By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Saying that lifestyle checks should be the easier way to pin down the Al Capones at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Sen. Grace Poe on October 16 said “It’s time to put an end to the gall and hubris of these people who had it too good for way too long under the pretext of serving the people.” “This is a sure-fire way of forfeiting the money these people have siphoned, stem corruption at the a...

By William Casis | FilAm Star Correspondent Human Rights Watch (HRW) Deputy Director for Asia Phelim Kine warned that the Philippine government will not get away scot-free even if President Rodrigo Duterte takes his campaign against illegal drugs away from the Philippine National Police (PNP). “If Duterte believes that declaring another suspension in police killing operations will ease pressure for a UN-led international investigation into the drug war, he should think ag...

By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA -- According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the proper term for the killings during police operations under the government’s ongoing drug war is “homicides under investigation.” “There are no extra-judicial killings in the country because there is no death penalty, which is tantamount to judicial killing,” Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said. “Pag gumawa ka ng krim...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent As if confirming that the government under President Duterte is riddled with bad eggs, two police generals, the head of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and eight officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) have been dismissed altogether for such offenses as grave misconduct and corruption. President Duterte dismissed Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Police Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio for their supposed failure to curb the p...

By Macon Araneta l FilAm Star Correspondent Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said those objecting the move to return some of their wealth are “not working for the national interest.” “They’re not working for the good of the country. They’re working for the good of their party. That is the difference between Duterte and his opposition,” stressed Marcos, who said his family is now willing to settle the issue of their ill-gotten wealth. He assured that his fami...

By Lara Climaco | FilAm Star Correspondent China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) selected the Metro Manila Flood Management Project as its first foray in the Philippines. In a co-financing arrangement with the World Bank (WB), AIIB will provide US$207.6 million of the US$500-million cost to modernize drainage areas in the metropolis, reduce the amount of garbage accumulated near these drainage areas and to clear waterway areas of informal settlers whose pre...

By Daniel Llanto | FilAm Star Correspondent President Rodrigo Duterte believes that Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales are being used by the political opposition to discredit his administration and thus, spark public outrage that could lead to his ouster from the presidency. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte is also asking Sereno and Morales to resign since the Supreme Court chief magistrate is “corrupt,” while Morales as...

By William Casis FilAm Star Correspondent Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the confirmed attendance of U.S. President Donald Trump to the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit (ASEAN) and Related Meetings reflected the “improving” ties between the Philippines and the United States under the Duterte administration. “We confirm President Trump’s visit to the Philippines this November. President Trump’s visit underscores the improving PH-U.S. ties a...

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 A policeman from Catanduanes, who resigned after claiming that some policemen were allegedly being paid to kill drug suspects, has recanted his statement, said Sen. Panfilo Lacson last October 2. Lacson, chair of the Senate public order committee investigating the recent killing of young victims in the government’s war against illegal drugs, said former Police Officer I Vincent Tacorda was invited to the hearing in connection ...