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5 questions we should be asking on the rice shortage

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Who would benefit from an emergency order for imports of around a million tons because government rice stocks were artificially run down?

After Resorts World attack, DOT holds New York party, and it was okay

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For Filipino Americans attending the reception in New York what happened at Resorts World did not make them hesitate about visiting the Philippines or promoting trips to the country

PARTY IN NYC. The scene at the Philippine consulate's Kalayaan Hall in the Philippine consulate where the reception promoting tourist spots in the country was held on June 2. Photo by Grace Labaguis

Twitter and Trump versus Facebook: A social media tale

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:16 PM

You see the only time I look into Twitter is for professional reasons – to look at the latest tweet from US President Donald Trump Facebook however is a different story

On a clear day in November: Voting in Rahway, New Jersey

Nov 09, 2016 - 6:50 AM

Counting off to myself I have voted for an African American and a woman for president a position that had been previously occupied by 43 white men

TO THE POLLING CENTER. The author heads to a polling center to cast his vote. Photo courtesy Rene Pastor

A race that brought out the ugly underbelly of America

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Looking back some Fil Ams reel from the ugliness of a campaign whose black moments were mostly stoked by Trump

Supporters hold placards during a rally by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump campaign after midnight, early November 7, 2016, at the Loudoun Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Virginia. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Can a maverick gadfly like Teddy Locsin Jr last in the United Nations?

Oct 09, 2016 - 10:51 AM

The tweets sent out by Locsin have raised misgivings for some members of the Filipino American community

NEWLY APPOINTED. Teodoro Locsin Jr is the new Philippine representative to the United Nations. Photo from Locsin Jr's Twitter account

Clinton vs Trump: Wait, where's my peanuts and chips?

Sep 27, 2016 - 11:20 AM

In a way waiting for the first debate is like the Super Bowl in American football or the game 7 in the World Series in baseball

Duterte's diplomatic kerfuffle: The items wriggling on Yasay's plate

Sep 24, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr s foreign affairs department has been stuck with the job of smoothing over the bruised feelings caused by Duterte s rough language

'NOTHING TO EXPLAIN.' Perfecto Yasay speaks during a forum at the Philippine consulate in New York on Wednesday, September 21. Photo by Cristina Pastor

Why the US will fight for 'freedom of navigation' in the South China Sea

Jun 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Freedom of navigation is a cardinal principle of the US and it is the key reason why Washington would fight for the idea in the South China Sea or anywhere else in the world’s oceans

DISPUTED WATERS. In this file photo, US Navy personnel raise their flag during the bilateral maritime exercise between the Philippine Navy and US Navy dubbed Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2014) aboard the USS John S. McCain in the South China Sea near waters claimed by Beijing on June 28, 2014. Noel Celis/Pool/EPA/FIle

New York: A gathering storm over 'pork'

Aug 26, 2013 - 8:58 AM

We have to stand up for our country says Loida Lewis while marching on 5th Avenue

NEW YORK PROTEST. Filipino-American activists wearing masks of pigs rally in front of the Philippine consulate on 5th Avenue in New York City to protest against the corruption of pork barrel back in the Philippines. Photo by Cristina DC Pastor

Mad Money’s Jim Cramer: Still entertaining with less bile

Aug 13, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The author visits the set of CNBC s Mad Money to pick the brains of host Jim Cramer

Photo by Cristina DC Pastor

PH rice stocks up, supply still tight

Jun 17, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Rice inventories in the Philippines increases 12 in May due mainly to imports from its Asian neighbors

TIGHT SUPPLY. Rice, the main commodity in the Philippines, remains in tight supply in May. AFP file photo shows Filipino farmer in Misamis Oriental

PH 2012 gold output sinks over 50%

May 27, 2013 - 10:41 AM

Government blames the fall in gold on a slump from small miners and traders selling to the country’s Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas after the government tightened the collection of taxes

GOLD MINE. Gold production nosedives in 2012. Newsbreak file photo

A sleepy Philippine vote count in New York

May 14, 2013 - 2:22 AM

Half a world away from the often charged atmosphere of a Philippine election the vote counting here is blessedly stress free even downright sleepy

OVERSEAS VOTING. Deputy Consul General Tess de Vega (standing) helps prepare the ballots for counting at the Philippine Consulate. Photo by Rene Pastor

Fil-Ams help fuel US rice imports

May 12, 2013 - 3:35 PM

Imports by the United States of rice from Thailand Vietnam and India have steadily grown over the years and analysts believe it is being stoked by an expanding population of Asian Americans

ASIAN TASTE. Rice imports from Asia are in demand. Photo by Cristina Pastor

PH sugar exports to US to run short

May 09, 2013 - 8:15 AM

Changes are coming for the sugar industry when a Southeast Asian regional free trade area is implemented from 2015

ASEAN IMPACT. Changes in the trade with the US are expected involving sugar farms, like this shown in Visayas region in the Philippines. Photo by AFP

Should PH be self-sufficient in rice?

Apr 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM

All Philippine governments have declared as policy that the country should be self sufficient in rice the staple of its nearly 100 million people

The Philippines is one of the world's biggest rice importers. AFP Photo

Apple, a share that can give you indigestion

Apr 24, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Is the knot gone from my stomach? No But it looks like Apple is not going to wind up like Sony or Nokia a pair of outfits that the technology revolution has passed by

APOLOGIES. A Chinese man walks past an advertisement for an IPhone outside an Apple reseller in Beijing on March 18, 2013. Apple was recently targeted over its consumer-service practices in China. AFP/ Mark Ralston

Terror in Boston and my refuge

Apr 16, 2013 - 9:31 AM

It was the same feeling I went through on 9 11 nearly a dozen years ago It is the kind of flashback that is simply horrific

Protecting its mining industry PH pursues EITI

Apr 15, 2013 - 5:39 PM

The move by Aquino’s government is motivated by good governance and transparency and political calculation

EITI COMPLIANCE. The Aquino government is working double time to pass the application for EITI candidacy in April. Screenshot from PH-EITI presentation

PH tries to repair mining reputation

Mar 28, 2013 - 8:24 AM

More aggressive action is needed to completely dispel the image that Manila wants to score cheap points by pandering to anti mining groups

After Philex mine reopens, issues linger

Mar 13, 2013 - 1:08 PM

Having two government bodies approve Philex Mining s Padcal re opening summarizes the excessive bureaucracy in the Philippines

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

Good and bad news in Tampakan mine's ECC

Feb 25, 2013 - 11:00 AM

The Environment Secretary was thinking along political lines when he said the clearance could be cancelled if the mining company failed to meet certain conditions

MINING OPERATIONS. It took over a year for the government to grant the operator of the Tampakan mine in Mindanao its environmental clearance. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

PH rice stocks tighten at start of 2013

Feb 19, 2013 - 2:28 PM

Rice stocks are down to just over a month or 35 days of daily consumption

The Philippines is one of the world's biggest rice importers. AFP Photo

The quiet dignity of Barack Obama

Jan 21, 2013 - 5:53 PM

If there is a ceremony which captures the essence of Barack Obama it is that almost subdued ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

PH mining in limbo until after May elections

Jan 10, 2013 - 3:09 PM

The Philippine government has effectively placed the mining industry in limbo by sitting on rules to govern the industry

Post-election: 3 days in Washington

Nov 20, 2012 - 11:27 AM

Later that night the news came out that Romney blamed his loss on Obama giving Latinos blacks and other minorities gifts to vote for the President

Waiting on Obama

Nov 08, 2012 - 9:31 AM

Voting for the first time there was a possibility that his candidate would lose And the waiting was unbearable

FOUR MORE YEARS. Barack Obama's official Twitter account posted this photo with his wife Michelle, after news of his victory. Photo courtesy of Barack Obama's Twitter account.

Voting day – bundle up in frigid New Jersey

Nov 07, 2012 - 2:31 AM

New Jersey based Filipino American Rene Pastor shares his experience as a first time voter in the US elections

Happy Halloween in Jersey on the eve of U.S. polls

Nov 06, 2012 - 11:12 AM

The vote is the only time you can tell officials to get lost by throwing them out of office and embracing a governance philosophy that you feel is good for the country

How many Renes can vote for Obama?

Nov 05, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Never saw something like that from the camp of Mitt Romney