was booked on a separate flight.

But Adlao told the Consulate officials she also wanted to leave because she and the other maid were not given enough food. When the family would eat out, they got nothing to eat at all because Sonia reportedly told them about two months after they started working for her not to touch any of the food in her house without being told.
Although her friends and her sister gave her food on her days off, Adlao said she lost a lot of weight in the four months that she was in Hui’s employ.

The Filipina said her duties included taking care of Sonia’s 8-month-old baby, cooking, washing two cars, feeding the family’s pet rabbit, and cleaning the entire house, which has four floors and measures 2,200 square feet. Another Filipina maid did the laundry and other chores.

But despite the hard work, Adlao said she had a good relationship with Sonia, until she balked at joining her family in the Singapore trip, concerned that she would be held up at the airport because she was booked on a separate flight.

Adlao is due to report back to the police on Jun 11.

Meantime, she and the owner of her employment agency are preparing to ask Hui to pay her unpaid salary and other benefits, including one month’s salary in lieu of notice.

They are also seeking advice on whether Adlao can claim damages against Michelle for the alleged malicious prosecution.

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