By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent For standing up against the murderous war on illegal drugs in the Philippines, Time Magazine recognized human rights activist Sen. Leila de Lima as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2017. De Lima, currently detained for trumped up drug charges by the Duterte regime, was included in the list for her role in investigating the President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless anti-drug campaign. Prior to her ouster as chair of the ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- The latest first quarter survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted from March 25-28, showed a slight increase in the number of Filipinos who said they were victims of property crimes at the time of Duterte’s intensified law enforcement against crimes and illegal drugs. The survey was fielded using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide and revealed a 6.3 percent or 1.4 million families who were ...

By Wiliam Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Farmers on April 24 demolished part of the perimeter walls of Hacienda Luisita, owned by the family of former President Simeon Benigno Aquino, to press for the full implementation of a court decision. More than a thousand Luisita farmworkers, agrarian reform beneficiaries and supporters of the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and other militant organizations successfully occupied on Monday portions of the fenced far...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent At the height of the combined military and police operations to hunt down the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, authorities came upon a startling sidebar: an unlikely love affair between a 49-year-old female police superintendent and a 25-year-old bomb maker of the Abu Sayyaf. Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza, deputy director of the Philippine National Police regional office crime laboratory in Davao, apparently fell in ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on April 24 maintained the dismissal of criminal and administrative charges against former President Benigno Aquino III over the implementation of the PHP 72 billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), saying there was no probable cause to indict him. “They want Aquino’s head. We go by the evidence. If the evidence is there, if it’s rearing its ugly head, why should we not file the case?”...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte named retired Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Roy Cimatu as “Special Envoy for OFW Refugees,” as part of efforts to relieve the plight of Filipino workers overseas, said Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella. Cimatu was AFP chief from May 18, 2002 to Sept. 10, 2002. He was later appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as special envoy to the Middle East, a post that he held aga...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Leila De Lima on April 17 asked the Supreme Court (SC) to order her release, claiming that the case filed against her by the government for trading in illegal drugs is a case of political persecution, rather than a legitimate prosecution. In her Memorandum filed with the High Court, De Lima said: “what makes (her) case special is (the government’s) willingness to use the strong arm of the law to persecute (her) simply to ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – To fulfill one of his campaign promises, President Rodrigo Duterte created the Order of Lapu-lapu, which will honor the Visayan hero and the supporters of his advocacies. Signed on April 7, Executive Order No. 17 also known as the Order of Lapu-lapu, was created and will be awarded to “officials and personnel of the government, as well as to private individuals, in recognition of (their) invaluable or extraordinary ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed to decimate the Abu Sayyaf group by June this year. Its resolve to eliminate the terrorist menace once and for all was fired up by the beheading of a simple fisherman and the Mindanao group’s recent bold foray into the Visayan province of Bohol. AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano said the beheading of a Filipino hostage by the Abu Sayyaf ignited the military’s resolve to deal the ter...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- In the recent study released by Deloitte, Filipino millennials are considered “most optimistic” globally in terms of economic confidence. According to the survey released by Deloitte, a private financial advisory firm, the 2017 report focuses on how millennials “looks at their world view and finds many, especially in developed economies, are anxious about their future. They are concerned about a world that presents...