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 William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. JV Ejercito urged the Senate to investigate officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for allowing the construction of buildings that obstruct flight paths. “I will file a resolution to investigate because it has happened, not once, but thrice,” said Ejercito, vice-chairman of the Senate committee on public services. He was referring to the almost-finished Aeon Tower in Davao City, which is re...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte’s biggest campaign donor, Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floriendo Jr, was expelled from Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban) over alleged disloyalty to the ruling party and its members. Floriendo, husband of Philippine actor Dawn Zulueta, decried his sudden expulsion, stressing he was not accorded due process. He accused the party of making a decision “without due proces...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that it is making a series of donations totaling $3 million to several community groups to help ease the impact of the extraordinary wind-driven wildfires in Northern California. “Our hearts are with all of our customers and communities impacted by these wildfires. We’ve proudly served these communities for over 100 years, and we’re committed to helping them rebuild and recover. In addition ...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – Presidential daughter Sara Duterte launched on October 23 the pro-government group, “Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines.” The pro-Duterte alliance aims to unite all Filipinos and to support the political and economic agenda of President Duterte. “Let’s start by continuing to fight global terrorism by quickly rebuilding Marawi, focus on our poverty that has fueled narco-politicians, set aside our perso...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – In the latest edition of the Safe Cities Index, Manila was ranked among one of the world’s least safe cities. It’s also the first time Manila appeared in the index. Out of 60 major cities, Manila ranked number 55 and one among three countries with the least safe cities in the world. Manila scored 54.86 out of a possible 100, which is derived from ratings on four categories: Digital, Health, Infrastructure and Personal...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said he did not dissuade U.S. President Donald Trump from visiting the Philippines but merely presented “factual information” about the country to senior American officials during his recent trip to the U.S. The White House earlier confirmed that Trump will arrive in Manila on November 12 to attend the special gala celebration dinner for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Before adjourning to St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation last October 18, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly (which was attended by Philippine Senators led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko”Pimentel III and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon) adopted the Human Rights Committee’s report and recommendation for IPU to send a trial observer to monitor the case of detained Sen. Leila de Lima. In its 16-pag...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent “No awkward feelings,” said Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel when sought for his comment on the possibility of having former president and now Pampanga Mayor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the PDP-Laban and sharing the same stage when they both run for senator in the coming 2019 elections. Pimentel, also president of the ruling PDP-Laban, is a re-electionist. Arroyo will likely return to the Senate after serving her third...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA – Support for the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs” is the majority sentiment among Filipinos at 88 percent with levels of awareness in the Philippines as a whole and in the various areas and classes have remained unchanged year-on-year and from one quarter to another since September 2016, according to the latest Pulse Asia Survey. Pulse Asia also notes that for September 2017, awareness of the campaign against ...