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Hate crimes vs Asian-Americans down, but up vs LGBTQ+ community

By Gilda Balan, Correspondent SAN FRANCISCO – Hatemongers may have shifted their attention from one community to another. But whoever they victimize, they are vile crimes just the same. Attorney General Rob Bonta released the 2023 Hate Crime in California…

Through a Looking Glass (Alice H. Reyes): Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) revisited

   A hundred and one years ago, in 1923, a remarkable  woman , a feminist, suffragent,  and women’s rights advocate launched the campaign for the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) or the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.      Her…

Senate building cost could balloon to P27 B, Sen. Padilla seeks probe

PASAY CITY/TAGUIG CITY – The cost of the new Senate building project could climb from P25 billion to P27 billion and senators and the citizens are concerned. Already, the construction of the four Senate buildings along Pasong Tamo extension in Taguig…

CHINA TARGETS EDCA BASES WITH SUPERSONIC MISSILES; AFP acts, NSC says no imminent threat

By ALFRED GABOT and CLAIRE MORALES TRUE Editor in Chief and Managing Editor MANILA – The Philippines and China have reaffirmed their commitment to de-escalating tensions in the South China Sea but, while holding their dialogue, Sen. Imelda “Imee” Marcos warned…

Filipina, 74, pushed to death into BART train in San Francisco; man charged with murder

By Cesar Antonio Nucum Jr. SAN FRANCISCO -- A 74-year-old Filipina returning home from work in downtown San Francisco was pushed into a moving BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train at Powell Street station and died on Monday night. A...

SolGen asks Tarlac court to cancel Mayor Guo’s birth certificate

MANILA – Government lawyers have asked the court to cancel the birth certificate of suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo. Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra said the petition filed before the Tarlac Regional Trial Court (RTC) for the cancellation of the certificate…

DOJ: Teves extradition to happen late July

MANILA/TIMOR LESTE – Expelled Negros Oriental congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr. is expected to be extradited to the Philippines late July despite his plan to appeal before the Timor-Leste courts,  the Department of Justice (DOJ) said. The Court of Appeals of Timor-Leste…

Bulacan Eco Zone bill lapses into law, set to hasten C. Luzon, North NCR dev’t

BULACAN/MANILA – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has allowed the bill creating the Bulacan Special Economic Zone and Freeport lapse into law.  Bulacan residents welcomed the law hoping that it will speed up the economic development not only of Bulacan province…

World Bank OKs $1.2 B for PHL schools, boost to economic recovery

MAKATI CITY – The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors has approved funding support for two government projects designed to help ensure safe and resilient schools, as well strengthen economic recovery in the Philippines.  The WB said it has approved…

Kris Aquino admits she has new boyfriend, a Makati-based doctor

Kris Aquino, Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino in real life, just confirmed that she has a new boyfriend!After her on-and-off publicized relationship with Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, Kris, 53, made the revelation in an interview  with Ogie Diaz in  Orange…