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Duterte no longer keen on trip to Kuwait?

President Rodrigo Duterte’s trip to Kuwait may no longer push through. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President is seriously reconsidering pushing through with the said trip following the invitation of the Kuwaiti government to visit the Gulf State. It will be recalled that the Philippine government declared a total….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalFeb 13th, 2018

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Duterte no longer keen on peace talks with Reds

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that he was no longer inclined to pursue peace talks with communist rebels, given that intelligence services discovered a supposed plan by the insurgents to r.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Duterte says no longer keen on talking peace with communist rebels

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday that he was no longer interested in resuming peace negotiations with communist rebels, given that intelligence services discovered a supposed plan by the insurgents to remove him from office by October. Source link link: Duterte says no longer keen on talking peace with communist rebels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Thankful over labor deal, Duterte eyes Kuwait trip

“I GOT all that I wanted.” President Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Kuwait to thank the government there for granting measures ensuring the well-being of Filipino workers in the Gulf state. Speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected barangay captains in Pampanga Tuesday, the President said, "I am going to travel….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Team sent by President already in Kuwait

Talks between a Philippine delegation sent by President Rodrigo Duterte and Kuwaiti officials bore positive results, according to an official in contact with the team.   The trip to Kuwait led by Abdullah Mama-o, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers and Muslim concerns, was productive, according to an official of the National Commission on Filipino Muslims (NCMF).   Dimapuno Alonto Datu Ramos Jr., director of the NCMF's External Affairs Bureau, told Inquirer by phone that Mama-o and his team had been meeting Kuwaiti officials over the diplomatic row triggered by an operation by the Philippine Embassy there to rescue Filipino workers from abusive Kuwaiti...Keep on reading: Team sent by President already in Kuwait.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Bello awaits go signal to go to Kuwait

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III continued to wait for President Rodrigo Duterte's go signal to proceed with his trip to Kuwait to negotiate better terms for Filipino migrant workers in the oil-rich Gulf state.   "He's ready anytime," said Raul Francia, head of the Department of Labor and Employment's Information and Publication Service.   Bello had said he expected to be in Kuwait on May 7. ---Tina G. Santos...Keep on reading: Bello awaits go signal to go to Kuwait.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

DU30 clams up on Kuwait crisis

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is keeping mum and will no longer quarrel with Kuwait following the dispute over Filipino workers in the Gulf State. In his Labor Day speech in Cebu City President Duterte said he would now prefer to shut his mouth as talks between Manila and Kuwait are ongoing.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Duterte Wants All Pinoys Out of Kuwait

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday said he wanted all Filipino workers out of Kuwait and back home, noting that he could no longer take the abuses against them in the Gulf state. Duterte bared this in a speech before the Filipino community in Singapore during the sidelines of the 32nd ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting. He […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Duterte scraps planned MoU with Kuwait on OFWs

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Sunday said he will no longer pursue the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the protection of Filipino workers in Kuwait, following the expulsion last week of Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato O. Villa. “No!” Mr. Duterte said when asked if he would still pursue the […] The post Duterte scraps planned MoU with Kuwait on OFWs appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Duterte leaves ‘endo’ promise up to Congress

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is no longer keen on issuing an executive order (EO) to fulfill a campaign promise to ban the labor practice of “endo,” administration officials said. The statement came a few days after Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the EO addressing endo would be signed by Duterte on or before May 1, [...] The post Duterte leaves ‘endo’ promise up to Congress appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Duterte mulls Kuwait visit

President Rodrigo Duterte “might” visit Kuwait if his conditions seeking to ensure the protection and welfare of Filipino workers there are met and carried out, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said on Wednesday. The conditions include passports of all OFWs should no longer be confiscated by their employers, the OFWs must….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

PH officials off to Kuwait to seek better OFWs protection

Philippine officials are headed to Kuwait on Thursday to seek better protection for migrant workers after a diplomatic row over the alleged mistreatment of Filipinos in the Gulf state.   Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello told reporters on Wednesday that one of his deputies would lead the delegation, and that the officials would also stop in Saudia Arabia and Qatar to urge reforms.   Philippine officials are expected to primarily demand during the visit that Filipino workers be allowed to keep their cellphones and passports, which can be confiscated by employers.   The Kuwait trip comes after President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a total deployment ban o...Keep on reading: PH officials off to Kuwait to seek better OFWs protection.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Duterte to Lucio Tan: ‘I’m going to forever shut up’ on past tax liabilities

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday cleared business tycoon Lucio Tan of his past tax liabilities, saying he would "forever shut up" on the subject. His statement came after Tan, chairman and chief executive officer of Philippine Airlines (PAL), offered an additional plane to fly home repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from Kuwait. "Mr. Lucio Tan, I'm going to shut up forever," Duterte said in his speech welcoming 150 distressed OFWs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Pasay City. "Wala ka na marinig sa akin na salita na di ka nagbayad." [You will no longer hear me mention that you did not pay.] The President was referring to PAL's P6 billion in ...Keep on reading: Duterte to Lucio Tan: ‘I’m going to forever shut up’ on past tax liabilities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

Duterte Likely to Visit Kuwait

President Rodrigo Duterte may likely visit Kuwait soon following his recent meeting with Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh, Malacanang said Thursday. “Since the President mentioned it, then I can make confirmation although I was told that I should not. But there is a trip in the offing to Kuwait,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Duterte says he s not keen on extending his term

MANILA, Philippines - His recent statements about declaring a revolutionary government do not mean he wants to extend his term, said President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, October 17, during a speech in Camarines Sur. "Some are saying I want to have a revolutionary government because I want to stay longer. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Cebu Indigents Urged to Propose Anti-Poverty Programs

Under the Duterte administration, the urban poor sector must no longer be a mere recipient but must also be direct proponents of the government’s poverty alleviation programs, an urban poor leader said here Tuesday. Evangeline Roche Abejo, the National Urban Poor Sector Council’s vice chairman for Visayas and focal person of the Koalisyon ng mga […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

We just read the new Filipino novel the literati is talking about | ABS-CBN News

We just read the new Filipino novel the literati is talking about ABS-CBN News Two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte's Philippines, describes th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Michel scores 3 TDs, Patriots roll past Chargers 41-28

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Sony Michel ran for 129 yards and had three touchdowns and the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28 in the divisional playoffs on Sunday to earn their eighth straight trip to the AFC championship game. New England (12-5) will play at Kansas City in next week's AFC title game. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 in Foxborough in Week 6. The Patriots finished 9-0 at home this season. It is the 13th conference championship game appearance by the Patriots during the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. "It's going to be a good game," Brady said of the rematch with the Chiefs. "They're a good team. We played them earlier this year. I know everybody thinks we suck and, you know, we can't win any games, so we'll see. It'll be fun." The Chargers (13-5) haven't reached the AFC title game since the 2007 season. Quarterback Philip Rivers finished 25 of 51 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He is 0-5 in games played in Foxborough, including 0-3 in the postseason. Brady finished 34 of 44 for 343 yards and a touchdown. He improves to 8-0 as a starter against Rivers, who drops to 1-8 against New England all-time. James White tied Darren Sproles' NFL postseason record with 15 catches, totaling 97 yards. New England scored on its first four possessions of the game to build a 35-7 halftime lead. Julian Edelman had nine catches for 151 yards. The Chargers added three touchdowns in the second half , but it was much too late. Los Angeles lost for just the second time on the road (8-2) and first time outside Los Angeles this season. In its past four trips to the playoffs, Los Angeles has lost in the divisional round. "We dug ourselves a hole in the first half," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "One game doesn't define where we are as a football team." Rivers seemed poised to keep Los Angeles in the game, connecting with Keenan Allen for a 43-yard score on Los Angeles' first offensive possession. It was the longest touchdown of Allen's career, including the postseason. It turned out to be just a blip. The Chargers punted the four other times they had the ball in the first half. The Patriots were efficient throughout the opening 30 minutes, going 5 for 5 in the red zone, 5 of 6 on third down and committing only one penalty. New England didn't go three-and-out for the first time until its fifth offensive touch of the day when it punted with 3:32 left in the second quarter. But Ryan Allen's 48-yard punt was fumbled by Desmond King , sending the ball rolling toward the sideline. The referees ruled the ball went out of bounds before New England's Albert McClellan appeared to recover it. But the play was reversed after a challenge by Bill Belichick. The turnover proved costly, with the Patriots scoring just four plays later when Michel crossed the goal line from 5 yards for his third touchdown of the half. New England established the run early, creating big holes in a Chargers defense that ended the regular season ranked ninth in the NFL, allowing just 106 rushing yards per game. Michel carried 16 times for 105 yards in the first half. He set the tone early, scoring from 1 yard on the opening possession of the game. It capped a 14-play, 83-yard drive in which he rushed five times for 15 yards and had a 9-yard reception. The Patriots added scoring drives of 67, 58, 87 and 35 yards. MILESTONES Michel became just the second Patriots rookie in franchise history to have a rushing touchdown in the postseason. He joined fellow Georgia alum, Robert Edwards, who ran for a touchdown as a rookie in New England's 1998 wild-card loss to Jacksonville. Michel also became the first New England player with two rushing TDs in the first quarter of a playoff game since LeGarrette Blount did it in the 2013 divisional-round win against Indianapolis. Brady extended his postseason record with his 15th career 300-yard passing game. Next is Peyton Manning with nine. STREAKING Brady has a touchdown pass in 13 straight postseason games, tied for the third-longest streak since 1950. Only Brett Favre (20) and Brady himself (18 from 2001-11) have longer streaks. INJURIES Chargers: Safety Adrian Phillips was helped off the field early in the first quarter with an arm injury, but returned. Receiver Mike Williams jogged off the field after a collision in the first quarter. Patriots: Guard Shaq Mason left the game in the fourth quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Duterte: Philippines will not buy weapons from US

President Rodrigo Duterte declared that the Philippines would no longer purchase arms and military equipment from the United States for its criticism of the government's campaign against illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

DFA: Sri Lanka President to visit Philippines on Jan 15-19

  MANILA, Philippines --- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sisirena will be in the country for a state visit on January 15 to 19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Thursday. Sirisena is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on January 16 to discuss "political, economic, cultural, and people engagement," according to DFA. DFA said Sisirena will also visit the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baos, Laguna during his trip in the Philippines. "The visit of President Sirisena is the first by a Sri Lankan President serving both as Head of State and Government under Sri Lanka'...Keep on reading: DFA: Sri Lanka President to visit Philippines on Jan 15-19.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019