Monthly Archives: August 2017

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Even before it happened on Monday, August 18, 2017, people in all walks of life were excited, talking about it or planning what to do on that day. Many applied for vacation, others scheduled camping activities, and some hosted parties for family and friends. It was fun, festive and a moment to remember! Solar Eclipses happen about once every 18 months but occur mostly above the ocean because the earth surface is covered vastly by wat...

Celebration of Alabanguenos -USA in honor of their patron San Roque last Saturday, Aug 19 2017 at PBRC Hall in Daly City. A yearly get together event with KABABAYANS (hometown) from different towns in Alabang

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— As parents look for ways to save money on back-to-school shopping, schools are looking to save too – on their energy costs. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is helping hundreds of schools do just that, through energy efficiency rebates. PG&E has provided 385 elementary and secondary school districts in Northern and Central California with more than $39 million in rebates since 2016. The districts have saved an estimated $45 million in ene...

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service Pasadena, CA –AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Soon approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might oth...

By Harvey I. Barkin MILPITAS – When word got out that the Paring Pinoy of the Diocese of San Jose were going all out to do an Igorot dance, it spread faster than the faith. The event was Tayo na sa Houston, the barrio fiesta fund-raising dinner towards the upcoming Third National Assembly of Filipino Priests in the USA set for November 7 to 11 in Texas. Close to 400 parishioners, friends and guests came to dinner at the Pavalkis Hall of St. John the Baptist Parish in...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba on August 22 revealed that he handed PHP 5 million cash as “enrollment fee” to “a friend and a handler” of Davao City Vice-mayor Paolo Duterte to facilitate his transactions at the Bureau of Customs (BoC). Testifying during the continuation of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the PHP 6.4-billion shabu shipment, smuggled into the country through the BoC, Taguba said he personally met ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent There’s no coup d’état against President Rodrigo Duterte from a group that pretends to be representative of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP (Philippine National Police), calling themselves the Patriotic and Democratic Movement (PADEM),” assured AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla. Padilla stressed that the military stands by the constitutionally mandated government and unequivo...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- A party-list solon has filed a measure that will require government officials to ride public transport at least once a month during the weekday rush hour. Under the proposed measure of AANGAT TAYO Party-list Representative Neil Abayon, government officials will be required to occasionally ride the public transport as a way of maintaining compassion for the Filipino people. “Public service requires empathy and co...

By William Casis| FilAm Star Correspondent US-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on President Duterte to withdraw a call for police to shoot human rights activists “obstructing justice.” HRW Deputy Asia Director Phelim Kine said Duterte should retract his “reprehensible remarks immediately before there is more blood on his hands.” She pointed out that the President’s order places all members of the country’s human rights community in grave danger. “President...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Yielding to pressure from the House of Representatives, President Duterte accepted the resignation of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon who was found by the House committee on dangerous drugs to have failed in stopping the entry of PHP 6.4-billion worth of shabu from China recently. Although allegations of corruption were attributed to Faeldon at both the House and Senate investigations, Duterte stood by the Customs head sa...