Yearly Archives: 2019

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Sonoma County’s Graton Resort & Casino, the 200-room, 65-acre resort with a full-service gaming experience, today announced the debut of its new chef-inspired dim sum menu at Boathouse Asian Eatery. The Boathouse – created by partners Catherine Do, Hans Mogensen and Executive Chef Tu Do and one of Graton’s four upscale, full-service restaurants – introduces the new menu by Master Dim Sum Chef Pit-fun Li this week ahead of a formal launch on Sunday, ...

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales According to Judy Ann Santos, clinching the Best Actress plum in the 41st Cairo International Film Festival for her work in the film “Mindanao” was one thing she didn’t expect. She is the second Filipina to achieve such feat, the first one being Superstar Nora Aunor in 1995 for “The Flor Contemplacion Story.” “Honestly, a part of me still couldn’t believe that the experience is real,” she avers. “Now I realized that dreams can really come tru...

By Greg B. Macabenta The 30th Southeast Games hosted by the Philippines will end December 11 with a spectacular show, if we are to base our expectations on the opening ceremony. But more than that, as the host country we will have set a new record in terms of the medal harvest – well ahead of runner-up Indonesia, and the other participating countries, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Laos (listed according to the number of medals won). ...

By Elpidio R. Estioko The entire universe witnessed on world-wide television US President Donald Trump impeached by the US Congress on December 18, 2019, thus becoming the third president in US history impeached by the Legislature. Just like the rest of the world, I watched the proceedings because I want to be a part of a very historic event. I learned that there were two other U.S. presidents formally impeached by Congress. They were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. I ...

By Johnson Lazaro, Attorney At Law Ever go in a lawyer’s office with some pressing immigration questions only to have the attorney spit out some foreign immigration jargon.   You can call it legal talk or gibberish or mumbo jumbo or whatever but you don’t really understand what it means?  In the immigration legal community, there are many terms we use that we presume the lay person knows.  And sometimes we, lawyers, forget to explain.  So – here are explanations for some c...

By Perry Diaz Finally, after more than 10 years of trial, the judge in the Maguindanao Massacre has reached a verdict for three of the defendants – sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  Three brothers, Zaldy Ampatuan, Sajid Ampatuan, and Andal Ampatuan, Jr., were sentenced for the killings of 57 people on November 23, 2009, in the province of Maguindanao in Mindanao. Three other members of the clan - Anwar Ampatuan Sr, Anwar Ampatuan Jr, and Anwar S...

By Daniel Llanto After the Quezon City Regional Trial Court found the principal suspects guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the infamous Maguindanao massacre, the top trending topic in social media consisted of calls for Congress to immediately enact the long overdue measure making political dynasties unlawful. On Twitter, one user said the Maguindanao massacre was an “urgent reason” why the anti-dynasty is badly needed for the country. The mass murder was perpetrated by...

By William Casis Health Usec. Eric Domingo on December 23 confirmed that the number of deaths due to methanol poisoning from drinking lambanog or coconut wine rose to eight from the initial two earlier confirmed by the Department of Health (DoH). On-line and TV reports, however,  said the number of deaths from methanol poisoning  already reached 11. Domingo, also Food and Drug Administration (FDA) OIC, related that the rushed or incorrect method of producing the distilled ...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor Ten local banks which had transactions coursed through the Bank of the Philippine Islands -- considered as one of the Big 3 (composed of BPI, Metrobank and Banco de Oro) -- are facing an investigation by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for their suspected role in an Australian money laundering scandal. While the BSP said there was no formal investigation for now, remittances from Westpac -- one of Australia’s biggest bank...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor More than 300 Chinese workers were arrested last week for working in the Philippines without a permit. According to the Bureau of Immigration, 342 illegal Chinese workers were nabbed during a raid in a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) operating out of Quezon City. All the detained workers were found to have no work permit, nor visa, meaning they entered the country illegally. “This is another massive arrest by o...

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