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US-based forwarders makes stand on balikbayan boxes

LOS ANGELES — Some 30 representatives of California-based Filipino freight forwarders met in Cerritos on Thursday and agreed to send a resolution to Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina expressing their sentiments on the

Congress seeks probe of ‘padala’ box furor

MANILA — Lawmakers sought a probe Sunday into the Bureau of Customs plan to randomly open balikbayan boxes shipped home by overseas Filipino workers to their families to stop smuggling. “As I

Halt on box inspections ‘victory’ for OFWs but ‘war far from over’

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III’s order to stop the random physical inspection of balikbayan boxes is an “initial victory for overseas Filipino workers,” but a militant group says the “war is

OFWs remain skeptical

MANILA — Despite President Aquino’s directive stopping the random physical inspection of balikbayan boxes, a coalition of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) groups and advocates vowed to remain vigilant over government policies and

Land grabbing in PH scored in House hearing in Pomona

By Val G. Abelgas POMONA, California – Victims of land grabbing in the Philippines narrated harrowing tales before members of a House committee looking into how best to protect property rights and

US to boost military presence in Asia-Pacific region

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to strengthen its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region in the next few years by deploying more of its ships and warplanes, a new Pentagon report

Grace Poe’s son: Mom seriously considering 2016 bid

MANILA — Brian Poe Llamanzares, the son of Sen. Grace Poe, revealed on Thursday that his mother is seriously considering to run for a higher post in the 2016 national elections. “Sineseryoso

Asean unity key to sea issue–Carpio

MANILA — Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio doubts that the country’s next President would pursue bilateral talks to settle the country’s territorial dispute with China. At the same time, Carpio said

DND says China militarization a ‘tipping point’ of an ‘irreversible crisis’

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) is wary of China’s plan to build search and rescue facilities on the reclaimed areas in the South China Sea and warned that such

PH to open base near disputed sea even without US

MANILA — The Philippine defense chief says the country’s air force and navy will go ahead with a plan to open camps in a bustling freeport facing the disputed South China Sea

Positive relations with China a must–US admiral

MANILA — The commander of the US Pacific Fleet on Tuesday affirmed the US commitment to peace and security in the region, but stressed the importance of having a positive relationship with

SolGen asks SC to order demolition of Torre de Manila

MANILA — “If the way to conserve a painting is by controlling the temperature of its environment, the way to conserve the monument is by preserving its sightline.” Solicitor General Florin Hilbay

Bersamin: Leonen broke SC vow of silence

MANILA — It was as if a vow of silence was violated in the Supreme Court when it came up with what is now regarded as a landmark decision citing humanitarian reasons

Binays tied to 9 firms given a total of P1B Makati deals

MANILA — Nine companies whose directors and incorporators were interconnected and alleged to be dummies of the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay were awarded contracts worth hundreds of millions of pesos

Bongbong ‘apologizes’ to victims of Marcos regime

MANILA — Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “apologized” on Wednesday to the people, who claimed they were victimized during the regime of his father and namesake, the late President Ferdinand Marcos. “Kung

PH seeks US help to protect troops in disputed sea

MANILA — The Philippine defense chief said he asked the visiting U.S. Pacific commander on Wednesday to help protect the transport of Filipino troops and supplies to Philippine-occupied reefs in the disputed

De Lima flees angry Iglesia members

MANILA — Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo blocked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s vehicle from going out of the Department of Justice (DOJ) compund on Thursday as they vowed to intensify

Time to review tax-exempt limit on balikbayan boxes – Palace

MANILA – Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the bill filed by Sen. Ralph Recto that would increase the tax-exempt value of the contents of a balikbayan box. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. noted

Palace downplays impact of remittance holiday

MANILA — The government downplayed the adverse impact of remittance holiday on the local economy. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government will respect the overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW)

Duterte slams BoC for desecrating Balikbayan boxes, milking OFWs

DAVAO CITY — An angry Mayor Rodrigo Duterte slammed the Bureau of Customs (BoC) for prying into Balikbayan boxes just to “milk” overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) of cash. “Those Balikbayan boxes are

Aquino won’t sack Lina, Tolentino

MANILA — It’s unlikely that President Benigno Aquino III will listen to calls to sack Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino. In a note sent to

Cojuangco, Belgica seek Aquino impeachment over DAP, PDAF

MANILA – A petition seeking the filing of an impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III in connection with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was filed