Image Caption: The shuttered Emry’s office in World Wide House in Central (file photo).
FOR the second time, Ester Ylagan, the owner of the shuttered Emry’s Employment Agency, failed to appear at the hearing of criminal charges against her at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts.
Representatives from the Labour Department on July 17 were left asking people in the gallery of Court 2 to inquire whether they were representing Ylagan after the defendant could not be found.
The LD then asked the court to adjourn the cases to October 20 to allow another personal service of the summons to Ylagan.
Outside the court, LD prosecutor Gary Tsang said they would be coordinating with the Philippine Consulate to locate Ylagan after Edwina Antonio of the Mission for Migrant Workers told him about the refund cases pending against the defendant at the Small Claims Tribunal and the District Court.
On Jan. 20, Ylagan was also a no-show at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts for the hearing of 21 criminal cases filed against her. Ylagan was charged with 21 counts of receiving payment other than the prescribed commission, but she sent no representative or lawyer to appear in court.
Emry’s was said to be the biggest provider of Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong.
Ylagan had insisted to officials of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office that she did not intend to dupe the jobseekers and promised that she would refund the applicants. Emry’s office in World Wide House in Central has been shuttered since June 2016.