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What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis

In this file photo taken on August 23, 2010, Philippine policemen take position as they start their attack on a hijacked tourist bus in Manila. AFP FILE PHOTO

On August. 23, 2010, eight Hong Kong people died after dismissed policeman Rolando Mendoza took a busload of Hong Kong tourists hostage in Manila, in a desperate attempt to be reinstated after losing his job over corruption allegations.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fil-Am leaders in SF Bay Area still in shock over Yee’s arrest

Community activist Hermy Almonte. INQUIRER PHOTOS

The arrest of disgraced California State Senator Leland Yee on Wednesday, March 26, sent a powerful shockwave among Filipino Americans in the Bay Area, many of whom have been fiercely loyal to the politician long considered a staunch ally of the community.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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Sen. Leland Yee and the politics of pay to play

Yee leaving federal court house after being booked CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

California State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested at his San Francisco home by the FBI on March 26, 2014 on seven federal felony charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking charges, specifically with attempting to facilitate the purchase of automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to smuggle into the US.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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‘Asian-American Hustle’? CA State Sen. Yee’s shocking arrest


The Oscar-nominated film “American Hustle” was based on the ABSCAM scandal of the 1970s, where a fake sheikh lures politicians big and small with loads of cash in exchange for influence.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

State senator popular among Fil-Ams arrested on corruption charges

Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee

Federal officials arrested California State Senator Leland Yee on March 26 on public corruption charges, wire fraud and conspiracy to deal firearms.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US justice official cites use of rewards, threats in fight vs corruption

Office of the Ombudsman or Asian Development Bank building

A former senior counsel of the US Department of Justice has cited the importance of giving incentives to reward companies that cooperate with law enforcement in fighting corruption and, on the other hand, of issuing threats to investigate those that fail to come forward with information regarding corruption.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »


Whistle-blowing to the Beatles


It’s been 50 years since the Beatles first conquered young hearts the world over. Within days of their television appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in New York, we left the Fifties for good.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines | Read More »

Jeanne Napoles answers raps–from London

Jeanne Catherine Lim Napoles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/You Tube

The daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Friday finally answered the P32-million tax evasion complaint filed against her by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Department of Justice last year. She executed the affidavit in London before Philippine Consul General Senen Mangalile, a DOJ staffer said.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »


How an Imelda sidekick (and fellow crook) just did us a favor


I’ve gotten so tired of reading about corruption cases involving the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family that I must confess I simply tuned out reports over the past year about Vilma Bautista. But then came this week’s news that Imelda’s 75-year-old former assistant could end up in jail for up to six years [...]

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

Gov’t alone can’t defeat corruption, ex-PH official tells Ohio radio show

Leonor Briones

A former high-ranking Filipino official on Jan. 4 told a Cleveland, Ohio-based online radio program that the Philippine government alone may not be able solve the worsening problem of graft and corruption.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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