Malacanang reiterated the government is still open to having peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the peace table of the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) remains open for the CPP-NPA-NDF in consonance with the government’s commitment to have a significant peace process that would lead to a peace agreement. ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Grace Poe and lawyer George GarciaThe embattled Senator Grace Poe got a reprieve after the Supreme Court (SC) issued recently temporary restraining orders (TROs), stopping the Comelec from implementing its resolutions to bar her from running for President in the May 2016 elections. The decision came a few hours after Poe filed two petitions asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Comelec decision which canceled her Certif...

Ignoring the clamor to end their public bickering, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas II taunted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for apparently backing out from his threat to slap him or engage him in a fistfight. He also called out Duterte for backing out on his challenge to a national debate on the country’s prevailing issues. “He talks too much and makes challenges. On the slapping challenge, he withdrew; on the challenge to a fistfight, he retreated; on my chall...

By Jane Obana FilAm Star Correspondent A New Bilibid Prison (NBP) security measure now requires inmates’ visitors to have their picture taken before entering the facility. The photos will then be kept in a database for record purposes, an NBP official said. The database will consist of a photo of the visitor indicating their name and their relationship to the inmate. This way, NBP officials can determine if the visitors are using fake identities and stop the smuggling of...

By Corina Olinquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Speaking in front of journalists at the annual Bulong Pulungan media forum in Pasay recently, the president assured the public that his administration is wise and careful in spending the public funds. President Noynoy Aquino did not directly refer to Vice President and presidential candidate Jejomar Binay’s accusation of his administration’s underspending in one of the latter’s recent outing in Negros Or...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent The Commission on Elections en banc on Tuesday night sustained the decisions of its two divisions on the disqualification of Senator Grace Poe from running for President on the grounds that she was not a natural-born Filipino and that she lacked the ten-year residency required of presidential candidates. Even before its promulgation, news about the decision already broke out following a leak. Comelec chairman Andres Bautis...

10Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe pointed at political rivals, former Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay as the ones behind the “conspiracy” to remove her from the presidential race by filing disqualification charges against her. Roxas is the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party headed by President Noynoy Aquino and Senate President Franklin Drilon as its national chairman and vice chairman, respectivel...

Former Philippine President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada announced he will run for President in the coming elections. Estrada said he can be a substitute candidate for Rommel Mendoza, secretary general of Kalipunan ng Masang Pilipino (Kampi), which is allied with Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino. Mendoza filed his certificate of candidacy for presidency. The Comelec told political parties they had until December 10 to substitute their candidates. Estrada sa...

After a year of trial, US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, the main suspect for the death of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude has been convicted for homicide. The verdict was announced last December 1 at the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74. Pemberton was sentenced to 6-12 years imprisonment and payment of approximately PHP 4.5million for damages. This includes PHP 50, 000 for civil indemnity, PHP 4.3million for loss of earning capa...

Manila, Philippines – Washington-based market forecasting and analytics firm IHS Global Insight has projected the Philippines to be the only sovereign in Asia with improving credit prospects and a $1-trillion economy by 2030. According to a press statement released by the Investor Relations Office (IRO), IHS reports are used for reference by credit-rating agencies, investment banks and development institutions. IHS cited the improving governance standards, financial fundam...