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Filipina who kept friend’s HK ID card still refused bail

15 June 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

One Filipina fails to get bail, another pleads not guilty to assault in Eastern Court today

A Filipina domestic helper who kept her friend’s Hong Kong ID card failed in her bid to be freed on bail when she returned to Eastern Court today, Jun 15, despite an offer from Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge to give her shelter.

M.K. Maing appeared before Magistrate Peter Law to apply for bail amounting to $1,200 and presented as her proposed address the charitable group’s shelter while awaiting the next hearing of her case.

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She faces a charge of possessing a Hong Kong identity card belonging to another person and another for overstaying her visa. She has been in police custody since her arrest on May 12.

Maing was arrested during a spot check after officers found two HKID cards in her wallet, hers and another card issued to her friend who had already gone back to the Philippines after apparently overstaying.


The duty lawyer representing Maing said Bethune House, whose executive director Edwina Antonio was in court, was offering to give shelter to the defendant. But Magistrate Law refused the bail application after the prosecutor objected, citing the seriousness of the case.

Antonio, who attended the hearing along with Maing’s two relatives, was surprised by the court’s rejection of the bail application, and why the defendant’s case was said to be so serious.  

Antonio was surprised by the court's refusal to grant bail to Maing

She was also baffled why Maing was charged with overstaying when helper already had a new employer, and they were just waiting for her visa to be released on May 20. As a result of her arrest, the employer has backed out, Antonio said.


Under the Registration of Persons Ordinance, anyone found in possession of another person’s HKID without lawful authority or reasonable excuse may be liable to pay a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for 10 years.

Even a summary conviction would result in the offender being fined up to $50,000 and jailed for 2 years.

Filipina to be tried for alleged boarding house assault

Meanwhile, a Filipina domestic helper is set to stand trial at Eastern Court on Jul 16 after she denied today, Jun 15, a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on a fellow helper during a boarding house spat in Siu Sai Wan in January.

L. Regidor, 32, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her before Magistrate Peter Law. She first appeared in court on Mar 30.

According to the prosecution, Regidor had just woken up and was set to make coffee on Jan 9 when she heard two other boarders talking about her. After accosting the pair, she threw a mug at them, hitting one on the right side of her face, injuring her right eye.

The prosecution asked for a one-day trial saying it will present two witnesses, the alleged victim and her friend. The defense said will also have two witnesses.

Magistrate Law extended Regidor’s bail until her trial.



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