Month: July 2023

ADB projects PHL to post highest growth in Southeast Asia

MANDALUYONG CITY – The Asian Development Bank (ADB)  maintained its 2023 Philippine economic growth projection, forecasting the country as the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia this year. In its ADB Outlook July Update, the bank said the country’s gross domestic product…

Bea Alonzo and Dominic Roque are engaged!

Yes, Maria Clara, actress Bea Alonzo and actor and model Dominic Roque are engaged! On Instagram, the Kapuso actress shared the happy news posting gorgeous black and white photos of their special life event and this was reported also by…

SC affirms dismissal of forfeiture raps vs. Marcoses, Tantoco

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the 2019 decision of the Sandiganbayan which dismissed the complaint filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) against the family of the late president Ferdinand Marcos and Tantoco family seeking the forfeiture…

INT’L CRIMINAL COURT: IT’S A GO FOR PHL DRUG WAR PROBE; Manila’s appeal to junk quiz rejected; Duterte, others react

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA – In what appears to be a rebuff of government efforts to quash a case against former President Rodrigo Duterte and his Philippine National Police chief now Sen. Ronald dela Rosa, the Appeals Chamber…

Upside: Elected FilAm women seek higher offices

First of 2 parts CALIFORNIA Filipinas who have already broken the racial barrier in their political districts are banking on their success to reach higher office where only one man and no woman of Filipino descent has been elected. Vallejo (California)…

As I See It: Fentanyl and opioid crisis in California need to be addressed immediately

As early as 2017, the problem already existed with synthetic opioids having increased by 1,027% and fentanyl has been blamed for the deaths of 20% of California’s teenagers and young adults (Wikipedia). And… over 80,000 Americans may have overdosed on opioids in…

Dismay, anxiety and frustration build up on still pretrial stage of Roque case

By Jun Nucum LOS ANGELES – More than one year after experiencing an anti-Asian hate crime, the Roque family is still at a pretrial stage after an ‘uneventful’ hearing last week and the family is in a quandary whether their…

Lexi Reese raises $1.1 M in campaign for California’s U.S. Senate seat

SAN MATEO COUNTY – Lexi Reese, a Democrat, tech industry executive, and small business advocate running for California’s U.S. Senate seat, announced raising $1.1 million in the 2nd quarter – just weeks after jumping in the race.“We’re proud of our fundraising progress…

LA County adopts countywide racial equity strategic plan

By Claire Morales True LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) has unanimously adopted a groundbreaking Countywide Racial Equity Strategic Plan with five strategic goals intended to measurably improve the lives of residents and communities throughout…

EU, MORE NATIONS BACK PHL ON SEA ROW WITH CHINA; US, UK, Japan, others alarmed as Chinese ships still swarm in PHL Sea

By ALFRED GABOT and CLAIRE MORALES TRUE Editor in Chief and Managing Editor WASHINGTON/MANILA – The United States has expressed its concern over what it called China’s “coercive and risky operational behavior” in the South China Sea and the West…