PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 September, 1996, 12:00am

The two letter writers both exchanging views on Filipino women residents in Hong Kong are barking up the wrong tree (South China Morning Post, September 5 and 12).

The argument that Filipino domestic helpers earn their right to stay in the territory by becoming mistresses or concubines of expatriates and local men is absolutely ridiculous. I still have to read in Hong Kong's immigration laws that being one's mistress or concubine is a licence to legally stay here. Unless of course, if both writers think that a lawful wife, a mistress or a concubine connote the same meaning. In any case, Filipino women, as domestic helpers, have already earned the right to stay here in Hong Kong. Their having an intimate relationship with the opposite sex is their own business which nobody should infringe.

One thing more, Filipino women, in general, are not exotic and docile. Being exotic is more distinct to a particular individual and not to a certain race.

A man or a woman who is docile to his/her partner does not necessarily mean he/she is a Filipino or Asian. Being docile is more dependent on one's character, behaviour or love for the other party.

JIMMY REYES Kennedy Town