By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After professing to a hands-off stand on the simple “marital spat” between Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista and his estranged wife Patricia, President Duterte now supports any move in Congress to impeach the embattled Comelec head. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President would support an impeachment case against Bautista, obviously referring to former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras who ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent The speculation of a rigged 2016 elections that catapulted President Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency has been raised with the allegations of corruption Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista. Part of his unexplained wealth of almost PHP 1 billion was supposedly acquired while supervising the 2016 polls. Sen. Grace Poe, who placed second in that race, said it is the inescapable conclusion that the corru...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to kick out leftist members of his Cabinet after he ordered the Armed Forces to go after the communist New People’s Army (NPA). But Senior Deputy Executive Sec. Menardo Guevarra said leftist members of Duterte’s Cabinet are bound to stay. “As far as the Office of the President is concerned, we see no reason why the three so-called leftist members of the Cabin...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Given the chance, President Duterte said he would kill Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison for the death of government troops in the hands of CPP-controlled New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and also for calling the President a bully because of his supposed iron-fist policies. For the NPA attacks on government facilities and personnel even while peace negotiations were going on, as well as the name-c...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Admitting that he fears going to jail like his party mate and close political ally Sen. Leila de Lima, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on July 17 he would file a motion for reconsideration on the Ombudsman’s decision indicting him for alleged graft and usurpation of authority in connection with the 2015 Mamasapano massacre. This is the first time Aquino faced the possibility of standing trial in court and eve...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent The extension of martial law in Mindanao for five years or even longer becomes more certain as President Duterte meets with senators next week to discuss this plan. Duterte is apparently seeking the consent of the Senate in extending martial rule beyond the 60-day limit set by the Constitution for such a proclamation. Duterte’s meeting with the senators led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III comes a day after Speaker Pa...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent For egging his sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos to snub the House of Representatives hearings on the alleged mis-use of tobacco excise tax, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos runs the risk of being thrown in jail with her for contempt. Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, chairman of the House committee on good government, said the Governor is not the only one who risks detention. “Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos may als...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Despite the beheading of several persons by the IS-inspired Maute terror group, Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman for Task Force Marawi, said the AFP is winning the war and that victory is irreversible. While they have not recovered any proof of beheadings, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said these were based on accounts of rescued civilians from the battle zone. He also said those who escaped from the strong...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After disappearing from the public eye for nearly a week, President Duterte sought to dispel speculations that he had been stricken down by a seriously ailment by meeting with soldiers in Butuan City. But the rumors persisted as he showed up just briefly, looking glum and reserved and then made himself scarce again the next day. There was also some foreboding in the way Duterte assured the nation during that brief reappeara...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Prospects for a possible resumption of the strained Philippines-US ties began to look up after President Rodrigo Duterte suddenly stopped from cursing Washington every chance he got to thanking the US profusely for its assistance in the fight against Islamist terrorists in Mindanao. Duterte indicated that the Philippine military requested US support behind his back but when it came, he welcomed American assistance in the gover...