THE ABSENCE OF candidate for vice-president Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at the second debate did not stop Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano from ridiculing him of “runing away from the debate just like what his family did wifh the people’s money.” In the previous debate some of the candidates, led by Cayetano, ganged up on Marcos about human rights abuses under the regime of his late father and his family’s ill-gotten wealth and political dynasty. Marcos skipped the sec...

The Internet made a lot of things easier. Unfortunately, even scamming on Filipino scientists and researchers. In a recent symposium on predatory journals and conferences at Hotel Jen in Pasay City, Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo (Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development at the University of the Philippines Diliman) raised the issue of hijacked journals -- fake journals that steal identities to trick scientists and researchers into submitting their research articles. “They ri...

The Philippine government will start rolling out in the provinces its free wi-fi services during the second quarter of this year, said Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto recently. Recto said this was based on report by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO). “Residents in certain provinces have reason to be happy. Hopefully, by June this year, select areas in 12 regions will be the first to bene...

Malacanang most recently congratulated boxer and Rep. Manny Pacquiao who won the WBO international welterweight championship against American boxer Timothy “Dessert Storm” Bradley Jr. “Manny Pacquiao has done the Filipino nation proud again by winning decisively against Timothy Bradley. We applaud and thank him for demonstrating anew that the Filipino has the courage and skill to compete in the global arena,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. Vice-presi...

By Corina Olinquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – Due to the recent hacking of the Comelec website last March 27, international tech firm Trend Micro warns possible risk of fraud, identity theft and other cyber-related crimes to 55 million Pinoy voters. In an April 6 entry to its TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog, Trend Micro said that every registered voter in the Philippines was now “susceptible to fraud and other risks” after the massive hacking of Anonymous...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent TWENTY-THREE, INCLUDING 18 soldiers were killed while more than 50 were wounded when government forces battled the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group after a spate of kidnappings in Mindanao this year. The slain soldiers—all members of the 44th Infantry Battalion were identified as:1st Lt. Remegio Licena; Staff Sgt. Makin Jarani; Sgts. Akmad Usman, Paterno Aquino and Jason Alani; Cpls. Redel Perolino, Reezvi Archcelo Gandawali, Rodeli...

Candidate for vice-president Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said President Benigno Aquino III was likely behind the Office of the Ombudsman’s decision to file plunder charges against him recently. “But it’s no longer a surprise that it came from him. We are not allies so we are expecting more tirades in the coming weeks,” said Marcos He noted that in the last several weeks, the President attacked him several times, urging voters to reject Marcos’ vice presidential bid becaus...

THE FIRST COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) -- organized Pilipinas Debate 2016 among the six candidates for vice-president put Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the hot seat, with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano leading the attacks against him based on alleged corruption and human rights abuses perpetrated during the Martial Law regime of his father, the late Ferdinand Marcos. It also appeared that the debate at the University of Sto. Tomas was a “showdown” between Marcos, one of t...

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero said the new revelations listed by the “Panama Papers” or the leaked documents recording the vast amount of wealth stashed away by politicians and the famous using offshore companies should be the occasion to lift the Philippines’ bank secrecy law on public officials’ bank deposits. “The scandal surrounding the illegally amassed deposits of public officials from around the world, including some of our own public officials (read the Imee Marcos ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – In the latest Pulse Asia survey released recently, only President Aquino among the top officials included in the list got the majority approval rating of 52 percent. “Only President Benigno Aquino III obtained a majority approval rating in March 2016; not one of the country’s top national officials has the trust of most Filipinos,” Pulse Asia noted. The latest March 2016 Ulat ng Bayan survey was conducted between...