Monthly Archives: November 2019

By Corina Oliquino MANILA --  In a November 15 report titled “Duterte health worries, Sri Lanka election,” London-based independent think tank Capital Economics through Senior Asia Economist Gareth Leather claims the Philippines will lure more investors should Vice-president Leni Robredo take over the presidency from Rodrigo Duterte due to health concerns. Leather noted that “achange in president would probably be welcomed by investors,” citing data from the Philippine ...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The Duterte administration’s flagship Build, Build, Build infrastructure program is a complete bust, according to opposition Sen. Franklin Drilon. Drilon said last week that despite the fanfare that came with the 75 projects under the program, not much has actually been done. Worst of all, some have even been downgraded, or even cancelled outright. Drilon said, “maybe there was over enthusiasm at the start of the administrat...

By Daniel Llanto After US Sen. Bernie Sanders accused the Duterte administration of "abhorrent" human rights abuses against workers, Malacañang hit back at the self-avowed socialist seeking nomination as Democratic presidential candidate for meddling in Philippine affairs. In a tweet, Sanders criticized the Philippines' alleged crackdown on its workers, calling it "a shameful attempt to silence people's rights and freedoms. More than ever, we must stand on the side of g...

By Daniel Llanto As the new anti-drug czar, Vice-president Leni Robredo was on her way to being named Cabinet member but President Duterte retracted after she asked for a copy of the narco-list of politicians that the President keeps like a closely-guarded state secret. Previous statements from Duterte indicated that Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) would be given Cabinet rank, attending Monday’s Cabinet meeting with the Pre...

By Jun Nucum Taking some time off her duties in the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi graced the ground making recently of a new San Francisco Presidio national parkland to also kick off the park’s construction phase together with board members, other top officials and employees of the project’s prime movers, the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Dubbed as the 14-acre wonder, theTunnel Tops project ha...

Story and photos by Harvey I. Barkin SAN FRANCISCO – A group of non-profit organizations put together a 3-day event of dialogue and networking to find opportunities and resources in different sectors of the digital age. The San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Cosmopolitan Lions Club (District 4-C4) and the One World Institute hosted the San Francisco Forum by the Bay last November 13 to 16 at the San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center in...

PerryScope by Perry Diaz Whatever got into President Rodrigo Duterte’s head when he appointed Vice President Leni Robredo co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug (ICAD) is anybody’s guess. First of all, Duterte knows that Leni is against killing of drug pushers and users. So why did Duterte put her in charge of enforcing the government’s anti-narcotics policy without “senseless killings” that has so far eliminated some 30,000 drug pushers and users? ...

SAN MATEO - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) held a press conference on Veterans Day at City Hall in Daly City with Filipino World War II veterans, local elected officials, and community leaders to demand benefits these war heroes would receive through her bill, H.R. 2823, the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2019. During the war, 250,000 Filipinos volunteered to fight with the United States and they played an instrumental role in pushing back against Japan’s aggressio...

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