By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Malacanang dismissed the complaint against President Duterte for “crimes against humanity” the moment it was formally filed at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 24 as mere black propaganda meant to embarrass the President as the Philippines hosts the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) summit this week. The 77-page complaint was filed before the ICC at The Hague in the Netherlands by lawyer Jude Sabio who serv...

Erratum: Story header previously states "Marcos pays Php 360M to comply with protest, sees win over Robredo". We apologize for the error. Correction has been made. By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Complying with a Supreme Court requirement, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos paid PHP 36 million and said this compliance would hasten the formal proceedings on his election protest against Vice-president Leni Robredo which he expects to win hands down. Ma...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Speaking to media before embarking on a Middle East state visit, President Rodrigo Duterte said he may consider selling the disputed islands in the South China Sea to Beijing to avoid any war since China seems to have appropriated these territories for itself anyway. Noting the “heightening of geo-political issues” over the South China Sea, the President said that if the Philippines gets “very rich,” he may even consider selli...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Former President Benigno Aquino III was indicted for “war crimes” and human rights violations by the so-called people’s court of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and placed under the liquidation list of the rebel group along with several others. The supposed trial and indictment held by the NDF-Southern Mindanao for the “revolutionary government” had to do with th...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Confusing remarks by President Rodrigo Duterte about Philippine claims to Scarborough Shoal and Benham Rise could bring about a crisis in the country’s relationship with its long-time ally, the United States, and other security allies, including Australia, Japan and South Korea, an analyst said March 26. Stratbase ADR Institute Inc. trustee and program convener Renato de Castro said Duterte’s recent remarks on Benham Rise and ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent An impeachment complaint has been filed against Vice-president Leni Robredo hardly a week after a similar complaint was lodged at the House of Representatives against President Rodrigo Duterte. The impeachment case against Robredo was proposed to the House leadership by known rabble-rouser and lawyer Oliver Lozano while Duterte’s was authored by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano. In the draft complaint seeking the endors...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to assert the country’s rights over Benham Rise, a 13 million-hectare area off the coast of Aurora province, after Chinese survey ships were seen making an “incursion” into Philippine territory over the weekend. An alarmed Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana described the Chinese presence at Benham Rise as “the latest incursion of China on Philippine territory,” suggesting that China no...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent In a bid to make the war on drugs less objectionable, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will invite the Catholic clergy and church workers from other Christian denominations to join every operation against drug suspects as it re-launched Tokhang II Revisited or Project Double Barrel Reloaded. After only a month of being out of the war on drugs, the PNP announced at the regular flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame last March ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Shortly after Sen. Leila de Lima was arrested on drug charges, the Senate went through a sweeping purge that saw all her Liberal Party (LP) mates, who had publicly sympathized and shared De Lima’s stand that she faces a manufactured case for opposing President Duterte, lose their key positions in the Chamber. This drew immediate reaction from Vice-president Leni Robredo, the highest elected official of the LP, who said the ous...

By Daniel Llanto Shortly after Sen. Leila de Lima was arrested on drug charges, the Senate went through a sweeping purge that saw all her Liberal Party (LP) mates, who had publicly sympathized and shared De Lima’s stand that she faces a manufactured case for opposing President Duterte, lose their key positions in the Chamber. This drew immediate reaction from Vice-president Leni Robredo, the highest elected official of the LP, who said the ouster of LP senators from key...