Monthly Archives: October 2018

Street Talk By GREG B. MACABENTA Ditas Delossantos Yamane is a Filipino-American who is running for mayor of National City in San Diego County. Yamane, who is a licensed real estate broker, is a tireless community worker. Every festival or fair of the FilAm community and every civic initiative that the city mounts will likely have her among the workhorses. She has also served as president of the local chamber of commerce and is chair of the city’s planning commission an...

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With the renewed relationship that’s growing between President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, there is a lot of goodwill that has been going on between the two countries. And with the forthcoming state visit of Xi to the Philippines, a lot of bilateral activities are happening to ensure that the first state visit of a Chinese leader since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) would be successful. In Dut...

By Lara Climaco i FilAm Star Correspondent Ride-sharing platforms Grab and Uber have been fined PHP 16 million by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) for proceeding with their merger when the agency had ordered them to keep the status quo for the duration of its anti-trust review. PCC initiated the review in April after Grab and Uber announced their merger in Southeast Asia, with Grab as the surviving entity in the region. The move elevated Grab to a virtual mon...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent If he will be required by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said, his lawyers will answer in due time the petition filed by lawyer Ferdinand Topacio to disqualify him from running in the May 2019 elections. “However, Comelec may surprise us by dismissing the petition outright for being a nuisance petition,” said Pimentel. But in any case, Pimentel assured that they are ready and “we kn...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent A group of sugarcane farm workers in Sagay, Negros Occidental that “occupied” a portion of a sugarcane plantation for the purpose of tilling it was gunned down and nine were killed in a massacre that the government suspects could be the handiwork of communist rebels. But farmers’ organizations in the so-called Sugarlandia said they suspected the usual military operation secretly funded by rich sugar barons to drive away farmer...

By William Casis i FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte on October 22, revealed that he “was in tears” when former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told him he should seek a psychiatrist for using profanities and for his improper behavior. “Their president (in the UN High Commission on Human Rights) said, ‘Duterte, you need to see a psychiatrist’,” the President said in his speech during a business forum. “I was in...

Story and photo by Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- The Philippines regained its second position from last year’s fourth as one of the five Super Cities, according to global strategic advisory firm Tholons and its 2018 Services Globalization Index. Under its Top 50 Digital Nations, the Philippines is second to India as it continues to dominate the list. Brazil is closing in at third place. “Most of the services will get commoditized for the bigges...

By Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA - In a statement on October 19, detained Sen. Leila de Lima urged the Senate to investigate the appointment of foreigners, particularly Chinese national Michael Yang, to Government offices. In a report by The Philippine Star, De Lima said she filed a resolution to urge her colleagues to look into Yang’s alleged appointment and to “determine the extent of the businessman’s ‘official engagement’ under the Duterte admini...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent Malacañang upheld the Makati court ruling denying the Justice department’s motion to arrest President Duterte’s arch-critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV but in the same breath, announced that the administration would question the decision in another venue. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, who took over from Harry Roque, said while the Duterte administration respects the court’s ruling, the Justice department and the Office...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent The Philippine government is bracing itself as Filipino nurses, farmers, construction workers, shipbuilders and those in the hospitality sector make a beeline for available jobs in Japan starting next year. The Japanese government announced it would accept at least 50,000 Filipino workers under its new policy on residency status for foreign workers in various industries in the next six years. The new hires will join the 1.2...