Saturday, July 22, 2017

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent Marawi’s schoolchildren have gone as far as Ilocos Norte, Tarlac and Metro Manila to resume their education amid the devastation of their hometown. School year 2017-2018 opened June 5 in public schools nationwide, except for 132 schools affected by the armed conflict. The school opening saw a fraction of Marawi’s 22,714 students dispersed to schools in other regions, mostly in Northern Mindanao which is the nearest safe location. ...

By Macon Araneta FilAm Star Correspondent Malacañang revealed that a “political slant” might be reflected in the findings of the Global Peace Index (GPI) which stated that the Philippines is among the least peaceful countries in the world because of extra judicial killings and internal conflict. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella suggested there could likely be a political slant in the GPI results because the Duterte administration received very favorable scores in ...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent An American disc jockey was sentenced to two life imprisonments after he was found guilty of drug charges for possession of over PHP 50 million worth of shabu when he was arrested in 2012. In a nine-page decision, Makati Regional Trial Court Judge Tranquil Salvador Jr. of Branch 63 found Brian Kevin Hills guilty for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2012. Hills was convicted on criminal...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent The International Labor Organization (ILO) reported that about 250 million children worldwide are recruited and exploited to work as soldiers, mostly in conflict-affected areas in Asia and the Middle East where they live. “Children are not only used by armed groups as combatants but also as spies, helpers and porters,” the ILO said. ILO also raised the alarm that these children could also become victims of sexual exploitati...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- The Commission on Audit (COA) in their 2016 Consolidated Annual Audit Report on the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) discovered a 500 percent increase in congestion rate in Philippine jails. According to COA, the increase can be attributed to the ongoing campaign of the government against illegal drugs and the courts’ slow or no-action in the processing of pending cases, among others. In the Audit a...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent At least 63 Facebook accounts belonging to terrorists and their supporters were discovered by the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ social media monitoring team when it urged Facebook Philippines to take them down. Marawi City military spokesman Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said these accounts were utilized by the Maute local terrorist group and their sympathizers. He also said the military headquarters in Manila has already coordina...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) board suspended gambling operations at Resorts World Manila (RWM) pending its investigation into the deadly attack last June 2 which claimed the lives of 37 people. “Pacgor hereby suspends the provisional license to operate casinos and other gaming facilities issued to Travellers’ International Hotel Group Incorporated doing business under the name and style of Resorts W...

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...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent More and more millennials are gaining access to a digital lifestyle and by next year, the Philippines could emerge as a “gigabit society” with fixed broadband in Filipino homes capable of 1-gigabit-per-second internet speeds. But as of the first quarter of this year, internet speed in the country is still rated the slowest in the Asia Pacific region despite double-digit gains. In its latest State of the Internet Connectivity Re...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Senate President Aquilino Pimentel lll on June 13 filed a resolution seeking a legislative inquiry into the alleged computer glitch that hit the financial system of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), causing inconvenience and panic among several bank clients. “This is demanded by constituents who are not satisfied with the public statements of the bank. And also to make sure the banking system is not vulnerable to whate...