Monthly Archives: August 2017

Redwood City – Barely a year into its operation, Project Sentinel’s free Residential Housing Helpline has responded to over 1,500 calls from tenants, landlords, and neighbors throughout San Mateo County eager to learn about their tenant-landlord rights and responsibilities. The free helpline, that can be called at (650) 399 -2149, provides, landlords, tenants, and neighbors, information on tenant-landlord rights and responsibilities, resource referrals, and guidance on ami...

(SACRAMENTO) The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) ended its second quarter of 2017 with more than 950,000 policies in force—continuing a trend of increased earthquake insurance sales that began in 2016. In 2016, CEA saw a significant net gain of more than 52,000 policies in force—more than seven times CEA’s average gain of about 7,200 annually in the past 10 years. Interest in earthquake insurance remains strong in 2017, as well, with 18,804 more policies in force aft...

SAN FRANCISCO —Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced findings from a recent survey of 1,750 of its customers that shows 811 – the free service to mark underground utility lines – is well-known but misunderstood and underused in Northern and Central California. To keep everyone safe when digging, PG&E is urging all of its customers, excavators, first responders and businesses across the state to promote the free service and most importantly – to use t...

Stoy and photos by Lovel Aniag Limasawa is an island in the province of Leyte, the smallest in both land area and population. Also known as Sarangani Island, it only measures 10km from north to south. The island is known as the seat of Philippine Christianity where the religion was first introduced by the Spanish conquistadores. For a time, the province of Butuan has also laid claim to this assertion. According to lobbyists, the first Holy Mass was celebrated in Butuan ...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said he is open to reviewing the reason for the continuous existence of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). “It has been there with a single objective, which at this time, has already been achieved,” said Pimentel. Malacañang announced that it would transfer the remaining functions of the PCGG to the Department of Justice under the proposed right-sizing bill, ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent At a closed-door session of the Senate blue ribbon committee, a witness claimed that the highest officials of the Bureau of Customs --- Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and Customs Intelligence Officer Col. Neil Anthony Estrada --- were responsible for 600 kilograms of shabu that came from China. The whistle-blower, Mark Ruben Taguba II, wrote the names of the Customs officials supposedly involved in the shipment of what c...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Amid cries of alleged over-kill and rub-out, the Philippine National Police (PNP) maintained that joint teams from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 10, the Misamis Occidental provincial police and Ozamiz City police were met by gunfire when they tried to serve search warrants for illegal drugs and firearms charges, consequently leading to the slaying of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and 14 o...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent With the Malampaya field off Palawan projected to run out of the natural gas by 2024, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said the country’s top diplomat should find “a win-win arrangement” that will allow Manila and Beijing to jointly explore for oil in the West Philippine Sea. He warned Luzon is facing a dark future if a replacement for it is not found. Malampaya powers 45 percent of the electricity grid in the said reg...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Seven bodies without heads were found at the outskirts of Maluso town in Basilan last July 30 afternoon, said Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, regional director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARRM). In a statement, Sindac said the beheadings were perpetrated by Abu Sayaff. He said the decomposing bodies of the seven victims were recovered separately in Basilan’s forested areas. Sindac identified the victims...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to kick out leftist members of his Cabinet after he ordered the Armed Forces to go after the communist New People’s Army (NPA). But Senior Deputy Executive Sec. Menardo Guevarra said leftist members of Duterte’s Cabinet are bound to stay. “As far as the Office of the President is concerned, we see no reason why the three so-called leftist members of the Cabin...