Jollibee Opens in Jacksonville, Florida

Jollibee, Asia's largest restaurant company by market capitalization is gearing up its Saturday opening in Jacksonville, FL with traditional Filipino preparations. A big bucket of signature Chickenjoy is one of the highlights in the flagship restaurant opening. The location at 11884 Atlantic Blvd., next to Soul Food Bistro, is a former KFC and A&W that was converted into a Jollibee outlet. Fully renovated, the restaurant seats 80 inside and 30 on the patio, vice president and general manager of JFC North America…

$3,000 Bounty For Filipino Businessman in Illinois Wanted For Murder

A Filipino owner of a home healthcare company is now wanted for the first-degree murder of a real estate lawyer in an upscale Chicago suburb in December 2016. John G. Panaligan, 50, whom authorities describe as "extremely dangerous," is charged with strangulating to death 36-year-old Jigar Patel at his law office in the north of Chicago. Patel was found murdered in an office building in the 1300-block of Shermer Road at about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. In a press conference March 6, Northbrook Police Chief Charles Wernick…

Filipina Engineer at Netflix Named Among Most Powerful Engineers

A Filipina engineer who works as director of Video Algorithms at video-streaming company Netflix, was named one of the year's 43 most powerful female engineers by Business Insider. Anne Aaron, who finished a degree in Physics at Ateneo de Manila University and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, one of the principal developers of Netflix's Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion, an algorithm which aims to deliver video streams with the best perceptual quality possible, given the constraints of the network…

Filipino Nurse in Texas Reported Missing

A Filipino nursing supervisor in Houston, Texas has been reported missing since February 16, according to his family. Glenser Soliman, 44, who is connected with St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, did not show up for his overnight shift Thursday and has been nowhere to be found since. Family members say Soliman is a responsible, routine-oriented person who would never just disappear. His sister Arlene Lantion told ABC 13 News that nothing was disturbed in his house, “the only thing amiss is his bed was unmade and…

American Man Faces Charges Over Plot to Kill Filipina Wife, Daughter Over Insurance

An American man has been arrested and charged for allegedly plotting to murder his wife and daughter in order to claim insurance money. A probable cause synopsis document obtained by ABS-CBN News by Snohomish County Prosecuting Office in Monroe, Washington state showing Jeffery Lytle, 42, sending a text message to a certain "Shayne" apparently greenlighting the murder attempt of Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lytle, his wife of more than 6 years, and their 4-year-old daughter. "Hey Shayne how’s it going. You remember you said…

US Immigration Agents Arrest Illegal Immigrants in Four States in ‘Routine’ Enforcement Roundups

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least four US states this week were arrested in what authorities on Friday called routine enforcement operations. Such immigration sweeps sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming on the heels of President Donald J. Trump's executive order that bars refugees and citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. That order is currently on hold. The enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles…

Fil-Am Labor Group Slams Duterte’s War on Drugs

A Filipino-American labor advocate group has slammed the war on drugs by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Associate Director Lolita Lledo of the Los Angeles-based Pilipino Workers Center said her group is unhappy over the killings in the Philippines brought about by the administration's campaign against illegal drugs. "Hindi ako natutuwa na pinapatay mga drug addicts. Dapat tinutulungan. Ang tanong namin, bakit puro mahihirap ang namamatay? Wala bang drug addict na mayaman?" Lledo said. Lledo…

Filipino Groups in US Feel Betrayed By Duterte’s Statements on Undocumented Pinoys

Some Filipino groups which claimed supporting President Rodrigo Duterte in the last elections have expressed dismay over the latter's pronouncement that he will not help undocumented Filipinos in the United States as illegal immigrants have become target of US President Donald J Trump's new policies. In a report by ABS-CBN News, Pilipino Workers Center, one of the largest Filipino organizations in the US, said it feels betrayed that Duterte was turning his back on Filipino immigrants in the US who have significantly…

US-bound Travelers From Philippines Urged To Have Lawyer Contacts

An immigration lawyer has urged all travelers, including Filipinos, bound for the United States to be prepared in their journey in case US President Donald J. Trump decides to expand coverage of his executive order banning citizens from certain countries from entering US territory. Last week, Trump signed executive orders that put a travel ban on those traveling to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and banning refugees from entering the US for 120 days. Under the order, entry of Syrian refugees…

Over 300,000 Undocumented Filipinos in US May Face Deportation

A special envoy from the Philippines to the United States has advised Filipinos illegally staying in the United States to consider leaving the US soon as more than 300,000 undocumented Filipinos in the country may face deportation. In a report by CNN Philippines, special envoy to the U.S. Babe Romualdez said Tuesday that he received information from contacts at Washington, D.C. that about 310,000 Filipinos in the country are up for deportation. "These are mostly undocumented Filipinos that they are able to identify,"…