Tell it to SunStar: If enacted, Tolentino’s proposal will spur crackdown on government officials, employees and their kin

Rights group Karapatan criticized Sen. Francis Tolentino for his remarks made on Aug. 31, 2022 at the Senate. The lawmaker proposed measures requiring government employees to disclose information on their relatives who may have connections with so-called terrorist organizations.“What Sen. Tolentino is suggesting is a crackdown on officials and employees in the public sector and […]

British chamber calls developing-countries scheme PHL’s likeliest path to free trade with UK

THE British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) said the UK’s new Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will likely be the preferred channel for free trade between the UK and the Philippines in the absence of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). “I don’t see an FTA in the near term,” BCCP Executive Director Chris Nelson […]

Philippines told to come up with plan amid US-China tensions

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter POLITICAL analysts on Sunday urged the government to craft a contingency plan to help the Philippines withstand possible shocks from escalating tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan. Both countries would likely intensify diplomatic offensives to “consolidate regional opinion behind them,” Herman Joseph S. Kraft, who heads […]

Revitalizing alliances to address competition

WASHINGTON, DC-based Center for New American Security (CNAS) recently released a report on the current state of US-Philippine relations amid intensifying strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific region. The think tank has formed a task force to assess the security alliance between the Philippines and America. “China’s growing military and economic power, along with its increasingly […]

Russian diplomat praises PH for ‘neutral’ stance in Ukraine war

RUSSIAN Ambassador to the Philippines Marat Ignatyevich Pavlov has commended the National Government for maintaining a “balanced and wise” approach towards their country’s current conflict with Ukraine.In a press conference held at the Cebu Country Club, Cebu City on Friday, April 1, 2022, Pavlov praised the country’s leadership for staying “neutral” as more countries led […]

Hitachi High-Tech: Online Science Classes for Schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan

TOKYO, Feb 16, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via – Hitachi High-Tech Corporation (“Hitachi High-Tech”) has announced that it is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Azerbaijan this year. As part of its exchange program to commemorate the “Year of Friendship between Japan and Azerbaijan […]

The Inaugural World FinTech Summit Virtually Convened Saudi’s Top FinTech Leaders To Discuss Its FinTech Ecosystem

Delhi, India, Dec 23, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – World FinTech Summit – KSA which took place on 6 December 2021, attracted some of the prominent voices in the FinTech space such as Ihab Hawari Chief Information Technology Officer, Aljabr Holding; Yahia Kafi, CFO, ALJ Enterprises; Ali Alomran, Financial Technology Expert; Faisal Alyousef, […]

JCB and Datachain Start Demonstration Experiment to Build a “Digital Currency Exchange Platform”

TOKYO, Dec 9, 2021 – (JCN Newswire via – JCB Co., Ltd., Japan’s only international payment brand, and Datachain has started a demonstration experiment on interoperability between different blockchains(*1) to build a “digital currency exchange platform”. In the near future, various digital currency and circulation platforms are expected to be launched, including those issued […]

GBA companies eyeing ASEAN opportunities

Strong interconnectivity between regions boosts trade and investment HONG KONG, Nov 29, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Close to 60 per cent of companies in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) are considering further expansion into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries in the next three years, a research report by UOB Hong Kong Branch and […]

House probe sought on national sports policies following Obiena-PATAFA row

A RESOLUTION was filed in the House of Representatives seeking a probe into policies and the dynamics between national athletes and sports institutions in light of the ongoing row between an Olympian pole-vaulter and the Philippine Athletic Track and Field Association (PATAFA). Manila Rep. Rolando V. Valeriano filed a yet to be numbered House Resolution […]

Tabada: ‘Butong’

Nothing different sets apart the husband’s “suki (preferred seller)” for coconut, the family’s shack surrounded by an oasis of dark green coconuts and browning husks beside the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Ever since a Laguna pioneer returned home from working as a helper in the U.S. and used the plentiful coconut as substitute in making the […]

Cros is Launching to Streamline Collaboration between Enterprises on Distributed Ledger

SINGAPORE, Oct 29, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – Cros Network ( is launching to streamline the collaboration between enterprises using distributed ledger. Cros is a cross-organizational platform designed to facilitate business process execution on a foundation of ownership, trust, and control. With this protocol, businesses can collaborate and securely execute their business processes […]

Veteran journalist dies at 64

Veteran journalist Carmelo M. Acuña passed away on Friday after a severe bout of the coronavirus. He was 64. Ma. Jhona B. Acuña confirmed the death of her husband in a Facebook post. Mr. Acuña on Tuesday said he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus. Mr. Acuña, a member of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, was known for hosting media fora, including on the sea dispute between the Philippines and China. “I will remember you for asking insightful questions, framed in context and always delivered with respect and sensitivity, not just for the institution but for the people who watch the briefing,” presidential spokesman Herminio L. Roque, Jr. said in a Facebook post. Mr. Acuña is survived by his wife and son. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza