Monthly Archives: January 2016

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile just wants revenge on President Noynoy Aquino (who “persecuted and sent him to go to jail” over the PH 10-billion-peso pork barrel scam) said Sen. Serge Osmena as the Senate resumes hearing the Mamasapano incident on January 27. He debunked Enrile’s assertion that there was no political color when the 91-year old lawmaker sought to reopen the Senate investigation by the public order com...

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a fare roll back of PH 7 to 7.50 pesos on all public utility jeepneys (PUJ) following a petition filed by four public transport groups as a consequence of declining oil prices in the global market. LTRFB Chair Winston Ginez said the transport board approved the decision without a hearing because it was part of a pending case for a permanent fare reduction. The LTFRB agreed with the consolidated peti...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent Manila, Philippines –Filipino protesters from Kalayaan ATIN ITO group is planning its second trip to the disputed West Philippine Sea in April. Kalayaan ATIN ITO (Freedom THIS IS OURS) first started their voyage into the disputed islands after a former navy officer, Captain Nicanor Faeldon, one of the leaders of the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 initiated the “call for unity” during the Freedom Caravan of the group to raise awarene...

By Jane Obana | FilAm Star Correspondent After more than 70 years, the Philippines once again hosted the International Eucharistic Congress. The IEC is similar to the World Youth Day but it is for adults. On its 51st year, the IEC was held in Cebu City from January 24-31 where an approximately 15,000 international and local delegates flew to the Philippines’ “Queen City of the South” to take part in the event. Aside from the delegates three papal nuncios, 20 cardinals, ...

Manila, Philippines – The bicameral committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate has approved recently the provision increasing the tax-exempt value of items sent in by OFWs through balikbayan boxes. Under the proposed Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), the tax exemption ceiling for balikbayan boxes will be increased from the current P10,000 to P150,000. In a press statement released through www.senate.gov.ph, Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the ...

By Jane Obana | FilAm Star Correspondent President Aquino recently signed into law Republic Act 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015. Among the modified provisions of the new law is the ban of political dynasties among the elected officials and raising the age limit for candidates, previously from 15-17 years old to 18-22 years old. The elected SK officials “must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any in...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Despite their disqualification cases, Sen. Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made it to the initial list of candidates running for president in the upcoming May elections released by the Commission on Election (Comelec). Also on the list are Vice-president Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago of the People’s Reform Party, Sec. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II of the Liberal Pa...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent Manila, Philippines –Malacañang recently named former Department of Justice Secretary Albert Benjamin Caguioa as replacement for retired Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr. Newly-appointed Associate Justice Caguioa is the 174th SC Justice after the retirement of Associate Justice Villarama last January 16 due to health reasons. Caguioa was in the shortlist submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in which he got...

A former officer of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) was arrested by his former colleagues during the PH 383-million-peso drug bust that also led to the apprehension of a Chinese national and seizure of 64 kilos of methaphetamine or shabu placed in four rectangular plastic bags. Members of a special unit of PDEA and the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) swooped down on a drug laboratory in a townhouse in Sta. Cruz, Manila, and were sur...

The family of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is divided over the preferred presidential candidate in the coming May elections. Estrada apparently supports Jejomar Binay; Ejercito, Senator Grace Poe and Gomez, Roxas. Binay was formerly a close ally at the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which Binay declared a political party when he announced his bid for Malacanang. UNA used to be a coalition of Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and Bi...