Monthly Archives: August 2016

With President Duterte determined to go ahead with the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on moral grounds, victims of human rights violations during the martial law period have gone to the Supreme Court to seek a restraining order based on both moral and legal issues. President Duterte is known to be chummy with the Marcoses, and had initially considered Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as his running mate before settling with Sen....

By Daniel Llanto FilAm Star Correspondent For about two years, Chinese construction crew dug out a whole mountain in Sta. Cruz, Zambales posing as nickel miners. But in fact they used the soil and rocks as covering materials for China’s reclamation of Scarborough Shoal which Beijing started to occupy in 2012. This was revealed by Zambales Gov. Amor Deloso who said the soil and rocks dumped by China on a wide area of Scarborough Shoal were gouged out from Zambales itself...

Malacanang announced that starting August 15, Filipino passport applicants will receive their passport with the “all new high-security” features. Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said security features include “intaglio printing” used for the printing of money and the printing of the coat of arms using optical variable illusion ink where color varies at different angles. He noted that security features have been put in place such as a micro...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent There’s “no hard and fast rule” in the proposed PHP 3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 submitted on Monday by Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno, assuring the public Congress will not defy the November 2013 Supreme Court (SC) decision against lump sum allocations, or post-enactment congressional insertions, now to be made through line-item budgeting. Diokno stressed the proposed budget, dubbed “A Budget for Real Change,” is “...

BY ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Only a small fraction of businesses get audited. When an audit takes place, there is a letter from the IRS asking for more documentation to clear up any discrepancy. The taxpayers should be prepared for this eventuality and here are some tips on how to avoid an audit and how to deal with one if it does happen. - Check your numbers. If you receive a 1099 for income received from third parties, they also report the information to the IRS....

By: Trina Palana-Soledad San Francisco, CA - The Pistahan 2016 kicked off with the traditional parade of colorful display of Filipino pride and a celebration of our dynamic community with vibrant floats, marching contingents and musical groups along Market Street from Civic Center to the Yerba Buena Gardens. Hundreds of people gathered along the downtown San Francisco to watch the vibrant costumed dancers, musicians and Filipino-American organizations and businesses as the...

CATE KORTZEBORN As a person with Medicare, you have important rights. One of them is the right to appeal. An appeal is the action you can take if you disagree with a coverage or payment decision by Medicare or your Medicare health plan. For example, you can appeal if Medicare or your plan denies: - A request for a health care service, supply, item, or prescription drug that you think you should get. - A request for payment of a health care service, supply, item, o...

By Elpidio R. Estioko San Jose, CA – To succeed in life, you need to “follow your passion and love for work”. This was the message of Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent, Metropolitan Education School District (MetroEd) in San Jose, as commencement speaker during the 2016 National Job Corps Commencement Day held last Friday, August 12, 2016 at the San Jose Job Corps Center Quad Area. Speaking before 435 graduates from New Learning Resources Online (NLRO) High School, Penn Fos...

Health@Heart BY Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS What we eat and drink affects our health. The relevance of the association is even more significant among those who have pre-diabetes and those who actually have diabetes. Soft drinks, diet or decaf, cola or uncola, or regular, are all harmful, toxic to the body of adults and children. Soft drinks increases the risk for metabolic syndrome. Processed fruits juices are likewise unhealthy. Eating the fresh fruits (or drinkin...

Legal Matters BY ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Question: I am the beneficiary of a petition by my same sex partner in California which recognizes legality of same sex marriage. How many years do I have to wait to file for my naturalization? Answer: Marriage to a U.S. citizen shouldn’t impact your ability to naturalize, and in some cases, it may allow you to acquire U.S. citizenship sooner than you would have otherwise been eligible. The general rule is that non-citizens ...

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