Free tuition in state colleges: What the bill says

By Jee Y. Geronimo/ – Senate Bill 1304 or the Free Higher Education for All Act is expected to be approved on third and final reading at the Senate on Monday afternoon, March 13. In his sponsorship speech in January, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV urged his fellow senators Read more »

Filipino Americans: Please do not be fooled. Visibility does not equate representation

By Kevin Nadal, PHD S/ – So, it appears that Donald J. Trump has selected Noel Francisco as the new solicitor general, and apparently, Mr. Francisco is Filipino American. If he is confirmed, he would become the highest-ranking Filipino American in the U.S. government. Some Filipino Americans might view this Read more »

Flaunt your Filipino pride with fine local jewelry

By Ria Francisco-Prieto/ – We’re still three months away from Philippine Independence Day, but it doesn’t mean being proud to be Filipino should be a rare feeling. Thanks to Jul B. Dizon Jewellery and Simbolo, the brand’s newest collection of golden pieces, we can now wear Pinoy pride all year Read more »

LIST: How congressmen and women voted on the death penalty bill

via – The House of Representatives passed on 3rd and final reading the bill that seeks the return of the death penalty on Tuesday, March 7. A total of 217 lawmakers voted in favor of House Bill Number 4727, while 54 voted against it and 1 abstained. A total Read more »

Philippines Embassy Protests ‘Madam Secretary’ Episode

By Ron Dicker/ – CBS’s TV drama “Madam Secretary” has sparked a real-life diplomatic incident with an upcoming episode. The Philippines on Monday protested a plot line about a fictional Filipino president making a pass at Tea Leoni’s secretary of state, Elizabeth McCord. And a spokesman for the island nation’s Read more »

Who’s behind brutal Philippines drug killings? A hitman speaks out

via JUDY WOODRUFF: It’s fair to say a reign of terror grips the Philippines, as its president, Rodrigo Duterte, wages a brutal war on drug dealers and users. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 7,000 people have been killed in just the last nine months. But who exactly Read more »