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Monthly Archives: June 2018

PerryScope BY PERRY DIAZ Recently, national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon said that President Rodrigo Duterte would go to war if Philippine soldiers were hurt in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Esperon also said: “Or, if our people are hurt there at Pag-asa Island. We are not saying we are going to war, but if they oppress us that may force our hand, because we will not allow ourselves to be oppressed.” Pag-asa, better known as Thitu, is the...

Street Talk BY GREG B. MACABENTA On February 21, 1972, President Richard Nixon made a historic trip to China, thus reestablishing ties with the Communist regime - ties that had been broken since Mao Tse Tung and his forces took over the Chinese mainland in 1949. In the November elections that same year, Nixon won a second term by a landslide, beating Democratic Senator George McGovern. Meanwhile, in-between these two events – in June that year - Republican dirty t...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the world just witnessed a historic signing of a very significant document between US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un aimed at “a stable and lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula”. With the signing and meeting of the two world leaders in Singapore, Trump’s political gambit was a success considering that it brought the two leaders who were hostile with each other and whose two c...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Lawmakers support the enactment into law of a proposal creating a new Department of Migration and Development (DMD) to implement government policies, strategies and programs for the protection and advancement of the growing number of Filipinos overseas. “There is ample support in both chambers of Congress for the bill establishing the DMD, so we have high hopes the measure will be passed,” said ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto ‘John’ Berti...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent While headline inflation hit a seven-year high last month at 4.6 percent, Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno pointed out that the trend this year is actually decelerating and would continue to ease for the rest of the year. The month-on-month inflation rate has dropped from 0.7 percent in March to 0.3 percent in April and hitting a low of 0.2 percent in May, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) noted last week. “We expect ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – The Philippines dropped one place to 137th out of 163 countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index, retaining its second to the last ranking in the Asia Pacific, behind North Korea. The country’s score declined by 0.012 points at 2.512 and it had “suffered particularly badly as President Duterte continued his assault on alleged drug dealers and from the 5-month battle between government forces and Islamic militants who ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Former Congressman Rogelio “Roilo” Golez, who served as national security adviser and who became an outspoken authority on the West Philippine Sea, succumbed to a heart attack on June 11. He was 71. On the day of his death, Golez was supposed to appear on an interview on TV Channel 2’s Headstart early morning but he had to be rushed to the hospital because of vomiting. The interview never happened. His younger brother Ferdi...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent South Korean firms are eyeing more infrastructure projects in the Philippines following the signing of the US$172.64 million or about PHP 8.8 billion loan for the new Cebu International Container Port project last week. “As the first project pertaining to the bilateral government Framework Arrangement amounting to US$1 billion for the period of 2017–2022, it will serve as a stepping stone for the entry of Korean companies into ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Facebook, the world’s leading social media platform, has partnered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to empower migrant Filipino workers and their families to fully harness the positive component of online networking and communication technology, said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). In a statement, DOLE said the partnership will be implemented through digital literacy seminars to help the workers ...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will accompany her father in his future foreign trips to see to it that he would no longer kiss any woman like he did in Seoul which caused an uproar among feminists and moralists. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of Davao Occidental provincial capital, Duterte-Carpio said she did not want Presidential Communications Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson and TV host Kr...

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