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Manny Villar wealthiest Filipino for 5th straight year – Forbes

By Jennifer T. Santos MAKATI CITY – For the fifth straight year, former Senate President and Speaker Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. remains the country’s richest Filipino based on the Forbes Billionaires List for 2023. Villar, who is a real estate…

Philippine gov’t debt soars to P13.8 trillion

By Jeanne Michael Penaranda MANILA – The national government’s total outstanding debt has reached P13.75 trillion as of end-February 2023, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). In a statement, the treasury  bureau said that for the month, the…

FilAm star Vanessa Hudgens now global tourism ambassador for Philippines

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE LOS ANGELES/MANILA/PALAWAN – Yes, Virginia. Filipino American Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens is now the Global Tourism Ambassador of the Philippines. No less than President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. presented the document making Vanessa as such during a call…

Quo Vadis Filipino Americans 3 years into the pandemic?

By Jun Nucum SAN FRANCISCO – It has been three years since the pandemic began but about 24% of Filipino Americans (FilAms) in California, according to the 2021 tracking data, are still not fully vaccinated and boosted despite having a…

Philippines stands to lose EU trade perks

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Editor MANILA – The trade perks that the Philippines has been receiving from the European Union (EU) may be withdrawn unless the Marcos administration can prove that it has turned its back on the brutality of…

AMID TENSION, PHL NAMES 4 MORE BASES FOR U.S. TROOPS; 4 officials meet in Washington as biggest war drills set to begin

By ALFRED GABOT and CLAIRE MORALES TRUE Editor in Chief and Managing Editor   WASHINGTON/MANILA – As tension remains high in the Indo Pacific region, the Philippines and the United States announced the location of four more military bases to…

TEVES STILL IN U.S.? DEFIES CALL TO RETURN; Ex-governor brother faces raps over seized guns and explosives

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA – Even as  Interior and Local Government Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Justice Secretary Crispin Remulla hinted that there are “strong evidence” against the masterminds behind the March 4 massacre of Negros Oriental Governor Roel…

P4-B ‘shabu’ seized in Baguio City raid

BAGUIO CITY – Joint operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized 575 kg. of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P4 billion and arrested a Chinese national in Baguio…

US, PHL TROOPS GIRDING FOR WAR WITH CHINA? Beijing ops at sea alarm Austin, Galvez; US warship, troops arrive for big drills

By ALFRED GABOT and CLAIRE MORALES TRUE Editor in Chief and Managing Editor CAMP AGUINALDO/WASHINGTON D.C. – As top American military officials warn of a likely war between the United States and China by 2025 due to heated tensions in the…

DEGAMO SLAY: 17 CASES FILED VS TEVES, OTHERS; Negros solon still ‘hiding’ in US?, seeks 2-month travel extension

By ALFRED GABOT, Editor in Chief MANILA/SAN FRANCISCO — Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves has been implicated by two arrested suspected killers of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and has been impleaded in murder charges and other charges filed against the assassins…