Monthly Archives: October 2018

Story and photo by R. Mascardo OAKLAND -- Derek Carr threw four TD passes and a game-tying 2-point conversion with 30 seconds left to set up Matt McGrane’s 29-yard field goal in overtime. It was the Oakland Raiders’ first win since Jon Gruden returned as coach, 45-42, over the Cleveland Browns on September 30. McGrane missed a 50-yard field goal on the opening possession at overtime before Carr drove the Raiders back down the field again after a defensive stop for th...

By Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- OpenSignal’s first State of Mobile Video Report ranked the Philippines 67th out of 69 countries surveyed, placing it at the bottom in terms of over-all video experience and download speed. The London-based independent firm gave the Philippines a score of 34.98 or a poor rating based on its category. “India, Iran and the Philippines, fell below the Fair threshold into Poor territory (0-40), where the typical cons...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent After President Duterte admitted that extra-judicial killings (EJK) may be the “only sin” of his administration, some legal experts are convinced that this statement can be used as evidence to corroborate the complaint filed against Duterte at the International Criminal Court or even underpin an impeachment case against him. Former law Dean Antonio La Viña claimed that Duterte’s statement practically admitting that illegal exe...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent To combat terrorism in the Philippines without the need to impose Martial Law, the country’s security officials want Congress to amend the 11-year old Human Security Act to give more teeth to the law. During the Senate Public Order committee hearing on the proposed amendments on the Human Security Act chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, security officials said suspected terrorists should be detained by 30 days “even without a warr...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Bam Aquino wants to take a hard look at the recent assassinations of several mayors and vice-mayors and propose solutions without resorting to martial law. “We should take a stand against a culture of violence in our country. Filipino families are being left and hurt in the conflicts and killings,” said Aquino. “Hindi sagot ang mala-martial law na patayan at intimidasyon sa mga problema ng bayan,” he  added. In his ...

By Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- Majority of Filipinos or 63 percent find President Rodrigo Duterte’s “God is stupid” remark and recent rape jokes as “bastos” or vulgar according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. In its third quarter September 2018 survey, 83 percent say President Duterte’s “God is stupid” pronouncement as vulgar, 14 percent said it was not vulgar and the remaining three percent did not know; while 63 percent say...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent Party-list member of the House of Representatives ACTS-OFW Rep. John Bertiz III apologized for throwing his weight around when he refused to take off his shoes as part of a new airport security protocol at the NAIA. But he still stands to lose his congressional seat and may be investigated for unethical conduct. A video of Bertiz went viral on social media after he refused to comply with a security protocol and told off the...

Story by Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent After resigning as Asst. Communications Secretary, Mocha Uson vowed to ramp up her attacks against  President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics whom she called “mga ulol”  and give them a hard fight. But she was coy when asked  if she would run for senator or any elective position, saying “it is for the public to decide.” Interviewed after emerging from the Senate hearing on the proposed PHP 1.417-billion budget of the Presid...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima asked the Senate to investigate Boracay island’s ongoing rehabilitation which purportedly facilitated land grabbing activities by commercial developers in disregard to Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) right to their ancestral land. She  filed Senate Resolution (SR) No. 902 urging her colleagues in the Upper chamber to probe the alleged land grabbing in Boracay to ensure that rehabilitation effort during ...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on October 2,  admitted some lapses in the transfer of documents, which included the supposedly missing application for an amnesty by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. “Apparently, there were some lapses in the document, which were not yet brought down to J1. Our suspicion (is that) the repository of all these documents  did  not bring the documents to us in GHQ,” replied AFP Chief Gen. Carli...

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