AS Manila officials moved Hong Kong men Paul Au Wing-cheung and Wong Chuen-ming to a more comfortable jail cell yesterday, Mr Au's family was preparing a double celebration. Mr Au's brother, Au Wing-Hon, said yesterday - the day after the Philippines' Supreme Court announced it would release the pair - was their father's 76th birthday. 'But we have decided to delay the celebration and will eat out when we reunite this week,' he said, adding that he had applied for a visa and would fly to Manila with legislator Lau Chin-shek today. Mr Au's travel document was destroyed in a 1992 blaze in the Manila courts, but his brother had checked with the Immigration Department and ensured he could return to Hong Kong with documents supplied by the Philippine Government. Chief Superintendent Juanito Leopando of Muntinlupa Prison, where the two men are jailed, said they had been removed from the maximum-security section in expectation of gaining liberty tomorrow. 'They are happy and eager to go home,' Mr Leopando told reporters waiting outside the high walls of the national penitentiary, which is on a hill in suburban Mandaluyong City. Mr Au and Mr Wong have been in detention since their arrest at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport in 1991. They were brought to Muntinlupa Prison in 1993, after a court sentenced them to life imprisonment. After reviewing their case, the Supreme Court overturned their convictions in a judgment delivered late on Friday. The tribunal said there was no evidence linking them to the 34.5 kilograms of the amphetamine 'ice' found in their tour group's luggage. Mr Leopando said Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten had visited the men in jail. 'I'm sure their release is the result of his representation,' he said.