Monthly Archives: August 2017

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent “Coron is no longer Bikini Bottom.” With these words, environmental activists celebrated the announcement last week that Viacom International Media Networks, owner of the Nickelodeon brand, had pulled out of the development in Palawan that would have hosted its first resort in Southeast Asia. “We thank all the supporters of the petition and campaign for this milestone. The battle is not over: we still need to remain vigilant an...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent The military is now preparing for the “one big battle” that would liberate Marawi City from the Maute terrorists after regaining the city’s police station and Grand Mosque last week, said Armed Forces Chief (AFP) Eduardo Año. He made the statement even as security forces on Monday killed 10 Islamic State-inspired terrorists in an encounter on Lake Lanao. Año said the final battle was possible as the area where the remaining...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Now it can be told: President Rodrigo Duterte declined to re-appoint former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Judy Taguiwalo after her rejection by the Commission on Appointments because she funneled the multi-billion-peso Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) funds to her comrades in the New People’s Army (NPA) on the sly. Duterte indirectly admitted that his former DSWD secretary may have provided the armed ...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of one of his “top cops in the drug war” as Iloilo City chief of police, is a strong signal for Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to stop his alleged involvement in illegal drugs. Duterte earlier described Iloilo City as the “bedrock of illegal drugs in Visayas.” When asked if Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido’s new post serves as a warning to government officials in cahoots with drug traffi...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent Amid recent rumblings over Chinese activity in the South China Sea, Admiral Harry Harris Jr., commander of the United States Pacific Command, visited Manila to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Philippine officials. The visit was preceded by the delivery of an observation blimp that will equip the Philippines with real-time data in its maritime surveillance. Malacañang was sparse in disclosing details of Harris’s Au...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After an impeachment complaint was finally filed against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista at the House of Representatives, the camp of Vice-president Leni Robredo was quick to announce that this does not imply there was any irregularity in her tight 2016 election victory over former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, said there is no factual basis to doubt the resul...

Estioko Mini- Reunion at Cataldi Park, San Jose, CA with 7 of the surviving siblings of 13 children by former Urdaneta City Vice Mayor Marciano B. Estioko, Sr. and wife Leonor up to the 4th generation.

Happy Birthday to Ming Lim of Vallejo

Baby Sofia was baptized last Sunday, August 20,2017 at Saint Andrew Church in Daly City. Photo shows: Baby Sofia, Deacon Tony Paulino with proud Dad & Mom Atty. Flomy Diza and wife Louella and Godparents.

ORANGE, Calif. -- Lawmakers, medical professionals and other advocates for accessible health care say technology that allows providers to remotely see patients will dramatically improve the availability of medical services. A pilot program conducted at Providence Speech and Hearing Center (PSHC) in Orange,Calif., for online tools that allow doctors to consult with, diagnose and treat patients over the internet without compromising their privacy, known collectively as teleh...