Saturday, July 22, 2017

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent The Supreme Court (SC) voted unanimously recently to junk the petitions seeking to declare President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao unconstitutional. Some concurring magistrates joined the dissenters in expressing reservations that it would have been more appropriate if the proclamation were limited to certain areas. In an 83-page ruling penned by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, the high court also...

By Corina Oliquino FilAm Star Correspondent According to The Philippine Star, Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is claiming that some foreign media outlets are spreading fake news about the Philippines and urged the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to call out their attention. Sotto’s statement was prompted by a news report about martial law in the Philippines that he caught in Brisbane, Australia while watching the Pacquiao-Horn fight...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent An international human rights group has disclosed parents or operators could earn as much as $80 to $100 (PHP 4,000 to PHP 5,000) per live show, depending on the abuse committed on minors forced to engage in on-line sexual exploitation. The International Justice Mission (IJM), which handles cases of on-lines exual exploitation of children in the Philippines, noted that this makes it attractive to poor families, who often becom...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent The bout with Australian Jeff Horn at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on July 1 is a do-or-die battle of sorts for Manny Pacquiao as his promoter Bob Arum threatened not to renew Pacquiao’s contract with Arum’s Top Rank Inc., which expires with this bout if Pacman loses to the unbeaten Horn. In Brisbane, Jeff Horn told Filipino sportswriters that he studied closely how Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez decked and beat up Pacquiao an...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said on June 27 his interview by anchor Stephen Sackur over British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) HARDtalk is one of the “proudest moments” in his public life. Following attacks from netizens for allegedly shaming the Philippines before the world, Trillanes conceded that people who watched the full interview (not the spliced one) are entitled to their own opinions. “The haters will ha...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent For the third year in a row, the Philippines remained Asia’s most emotional country and one of the countries in the world with the highest positive experiences, tied third among 142 countries surveyed. The Gallup 2017 Global Emotions Report (GER) gives world leaders a “picture of happiness and well-being in their countries and quantifies what makes a life worth living” and measures life’s “intangibles” which are feelings and...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – Sen. Joel Villanueva on June 22 filed a proposed measure to curb fake news with stiffer penalties for public officials spreading false information from fake news sites. The filing of Senate Bill no. 1492 or An Act Penalizing the Malicious and Other Related Violations, apparently addresses the false claims by Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre a week ago, implicating some of the opposition senators as involved in the current con...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent Faster internet at a more affordable cost and universal coverage in the Philippines within five years, with all local government units connected to a high-speed government broadband backbone, households enjoying minimum speeds of 10 megabits-per-second (Mbps) even in remote areas, all national government services accessible through a single portal and free Wi-Fi in public spaces nationwide. This is the ambition of the Duterte admi...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent To ensure long-term sustainability. Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento said there might now be a need for the government to strictly regulate the development and influx of tourists on some of the country’s major tourism spots like Boracay. While Boracay and other popular tourism destinations in the country are bringing a lot of revenues for the people and the government, he said there is a need to protect these places from over d...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the family of OFW Jennifer Dalquez announced on June 20 that Jennifer was saved from death row after a court in United Arab Emirates (UAE) acquitted her of murder. According to DFA, based on the information provided by the Philippine Embassy in the UAE, the Court of Appeals in Al Ain “acquitted Jennifer Dalquez from the alleged crime of murder at a hearing on June 19, 201...