The Philippines' raucous democracy cranks into top gear this week as campaigning begins for national elections, with familiar themes of corruption, dictatorship and celebrity star-power to dominate. The three-month campaign launches Tuesday with most interest on a crowded contest to succeed President
North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday, violating UN resolutions and doubling down against an international community already struggling to punish Pyongyang for a nuclear test last month. Pyongyang insists its space programme is purely scientific, but most of the world views its rocket launches
Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, "Formation," on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform
Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano will launch their campaign in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday. Duterte’s campaign spokesman Peter Laviña said they decided to make the launch in Tondo in order to sympathize with residents of the Visayas
Militant youth organizations have set a nationwide walkout on Feb. 24 and March 11 to protest soaring tuition and other fees across the country. “The Aquino government has done nothing to stop the soaring cost of tuition and other fees,” Anakbayan chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said. The walkout was
There is still time to remove other names from the official list of candidates – including that of OFW Family Club Part-list Rep. Roy Señeres – as actual printing of ballots will not push through tomorrow, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said yesterday
At least 251 new schools will be opened for indigenous communities in Mindanao, according to the Department of Education (DepEd). In a statement, the DepEd said the schools, which will be ready to accept students for the incoming school year, are part of the government’s commitment to provide culture-based
The holiday is often referred to as Chinese New Year, as Chinese Emperor Huangdi is generally credited with introducing the lunar calendar around 2600 BCE. The most popular of these is that Lord Buddha on his deathbed summoned all the animals to come to him, and the first 12 that made it were honored
Malacañang sees no reason to get agitated despite the failure of Congress to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The Palace also welcomed the statement of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal assuring the United Nations that the separatist group would remained
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) demolished another luxury “kubol” formerly used by a high-profile convict during yesterday’s raid on the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Jaybee Sebastian’s dwelling had an entertainment room, where a punching bag and a bed were found. BuCor
CATBALOGAN CITY – The city council of Tacloban in Leyte has approved a P391-million loan agreement for its development projects.
Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis Escudero will begin the official campaign period on Tuesday on a high note after topping the latest pre-election survey released by Pulse Asia yesterday. The non-commissioned survey, conducted from Jan. 24 to 28, showed that 30 percent of the 1,800 respondents
The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths, Colombia
Senatorial candidates of the “Daang Matuwid” slate of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) dominated the latest pre-election survey released by Pulse Asia yesterday.
The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former mayor of Nueva Vizcaya to 10 years in prison for awarding construction projects to a company where he was also an incorporator and stockholder. In a 60-page decision, the Sandiganbayan Third Division also meted former Alfonso Castaneda town mayor Alfredo Castillo
Malacañang called on the Metro Rail Transit Holdings Inc. to stop the blame game with regard to MRT-3 woes after its chairman, Robert John Sobrepeña, expressed support for the Senate recommendation to file charges against top transport officials for entering into contracts detrimental to train commuters
TAIPEI — A powerful earthquake in Taiwan felled a 16-story apartment complex full of families who gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations early yesterday, with at least five dead and more than 30 feared trapped. The 6.4-magnitude quake struck in the middle of the night and as day dawned it revealed
President Aquino will join the Liberal Party’s campaign kickoff in Capiz and Iloilo on Tuesday, Malacañang announced yesterday as it advised voters to scrutinize the candidates in the May general elections. The three-month campaign period officially starts on Feb. 9. “Maybe what we can say is that
Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, dismissed Makati City mayor Jejomar Erwin Jr., should just deal with the criminal charges filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said yesterday
The military will reconfigure some of the 114 armored personnel carriers (APC) recently acquired from the US into armored infantry fighting vehicles for territorial defense. This was according to Brig. Gen. Edgar Gonzalez, commander of the Army’s Mechanized Infantry, who said the changes would be made
The Philippine STAR began this month with a banner story on the death of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (“Palace accepts BBL’s doom,” Feb. 1, 2016), the primary legislative instrument that, if passed, would have created the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region which would replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim
Fourteen Filipinos were among the 19 people killed in a fire that struck Capitol Hotel in Erbil in northern Iraq on Friday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed yesterday. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Kurdistan authorities informed the Philippine embassy in Baghdad
Joseph Scott Pemberton are determined to seek acquittal, a reduction of the sentence or at least a grant of bail. In a 47-page comment submitted by defense lawyers Rowena Garcia-Flores and Filemon Ray Javier, they said the prosecution failed to address the existence of circumstances showing that another
There is no need for deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte to resign from her post as she has gone on a leave without pay to campaign for administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II, Malacañang said yesterday. United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesman Mon Ilagan said Valte should resign
Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler was diagnosed with only a left knee strain Saturday, but his timetable for a return to the NBA club will depend on further injury evaluation. The Bulls announced that an MRI exam performed Saturday in Minneapolis confirmed the 26-year-old American suffered the setback
A one-week window opened Sunday for North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket -- widely-condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test linked to its nuclear weapons programme. Signs that a launch was imminent were confirmed when Pyongyang on Saturday shortened and
North Korea's widely-condemned launch of a long-range rocket could happen within a matter of hours, after Pyongyang shortened and brought forward the start of the launch window to Sunday morning. An updated notification sent by Pyongyang to UN agencies on Saturday -- a copy of which was released
Nick Jonas has fuelled rumours he and Lily Collins are seeing each other.
Results and standings on Friday in the NBA:
Boston's Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as the Celtics rallied to stun NBA Eastern Conference leaders Cleveland 104-103 on their home floor. The Celtics snatched the victory after trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds. The Cavaliers, led by superstar LeBron James
Caitlyn Jenner insists her TV show is very different to Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Dakota Johnson says going to the movies is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day (14Feb16).
Boston's Avery Bradley drilled a three-pointer as time expired as the Celtics rallied to stun NBA Eastern Conference leaders Cleveland 104-103 on their home floor on Friday. The Celtics snatched the victory after trailing by five points in the final 20 seconds. The Cavaliers, led by superstar LeBron
Bhutan's royal couple on Saturday announced the birth of their first child, a baby prince, delighting the remote Himalayan kingdom where the monarchy is revered. The newest royal, the son of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, was safely delivered at Lingkana Palace in the
Kris Jenner is reportedly urging her son Rob Kardashian to make up with his sisters, amid rumors they've fallen out over his romance with Blac Chyna.
Terry Crews wants to look like he can run a triathlon and not just bench press 400 pounds.
John Krasinski totally confused his daughter by talking about Santa Claus during the recent festive season (Dec15), because she had previously only known him as Father Christmas.
Elizabeth Hurley feels naked without the diamonds she wears on TV show The Royals.
Mariah Carey has reportedly been given an unlimited wedding budget by her fiance James Packer.
Ian Somerhalder is directing another episode of his television show The Vampire Diaries.
The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) yesterday advised deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte to resign from her post if she insists on campaigning for candidates of the ruling Liberal Party (LP). UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan criticized Valte after her online tirade against the Commission
President Aquino has activated an inter-agency task force to address the bombing of power transmission towers in Mindanao and right-of-way issues with landowners, Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada said yesterday. Monsada said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Security of Energy Facilities (IATFSEF)
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. might face administrative charges for his failure to implement the order of the Office of the Ombudsman in dismissing six officials of the National Printing Office (NPO). The Office of the Ombudsman last year recommended
No other data portrays the lack of inclusive growth than this one,” said Sen. Ralph Recto in his speech during the 37th annual convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) here Thursday. “The report’s summary that 7.5 million Filipinos have no toilets, while 8.4 million have no
The visit next month of former US vice president Al Gore, Climate Reality Project founder, should spur the government to squarely address numerous environmental issues facing the country, according to Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez. “We don’t need another Yolanda to remind us of the urgent need to act,
Metro Rail Transit Holdings Inc. chairman Robert Sobrepeña yesterday expressed support for the recommendation of a Senate subcommittee to file graft charges against top transportation officials for entering into contracts detrimental to MRT3 commuters. Sobrepeña told reporters in a press conference
Presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte disclosed yesterday that he is willing to enter into a joint agreement with China for the exploration of oil and gas in the Spratly Islands, provided that Beijing does not insist on its territorial claims over the disputed area. Speaking to businessmen
Anti-crime group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) yesterday filed criminal charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima for his role in the Mamasapano incident where 44 policemen were killed on Jan. 25 last year. Dante Jimenez of the VACC and lawyer Ferdinand
Malacañang will ask the next administration to allocate P54.3 billion for the second tranche of the Salary Standardization Law 4 Bill pending in Congress. The first tranche is to benefit 1.6 million state workers who would receive a graduated salary increase spread over four years, Presidential Communications
Ghazali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, however, said they have to see the conditions that would be set by the incoming administration regarding the peace process. “Our position since the start when we agreed to sit down with the Philippine government in the negotiating table, our
Search and rescue is under way and no casualties have been reported at this moment," Lin Kuan-cheng, spokesman for the National Fire Agency, told AFP. Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and is regularly hit by earthquakes. A strong 6.3-magnitude quake which hit central Taiwan
The embassy of Brazil yesterday stressed it is safe to travel to the country, citing the coordinated and strengthened efforts to eliminate mosquitoes that may transmit the Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly in newborns. In a statement sent to The STAR by Ambassador-designate Rodrigo do
OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres’ decision to drop out of the race has reduced to five the number of candidates vying for the country’s top position. They are Vice President Jejomar Binay of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Sen. Grace Poe who is running as an independent,
He said nationalism guided the work of lawmakers and enabled the government to keep the peace abroad and at home, and move forward in the global economy. “Nationalism has never been more evident as in the assertion of our legal rights and sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea. He said it was both
Love letters will be fragrant this Valentine’s Day with rose-scented stamps from the Phili-ppine Postal Corp. (PhlPost). PhlPost yesterday released 101,000 pieces of the Valentine’s Day stamps with an image of a single-stem rose. The special stamps were designed by artist Rodine Teodoro.
The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the dismissal of Philippine Airlines (PAL) pilots who joined an illegal strike that crippled the flag carrier’s operations in 1998. In a 36-page decision released yesterday, the high court’s First Division reversed a Court of Appeals ruling in November 2006, which declared
A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region killed 17 people on Friday, the governor of Erbil told a local media network. Governor Nawzad Hadi told Rudaw TV that 14 of the victims were foreign workers from the Philippines. The manager of the Capitol Hotel told Rudaw the fire had
Starting next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will remove illegally posted election campaign posters and streamers. MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos has tasked workers of the agency and the Department of Public Works and Highways to remove posters on trees, electric posts, power
The Military has secretly released a flashlight that is now available to the public for a limited time only. Grab one now before they are gone!
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is allocating P684 million to mitigate the effects of El Niño on the fishery sector. BFAR said P85 million would be used to stock fingerlings and establish fish sanctuaries, P195 million to promote seaweed farming and P104 million to deploy payao
The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday questioned the timing of the release of resolutions by the Office of the Ombudsman affirming the filing of corruption charges against him and his son over the questionable Makati City carpark building project. “The ombudsman resolutions are plainly