Monthly Archives: June 2016

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ With all the trouble spots around the world where the U.S. is involved one way or another, it makes one wonder: Where will the war take place? Okay, let’s try this: Take your pick? (1) Baltic States (U.S. and NATO vs. Russia), (2) Middle East (U.S. vs. ISIS), (3) Senkaku Islands (U.S. and Japan vs. China), (4) Korean Peninsula (U.S. and South Korea vs. North Korea), (5) Scarborough Shoal (U.S. and the Philippines vs. China). Let’s take a look a...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Summer is usually associated with hot dry weather where the days are longest and the nights are shortest. It is also the time of the year that students are out from the classroom for their summer break. Most of the time, they stay at home or spend time with their friends. Parents should be concerned about dealing with their children staying out-of-school and they need to make sure they spend their vacation wisely. Question is: how will pa...

Dual Voice By FEDERICO A. ESPIRITU Filipino-Americans in California harbor jitters when that long spanning San Andreas Fault shakes. But Kababayans back home equally bear tremors in their chest if the 100 kilometer West Valley Fault trembles. Expanse variance between First World and Third World disaster responses trigger worries in large extent. Foremost in the bothered minds: Are FilAms ready when the Big One strikes at both ends though surely at different time capsules?...

Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda died June 21 at night due to multiple organ failure while fighting for his life after undergoing a gall bladder operation at St. Luke Medical Center in Quezon City. His son Edmond texted, “At 8:58 this evening, my father passed away. He was 81 years old and lived a life dedicated to his family and public service. The young Maceda said his wake will start on June 22, 3 p.m. at Mount Carmel Shrine in Quezon City. He will be interred on...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and OFW advocate groups are urging for a more systematic and speedy process of claiming terminal fee refunds after the current Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) scheme caused delays and hassles to OFWs. By law, OFWs (as well as athletes and pilgrims) are exempted from paying terminal fees or the International Passenger Service Charge (IPSC). But in 2014, with the new IPSC...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent In an age when wastewater can be recycled to drinking water, it’s staggering to learn that sewage pollution is threatening rich marine biodiversity in Puerto Galera and Coron, two of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations. Following years of monitoring and continuing concern about coliform concentration, the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) designated Sabang Bay and Coron Bay as water quality...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Crime suspects gunned down by police in less than two months after the election to the presidency of tough-talking Rodrigo Duterte hit a record 51 nationwide to raise suspicions of a rise in vigilantism as an effort among lawmen to pander to Duterte’s no-mercy pronouncements against criminals. In a pastoral letter, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) expressed concern that vigilante-style killings might ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent The Commission on Audit (COA) directed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to collect more than PHP 249.950 million in administrative fines from airline companies that have allowed illegal aliens to enter the country, saying the Philippine government was deprived of income because the law is not being implemented. In a 2015 report released most recently, state auditors said the BI’s failure to ensure payment of such penalties from ...

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ruled with finality that dismissed Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and former Special Action Force (SAF) Chief Director Getulio Napeñas would stand trial in the Sandiganbayan for their roles in the killings of 44 police commandos by Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, last year. Morales rejected the separate appeals filed by Purisima and Napeñas seeking to set aside the anti-graft body’s earlier resol...

Malacañang branded as unfair and baseless the claim that some members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have conspired with the Abu Sayyaf in several kidnappings in Mindanao, saying the accusation is not new. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the allegation of Jolo, Sulu Mayor Hussin Amin is a serious one and could undermine the government’s campaign against the bandits. “Such allegations are unfair to members of...