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Monthly Archives: April 2019

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III filed a bill to ban the importation of solid waste to the Philippines. He said  the Philippines is well on the way to being a “global waste” dump site as evidenced by two incidents in 2017 and 2018. Senate Bill No. 2144, otherwise known as An Act Banning the Importation of Solid Waste, proposes to ban the importation of trash even by recyclers of trash located in Special Economic Zones. He said...

By William Casis i FilAm Star Correspondent Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima wants the Senate to investigate if former Special Economic Adviser Michael Yang may have abused his position for personal benefit and if it may impact national security and welfare. She stressed that a comprehensive probe into Yang’s alleged link to the illegal drug trade is imperative. She said accountability must be sought due to his official, high-level capacity as a former Presidential Economi...

By Beting Laygo Dolor i Contributing Editor (First of two parts) Besides being the only two cities that served as the country’s capital, Quezon City (QC) and Manila have the distinction of having produced the highest number of celebrities elected to public office. Of the two, QC has the higher number owing to the fact that the country’s two biggest broadcast networks – ABS-CBN and GMA-7 – are located in the city named after President Manuel L. Quezon. Celebrities tu...

By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent A senior member of the Philippine Congress urged the Malaysian government to downgrade to prison terms the death sentences meted out to dozens of Filipinos, mostly migrant workers. “In light of Malaysia’s decision to scrap the mandatory death sentence for several offenses, we are appealing for the lives of Filipinos on death row there to be spared,” said Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza, the senior deputy minority leader of the Philipp...

By Beting Laygo Dolor i Contributing Editor The national government’s budget for 2019, which should have been passed into law at the end of 2018, does not take effect until this month -- a full quarter behind schedule. As such, expenditures for the first quarter of the year were based on last year’s budget, thereby throwing the Duterte administration’s spending well below the targeted sums. This is expected to result in a slowdown, according to economists projecting the...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent The Philippines ignored U.S. warning on the security risks posed by China’s Huawei and will push through with a plan to tap its 5G technology that would allow greater numbers of connected devices to transmit at much greater speeds. Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez said they are not bothered by the controversy surrounding Huawei and the “coast is clear” for the Chinese tech giant’s entry in the Philippines. “We are not doing anything ...

By Corina Oliquino i FilAm Star Correspondent The European Union (EU) on March 30 said an investigation will get underway on claims its aid funds were directed to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its New People’s Army (NPA) bloc for their decades-old insurgency which killed thousands. “Should the allegations be established, the EU would immediately take full legal action,” the EU’s office in Manila said in a statement, noting a financial audit by an exte...

By Daniel Llanto i FilAm Star Correspondent A communications strategist complained that the chances of pro-administration senatorial candidates winning was diminished when Facebook took down some 200 pages/accounts that include those titled “Duterte Warriors,” “Bong Go Supporters,” “Pinulungang Binisaya” and “Trending Now” and “Kuya Sonny Angara.” Nicanor Gabunada Jr., who is a self-proclaimed Social Media Director for the Duterte Campaign, said the political opposition...

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