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Internet voting by Filipinos overseas almost done deal, says Comelec

Posted on 25 March 2024 No comments
Lines like this will be a thing of the past once overseas voting via internet is allowed next year

The Commission on Elections has taken a step closer to allowing millions of Filipinos abroad to cast their ballots through the internet for next year’s mid-term election in the Philippines, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with various agencies to boost voter registration and turnout.

Comelec Chairman George M. Garcia said he signed the MOA Monday, along with representatives from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), Rotary International District 3810, and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (Amosup).

Part of the agreement is based on the expectation that internet voting, which was approved by the Comelec en banc last year, will not be opposed by lawmakers who may have reservations about a system that could lead to massive fraud, and endanger the sanctity of the ballot


Comelec maintains that it has the power to implement internet voting under Republic Act (RA) 9369 or the Automated Election System Act, but some Senators have argued that an enabling act is necessary to get it done.

Garcia said they agreed to implement internet voting next year as the third mode of overseas voting, apart from in-person or by mail, to make it more convenient for Filipinos abroad, especially the seafarers, to cast their votes.

Under the plan, registered Filipino voters may register their digital devices such as their mobile phones, tablet, or laptops so they can cast their votes through a Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) or touch screen scheme.


This was also announced by Undersecretary Jesus Gary Domingo during his recent briefing to the Filipino community in Hong Kong on Mar. 17, as head of the Overseas Voting Secretariat at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“We’re almost there,” said USec Domingo, but cautioned that the measure could still face opposition from lawmakers.

He said OFW Party List Rep. Marissa del Mar-Magsino who authored the bill expanding the modes of voting for overseas Filipinos, has assured them of her support, but overseas Filipinos could help by urging their local leaders to also give it a push.

“Our target is to have it in place by the 2025 election,” said Domingo, who added that internet voting will make things a lot easier and more convenient for overseas voters.

“Internet voting will make whatever limitations you have a thing of  the past,” he added.

USec Domingo (in black barong) with Filcom leaders during the OV briefing on Mar 17

In Hong Kong, that includes waiting in line for hours to get to the voting precincts at Bayanihan Centre, especially during Sundays, when about 4,000 people cast their votes.

Domingo also said that the technology that will allow internet voting is still being developed, but the ultimate goal is to allow voters to use not just computer laptops and tablets, but also their mobile phones.

Meanwhile, Garcia said that with the landmark shift to internet voting, they hope to boost the number of Filipino voters abroad to three million, which is still just a fraction of the number of those eligible to vote.


“There are about 10 to 15 million Filipinos abroad, but we are sad that only 1.697 million of them have registered to vote for the 2022 elections,” Garcia said.

Of the registered voters abroad, 600,000 have already been deactivated, and only another 600,000 or 40.5 percent of the remaining active voters have cast their ballots.

“Now that we announced the internet voting with your help, we hope to increase the number of voters abroad,” he said.

Comelec plans to step up its information campaign to get more overseas Filipinos to register and vote before the Sept 30, 2024 deadline for voter registration.

Filipina linked to love scam jailed 8 months

Posted on 24 October 2023 No comments


A Filipina domestic helper was sent to jail for eight months after pleading guilty to money laundering of proceeds from a love scam, while her four co-defendants denied the charges, setting the stage for a four-day trial at the Eastern Court.

Magistrate Minnie Wat handed the sentence to Maila Samson, 50 years old, after setting aside her lawyer’s plea for a light sentence and giving her credit only for her guilty plea with a 1/3 discount on the usual punishment of 12 months in prison.

Samson was immediately ushered into the detention area to start her prison term.

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The hearing, held on Friday Oct. 20, continued with the co-defendants -- Wong Siu-uen, Marife Dionson, Geraldine Tolentino and Ires Calinawagan – pleading not guilty, and the prosecutors’ discussing their plan to rely mostly on video-recorded interviews the four gave to police.

But Magistrate Wat had to hand the case over to Principal Magistrate Ivy Chui to schedule the trial.

In a separate hearing, Magistrate Chui set the trial for Jan 23-26 next year.


Samson was charged with dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable crime, which is punishable under the Organized Serious Crimes Ordinance.

Her Hang Seng Bank account was linkled to an online love scam in which a Hong Kong woman was swindled of several millions of Hong Kong dollars.

A total of HK$571,850 and US$4,501.61 – part of which was believed to have been proceeds of the love scam -- were deposited and withdrawn in her account between July 15, 2020 and Aug. 7, 2020. In HKD, the total amount was about $607,000.


During police investigation, Samson claimed that she had earlier lost the ATM card for this account along with her wallet and passport, but admitted she did not report the loss to the bank or applied for a new card, which could have prevented the misuse of her account.

The four co-defendants face similar charges. Wong was freed on $2,000 bail while the other Filipinos posted bail of $1,000 each.

Wong, 53, together with another person with a name written in Chinese, had the biggest amount deposited and withdrawn in her Hang Seng Bank account, at a total of $776,460 between June 15, 2020 and Aug. 20, 2020.

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The HSBC account of Dionson, 43, saw the inflow and outflow of a total of $358,300 within two days --on July 8 and 9, 2020.

Tolentino, 38, together with a person named “Wai”, had her HSBC receive $566,438 in deposits that were withdrawn within five days, on July 15-20, 2020.

The HSBC account of Calinawagan, 49, was used as temporary depository for $714,406 on July 10 to 23, 2020.


Police hunt for missing Filipina

Posted on 14 September 2023 No comments

Gonayon was last seen on Tuesday

Police appealed to the public last night, Sept 13, for information on a Filipina domestic helper who went missing in Aberdeen.



Police said Georgia Mer Walis Gonayon, 49, went missing after she left her employer’s residence on Pok Fu Lam Road Tuesday afternoon. Her employer made a report to Police on the same day.



She is about 1.6 metres tall, 59 kilograms in weight and of medium build. She has a square face with black complexion and long black hair. She was last seen wearing a white jacket, blue trousers, white and purple shoes and carrying a black bag.

Anyone who knows her whereabouts or may have seen her is urged to contact the Regional Missing Persons Unit of Hong Kong Island on 2860 1040 or 9886 0034 or email to, or contact any police station. 

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$2.37M na kasong pagnanakaw laban sa 2 Pinay, iaakyat sa District Court

Posted on 21 June 2023 No comments


Lampas sa sakop ng Magistracy ang krimen

Iaakyat sa District Court ang kaso ng dalawang Pilipinang akusado sa pagnanakaw ng $2.37 million na kabuuang halaga ng relo at alahas sa kanilang amo na taga Kowloon City.

Sa isang pagdinig kanina sa Kowloon City Magistracy, sinabi ng taga-usig na tapos na ang imbestigasyon ng pulis at handa na rin ang kaso laban kina Bernadette Paranas at Gina Quinones, 39 at 33 taong gulang.


Humingi rin ito ng isa pang pagdinig upang pormal na ilipat ang kaso sa mas mataas na hukuman.

Itinakda ni Acting Principal Magistrate Peony Wong sa July 19 ang susunod na pagdinig bilang pag-lilipat ng kaso sa District Court, dahil ang parusa sa krimeng ito ay mas mataas sa pwede niyang ipataw, na dalawang taong pagkabilanggo o multang $100,000.

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At dahil hindi humiling ang dalawa na payagan silang mag piyansa, ibinalik sila sa kulungan.

Sina Paranas at Quinones ay inakusahang nagnakaw ng walong mamahaling relo, isang bracelet at isang gintong singsing na may kabuuang halagang $2.37 million.


Naganap diumano ang pagnanakaw sa pagitan ng May 2021 at Nov. 26, 2022 sa isang flat sa Sheung Shing Court sa Kowloon City.

Sinampahan sila ng Kowloon City Police ng paglabag sa Section 9 ng Theft Ordinance, na nagpapataw ng hanggang 10 taong pagkabilanggo sa ganitong klase ng krimen.


Epekto ng sunog sa Manila Post Office ramdam pa rin sa HK

Posted on 20 June 2023 No comments


Kuha ng Rappler habang nasusunog ang Central Post Office sa Maynila

Nag-anunsyo ngayon ang Hongkong Post na maaantala ang mga sulat at iba pang padala papunta at galing sa Maynila.

Ito ay isa sa epekto ng sunog noong May 22 na tumupok sa Central Post Office sa gitna ng Plaza Lawton sa Maynila. Ayon sa report nagsimula ang sunog matapos pumutok ang isang baterya sa basement ng gusali.


Ang epekto ng sunog ay nararamdaman na rin ng ilang Pilipina sa Hong Kong.

Noong April 30 at May 1 at nagkaroon ng libreng eye check up ang Facebok chat group na Social Justice for Migrant Workers.


May 40 na kasapi ang umorder ng salamin sa mata pagkatapos ng check-up na ginawa ng grupo sa Bayanihan Center noong April 30 at sa Ramada Hotel in Sai Ying Pun noong May 1. May apat na kasapi na nakikipaglaban sa cancer ang binigyan din ng libreng salamin.

Ayon sa lider ng grupo na si Marites Palma, ika-limang taon na nila itong ginagawa sa pakikipagtulungan ni Dr. Maria Monica Cagatao Visaya ng Visaya Optical na naka base sa Santiago, Isabela.

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Ang mga salamin na ito, na ginawa sa Pilipinas at nagkakahalaga ng $1,000 bawa’t isa, ay dapat nasa kamay na ng mga OFW mga 10 araw matapos ilagak sa post office ng Santiago, base sa nakasanayan na ng grupo.

Pero dahil sa sunog sa Manila, nasira ang tracking system ng Philpost kaya hindi pa malaman kung saaan na ang mga salamin na noong May 19 pa ipinadala mula sa Santiago.


Siniguro naman ng grupo na hindi nasama sa sunog ang mga salamin dahil mula sa Santiago ay diretso itong dinala sa Central Mail Exchange sa tabi ng Domestic Airport sa Pasay City, bago ikarga sa eroplano pauntang Hing Kong.

Ayon sa tracking system, nasa Hong Kong na ang parcel pero hindi pa nai-deliver sa addressee.


“Sana dumating na ang parcel at masagot ang dumaraming tanong sa FB page namin kung ano ang nangyari sa kanilang salamin.,” ika ni Palma.


Mga libreng sakay, palabas at discount sa ika-26 anibersaryo ng HK

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Libre ang sakay sa Star Ferry sa July 1.

Ipapadama ng gobyerno ng Hong Kong sa lahat ng naninirahan nito, kasama na ang mga migranteng manggagawa, ang pagdiriwang sa July 1 ng ika-26 anibersaryo ng pagkatatag ng HK Special Administrative Region sa ilalim ng pamamahala ng China.

Ayon kay Chief Executive John Lee kahapon, Martes, lahat ng taga Hong Kong ay makikinabang sa mga palibreng inihahanda ng iba’t ibang sangay ng gobyerno at organisasyong pampubliko.


Ilan sa mga inihahandang palibre sa publiko:

·       Libre para sa publiko na gagamit ng pasilidad ng Leisure and Cultural Services Department gaya ng sports facilities. Kailangan lang mag book simula sa Linggo, June 25, mula 7am. 

      Libre rin ang papasok sa mga permanenteng exhibition at museum, gaya ng Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Space Museum, M+ museum, at  Hong Kong Palace Museum.

·        Libre rin ang sakay sa Star Ferry, Fortune Ferry at ilang ruta ng Hong Kong Water Taxi sa loob ng limang araw simula sa July 1.

·        Marami sa mga restaurant ang makikiisa sa selebrasyon sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng 26 per cent discount sa araw na ito.


Ang July 1na isang piyesta opisyal, ay ang anibersaryo ng Handover, o ang paglilipat ng United Kingdom sa China ng pamamahala sa Hong Kong noong 1997, matapos ang 156 na taon na naging colony niya ang HK.

Ito rin ang simula ng pagkatatag ng HKSAR bilang isang sangay ng pamahalaan sa ilalim ng Chna.

Pagkatapos ng mga pasinaya para sa anibersaryo ng HKSAR, sa July 8, magkakaroon isang buwan na mas magarbong “A Symphony of Lights” sa Victoria Harbor gabi-gabi hanggang July 31.

Sa limang magkakasunod na weekend (Sabado at Linggo) simula sa July 8, madaragdagan ang “A Symphony of Lights” ng fireworks display ang paglalaro ng ilaw sa haborfront.

Magtatanghal din ang Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) ng Harbour Chill Carnival sa limang magkakasunod na weekend (Sabado at Linggo) simula sa July 8.

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Magaganap ito sa Harbour Chill, Water Sports and Recreation Precinct, at Wan Chai Temporary Promenade -- mga bagong pasyalan na nasa tabi ng Wanchai Pier at Hong Kong Convention Center.

Mapapanood dito ang mga street performance, European-style acrobatics at juggling, Samba drumming at pagtatanghal ng mga kung fu master.


Magtatayo rin ang HKTB ng outdoor X-Games performance area at bubuksan ito sa mga local, mainland, at Hapong BMX rider at skateboarder, kasamana ang No.1 skateboarder ng Hong Kong na si “Chun Chai” Luk Chun-yin.

Libre ang pasok dito.


Sa music show, higit sa 40 grupo ng musician mula sa Hong Kong, mainland, Taiwan at overseas ang magtatanghal sa stage.

Ilan sa kanila ay ang Cantopop diva na si Kelly Chen na tampok sa unang araw, singer-songwriter Jay Fung, Ivana Wong, at mga mas batang musician na sina Tyson Yoshi, Ng Lam-fung, at Lolly Talk.Ang kanilang pagtatanghal ay batay sa mga temang “Asia Power,” “Fresh Finds,” “Indie Rocks,” “Cantopop Hits,” and “DJ Nights.”


Ang mga performer na galing sa ibang bansa ay kinabibilangan ng mainland band na Project Ace, “Queen of OST” Queena Cui, Golden Melody Awards nominee Hush and YELLOW mula sa Taiwan, ang Thai supernova na TYTAN, ang South Korean R&B sensation na Reddy at marami pang iba.

Upang makapasok sa musical show, kailangan ng ticket, na makukuha nang libre sa HKTB e-platform, pagkatapos mag-rehistro sa . Ang pagkuha ng ticket ay bubuksan lang sa June 27 (Martes) at July 17 (Lunas) sa first-come, first-served basis.

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