By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent Manila, Philippines – In a recent bid to empower the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community in the Philippines, the House of Representatives via the House committee on public order and safety recently approved a measure seeking the establishment of help desks in all police stations nationwide. House Bill 2952 was authored by Batangas Representative Vilma Santos-Recto approved by House committee on public or...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent The United Nations and the Department of Health (DoH) have announced on August 1, that the Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific Region in the past six years. According to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS 2016 report, the Philippines has recorded a 140 percent increase in the number of new infections from an estimated 4,300 in 2010 to around 10,500 in 2016....

By Daniel Llanto FilAm Star Correspondent The bloody war against drugs gave Duterte the kind of popularity never enjoyed by any previous Philippine president. But now, one year and five months into his presidency, people are withdrawing their support and beginning to see the campaign as a license for extra-judicial killings (EJK). In the June 23-26 Social Weather Survey (SWS), it was shown that 63 percent of Pinoys believe there are drug suspects who already surrendere...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent For standing up against the murderous war on illegal drugs in the Philippines, Time Magazine recognized human rights activist Sen. Leila de Lima as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2017. De Lima, currently detained for trumped up drug charges by the Duterte regime, was included in the list for her role in investigating the President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless anti-drug campaign. Prior to her ouster as chair of the ...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent Eight out of the 10 finalists in the Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge (DHIC) condensed their lifework into 10-minute presentations to convince a five-judge panel why each of them deserved the US$10,000 prize. Ascendant Technologies, a Filipino firm with Silicon Valley ties, emerged as the winner with its cloud-based medical record solution simply called “The Finder”. “With a population of over 100 million people ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent A global study released by the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP) and the Center of Studies on Impunity and Justice (CESIJ) showed that the Philippines had the highest level of impunity among 69 countries. In the 2017 Global Impunity Index released last August, the Philippines scored 75.6 points in terms of the level of impunity in the country, aligning it under nations with “very high impunity index.” “The Philipp...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent An impeachment complaint will be formally filed against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales before the House of Representatives on November 20. The unanimous endorsement of lawmakers concerned is expected because of what is claimed to be a “trainload” of supporting evidence, not because President Duterte wanted Morales out. The Volunteers against Crime and Corruption (VACC), which also filed an impeachment complaint against C...

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 Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman, retired Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, was the latest addition to the list of the growing number of retired generals under the Duterte administration. Lim, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Makatarungan” Class of 1978 and a graduate of the US West Point Academy, replaced Thomas Orbos, who will remain as the MMDA’s general manager. He served as deputy customs commissione...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent OpenSignal confirmed in its latest report what many mobile phone users have noticed for some time now: Smart has edged out Globe in the mobile data arena. “While we recorded a tie for overall speed six months ago, Smart claimed the award outright in our latest test period. By virtue of the big increase in its availability score, Smart was able to deliver its faster LTE connections to customers more often, leading to an overall ...