The High Court in Admiralty, Hong Kong. Photo: Google Maps
The High Court in Admiralty, Hong Kong. Photo: Google Maps

Three Filipinos failed to convince the High Court to back their bids to stop their deportation during a hearing on May 2.

Two failed to secure permission to challenge the decision of the Torture Claims Appeal Board denying their non-refoulement claim, while the other lost his appeal against a High Court judge’s decision affirming the same order, reported.

Gomer D Galiza, 33, claimed he feared the New People’s Army in the Philippines because he stole money and fled instead of following an order by his communist superiors to kill someone in 2014.

Galiza entered Hong Kong legally on December 30, 2014, but overstayed and was arrested in February in 2015. He filed his case to stay two days after his arrest.

The second applicant was 39-year-old Richard O Garrillo, who claimed he would be harmed or killed by a drug dealer because he had reported him to police in the Philippines. He also said he feared the police because he believed they were connected to the drug dealer.

Garrillo, who worked as a domestic helper between January 2001 and January 2002, said he had accompanied a drug-addicted cousin to a police station to report the drug dealer. But instead of arresting the drug dealer, Garrillo said police arrested and assaulted him and his cousin.

Garrillo said that while he was in Hong Kong on December 23, 2002, he learned his cousin had been killed, so fearing for his life back home, he decided to remain until he overstayed his visa on December 29 that year. He remained illegally in Hong Kong for more than six years, until his arrest on January 18, 2009. He filed a torture claim the next day.

The third case involved Juanito G Portillo, who failed in his appeal against a decision by Deputy High Court Judge Josiah Lam denying his application for judicial review against the TCAB’s judgment rejecting his claim.

Portillo said his life was being threatened by a group of men in his hometown as he was an eyewitness to an attempted rape and the murder of a girl by the men in 2006, and they could possibly kill him to stop him testifying against them.

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