Monthly Archives: December 2015

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Grace Poe and lawyer George GarciaThe embattled Senator Grace Poe got a reprieve after the Supreme Court (SC) issued recently temporary restraining orders (TROs), stopping the Comelec from implementing its resolutions to bar her from running for President in the May 2016 elections. The decision came a few hours after Poe filed two petitions asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Comelec decision which canceled her Certif...

Ignoring the clamor to end their public bickering, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas II taunted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for apparently backing out from his threat to slap him or engage him in a fistfight. He also called out Duterte for backing out on his challenge to a national debate on the country’s prevailing issues. “He talks too much and makes challenges. On the slapping challenge, he withdrew; on the challenge to a fistfight, he retreated; on my chall...

By Jane Obana FilAm Star Correspondent A New Bilibid Prison (NBP) security measure now requires inmates’ visitors to have their picture taken before entering the facility. The photos will then be kept in a database for record purposes, an NBP official said. The database will consist of a photo of the visitor indicating their name and their relationship to the inmate. This way, NBP officials can determine if the visitors are using fake identities and stop the smuggling of...

Las Vegas, Nevada – Miss Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was crowned the 64th MISS UNIVERSE at Planet Hollywood. The 26-year old stunner captivated the judges and mesmerized people all over the world with her beauty, elegance and intelligence. Miss Philippines was a top favorite in Global Beauty polls around the world early on. Fiipinos all over the world and even non-Filipinos believe that Pia has the “IT” factor and felt strongly about her taking home the crown. At...

By Corina Olinquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Speaking in front of journalists at the annual Bulong Pulungan media forum in Pasay recently, the president assured the public that his administration is wise and careful in spending the public funds. President Noynoy Aquino did not directly refer to Vice President and presidential candidate Jejomar Binay’s accusation of his administration’s underspending in one of the latter’s recent outing in Negros Or...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent The Commission on Elections en banc on Tuesday night sustained the decisions of its two divisions on the disqualification of Senator Grace Poe from running for President on the grounds that she was not a natural-born Filipino and that she lacked the ten-year residency required of presidential candidates. Even before its promulgation, news about the decision already broke out following a leak. Comelec chairman Andres Bautis...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent The Philippines registered slight gains in employment last October, while the jobless rate eased to its lowest level in a decade, said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Based on its October 2015 Labor Force Survey, the PSA said the national employment rate rose slightly to 94.4 percent from 94 percent last year, but the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent from six percent in 2014. The underemployment rate also impr...

The Philippines should reduce its dependency on one fuel, and instead tap diverse fuels in order to provide for its increasing electricity requirements, said Energy Policy and Planning Bureau Director Jesus Tamang. Speaking before the Philippine Energy Plan at the third Philippine Nuclear Congress organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its attached agency, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Tamang stressed the need for a strong divers...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ In 1914, more than a century ago, the German Army was advancing into French territory along a 27-mile stretch of land known as the “Western Front.” The French and the British armies were fiercely defending French territory in trenches along a 200-foot narrow strip called “No Man’s Land” that separates them from the Germans who were dug in on the other side. Firing at each other incessantly, they seemed to be oblivious of what was going on in thei...

As I See It By ELPIDIO ESTIOKO Who said that high school graduates now residing abroad can’t unite, are not getting involved, or not capable of rallying for a cause? Well, they can! They, actually, are capable of doing all these and they have shown it in so many ways… the latest being the golden jubilee reunion this year. Graduates of UCHS Batch ’65 from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia started meeting as early as November of last year to plan, in partners...