Court grants South Cotabato lawmaker’s travel petition

THE Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division granted South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. (1st District) permission to travel to France from October 30 to November 4. “Over the objection of the prosecution, the instant motion was granted by the Court on October 20, 2017, subject to the usual terms and conditions imposed by the Court…,” the court said [...] The post Court grants South Cotabato lawmaker’s travel petition appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes manilatimesOct 24th, 2017

Philippines seeks ‘terrorist’ tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas

A U.N. special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared “terrorists”, according to a government petition filed in court. The justice ministry last month said it wanted a Manila court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and […] The post Philippines seeks ‘terrorist’ tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

PH govt seeks ‘terrorist’ tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas

A UN special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared “terrorists”, according to a government petition filed in court......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Court grants injunction against Baguio IPMR

BAGUIO CITY — Following the issuance of a temporary restraining order, the regional trial court of Baguio City granted the petition for injunction and has barred Roger Sinot, Sr., the selected indigenous people’s mandatory representative (IPMR) to the Baguio city council on February 6, from performing his duties as councilor......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

NBA stars to coach top prospects at 4th BWB Global Camp

NBA press release NEW YORK AND MIES – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries who will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 16-18 (Feb. 17-19, PHL time) at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2018, and Nike will serve as the official partner. Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Horford, Dragic, Sabonis, Mozgov and Dekker will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Michael Cooper (U.S.), Acie Law (U.S.), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (England), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Mamadou N’Diaye (Senegal), Cherokee Parks (U.S.), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Rod Strickland (U.S) and Ronny Turiaf (France), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members Jennifer Azzi (U.S.) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (U.S.), former WNBA players Lindsey Harding (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.), Ruth Riley (U.S.) and Michele Van Gorp (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2018. For the first time in BWB history, the camp will feature nine current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal. Current NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Philadelphia 76ers), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jonah Herscu (Los Angeles Lakers) and Will Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), former NBA head coach and 1992 “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, former NBA Champion head coach Paul Westhead, and USA Basketball coach Don Showalter will also serve as BWB Global coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Former NBA trainer Wally Blase (U.S.) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.   Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp. The camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League. The campers will attend Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016). The first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. The NBA and FIBA have staged 52 BWB camps in 32 cities across 27 countries on six continents.  More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Find out more about NBA Academies at and on Instagram (nbaacademy). The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change): GIRLS BOYS.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law

      Members of the Left-leaning Makabayan bloc are set to challenge the newly-implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law before the Supreme Court, a lawmaker said Saturday.   ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said progressive lawmakers would file the petition against the "anti-poor" tax law next week and question procedural and substantive issues surrounding the measure.   "Hinahanda namin, yung Makabayan bloc, yung mga lawyers na katulong natin, 'yung petition," Tinio said during the News Forum at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City.   (The Makabayan bloc, together with the lawyers that are he...Keep on reading: Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Kings rally in second half to top Embiid-less 76ers

By Aaron Bracy, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Randolph scored 27 points and Buddy Hield added 24 to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 101-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Frank Mason III added 16 points for the Kings, who came back from a 16-point second-half deficit. Ben Simmons had 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for slumping Philadelphia, which lost for the seventh time in eight games while playing without center Joel Embiid for the second straight night due to a back injury. Robert Covington led the 76ers with 17 points. Embiid did not travel with the team to Chicago for Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) 117-115 loss to the Bulls. He was expected to play against the Kings on the second night of back-to-back games, but coach Brett Brown said the team’s medical staff advised him to keep the seven-foot center on the sideline. The injury has kept Embiid out for four of the last six games. Brown said Embiid’s back “is still a little bit sore.” Philadelphia looked out of sync without Embiid and Sacramento took advantage. Hield gave the Kings a 79-78 lead with a three-pointer with 9:48 remaining. Vince Carter made a full-court outlet pass to Garrett Temple for a layup that made it 92-86 Sacramento with 4:18 left. Carter made another crucial play down the stretch, hustling for an offensive rebound that led to Randolph’s jumper with 1:59 to play. Simmons answered with a driving basket that made it 96-92, but he couldn’t convert the free throw after being fouled and the rally fizzled from there. BROWN ON OKAFOR Jahlil Okafor, whom Philadelphia traded to Brooklyn earlier this month, made headlines in New York on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) for saying he was glad to be with an organization that had “an actual NBA coaching staff.” “Jahlil knows what we did here,” Brown said prior to Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) game against the Kings. “It’s a young person who gave a quote. ... I think everybody understands how we treat people here and the attention he received while he was here.” TIP-INS Kings: G George Hill (illness) did not play. ... Malachi Richardson had three points in 19 minutes after not playing Sunday (Monday, PHL time) due to an ankle injury. ... Randolph (rest) didn’t play in Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) 108-93 loss at Toronto. ... G De’Aaron Fox was back in the lineup after missing Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) game at Toronto due to a bruised right thigh, but he didn’t return after re-injuring it in the first half. He had two points in 11 minutes. 76ers: Embiid last played in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against Oklahoma City on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), finishing with 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the 76ers’ 119-117 triple-overtime loss. ... Prior to the game, the 76ers honored Philadelphia native and South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. The Gamecocks play at Temple on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). ... J.J. Redick left after injuring his hamstring. He had eight points in 15 minutes. UP NEXT Kings: Finish four-game road trip at Brooklyn on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Sixers: Host Toronto on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in the first game of a home-and-home series. Philadelphia will play at the Raptors on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Welcome home

The municipal government of Norala, South Cotabato honored Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub with a motorcade and a program at the covered court on Tuesday, 28 November 2017. Soganub, a native of Norala, was held in captivity by the Maute Group in Marawi City from  May 23 until September 16, 2017, arrived in Norala on Monday […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

The Rappler story: Independent journalism with impact

SC DECISION. Rappler staff celebrate the Supreme Court decision that grants its petition to stop Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista from restricting coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates in 2016. B orn mid-2011 as Facebook page Move.PH , Rappler launched its website, in January ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

MILF firm on demand, wants wider Muslim autonomy

COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF said it will not back down from its original demand to have a wider autonomy for minority Muslims in southern Philippines as it rejected anew any government offer other than an expanded territory, not even the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.   The MILF signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval and ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL and other provisions stipulated in the accord -Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, including the establishment of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region.   The BBL was rejected by Congress during President Benigno Aquino’s administration after some of its proposed laws violated the Constitution. The MILF said it will not revisit the BBL and insisted on the original draft submitted to Aquino.   Many politicians and residents in the proposed Bangsamoro areas also rejected the BBL and wanted out of the deal, citing various reasons and the failure of the Aquino government and peace negotiators from both sides to include recommendations submitted by the provinces in the autonomous region.   The BBL was drafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission appointed by the MILF and the Aquino government.   If ratified, it will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro region that would replace the ARMM which is composed of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. The creation of Bangsamoro autonomous region would have to be decided on a referendum in the ARMM and in areas where there are large Muslim communities.   Let SC Decides on Unconstitutional Provisions   “The position of MILF is very clear. First, MILF will never accept an autonomy that is lower than the ARMM; secondly, the MILF will not accept an autonomy that is equal to the ARMM. The MILF only accepts an autonomy law that is better than the ARMM,” said MILF Vice Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.   Iqbal also suggested the BBL should be passed as it is and let the Supreme Court decides on its unconstitutional infirmities. “Yung BBL ngayon kung ako lang ang masusunod ang maganda diyan ipasa na nila ng walang bawas at walang dagdag. Hayaan nalang natin ang Supreme Court maghusga kung alin dyan ang unconstitutional,” he said. “And then kung maghusga ang Supreme Court, ipunin na lang natin yun dahil meron pang function ang BTC mag-propose to amend the constitution.”   He said the government offered the ARMM thrice to the MILF and three times it was rejected by the rebel group. He said: “Congress may opt to pass all the constitutional provisions and for Congress to amend the Constitution to accommodate unconstitutional substances on the proposed Moro law, and then later it will incorporate to the working of committee which will draft the federal system of the country.”   Provisions   According to the BBL, the purpose of the law is to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Muslim people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for meaningful self-governance.   In the draft law, the following areas shall be included in new political entity – the towns of Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Tagoloan and Tangkal in Lanao del Norte and all villages in the towns of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap which voted in the 2001 plebiscite. And also included are the cities of Cotabato and Isabela, and contiguous areas where 10% of residents may petition for its inclusion into the new Bangsamoro territory.   And under its General Principles and Policies, it stipulates “in the exercise of its right to self-determination and self-governance, the Bangsamoro is free to pursue its political, economic, social, and cultural development; the Bangsamoro Government shall be parliamentary. Its political system is democratic, allowing its people to freely participate in the political processes within its territory; the Bangsamoro Government, consistent and suitable to its parliamentary form of government, shall adopt an electoral system which shall allow democratic participation, encourage formation of genuinely principled political parties, and ensure accountability.”   It further said that: “Governance in the Bangsamoro is the responsibility of the duly elected civilian government. Civilian authority is, at all times, supreme over the military. The Bangsamoro Government shall promote unity, peace, justice, and goodwill among all peoples, as well as encourages a just and peaceful settlement of disputes. The Bangsamoro abides by the principle that the country renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land, and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”   “The Bangsamoro shall adhere to the principle of enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. The Bangsamoro shall establish a government that ensures that every citizen in the Bangsamoro is provided the basic necessities and equal opportunities in life. Social Justice shall be promoted in all phases of development and facets of life within the Bangsamoro. The Bangsamoro Government shall respect and adhere to all international treaties and agreements which benefited the Bangsamoro Government.”   President Rodrigo Duterte is also [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Court grants Mike Arroyo’s travel plea

Court grants Mike Arroyo’s travel plea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 4th, 2017

Speed limit implementation halted in SouthCot town; LGU to file SC appeal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – The local government unit (LGU) of Tupi, South Cotabato stopped the implementation of its speed limit ordinance along its “killer highway” after a local court thrashed its motion for reconsideration, an official said Thursday. But Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. said the LGU will appeal the local court’s [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 8th, 2017

Court grants Jinggoy’s petition for furlough

Court grants Jinggoy’s petition for furlough.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 17th, 2017

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over US junket case

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over US junket case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over P2.5-M unliquidated funds - Rappler

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over P2.5-M unliquidated funds - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Court of Appeals grants Writ of Amparo petition

Court of Appeals grants Writ of Amparo petition.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2017

Court OKs Cotabato gov’s trip abroad

The Sandiganbayan's First Division has given permission to North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza to travel to Hong Kong from September 21 to 25 and to Melbourne, Australia, from September 27 to October 2. The court issued a ruling after Mendoza po.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

BFP Koronadal involves children in fire safety awareness

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar 20 (PIA) -- In an effort to involve youth in the nationwide campaign on fire prevention and disaster awareness, the Bureau of Fire Protecion - Koronadal visited dif.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News15 hr. 24 min. ago

PDEA nab high-value targets in South Cotabato

PDEA nab high-value targets in South Cotabato.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News18 hr. 45 min. ago

BFP Koronadal involves children in fire safety awareness

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar 20 (PIA) -- In an effort to involve youth in the nationwide campaign on fire prevention and disaster awareness, the Bureau of Fire Protecion - Koronadal visited dif.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News22 hr. 58 min. ago

SC orders SolGen to answer Sereno comment on ouster petition

The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Office of the Solicitor General to submit a reply on the comment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who asserted she can only be removed thru impeachment and not by a quo warranto petition.   READ: Sereno asks SC to nullify OSG's quo warranto petition   During Tuesday's en banc, the high court told Solicitor General Jose Calida to submit a response within five days upon receipt of its order.   Calida initiated the quo warranto petition against Sereno as he insisted that the country's top magistrate is not qualified to hold the position of Chief Justice.   He also said the quo warranto petition could e...Keep on reading: SC orders SolGen to answer Sereno comment on ouster petition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018