Monthly Archives: April 2016

UNITED NATIONALIST ALLIANCE (UNA) standard-bearer Vice-president Jejomar Binay urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into reports that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Australia have been laid off amid criticisms against Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s rape joke. “I am asking the Department of Foreign Affairs to immediately look into reports that Filipino workers in Australia have been terminated by their employers because of the irresponsible and vul...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-electoral survey with BusinessWorld, the Liberal Party’s neophyte Congresswoman Leni Robredo snatched the top spot for Vice-president from Sen. Bongbong Marcos. In the BusinessWorld-SWS survey, Robredo got 26 percent approval while Marcos followed with 25 percent, Escudero with 18 percent, Cayetano with 16 percent, Trillanes IV with 5 percent and Honasan with 2 percent...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent In the newly-released World Press Freedom Index, the Philippines notches up three spots from 138th to its 2015 finish of 141, but the country saw a decline in its media freedom score. In its ‘2016 World Press Freedom Index, leaders paranoid about Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked 180 countries according to the freedom allowed to journalists. “Most of the movement in the World Press Freedom Index unveiled ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent HACKERS CALLING THEMSELVES LulzSec Pilipinas uploaded the personal information of some 56.7 million registered voters on their site hours after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) collared a suspect accused of defacing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) official website. The site, named Philippines, we have your data, was uploaded after Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista announced the arrest of one of the three hackers...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent A repeat of the bloody April 1 dispersal of farmer-protesters in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, is feared when about 3,000 farmers (said to belong to the Kilusang Mayo Uno) started to occupy the national highway connecting Koronadal City to General Santos City in South Cotabato recently. Over 5,000 drought-affected farmers in Bukidnon also occupied a portion of Sayre Highway in Malaybalay City demanding the same aid from the ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Former Dinagat Island Rep. and cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr., on the lam since 2012 when he was meted with a life sentence for brutally killing his wife, has been designated as the Philippines’ Most Wanted Person and to be the object of an intensified and more massive manhunt by police and military intelligence authorities. Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, Philippine National Police spokesman, said recently members of the Criminal Inve...

Candidate for vice-president and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. vowed to push for the grant of a cash gift to all senior citizens in recognition of their valuable contributions to the country. Under the present system, only senior citizens from large-income cities enjoy cash gifts from their respective local government units. He noted that this puts other senior citizens in other cities and municipalities at a disadvantage. “There is need to equalize the benefi...

The word war between Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Antonio Trillanes escalated after the latter vowed to ensure that the Mayor will not become president because he is a “psycho.” Trillanes earlier warned that the tough-talking Mayor would be a “very dangerous president.” Within the next few days Trillanes, said Duterte, would be exposed as a fraud. Trillanes drew the ire of Duterte after the Senator alleged how the Davao Mayor mercilessly killed people. ...

By BEN LOU Q: I keep helping my relatives in the Philippines and keep sending money every time they ask. Now I am having difficulties paying the debts incurred to help them. can you help me? A: This time of year is the time when most of your relatives in the Philippines will have a hand in your pocket. I know, because I have some relatives who are asking me for money. The fact is I cannot help everyone. And even if I did, I cannot make everyone happy enough with what I ...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO It is rarely a good idea to decide not to pay your IRS tax bill. The consequences of this can be severe, including prison. If you don’t pay the IRS what you owe and don’t attempt to work out a payment plan, the government can use your tax refund to offset what you owe. After this, the government will begin a collection process. The IRS can file a tax lien against you, use a levy and serve a summons. A tax lien will come before any oth...