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Yearly Archives: 2019

Street Talk By GREG B. MACABENTA If you are thinking of retirement and are wondering where to spend the remaining years of your life, try spending Christmas and New Year in the Philippines. That should help you make up your mind. After 32 years, my wife and I spent Christmas in Manila, and as I write this, we are looking forward to greeting the New Year in Iloilo City. We have a large clan and every Dec. 24 was when the entire brood — brothers, sisters, nephews, n...

PerryScope By perry diaz After a controversial presidential term that lasted almost 10 years, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo decided to run for Congress in 2010 as soon as she stepped down from the presidency. She was elected to three terms representing her congressional district. And just like the coup in 2001 where she ousted then president Joseph Estrada, she staged a coup that ousted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez last July. She was installed Speaker, which wou...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent The building of a world-class airport in Bulacan projected to create more than a million new jobs got its support from various OFW groups which urged the government to hasten final negotiations for its construction. In separate letters sent to both the Office of the President and the Department of Transportation, the OFW groups noted the aspirations of the OFWs for a better life and a better Philippines. “One of our deepest...

Story and photo by R. Mascardo OAKLAND -- After the final seconds, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with fans. The Raiders gave their fans plenty to cheer at the end of what seemed like another disappointing season. Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, Oakland native Doug Martin ran for 107 yards and a score. The Raiders beat the Br...

By William Casis i FilAm Star Correspondent Despite the dismissal of the Ateneo De Manila University student for beating another student, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile called for a review of Republic Act No. 10627 or the anti-bullying law to give it more teeth. “Obviously, there is a need to revisit Republic Act No. 10627,” Enrile said in an interview. Enrile said he wanted to push for a thorough consideration of the facts of the case to lay down the ...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent Akbayan Sen. Risa Hontiveros said last December 30, “Let us end the despicable practice of demanding any deposit or other forms of advance payment as a pre-requisite for admission or medical treatment of an emergency patient, particularly a poor person or pregnant woman,” she said. Hontiveros said the Supreme Court’s ruling clearly demonstrated that the law is faithful to the Constitution and validated the democratic processes...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent Missile-armed frigates are now part of Philippine Navy (PN) weaponry which can augment defense through the so-called swarming tactic. The upgraded craft can now engage larger and more capable ships posing a threat to the country’s territorial waters. Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad, Navy Flag Officer-in-command, said PN has formally entered the missile age and demonstrated this capability when it sailed beyond the country territo...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima sought a Senate inquiry into the PHP 20-billion loan agreement with a Chinese telecommunications firm to fund the installation of an initial 12,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras in public areas in Metro Manila and Davao City. De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 978 which urges the appropriate Senate committee to look into the loan deal between the Department of the Interior...

By Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on December 30 released a statement against a women’s rights group’s criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte mentioning he touched a maid when he was a high school student. “It is unfortunate that in its zeal to promote its advocacy on the protection of women’s rights, as well as its obsession to put the President in a bad light, the women’s ri...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent Agencies under the Department of Transportation (DoTr), the Office of Transport Security (OTS) and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) took exception to an advisory coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directing airlines going to the Philippines to alert their passengers on the deficiency of security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The DHS advisory said Manila, which s...

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