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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

Philippine president says he is no longer Catholic

: Directing profanity at bishops and saints, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is no longer Catholic and now belongs to the 'church of Rodrigo.' The president repeated his........»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News18 hr. 21 min. ago

Duterte to make historic Israel trip September 2-5

Duterte to make historic Israel trip September 2-5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Editorial: Prisoners of Conscience

Political prisoners, are people who are persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs usually critical of their government. In the country today Karapatan, the Alliance For The Advancement Of People’s Rights in the Philippines, keeps tab of those whose human rights are violated or simply those victimized by government and the violence of the armed forces because they can no longer tolerate the multi forms of graft and corruption in government. As of March this year the tabulation of political prisoners show there are a total of 503 political prisoners in the different jails all over the country. 38 are elderly, 45 are women, 118 are sickly, 6 are NDFP staff or consultants, 173 were arrested under Duterte, there are 8 imprisoned in the Cordillera region......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

Palace not giving up on capital punishment

The Duterte administration remains keen on calling for the passage of a measure that will reimpose the death penalty for heinous crimes, particularly those related to the illegal drug trade, despite the Vatican’s most recent declaration that capital punishment is unacceptable under any circumstances. Source link link: Palace not giving up on capital punishment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Palace not giving up on capital punishment

The Duterte administration remains keen on calling for the passage of a measure that will reimpose the death penalty for heinous crimes, particularly those related to the illegal drug trade, despite the Vatican’s most recent declaration that capital punishment is unacceptable under any circumstances......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018