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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…

Daly City, Quezon City boost partnership with sister-city pact renewal

By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE, Managing Editor DALY CITY — Officials of Daly City, considered California’s Filipino town, and Quezon City, the richest city and local government unit in the Philippines, have signed an agreement renewing the sister city partnership of the two…

Marcos reaffirms PHL, US ‘deep connection’

By Jennifer T. Santos MANILA – On Philippine American Friendship Day, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. renewed the Philippines’ “deep connection” with its long-time ally, the United States. Meanwhile, US Ambassador MaryKay Carlson said the United States is committed to…

Fernando ‘Ronnie’ Estrada: 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 t𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦 s𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐬: 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐯𝐬. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has unveiled its new tourism slogan, “Love the Philippines,” which replaces the decade-old slogan, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” launched during the Aquino administration. This change has generated surprise and raised questions about the…