Asia Briefs: Filipino maids to stop cleaning windows

Filipino maids to stop cleaning windows

HONG KONG • The Philippine consulate is expected to impose a ban on window-cleaning by domestic helpers working in Hong Kong, after a recent spate of deaths involving maids who fell from high-rise buildings.

According to the South China Morning Post, contracts signed by Filipino domestic helpers will be required to state that cleaning outside of windows will no longer be part of their duties.

The Indonesian consulate is expected to announce a similar move, the paper said.

3 South Koreans shot in head in Philippines

SEOUL • The bodies of three South Koreans with gunshot wounds to the head have been found in the Philippines, said a South Korean foreign ministry official yesterday, the latest in a string of killings of Koreans in the South-east Asian nation.

The bodies of two men and a woman, all aged above 40, were found on Tuesday in Bacolor.

Police said the deaths were unlikely to be related to drugs and instead looked like a crime of passion or indebtedness.


Blasphemy appeal in Pakistan delayed

ISLAMABAD • Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday delayed a long-awaited appeal hearing in the country's most notorious blasphemy case against a Christian mother after a judge stepped down.

The woman has been on death row since 2010.

Police and troops had been stationed across Islamabad as the court readied to hear a final appeal in Asia Bibi's 2010 conviction for insulting Prophet Muhammad.

But a member of the three-judge bench, Justice Muhammad Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, said he had to recuse himself, claiming a conflict of interest in a related case.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe