A Filipino-American suspect in the killing of a woman from Subic, Zambales fled the country a day after the crime was committed last July 25. The suspect, identified as Jonathan Dewayne Ciocon Viane, left the Philippines the next day, according to records from the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Viane, 29, hails from Anchorage, Alaska, reports ABS-CBN News.
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“I am proud to be the first Filipino American and Asian American elected to the Jacksonville City Council, particularly in light of Jacksonville having double the population percentage of Filipino Americans of all Florida counties," said Anna Lopez Brosche, who was sworn in on June 25 and formally took office last July 1, reports Inquirer.net.
Human trafficking remains pervasive in the Philippines under the watch of President Benigno Aquino III although a number of convictions sparked hope that reforms are in progress, the US State Department said in an annual report released on July 27, reports GMA News.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said that it collected P109.55 billion ($2.40 billion) in tax revenues in June. This is 16.39% higher than collections made in June last year, but 7% lower than its target of P117.81 billion ($2.58 billion) for the same month this year. The BIR did not explain why it missed its collection goal last month, reports Rappler.com
American R&B singer Chris Brown was temporarily barred from leaving the Philippines after the Bureau of Immigration issued a lookout bulletin for him on Wednesday, a day after his at SM Mall of Asia Arena, due to a contractual dispute with the secretive Iglesia Ni Kristo church, which currently embroiled in its own internal crisis. Brown was finally allowed to leave after being issued an emigration release, reports Inquirer.net.
A Filipino American mother of three, Marjan Philhour, is out to change this city’s political history. Marjan Philhour could be the first Filipino American to be elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. That is, if Filipino American voters step up to the plate and provide her a stable base of support, reports Inquirer.net.