Filipina Beautician Banned Entry in HK Jailed 2 Years in Her Return

A returning Filipina beautician was sentenced to two years in Hong Kong prison after pleading guilty of violating her deportation order.

“She showed her total disregard for her deportation order not once but twice,” said District Court Judge D. Yau in his ruling on March 22 against Filipina Lilia A. Joaquin, 49.

Joaquin, a beautician and make-up artist in the Philippines, said she returned to Hong Kong on June 26, 2017 to give support to her son, who had been arrested and jailed for theft.

Nevertheless, Immigration Department authorities had her arrested after discovering she was issued a deportation and was banned from entering Hong Kong. It turned out that Joaquin had racked up a total of 19 criminal offenses, including theft, in Hong Kong and had also returned illegally to the city in 2011.

Prosecution said Joaquin also used other aliases to enter Hong Kong: Magdalena M. Ocampo, Joe A. Ramos, Evelyn Santos, and Jocelin Talao.

The defendant was earlier imprisoned for two years for coming back here in 2011. For her latest offense, Joaquin said she paid money to a travel agency, which provided her with a new passport.

“She came back to support her son, who was arrested for conspiracy to steal,” said barrister Philip Ross, the Filipina’s defense counsel. He added that Joaquin was married with five children—three boys and a girl—but was separated from her husband in 2007. He added that Joaquin’s son has already been released and is back in the Philippines.