Monthly Archives: August 2016

By: Lara Climaco It is no longer accurate to say that internet access in the Philippines is among the most expensive in Asia. Globe Telecom, the country’s second largest telco, noted recently that stiff competition in mobile data business had drastically changed the situation. Through prepaid mobile data since last month, connectivity has been available at 50 pesos per gigabyte (GB) in the country, among the lowest in Asia-Pacific. By Globe’s reckoning, this beats top pr...

Members of the youth collectively referred to as ‘millenials’ filed a petition for certiorari and prohibition before the Supreme Court Monday to prohibit the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). The petition asked the High Court to declare the Memorandum issued by the Secretary of the Department National Defense last August 7 on the interment of the deposed dictator at the LNMB as ultra vires for being without legal basis an...

Sen. Richard Gordon warned that China could be invading the Philippines with illegal drugs due to empirical data that many Chinese (citizens) are involved in the drug trade in the country. He also cited the admission of Philippine law enforcers that the bulk of the illegal drugs entering the country comes from China. Because of this, Gordon has recommended that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should send a note verbale to the Chinese Embassy “to tell them that we ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA — Congress newcomer and Batangas Representative Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a bill that will exclude overtime pay from taxable income and will benefit both employees from public and private sectors. This would allow government and private employees to fully enjoy the monetary benefits due them for putting in more hours of work and contributing additional physical and mental effort, according to Recto. According to...

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 13 – The search for Miss Pangasinan 2016-2018, sponsored by the United Pangasinanes of America, Inc. headed by Executive Committee Chairwoman Emma F. Torres, Co-Executive Chair Marita N. Padilla with President Mario C. Panoringan as ex-officio member, has recently ended with the final selection of a winner. A few minutes before the clock heralded midnight, the United Pangasinanes of America, Inc. proclaimed and crowned the young lady from the th...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent In what could be the latest battleground of the run-in between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima, the House of Representatives whose leadership is dominated by close Duterte allies launched an investigation into the alleged role of De Lima in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the national Bilibid prison when she was justice secretary. This happened as the Senate committee on justice chaired by De Lima opened i...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – Beginning August 15, Filipinos seeking work overseas can rely on the newly-opened one-stop shop launched by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in securing all the needed documents in one go. Dubbed as the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO), the move is a response to President Duterte’s call to streamline government services for all and specifically to OFWs, said Labor Secretary Silvestre...

In a homecoming of sorts after 19 months, a moving welcome was given the former representative of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur and now the 14th Vice President of the Philippines Leonor Leni Robredo who brushed aside any thought of even being a candidate for the position she occupies now although as early as March 2015 she was already one of the top ten vice presidential prospects in nationwide surveys, a time when she was still not even sure of running for reelection as ...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday approved the indictment for murder of 88 commanders and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and private armed groups in the January 2025 bloody Mamasapano incident in which 44 policemen were killed. Among those to be charged were five MILF commanders identified as Abdulrahman Abdulrakman Upan and Rakman, both of the 118th base command, and Refy Guiaman, Anife and Haumves alias Haves, a...

An online survey by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab revealed that Filipinos are vulnerable online and still commit cybersecurity mistakes that put them at risk for online threats. In an online survey to test the “cyber savviness” of 18,000 internet users from over 16 countries including 1,394 from the Philippines, respondents who are over 18 years old answered questions regarding their online habits and cyberthreat awareness. According to Kaspersky, Filipino ...