By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent MANILA, PH -– Pulse Asia revealed the main issues Pinoy voters want presidential candidates to focus on in its latest round of surveys in Q1 of this year. In the Survey conducted from January 24-28 through face-face-interviews with 1,800 registered voters 18 years old and above, these issues on local and international developments pre-occupied Filipinos: • The official start of the election period (January 10, 2016). •...

Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, commander of the Western Command based in Palawan, said there is no adjustment in the country’s defense posture despite China’s deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea. He said there is no change in the defense posture because everything has been laid down already, “how we are going to be vigilant, how we are going to be updated, that’s all actual.” He said the troops are conditioned for a worst-case s...

ROXAS CITY, Ph -- Can barring the Partido ng Galing at Puso (PGP) led by presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe and her running mate, Senator Chiz Escudero, from campaigning in Roxas City, also known as “(Mar) Roxas country,” be part of the alleged sabotage scheme of the ruling Liberal Party against their opponents? The administration’s standard bearer, resigned Transportation Sec. Mar Roxas, is among the candidates for President in the coming elections and a rival of Po...

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto most recently warned that thousands of government employees won’t be able to fully enjoy the pay hikes recently ordered by Malacañang unless the share of barangays, towns, cities and provinces from national tax collections will be increased. He said the country’s 1,490 towns spent almost 40 percent of their combined operating income of PH 146.2 billion pesos two years ago on salaries. “Their payroll expense of PH 58.3 billion pes...

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said more foreign families have opened their homes to orphaned Filipino children. The DSWD’s Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) said 3,300 have been adopted by foreign families from 2009 to 2015 out of the 4,860 children who were legally declared up for adoption, Rosalie Daguio, DSWD Protective Services Bureau assistant director, said only 976 children were adopted by Filipino families. “We have more applicatio...

MANILA, PH -- Government Peace Panel Chairman Alexander Padilla called on communist rebels to stop waging war and instead seek ways to bring peace to the country. Padilla slammed National Democratic Front (NDF) Panel Chairman Luis Jalandoni for telling half-truths to cover up atrocities by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). He debunked Jalandoni’s claims that President Noynoy Aquino snubbed a signed peace agreement with communist rebels in 2014. “There was...

By Macon Araneta | FilAm Star Correspondent Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe revealed as “negative” the DNA tests she took with her supposed family from Guimaras. In an interview following a media briefing at Star Plaza Hotel in Pangasinan, Poe also said the succeeding tests from the Lorena family likewise did not match. The senator was alluding to her supposed aunt, Lorena Rodriguez-Dechavez, who had approached her when she was in Iloilo. Dech...

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya said Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dropped its proposal to construct a $13-billion international airport in Manila Bay due to the objection raised by state-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA). The central part of Manila Bay is one of the potential sites recommended by JICA for a new international gateway, which is designed to replace the congested Ninoy Aquino International...

A migraine attack and not a mild stroke stopped presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from recently addressing physicians of the Philippine Society of Hypertension and The Philippine Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society in Pasig City. Senator Alan Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate, said the Mayor was already at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Hotel when he suddenly had headache and his blood pressure shot up. “There is nothing to worry about. He was just tired a...

Government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and her Moro Islamic Liberation Front counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal dismissed reports of renewed violence in the Mindanao region due to Congress’ failure to pass the Malacanang-drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The Senate and the House of Representatives ended the last regular session of their term early this month without passing the bill, which intends to establish a more powerful and potentially larger autonomous region for mi...