By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte formally apologized for the deaths of eight Hong Kong tourists in a 2010 Manila hostage crisis that soured ties with the Chinese territory in his recent visit to Hong Kong. Speaking before the Filipino community in Hong Kong, Duterte stressed that an apology to “the Chinese government and the people of China” was “only right” and necessary. “From the bottom of my heart as the president of the Repub...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent Manila – Due to Facebook’s latest fact-checking initiative in the Philippines, some of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunch supporters have urged their followers to leave Facebook. On Thursday, April 12, Facebook has announced its partnership with Rappler and Vera Files for its third-party fact-checking program in the country in a bid to prevent false news from spreading on its platform. The two news outlets have been cert...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- According to a report by Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL Group, its parent company Cambridge Analytica, a London-based behavioral research and strategic communication company, helped ease Rodrigo Duterte into presidency in the May 2016 national elections. SCL Group says the London firm has helped portray Duterte as a “strong, no-nonsense man of action on social media,” a report from the South China Morni...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent “For too many members of the Boracay community, life has gone from confusing to disappointing, to despairing,” Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI) lamented when it got wind of the national government’s decision to shut down Boracay Island starting April 26. “The reality is that the BFI is just as confused as everyone else because the pronouncement came too soon with no clear and specific guidelines presented to us,” BFI said in its A...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said they will file more charges against the officials of the previous administration implicated in the Dengvaxia vaccine scandal. She said the charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide might even include more respondents. “We are still waiting for the result and recommendation of the Senate blue ribbon committee headed by Sen. (Richard) Gordon as well as...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent HAINAN, CHINA -- Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said last April 9 the official visit of President Rodrigo Duterte will likely pave the way for China and the Philippines to sign a deal that will hire more Filipino English teachers. In a report by GMA News, Sta. Roman said the deal will be one of those that will be signed while President Duterte is in the country to ““further deepen and broaden the economic r...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent After previously denying that he had anything to do with the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, President Duterte all but admitted his hand in the effort to unseat the chief magistrate who, he said, is “bad for the Philippines.” Duterte finally bared his fangs at Sereno when the latter, in her speaking engagements while on leave, insinuated the President’s unseen hand in the quo warranto petition...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- A new report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) revealed corruption continues to be a “major headache” for the U.S.-PH trade. According to its 2018 National Trade Report of Foreign Trade Barriers, USTR said “corruption remains a pervasive issue in the Philippines, which the U.S. intends to continue urging the country to address.” “National and local government agencies, particularly Bureau of ...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Once the government fully implements its rationalization plan for airport services on August 31, only five out of more than 20 airlines will be left serving Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, said Jess Martinez, media affairs division chief. Martinez said the move intends to decongest terminals and improve the convenience of passengers. He named the five airlines that will be left at NAIA terminal: Thai A...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent Malacanang said Assistant Sec. Mocha Uson of the Presidential Communications Operations Office can very well explain herself regarding the administrative complaint filed with the Ombudsman by the Akbayan Youth against her for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. But instead of explaining her side, Uson characteristically taunted the student group calling for her dism...