Leading HK right-to-abode appeal
What tourists in Hong Kong called “a site for sore eyes,” led to this columnist’s wish to view what that ‘site’ was all about when a remarkable opportunity arrived very late last month.
There, they were, convincing large groups of Filipinos, from both genders, leading
equally large protests involving various ethnicities, described by those who had followed their beginnings characterized thusly, fighting for ‘residence rights to focus on basic law.’
This columnist assured their spokespeople that none of their statements would be traced to them as news sources; they discussed how anonymity has served as their ‘security blanket,’ while the end ‘was not in sight.’
Reportedly, Hong Kong’s city government had asked the Court of Final Appeal to seek a ruling from Beijing ‘on the power of the National People’s Congress to interpret the Basic Law.’ That same Court is ‘hearing an appeal by domestic helpers whose claim for permanent residence, under Article 24, after living in the former Crown Colony for more than seven (7) years was rejected by a lower court.’
Since the constitutional challenge was mounted by Filipinos, Evangeline Banao Vallejos and Daniel Domingo, who, it was reported, have each worked in Hong Kong (HK) for more than twenty (20) years, it spurred great interest among numerous residents of that location, so anxiously awaiting the Court’s decision.