By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV warned the filing of criminal charges against former President Benigno Aquino III in connection with the bloody Mamasapano incident can set a “bad precedent” in case of any failed mission by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the future. “It will set a bad precedent because the commander-in-chief can be charged in case of failed mission of the Armed F...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno claimed that administration allies in the House of Representatives are threatening witnesses to invent stories against her just to strengthen the impeachment complaint against her now being heard at the House committee on justice. The House committee on justice found the complaint against Sereno sufficient in form and substance and is set to start hearing the charges on November 20 to determi...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent Despite warming ties between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, the rivalry between the United States and China over supremacy in Southeast Asia will be the big focus as the incumbent American president makes his way to Manila. Trump, along with 20 other heads of state and the United Nations secretary general, will be in the Philippines this week for the ASEAN and East Asia summits. He is on his first Asian tour, which analysts belie...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Beijing deployed its largest dredging and island-making vessel Tian Kun Hao in the South China notwithstanding earlier assurances that it will no longer construct anything in the disputed maritime territory. The Philippines expressed its concern about the launch, and is closely tracking its movements through the Department of National Defense for any violation on the recently agreed protocol and mechanism on de-escalation of t...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Leila de Lima recently urged the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its earlier decision dismissing her petition to nullify the arrest warrant issued in connection with the trumped-up illegal drug trade charge the government filed against her. In her 24-page Motion for Reconsideration, De Lima said, “The absence of a majority on the nature of the charges against Petitioner is the clearest possible indicator — coming from th...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Police tasked to secure the November 10-12 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila and Pampanga were warned to be wary of lone-wolf terror strikes similar to the shooting attacks in Texas as well as sympathy attacks on behalf of the defeated Maute-Islamic State terrorists in Marawi. The warning on such attacks was issued by Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla who cal...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity were implicated in the September 17 death of UST law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III after a hazing at initiation rites. During the resumption on November 6 of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs hearing on Castillo’s death, Sen. Grace Poe questioned frat member Eric Fuentes, who the was the “Big Brother” he mentioned in a chat group on Facebook. In the chat exchange, Fuente...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not resign despite presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s calls for her to step down. “As previously declared, resignation has never been an option,” Sereno’s spokesperson, lawyer Carlo Cruz said also on November 6. “She has done nothing to ‘damage’ the institution, and she has been doing everything to strengthen it,” Cruz said. Lawyer Jose Deinla, also a spokesperso...

 By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Francis Pangilinan assured that the opposition would not be silenced over Department of Justice (DoJ) Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II’s disclosure that a bagman implicated Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts Sen. Franklin Drilon and former Sen. Manuel Roxas II as protectors of drug lords. Pangilinan, also president of LP, said the opposition would continue to speak out and uncover any misdeeds of the administration. “This could not g...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent There’s irony somewhere when President Duterte appointed pre-eminent human rights lawyer and Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque as the new presidential spokesman for an administration under severe criticism here and abroad for its supposed lack of respect for human rights. Before leaving for a three-day state visit to Japan, Duterte announced the appointment of Roque who nonetheless complements the President’s manner of crude...