Monthly Archives: September 2019

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales In the recently-concluded 2019 ABS-CBN Ball, Joshua Garcia was conspicuously alone when he arrived. Just like Julia Barretto and Bea Alonzo, he opted to go solo. He wasn’t with someone unlike the past year when he graced the same event with Julia in tow who was then his girlfriend. “Actually, it was my personal decision not to ask someone to accompany me in this year’s ball,” he avers. “Honestly, I’m just happy to be in said occasion even if ...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) affecting about 21,000 customers in three counties across Northern California today. Those areas include portions of Butte, Nevada and Yuba counties in the Sierra foothills. PG&E opened its Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 21, and has been monitoring the weather and the evolving situation. PG&E’s meteo...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 23, 2019 –Kaiser Permanente is proud to be the Premier Sponsor of the 9th San Francisco Green Film Festival (Green Film Fest) for the seventh year in a row, which focuses this year on housing and habitat loss. “We are excited to once again sponsor San Francisco’s own environmentally focused film festival,” said Kirk Kleinschmidt, public affairs director, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. “Its focus on organic food, alternative energy, hou...

By Rev. Fr. Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza One bright and sunny day, a man took a walk along the street. When he came out of the gate, he found a beggar lying on the roadside under the heat of the sun. He looked heavenward and asked, “Lord, why do you let these things happen? Why aren’t you doing anything about them?” Subsequently, he walked towards the mall, and right before the entrance, he found a mother with her baby who was almost dead of hunger. Again, he looked heavenw...

As I See It BY ELPIDIO R ESTIOKO For a while, we haven’t heard distinguished authors speak to us in person! In fact, we rarely have the chance to invite them and them accepting our invitation. This fall, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) will introduce to us distinguished authors Sonia Nazario, John Carreyrou, and Susan Orlean who crafted their works through meticulous, extensive, and detailed research and reporting. They will be scheduled in various venue...

Street Talk BY GREG B. MACABENTA It’s remarkable, what a long-unopened filing cabinet can yield. On this trip to Manila, we found a faded document with the ambitious heading: CONCEPT PAPER: A PASIG-BASED COMMUTER TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR METROPOLITAN MANILA AND ENVIRONS. I had just been introduced to Commodore Brillante Ochoco, Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard. Upon learning that I was an advertising man, he asked me to suggest a topic for a talk that he neede...

By Daniel Llanto FilAm Star Correspondent Senators led by Panfilo Lacson promised to put through the wringer the proposed PHP4.1trillion budget for 2020 earlier approved by the House of Representatives on misgivings of attempts to bring back the unscrupulous pork barrel system with its allocation of PHP100 million for each of the 300 House members. The admission of PHP100-million allocation for each member of the House under the proposed 2020 national budget “won’t sit...

By Macon Araneta FilAm Star Correspondent Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri last September 23 warned the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will be subject to harsh penalties under the new law he authored with Sen. Panfilo Lacson in the 17th Congress if they will not open themselves to an investigation. Zubiri said R.A.11053 or the Strengthened Anti-Hazing Law is a tougher anti-hazing law crafted in the wake of the senseless killing of UST law student Atio Castillo fro...

By William Casis FilAm Star Correspondent Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Gen. Aaron Aquino disclosed that Manila’s drug queen is a politician whom they implicated in the  Lazada on-line  sale of drug paraphernalia. Aquino also said the drug queen has a brother who is a policeman but did not identify him. “She is into politics so she is so powerful. She has connections with local government officials and with the Philippine National Police. She has other...

By Corina Oliquino FilAm Star Correspondent US Republican Sen. Marco Rubio again urged the Philippine government to release detained Sen. Leila de Lima on what he called “bogus charges” in a tweet last September 21. In April, Rubio was among five US senators who called for De Lima’s release and the dropping of charges against news website Rappler and its chief, Maria Ressa. In his tweet through official account @SenRubioPress, he used #FreeLeilaNow and #ExpressionNO...