Phila Siu

Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.
Phila Siu
Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.

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Philippines demands Hong Kong explain grilling of former official who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court

Former Supreme Court associate justice Conchita Carpio-Morales was one of two officials to file a complaint against President Xi Jinping with International Criminal Court, alleging crimes against humanity.

22 May 2019 - 10:31PM

Former Supreme Court associate justice Conchita Carpio-Morales was one of two officials to file a complaint against President Xi Jinping with International Criminal Court, alleging crimes against humanity.

Philippines demands Hong Kong explain grilling of former official who accused President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court
Hong Kong’s Airport Authority joins MTR Corp in reversing ban on Cathay Pacific same-sex ad after LGBT outcry

MTR Corp to allow advert of same-sex couple at metro stations. Airport Authority quickly follows suit in overturning ban.

21 May 2019 - 11:28PM

MTR Corp to allow advert of same-sex couple at metro stations. Airport Authority quickly follows suit in overturning ban.

Hong Kong’s Airport Authority joins MTR Corp in reversing ban on Cathay Pacific same-sex ad after LGBT outcry
MTR Corp attempts to salvage reputation as shifts blame to agency in face of outrage over Hong Kong same-sex Cathay Pacific advert ban

Rail operator says it is fully committed to equal opportunities and ‘does not tolerate discrimination on any grounds’, but questions remain over whether banned advert will now be displayed at city’s train stations.

21 May 2019 - 11:21AM

Rail operator says it is fully committed to equal opportunities and ‘does not tolerate discrimination on any grounds’, but questions remain over whether banned advert will now be displayed at city’s train stations.

MTR Corp attempts to salvage reputation as shifts blame to agency in face of outrage over Hong Kong same-sex Cathay Pacific advert ban
Just one-third of Hong Kong residents satisfied with public hospital services as long waiting times and lack of care top list of gripes

The survey of about 11,000 people also found that many respondents were annoyed about long waiting times.

19 May 2019 - 10:14PM

The survey of about 11,000 people also found that many respondents were annoyed about long waiting times.

Just one-third of Hong Kong residents satisfied with public hospital services as long waiting times and lack of care top list of gripes
Hong Kong internet celebrity Raymond Yuen sparks outrage after hitting back at investors in HK$30 million controversy over online claw machine business

Raymond Yuen fires back over online claw machine controversy on Facebook after months of social media silence. Investors had pumped in HK$30 million but received meagre returns.

15 May 2019 - 10:57PM

Raymond Yuen fires back over online claw machine controversy on Facebook after months of social media silence. Investors had pumped in HK$30 million but received meagre returns.

Hong Kong internet celebrity Raymond Yuen sparks outrage after hitting back at investors in HK$30 million controversy over online claw machine business
Hong Kong investors fear HK$30 million lost over online claw machine business promoted by internet celebrity and in which they made just HK$10 per month

At least 100 people have sought the Democratic Party’s help, claiming they are victims of an investment trap initiated by a well-known internet personality.

14 May 2019 - 4:17PM

At least 100 people have sought the Democratic Party’s help, claiming they are victims of an investment trap initiated by a well-known internet personality.

Hong Kong investors fear HK$30 million lost over online claw machine business promoted by internet celebrity and in which they made just HK$10 per month
University of Hong Kong chief Zhang Xiang vows ‘zero tolerance’ towards sexual harassment after postgraduate student’s Facebook article detailing problems with tutor

In a letter to students, alumni and school staff, University of Hong Kong vice chancellor Professor Zhang Xiang says an immediate investigation has been launched into allegations by a dental postgraduate student.

13 May 2019 - 7:56AM

In a letter to students, alumni and school staff, University of Hong Kong vice chancellor Professor Zhang Xiang says an immediate investigation has been launched into allegations by a dental postgraduate student.

University of Hong Kong chief Zhang Xiang vows ‘zero tolerance’ towards sexual harassment after postgraduate student’s Facebook article detailing problems with tutor
Hong Kong extradition bill could pose risk to US national security and economic interests, warns congressional report

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission says the proposed measures mean US citizens could end up being handed over to China for trial and could prompt the US to re-examine its current relationship with Hong Kong.

8 May 2019 - 11:23PM

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission says the proposed measures mean US citizens could end up being handed over to China for trial and could prompt the US to re-examine its current relationship with Hong Kong.

Hong Kong extradition bill could pose risk to US national security and economic interests, warns congressional report
Chan Kam-hong, a workers’ champion and driving force behind improvements in Hong Kong’s industrial safety for more than 30 years, dies at 60

Labour rights activist was a driving force behind improvements in Hong Kong’s industrial safety laws.

6 May 2019 - 9:40PM

Labour rights activist was a driving force behind improvements in Hong Kong’s industrial safety laws.

Chan Kam-hong, a workers’ champion and driving force behind improvements in Hong Kong’s industrial safety for more than 30 years, dies at 60
Malaysia wants to sell the ‘Hermes’ of durians, the Musang King, to China and rupture Thailand’s market dominance

On the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, Malaysian companies promoted home-grown durian chocolates, mooncakes and more ahead of expected new rules allowing them to sell whole, frozen durians to China.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:33PM

On the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, Malaysian companies promoted home-grown durian chocolates, mooncakes and more ahead of expected new rules allowing them to sell whole, frozen durians to China.

Malaysia wants to sell the ‘Hermes’ of durians, the Musang King, to China and rupture Thailand’s market dominance
Malaysia’s revived deals with China proves its support for belt and road: trade minister Darell Leiking

The RM21.5 billion haircut on the original East Coast Rail Link deal demonstrates that clear parameters are possible for BRI projects from the start.

27 Apr 2019 - 10:22PM

The RM21.5 billion haircut on the original East Coast Rail Link deal demonstrates that clear parameters are possible for BRI projects from the start.

Malaysia’s revived deals with China proves its support for belt and road: trade minister Darell Leiking
Philippines ‘has no evidence Huawei is a threat to national security’

Acting communications minister Eliseo Rio says that in 10 years of operations the tech giant has given Manila no cause for concern.

26 Apr 2019 - 10:58PM

Acting communications minister Eliseo Rio says that in 10 years of operations the tech giant has given Manila no cause for concern.

Philippines ‘has no evidence Huawei is a threat to national security’
Hong Kong sells itself at Belt and Road Forum in Beijing as Chief Executive Carrie Lam touts benefits of city’s special status

Hong Kong’s chief executive focuses on city’s edge as global financial hub and points to benefits of one country, two systems.

26 Apr 2019 - 7:17AM

Hong Kong’s chief executive focuses on city’s edge as global financial hub and points to benefits of one country, two systems.

Hong Kong sells itself at Belt and Road Forum in Beijing as Chief Executive Carrie Lam touts benefits of city’s special status
Philippines open for business with China, but stands firm on insisting Beijing respects its sovereignty: trade secretary

Speaking before the Belt and Road Forum, Ramon Lopez’s comments come after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to deploy soldiers after Beijing allowed vessels to sail near a Philippine-claimed island in the South China Sea.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:25PM

Speaking before the Belt and Road Forum, Ramon Lopez’s comments come after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to deploy soldiers after Beijing allowed vessels to sail near a Philippine-claimed island in the South China Sea.

Philippines open for business with China, but stands firm on insisting Beijing respects its sovereignty: trade secretary
Bangladesh eyes alternatives to China’s belt and road loans as it seeks to fund future development

Speaking ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar said any amount of debt can be “dangerous” for countries not achieving high economic growth.

24 Apr 2019 - 5:13PM

Speaking ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Thursday, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar said any amount of debt can be “dangerous” for countries not achieving high economic growth.

Bangladesh eyes alternatives to China’s belt and road loans as it seeks to fund future development
Hong Kong needs 11,000 more doctors to meet global standard, local think tank says

City’s crippling doctor shortage has dropped to 1.9 doctors per 1,000 residents, while international development body recommends at least 3.4 doctors.

11 Apr 2019 - 9:58AM

City’s crippling doctor shortage has dropped to 1.9 doctors per 1,000 residents, while international development body recommends at least 3.4 doctors.

Hong Kong needs 11,000 more doctors to meet global standard, local think tank says
High Court ruling on village houses ‘will do little to ease Hong Kong land crunch’

Analysts not optimistic about landmark decision’s effect on sky-high property prices.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:57AM

Analysts not optimistic about landmark decision’s effect on sky-high property prices.

High Court ruling on village houses ‘will do little to ease Hong Kong land crunch’
Automated car parks, underground roads and ‘electric flying carpets’: Check out urban renewal chief’s futuristic vision for Hong Kong’s parking problem

City to build six automated car parks, including in Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and Sheung Wan, as part of plan to transform Hong Kong into a smart city.

7 Apr 2019 - 10:27PM

City to build six automated car parks, including in Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and Sheung Wan, as part of plan to transform Hong Kong into a smart city.

Automated car parks, underground roads and ‘electric flying carpets’: Check out urban renewal chief’s futuristic vision for Hong Kong’s parking problem
Filipino mothers forced to leave children behind ask why Hong Kong government has no heart after top court crushes their hopes of remaining in city

Court of Final Appeal rules Milagros Tecson Comilang and Desiree Rante Luis, both formerly domestic helpers from the Philippines, must leave the city.

5 Apr 2019 - 11:36PM

Court of Final Appeal rules Milagros Tecson Comilang and Desiree Rante Luis, both formerly domestic helpers from the Philippines, must leave the city.

Filipino mothers forced to leave children behind ask why Hong Kong government has no heart after top court crushes their hopes of remaining in city
Red tape, money woes and a frosty welcome: mainland Chinese moving to Hong Kong

Up to 150 mainlanders per day can get the right to live and work in Hong Kong, sparking claims that they overstretch welfare services. But for many, moving south is no holiday.

6 Apr 2019 - 4:40AM

Up to 150 mainlanders per day can get the right to live and work in Hong Kong, sparking claims that they overstretch welfare services. But for many, moving south is no holiday.

Red tape, money woes and a frosty welcome: mainland Chinese moving to Hong Kong
Two Filipino mothers lose final legal bid to stay in Hong Kong with their children

Court of Final Appeal dismisses appeal by former domestic workers Milagros Tecson Comilang and Desire Rante Luis.

5 Apr 2019 - 12:51PM

Court of Final Appeal dismisses appeal by former domestic workers Milagros Tecson Comilang and Desire Rante Luis.

Two Filipino mothers lose final legal bid to stay in Hong Kong with their children
How Ip Chun, son of Hong Kong martial arts titan Ip Man, is carrying on his father’s legacy at the grand age of 95

Folklore behind late Wing Chun master and teacher of kung fu star Bruce Lee is explored in new 45-minute documentary. Film’s maker reveals how Lee was turned down when he asked his master to teach him some moves which he had not learned.

1 Apr 2019 - 11:38AM

Folklore behind late Wing Chun master and teacher of kung fu star Bruce Lee is explored in new 45-minute documentary. Film’s maker reveals how Lee was turned down when he asked his master to teach him some moves which he had not learned.

How Ip Chun, son of Hong Kong martial arts titan Ip Man, is carrying on his father’s legacy at the grand age of 95
Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong after fleeing family granted emergency humanitarian visas to stay in undisclosed third country

The law firm of Michael Vidler, who was assisting the pair, announced on Monday evening that Reem, 20, and Rawan, 18, left Hong Kong last week.

25 Mar 2019 - 10:47PM

The law firm of Michael Vidler, who was assisting the pair, announced on Monday evening that Reem, 20, and Rawan, 18, left Hong Kong last week.

Saudi sisters stranded in Hong Kong after fleeing family granted emergency humanitarian visas to stay in undisclosed third country
New agricultural park will boost Hong Kong’s vegetable production but farmers are not happy they cannot live on site

Site at Kwu Tung South in the New Territories will have dormitories for farmers to rest in but government wants to maximise arable land.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:07AM

Site at Kwu Tung South in the New Territories will have dormitories for farmers to rest in but government wants to maximise arable land.

New agricultural park will boost Hong Kong’s vegetable production but farmers are not happy they cannot live on site
Lantau Tomorrow Vision: it would take two and a half Li Ka-shings to pay for it. Here’s what else HK$624 billion could get you

The creation of 1,000 hectares of man-made islands to the west of Hong Kong Island, providing up to 260,000 flats, will cost an eye-watering HK$624 billion (US$80 billion).

20 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

The creation of 1,000 hectares of man-made islands to the west of Hong Kong Island, providing up to 260,000 flats, will cost an eye-watering HK$624 billion (US$80 billion).

Lantau Tomorrow Vision: it would take two and a half Li Ka-shings to pay for it. Here’s what else HK$624 billion could get you
Newly retired ICAC investigation chief Ricky Chu tipped to take over as head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog

Sources say a selection board has shortlisted Chu, 65, to become the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

19 Mar 2019 - 5:06PM

Sources say a selection board has shortlisted Chu, 65, to become the new head of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Newly retired ICAC investigation chief Ricky Chu tipped to take over as head of Hong Kong’s equality watchdog
Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong officials lied to UN Human Rights Council about city’s high degree of autonomy, activists say

Coalition hits out at city’s No 2 official over remarks made at five-yearly Universal Periodic Review session in Geneva. Campaigners point out that in previous event, member countries had not filed recommendations to Hong Kong about human rights and rule of law.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:27PM

Coalition hits out at city’s No 2 official over remarks made at five-yearly Universal Periodic Review session in Geneva. Campaigners point out that in previous event, member countries had not filed recommendations to Hong Kong about human rights and rule of law.

Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong officials lied to UN Human Rights Council about city’s high degree of autonomy, activists say
Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department should be able to act without reference to US peer, experts say after Boeing 737 MAX ban

Industry insiders agree city regulator made the right call. But they add it could have come more quickly, without regard for its counterpart in Boeing’s home country.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

Industry insiders agree city regulator made the right call. But they add it could have come more quickly, without regard for its counterpart in Boeing’s home country.

Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department should be able to act without reference to US peer, experts say after Boeing 737 MAX ban
Labour Department to strengthen penalties for construction safety violations, to fall more in line with international standards

Penalties will go up from HK$200,000 to HK$6 million, or 10 per cent of the offending company’s turnover.

14 Mar 2019 - 7:30AM

Penalties will go up from HK$200,000 to HK$6 million, or 10 per cent of the offending company’s turnover.

Labour Department to strengthen penalties for construction safety violations, to fall more in line with international standards
Overworked public doctors call for hospital red tape to be cut after meeting Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

Demands made in a meeting between Lam and 17 representatives from the Public Doctors’ Association and Frontline Doctors’ Union on Tuesday night.

13 Mar 2019 - 7:17AM

Demands made in a meeting between Lam and 17 representatives from the Public Doctors’ Association and Frontline Doctors’ Union on Tuesday night.

Overworked public doctors call for hospital red tape to be cut after meeting Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam