SAN FRANCISCO – The arrest of disgraced California State Senator Leland Yee on Wednesday, March 26, has sent a powerful shockwave across Filipino American households in the Bay Area, many of whom have been fiercely loyal to the politician long considered a staunch ally of the community.
“This is very shocking to me,” said Alice Bulos, the acknowledged ‘Grand Dame of Filipino American Politics,’ to FilAm Star at her South San Francisco home Monday, March 31. “Leland is a very big disappointment because many in the Filipino community here invested their trust and confidence in him, and their precious vote.”More >
By STEPHEN COLLINSON
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Sept. 10, ordered a "relentless" war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) , including air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq to "destroy" the marauding jihadist army.
Obama -- who hoped to go down in history for ending wars, not starting an open-ended escalation in the Middle East -- also pledged to bolster Iraqi forces and increase military assistance to Syria's opposition.
In a prime-time televised address, Obama said the Islamic State, which beheaded two U.S. journalists and seized a swathe of land in Iraq and Syria, was a uniquely brutal group even by the blood-soaked standards of the Middle East.
China's maritime claim in the South China Sea based on its nine-dashed line map encroaches not only on the territorial waters of its Asian neighbors but also on the high seas which is considered to be the patrimony of all mankind, according to Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio.
Carpio said the map, which China expanded to 10 dashes in 2013, goes against the widely accepted "concept of global commons," one of the basic foundations of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Both the Philippines and China are signatories of UNCLOS, as do the other claimants.
The Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the filing of tax evasion charges against U.S.-based Jeane Catherine Napoles -- the youngest daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles -- paving the way for her extradition to face the charges.