Fil-Am Murder Suspect Flees from PH

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.

First Fil-Am Elected to Jacksonville, FL City Council Sworn In

Anna Lopez Borsche (Source: Linkedin)

Anna Lopez Borsche (Source: Linkedin)

“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.

PH Gov't to Borrow Less Next Year

The Philippine government plans to borrow less next year and slash the debt stock to a record low of 41.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), according to documents on the proposed 2016 national budget submitted to Congress on July 28, reports Inquirer.net.

Human Trafficking Persists in PH -- US State Dep't Report

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.

PH Tax Collection Higher in June But Misses Target

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

PH Imports Post Lowest Drop in 6 Years, Could Affect Exports Growth

Imports posted their steepest drop in almost six years last May even as the government maintained that volumes remained robust and supportive of manufacturing. But UK-based Standard Chartered Bank warned that the slower imports to date could also impact on exports growth, reports Inquirer.net.

R&B Singer Chris Brown Finally Allowed to Leave Manila

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.

Fil-Am Gunning for a Seat in San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Marjan Philhour

Marjan Philhour

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.