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Asian domestic workers urge HK gov’t for a pay increase

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 04:30 PM

Hong Kong | Photo credit: Reuters

HONG KONG – The Asian Domestic Workers Union is urging the Hong Kong government to look into the condition of household workers in the country who suffer from what they call ‘modern day slavery.”

The group argued that the current policies deprive household workers time to rest.

“Most of migrant domestic workers here usually work for 12-16 hours a day,” said Niken Wulan, an Indonesian migrant worker.

“We just want a humane and equal treatment,” she added.

The group wants the government to increase the monthly salary of household workers’ minimum wage from HK$4,520 (P30,000) to HK$5,500 (P37,000).

The domestic workers’ union also wants increase in food allowances for those whose employers’ do not provide free meal.

Meanwhile, the group condemned the Hong Kong government’s failure to adopt the United Nation’s International Labor Organization Convention on Domestic Helpers No. 189 which protects the rights of household workers across the globe.

Foreign household workers in Hong Kong has increased to 350,000 in 2017.

Government statistics say such number is expected to boom to 600,000 in the year 2047. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Ferdie Petalio)

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Otso Diretso mounts two-day campaign in HK

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 March 2019 06:40 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo (center) endorses Otso Diretso senatorial candidates to Filipino workers in Hong Kong (Rodel Lumiares|PVI)

HONG KONG — Five members of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates flew to Hong Kong to woo the Filipino community, especially the Overseas Filipino Workers, in the city.

The opposition candidates, Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Romulo Macalintal, and Erin Tañada, started their two-day campaign on Saturday with a press conference and a dialogue with a group of Filipino professionals at Café Malacca, Hotel Jen Hong Kong.

On Sunday, the Otso Diretso walked around and approached groups of Filipinos at the Charter Garden in the city’s Central district.

Vice President Leni Robredo (right) greets supporters during an election campaign on Charter Road in Hong Kong, China, 10 March 2019 . The 90-day campaign period for national candidates has officially started on February 12 with over 60 senatorial candidates and 150 party-list groups vying for a seat. (Rodel Lumiares|PVI)

Vice President Leni Robredo joined the group in the afternoon in an open rally also at the Charter Garden.

Around 200,000 Filipinos live in Hong Kong, with more than 87,000 registered as overseas absentee voters.

According to the Commission on Elections records, Hong Kong had the second highest voter turnout in the 2016 presidential elections with 52,449 votes cast, next to the United Arab Emirates with 62,103 ballots turned in.  These votes contributed to the landslide win of President Rodrigo Duterte. –Maris Federez (with details from UNTV Hong Kong Correspondent, Ferdie Petalio)

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Kim Jong-un and Rodrigo Duterte look-alikes take Hong Kong by storm

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 04:08 PM


Kim Jong-un is not only the leader of North Korea, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s agent — according to his Hong Kong based impersonator.

Kim look-alike Howard X and his new talent, Duterte impersonator known as Crecencio Extreme were surrounded by crowds of excited, selfie-snapping, Filipino domestic helpers on Sunday (February 3) as they walked around town, smiling, waving and also eating at a fast food outlet from the Philippines.

Crecencio Extreme normally works as a civil servant in the Philippines and describes himself as an admirer of the Philippine President. He’s now undergoing training to master key phrases and expressions.

“Things that you have to learn to become an impersonator, is that you must learn a lot about the history, and the current political climate. You know, everything, all the facts in relation to that country, and the person you impersonated. And you need to be updated all the time, to the latest news. And second of all, you need to look like the person. And try to just get their mannerisms, at least, if you don’t speak. But if you’re able to speak, even better,” says Howard X.

Howard X who hopes to bring more political figure impersonators into the industry to join people like himself and his Donald Trump look-alike friend, who created havoc in Singapore ahead of the first Trump-Kim summit last year.

According to Howard X, the most successful impersonators of political figures can make as much as US$15,000 for a single appearance.
— Reuters

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Migrante HK launches online petition to oust Rep. John Bertiz

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 06:53 PM


Migrante HK’s online petition #BertizAliz | Screenshot via change.org


HONG KONG – Filipino labor group Migrante in Hong Kong launched an online petition seeking support to call for the removal of Congressman Anecito “John” Bertiz III as representative of ACTS-OFW Party-list.

The petition #BertizAliz has gained 66 signatures as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday (October 3) on www.change.org.

Based on the petition, Bertiz has conflict of interest being the owner of two recruitment agencies. Bertiz is the president and chief executive officer of Global Asia Alliance Consultant Incorporated, one of the largest recruitment agencies in the country.

Aside from this, the group criticized Bertiz as rude and impolite to overseas Filipino workers who he is supposedly representing.

Bertiz drew flak over a brawl with an OFW leader in Hong Kong last year.

According to Eman Villanueva, the secretary general of Unifil-Migrante HK, what’s best for Bertiz at this point is to resign.

“Baka mas maganda pa po yung magresign bilang isang graceful exit sa malaking iskandalo na nangyaring ito. Baka mas ma appreciate pa po yun ng ating mga OFW at ng ating mga kababayan. Gayunpaman po nananawagan din kami sa gobyerno ni President Duterte na ‘yun pong mga kahilingan naming na pinaabot noon sa DOLE ay hindi pa po naaksyunan kagaya noong OEC, ‘yun pong problema sa recruitment agencies eh aksyunan naman po kasi hindi naman kami natulungan ni Congressman Bertiz baka ‘yung ibang opisyal po natin tulungan po kami sa mga problemang iyan,” Villanueva said. – Marje Pelayo

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