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Monthly Archives: May 2020

By Daniel Llanto Camp Aguinaldo prepared an elaborate burial for retired Cpl. Winston Ragos whose remains were given full military honors and interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Ragos was retired early after he showed symptoms of post-stress traumatic syndrome (PSTD) during his tour of duty in the Marawi siege. The military establishment asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a probe into incident separate from that of the police. Police M...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The government is preparing an additional US$3-billion stimulus package to help local businesses get back on their feet once the coronavirus pandemic ends. A key part of the package is the “Philippine Economic Stimulus Act of 2020” which would provide immediate help to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which export their products. The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport, the umbrella organization o...

By Macon Araneta Senate President Vicente Sotto III on May 18 rejected a private lawyer’s request for nine senators to inhibit from the hearings on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, citing their connections to the network. Sotto was among the nine senators asked to inhibit as Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon alleged that the Senate President receives “fees and royalties” from ABS-CBN where his noontime show Eat Bulaga aired in the late 80’s. Eat Bulaga now airs on rival network ...

By Macon Araneta Sen. Richard Gordon urged more passenger flights carrying unemployed and stranded OFWs to come home. Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, wrote to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). He pointed out, “I’m aware that we have to take precautions but I think it would not be a problem if we allow more flights to come in and distribute them to other airports such as Clark, Subic, and Mactan,” G...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor China’s niche as the global go-to manufacturing and trading hub is eroding. Countries in the region are expected to engage in a fierce competition to entice those plants and businesses to re-locate to their shores. The Philippines wants to grab a slice of the pie with incentives equal to or even better than what its neighbors have to offer. Unfortunately for the Philippines, the perception remains that Vietnam, Indonesia ...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima filed on May 12 Senate Resolution (SR) No. 401 to direct appropriate Senate committees to “verify the veracity of several studies abroad explaining how the Duterte Government organized and operated troll farms to parrot political propaganda using fake or misleading information.” De Lima noted that SR 401 will look into many studies from think tank groups which uncovered the existence of “covert on-line trolls fu...

By Mark Hedin, Ethnic Media Services The 2020 census, now in its second month of collecting data, is on track to be “one of the most incomplete in history,” according to UCLA researcher and advisor to the U.S. Census Bureau Paul Ong. In keeping with past collections, kids younger than 5, people of color, and households that include immigrants, are impoverished or lack English-language skills are the most likely to be uncounted in the census tally, a reality that will af...

By Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano When a person applies for a temporary visa to the United States, a person must actually have an intention to remain in the United States on a temporary basis and be limited by the rules of that visa. Similarly, when a person enters the United States on a particular temporary visa (or visa waiver), they must again represent that they truly only intend to remain in the United States on a temporary basis and will abide by the rules of the visa. I...

By Atty. Johnson Lazaro  Jigsaw Puzzle, Maze, or Immigration Law? Immigration law is so complex that for many it seems like trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle while attempting to navigate a maze, all at the same time. Even the best immigration lawyers admit trouble while reconnoitering the rules, regulations, procedures, and codes that make up immigration law. For instance, just punching "labor certification" into an internet search engine produces over 746,000 p...

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