Saturday, July 22, 2017

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent BEIJING, China – After renewing bilateral ties with the Philippines, the Chinese governmenr set its eyes on hiring Filipino teachers in their universities, said Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana. Although there are already Filipino teachers in China, Sta. Romana said majority of them are teaching at the pre-school and grade school levels. He said the Chinese education officials are now coordinating wit...

By Corina Oliquino FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- In its newest campaign to ease the lives of OFWs, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will soon provide the iDOLE-OFW Identification Card to replace the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) of deploying migrant workers. “Under this program, all bona fide OFWs will be given iDOLE, the ID of the Department of Labor and Employment at no cost to the OFWs. This will serve as the OEC of the OFWs,” Labor Sec. Si...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the filing of forfeiture cases before the Sandiganbayan against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Alan Purisima for allegedly amassing PHP 29.2 million in ill-gotten wealth during his time in office. In a resolution, Morales also ordered forfeiture cases against Purisima’s wife, Ma. Ramona Lydia Purisima, and their sons Rainier Van Albert, Eumir Von Andrei, Alan Jr, and Ja...

By Corina Oliquino| FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- Muslims, senators, human rights group and the military expressed distaste in the Muslim ID card system implemented in certain provinces in Central Luzon. In a Senate press release last July 9 Sen. Win Gatchalian called for the immediate scrapping of the Muslim ID card system being implemented by local government units (LGUs) in certain towns in Tarlac province to screen and monitor potential security threats due to ...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent BEIJING, CHINA – July 12 marks the anniversary of the arbitral ruling in favor of the Philippines over China against the West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea) disputed territories. But while the arbitral ruling has not taken center stage in the Duterte administration, the country’s Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana assured that “we have not lost an inch of the disputed territory.” “I think we have gained,” Sta. ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Filipino classical musicians placed second, “with outstanding success,” at the string orchestra category of the Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria last July 8. The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO), under conductor Jeffrey Solares, is composed of musicians between the ages of nine and 21 from all over the country. The group was established in 2014. Thirty-five ensembles from al...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent The Philippines now ranks number 15 among the top 20 countries with the highest number of web browsers, with some 54 million Filipinos browsing the web, revealed Deputy Minority Leader Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. The Internet World Stats (IWS) listed the top five countries with the highest number of internet users: China, 731.4 million; India, 462.1 million; the United States, 286.9 million; Brazil, 139.1 million; and Ind...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Home-grown fastfood giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) plans to build up its network to 8,000 stores over the next five years after expanding it to 4,000 by the end of 2017. JFC President Ernesto Tanmantiong said they intend to achieve the target of 8,000 stores mostly through organic growth and acquisitions. “Our plan is to double in five years. So we are now 4,000 stores by the end of 2017. We are now aiming to have 8,000. ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Francis Escudero said Congress has the authority to clip the powers of the Department of Justice to “insulate” it from politics despite Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II’s opposition to limit his office’s authority. He said there is nothing unconstitutional in this move because the Senate and the House of Representatives have the power to re-organize government and to establish offices or departments based on what it want...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Panfilo Lacson in July 3 told Sen. Manny Pacquiao to quit boxing and become a full-time public servant. Another senator exclaimed the judges in the “Battle of Brisbane” be fired for robbing their colleague of his victory in his July 2 bout with Australian boxer Jeff Horn, the new WBO welterweight title holder. Lacson said he remembered giving Pacquiao the same advice last year before his Jesse Vargas bout in November 2...