Saturday, July 22, 2017

A STAUNCH CRITIC of the Aquino administration denounced candidate for president Manuel Roxas II for “gravely insulting the Muslims of Mindanao” during the second presidential debate in Cebu and called him a “phony student of Mindanao’s history.” The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) earlier accused him of being ignorant of history, after the Liberal Party standard bearer said that the 2013 siege of Zamboanga was caused by “Muslim invaders.” “How can he be president ...

Sen. Richard Gordon warned that China could be invading the Philippines with illegal drugs due to empirical data that many Chinese (citizens) are involved in the drug trade in the country. He also cited the admission of Philippine law enforcers that the bulk of the illegal drugs entering the country comes from China. Because of this, Gordon has recommended that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should send a note verbale to the Chinese Embassy “to tell them that we ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent A recently released study by a migrant group in Hong Kong revealed the persistent “unsuitable” state of accommodation arrangements, denial of privacy and deprivation of amenities for foreign (mostly Indonesian and Filipino) domestic workers in Hong Kong. The study entitled, “Pictures from the Inside: Investigating Living Accommodation of Women Foreign Domestic Workers towards Advocacy and Action” was released by the Mission ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent CEBU CITY-- Tensions flared up during the second presidential debate here as the four candidates openly bashed each other over issues hounding them, and even resorted to name calling. Since the debate allowed all the presidential candidates — Vice-president Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, former local government Sec. Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte --- to react to the answers of their fellow candidates, nobody wa...

Senator-elect and outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon said the incoming Senate may have to go over the investigation of the $81-million stolen from Central Bank of Bangladesh from the New York Reserves because there is still no closure to the case. He said that the incoming Senate under the 17th Congress cannot abandon the case since they have to resolve it as a courtesy to Bangladesh. He said the money-laundering issue is considered “unresolved” at the Senate “be...

By Corina Oliquino| FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – A measure released a day before the celebration of the 119th Independence Day of the Philippines, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano pushed for a commission that will rename the Philippines and “to conduct a comprehensive study for an appropriate name that we shall call our nation.” House Bill 5867 or “An Act Constituting a Geographic Renaming Commission to Rename Our Country” aimed to create a commission that would...

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 Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent “I’m still alive, just old,” said the 87-year old former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos after she was erroneously reported to have died based on former actress now wife of former Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. and Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla’s Twitter post. “I still go to Congress and I’m even early,” she said and proved it early when she went to Monday’s session in the House of Representatives. “All I...

NEW YORK — Few Filipino Americans know the name George T. Conway III. The husband of Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, he has never been active in the Filipino American community and it was only recently that his Filipino heritage had even been made public. So when it was reported last week that Conway is on the shortlist of nominees for U.S. solicitor general, Filipino Americans greeted the news with a mix of surprise and skepticism. “I di...

By Macon Araneta Lawmakers  opposed President Rodrigo Duterte plan to impose additional tax on fuel products on top of the 12 percent Value Added Tax (VAT). Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV  said  the President  now intends to slowly kill more Filipinos with his tax plan after killing thousands of poor people in his war on drugs. He noted that the President's plan would significantly increase prices on fuel, transportation, and basic commodities. Because if th...