By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Filipinos, including OFWs, can now save up for retirement by investing in a Personal Equity Retirement Account (PERA), the country’s first-ever voluntary retirement account with tax incentives, said Sen. Sonny Angara. Angara, who was then still a congressman when he authored the law, said OFWs can invest up to PHP 200,000 annually or double the limit. The counterpart measure was pushed in the Senate by his father, former Se...

By Daniel Llanto, FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he had been talking with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and had a brief discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the subject of breaking loose from the U.S. and bringing the Philippines to closer ties with Russia and China, both of which the U.S. is at odds with on several issues. “I’ve been talking with Prime Minister Medvedev. (We did a) one-on-one ... (without anybody kn...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent A number of netizens and journalists active in social media complained of political censorship after pages and posts critical of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, even his defeated running mate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., were arbitrarily taken down. For one, the page of the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP) was taken down after it released a statement online criticizing Duterte’s statements against media and...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Women journalists went ballistic over the threat of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II to show the alleged sex videos of Sen. Leila del Lima, saying this amounts to “abuse of power.” “We are incensed by this cavalier threat by the Speaker and the Secretary of Justice to expose the sexual proclivities, real or imagined, of any person,” said the Women Writers in Media, a group composed of respe...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III warned that those planning to file a case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) should first think twice. While the Philippines is a free country where anyone can bring a case before the ICC, Pimentel said the standards required by the tribunal are very high, so any case against the President should be backed by solid evidence. He said the ICC ...

China announced that a Chinese company will boost tourism by offering cruises around the contested South China Sea and buy eight new ships over the next five years for that purpose. The state-owned China Daily said Sanya International Cruise Development Co. Ltd. will buy between five to eight ships and build four cruise liner docks in Sanya, a Chinese resort city on the island province of Hainan. Liu Junli, chairman of Sanya International Cruise, said the company alread...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent A milestone announcement early last week that Nickelodeon will put up its first resort in Southeast Asia in Coron town, Palawan as part of what it touted as the “world’s first undersea attraction” turned awry. Environmental crusaders lambasted the prospect of commercialization in Palawan, which is considered the Philippines’ last frontier with its rich bio-diversity. Save Philippine Seas, a community-based marine conservation g...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Liberal Party (LP) President Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said the resolution, adopted by the European Parliament (EP) should serve as a reminder to the government that the international community is “closely monitoring” the Philippines. Pangilinan warned that the country’s political situation may affect the Philippines’ trade relations with the European Union (EU). He said billions of dollars worth of trade and investments ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – In the Second Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey conducted between June 24-27 this year, days before President Duterte (and his all-out war on illegal drugs) was launched, the figures showed that 62 percent of Filipino families feared drug addicts in their area –a record-high tally according to SWS. The survey was released last October 03 and was first published in BusinessWorld and during the current Senate investi...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said 378 errant cops from the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) will be tasked to rid the Pasig River of water lilies. He said the move was in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to bring the errant policemen closer to him instead of subjecting them to re-training. The President, Dela Rosa said, wants the policemen to remove the water lilies on Pasig River because the...