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Everybody’s still waiting for Kia to be unconventional

Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not get the gift he wanted for Christmas. “Man, if Santa Claus had anything to give me, (I wanted it to be a) first win after 14 straight (losses),” he told reporters after the Picanto was routed, 102-125, by Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. May of this year was the last time the now third-year franchise had won a game in the PBA. Since then, they have dropped 14 games in a row. Their fortunes may have had a chance to begin to turn if they held on to the first overall pick of this year’s PBA Draft. Only, they opted to do the so-called unconventional route and traded the selection that turned out to be Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger for a package that included veterans Jay-R Reyes and Ronald Tubid and enigmatic Rashawn McCarthy. After two games in the season, that trade has yet to lead to a win. “Let’s say everything’s been conventional so far,” Gavina lamented. The mentor went on to say that failing to play as a team was what did them in. As he put it, “Ugly – really one word to describe it all today. A lot of me-ball and our guys felt like statistics were more (important) than team effort to win this game.” In his eyes, Gavina said that his players may be trying too hard in trying to prove themselves individually. “A lot of things have been said about, you know, that trade and guys are taking it as a challenge, but taking it the wrong way. Not one person is gonna deliver us a win,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s gotta be team effort. They know that. We know that.” In the end, however, with the season so young, the Kia coach said he and his team still have time to flip the script. “You can’t keep your head down. We will push forward, learn, and try not to relive those bad moments,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnDec 27th, 2017

Everybody’s still waiting for Kia to be unconventional

Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not get the gift he wanted for Christmas. “Man, if Santa Claus had anything to give me, (I wanted it to be a) first win after 14 straight (losses),” he told reporters after the Picanto was routed, 102-125, by Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. May of this year was the last time the now third-year franchise had won a game in the PBA. Since then, they have dropped 14 games in a row. Their fortunes may have had a chance to begin to turn if they held on to the first overall pick of this year’s PBA Draft. Only, they opted to do the so-called unconventional route and traded the selection that turned out to be Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger for a package that included veterans Jay-R Reyes and Ronald Tubid and enigmatic Rashawn McCarthy. After two games in the season, that trade has yet to lead to a win. “Let’s say everything’s been conventional so far,” Gavina lamented. The mentor went on to say that failing to play as a team was what did them in. As he put it, “Ugly – really one word to describe it all today. A lot of me-ball and our guys felt like statistics were more (important) than team effort to win this game.” In his eyes, Gavina said that his players may be trying too hard in trying to prove themselves individually. “A lot of things have been said about, you know, that trade and guys are taking it as a challenge, but taking it the wrong way. Not one person is gonna deliver us a win,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s gotta be team effort. They know that. We know that.” In the end, however, with the season so young, the Kia coach said he and his team still have time to flip the script. “You can’t keep your head down. We will push forward, learn, and try not to relive those bad moments,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

The story behind Louise delos Reyes’ tattoo

  Tattooed on actress Louise delos Reyes' left arm is the adage "This too shall pass." For Louise, it's a reminder of sorts that she was able to get up and trudge through a rough patch. "It's not just a design, but a symbol of what I have experienced. I have always loved that line since I was in grade school, but it took a different meaning now that I'm older," she said. After having what she described as a "complicated relationship" with Hale lead vocalist Champ Lui Pio, Louise is now dating a businessman, who "brings out the best in her." "There's pure joy," Louise said. "I guess it's true when they say that there's always someone waiting for you." Though her no...Keep on reading: The story behind Louise delos Reyes’ tattoo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News1 hr. 33 min. ago

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Lady Chiefs punch third straight Finals ticket

Grand slam-seeking Arellano University secured the first championship seat after an emphatic sweep of San Beda University, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Regine Arocha powered the Lady Chiefs’s comeback from a five-point deficit in the third set. Down 15-20 in the frame, Arocha sparked Arellano U’s 6-0 fight back to take a 21-20 lead. San Beda countered to take a 23-22 lead off Sattriani Espiritu’s quick attack. Arocha answered with an off the block kill followed by a cross court hit by Alyana San Gregorio before sophomore Necole Ebuen sealed the win with an off speed attack to boot out last year’s runner-up and the same team that denied Arellano U an outright Finals berth last week at the end of the elimination round.       The Lady Chiefs erased a 15-19 deficit in the second frame with a 5-1 scoring spurt to take the helm, 21-20. San Beda tied it at 21 before Arocha sparked a closing 4-0 barrage she capped with a hit to seal the frame. Arellano U started the match slow but recovered their bearing just in time to capture the opening set.          Meanwhile, fourth seed Emilio Aguinaldo College survived the first stage of the men’s stepladder semifinals after outlasting last year’s runner-up Arellano U, 24-26, 8-25, 25-20, 25-18, 21-19. Joshua Ramilo pounded 21 attacks in his 23-point explosion while Joshua Mina had 20 markers for the Generals, who will take on College of St. Benilde in another knockout match on Tuesday for the right to face outright finalist defending champion University of Perpetual Help. Aeron Daduya and Ralph Pitogo posted 10 points each for EAC. Vincent Tan and Christian Segovia finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Chiefs. In the juniors’ division, Letran crushed EAC, 29-27, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21, to advance in the second phase of the knockout stepladder semis. The Squires will face Lyceum of the Philippines University on Tuesday. Already waiting in the best-of-three Finals is defending champion Perpetual.          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 46 min. ago

Franchise has ‘no teeth’, lawyer says

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE franchise of Iloilo City’s sole power distributor, Panay Electric and Co. (PECO) expired on January 19, 2019. While its rival firm MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power) has already secured franchise from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is still waiting the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. […] The post Franchise has ‘no teeth’, lawyer says appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

A feast of him

"Do you really like eating this? Gusto mo ba talaga 'yung lasa?" I asked while I dipped the sizzling beef slice into the cheese sauce. "Hmmm, sakto lang," he said. "I just go here because I like seeing you happy." It has been like this for eight years. Over that course, I often have the final say in everything -- what we would eat, what you would buy, where we would go, when we would meet. Almost all the whys and hows of our relationship are based on him waiting for me to decide on things. I sometimes give him answers but most of the time, I keep him guessing. And I never even heard him complain, not once, never. I have spent about one-third of my life with him yet my intere...Keep on reading: A feast of him.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

EDITORIAL - Waiting for implementation

The Department of Health urged the public to stop sharing a video of Razorback drummer Brian Velasco falling to his death from a condominium building the other day......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Councilor seeks probe on P45-M grandstand

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo City Councilor Joshua Alim continues to raise his eyebrows at the recently inaugurated Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand. Alim said he intend to take a closer look and check if the newly constructed Dinagyang Grandstand was worth P45 millio. “Ang sa original plan tahom, but subong ya daw waiting shed nga ginpadako. Lantawon ta basi ginpadalian para makaabot sa Dinagyang. Lantawon ta […] The post Councilor seeks probe on P45-M grandstand appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

IMGM8820 – Manila Picture

American Immigration Lawyers Association Bangkok District Chapter Third Annual Conference March 13, 2015: Consular Waiting Area, U.S. Embassy Manila Image published by U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on 2015-03-18 03:24:56 and used under Creative Commons license. Tagged: link: IMGM8820 – Manila Picture.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

LOOK: Metta World Peace, Bill Wennington visit Pacquiao

CALIFORNIA, USA – After Manny Pacquiao's lunch on Sunday, January 13, he proceeded to his home in North Plymouth, where a horde of guests – including former NBA players Ron Artest and Bill Wennington – were waiting. The 6-foot-6 Artest, who changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Boy, 14, pleads guilty to committing incest with 16-year-old sister

KAMPAR, Malaysia --- A 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty to committing incest with his 16-year-old sister at a magistrate's court here. However, no sentence was meted out, as the court was waiting for a report from the Welfare Department. The incestuous act led to the birth of a premature baby girl on Dec 15. The media were not allowed to enter the courtroom to observe the proceedings. Magistrate Nur Faizah Muhamad Saleh adjourned the matter to Feb 20 for the report to be obtained. The offence was committed between December 2017 and May 2018 at a house in Taman Diawan, here. He was charged under Section 376B(1) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum of 30 years' jail and whippin...Keep on reading: Boy, 14, pleads guilty to committing incest with 16-year-old sister.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Fabregas almost creates winner as Monaco draws at Marseille

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Cesc Fabregas almost had a dream debut for Monaco in the French league only for teammate Youri Tielemans to waste a late golden chance in a 1-1 draw at Marseille on Sunday. Despite only signing from Premier League Chelsea on Friday, Fabregas went straight into the team and added poise and assurance to Monaco's midfield. In the first minute of injury time, Fabregas cleverly chipped the ball over the Marseille defense, only for Tielemans to drag his shot wide. Watching from the sideline, Monaco coach Thierry Henry could barely contain his frustration. Still, it was an important point for 19th-placed Monaco in its relegation fight. Next up for Henry's Monaco is eighth-placed Nice at home on Wednesday, a match which pits Henry against his former Arsenal and France teammate Patrick Vieira, who is now coach of Nice. Both Henry and Vieira were also teammates of Fabregas when he started his Arsenal career late in 2003. The 31-year-old Fabregas went on to become one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea. He won league titles with Chelsea and with Barcelona, as well as winning the World Cup and two European Championships with Spain. He could prove a vital signing for Henry. It was another midfielder, Maxime Lopez, who put Marseille ahead with a low strike in the 13th minute. Marseille sat back waiting for halftime and was punished in the 38th when Belgium midfielder Tielemans swept home his fifth goal of the league season, following good work down the left by midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. Golovin was one of Russia's World Cup stars last year and should have put Monaco ahead in the 51st, but he sliced his shot wide after latching onto new signing Fode Ballo-Toure's excellent pass from the left. Monaco appeared to pay for that miss when Marseille winger Florian Thauvin pounced from close range in the 70th after goalkeeper Diego Benaglio saved a shot from Lucas Ocampos. But referee Mikael Lesage ruled out the goal following a video review for an apparent foul by Ocampos on Benaglio as they challenged for the ball, even though it looked accidental. Henry is still finding his feet in his first managerial role, and this was evident when he took off Ballo-Toure midway through the second half when he was one of Monaco's best players. Thauvin headed over seconds from the end as ninth-placed Marseille almost snatched a win. MONTPELLIER MISSES OUT Montpellier missed the chance to move up to third place after drawing 1-1 at relegation-threatened Dijon. Defender Damien Le Tallec earned a point for Montpellier with a 61st-minute equalizer, shortly after striker Wesley Said put 18th-placed Dijon ahead in new coach Antoine Kombouare's first game in charge. Montpellier's draw leaves it fifth and two points ahead of sixth-placed Strasbourg, which has played a game more. Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain is 13 points clear of second-placed Lille, having played two games less, with Lyon 17 points behind PSG in third place. Strasbourg kept its consistent start to the season with a 2-1 win at Toulouse. Midfielder Ibrahima Sissoko grabbed the winner midway through the second half. RENNES WINS AGAIN Defender Damien Da Silva was involved at both ends of the field as seventh-placed Rennes won 1-0 at Nantes. He put Rennes ahead with a glancing header from forward Hatem Ben Arfa's free kick after 13 minutes. Ben Arfa has set up both his goals this season. With Nantes pushing for an equalizer during a frantic second half, Da Silva appeared to block a goal-bound shot with his arm. Claims for a penalty were dismissed by referee Ruddy Buquet, whose video assistants either did not spot the infraction or deemed it an accidental handball. Then, in the closing stages, Da Silva made a legitimate block to keep Nantes at bay. Earlier, Buquet had consulted VAR to rule out a sixth-minute Nantes goal from defender Diego Carlos for a handball. Rennes coach Julien Stephan — who is the son of France's World Cup-winning assistant coach Guy Stephan — has made a great start to his fledgling managerial career with four straight league wins. This hard-fought victory ensured continued bragging rights for Rennes over 11th-placed Nantes, which has not beaten Rennes at home in 14 years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

Ateneo de Manila University releases results of ACET 2019

Ateneo de Manila University releases results of ACET 2019 GMA News After months of waiting, the Ateneo de Manila University has released this Friday the results of the Ateneo College Entrance Test (A.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

One more look at the Globes: what the TV cameras missed

  LOS ANGELES---Timothe Chalamet was easily the most affable among the stars in the pit, chatting up fellow actors and taking selfies with them, from Christian Bale to Lupita Nyong'o. In the green room, two silver-haired icons, Harrison Ford and Richard Gere, talked while waiting for their turn to present awards.   Those are among the scenes not captured by the television cameras in the recent 76th Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.   As usual, the stars and studio bosses schmoozed during the commercial breaks, but once Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg resumed their hosting duties onstage, the A-listers went back to their respective se...Keep on reading: One more look at the Globes: what the TV cameras missed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

DFA checking for Filipino casualties in Ottawa bus crash

  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is checking if Filipinos were among the victims of a bus crash in Ottawa in Canada.   In a statement on Saturday, Jan. 12, the DFA said Ambassador to Canada Petronila Garcia reported that the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa is coordinating with authorities to determine if any Filipino was involved in the accident.   A city transport double decker bus hit a bus shelter at Ottawa's Westboro station during the afternoon rush hour on Friday, the DFA said.   READ: 3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash   The crash killed two passengers and one person waiting at the st...Keep on reading: DFA checking for Filipino casualties in Ottawa bus crash.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Patrick Beverley s trademark defense getting new test

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com There was a foul, followed by a stoppage in play, a scene replayed dozens of times in NBA arenas. Except in this case, the victim was former two-time Kia MVP Stephen Curry and the punisher was the notorious Patrick Beverley. And so the situation (of course) turned snippy. Beverley has fought against better players his entire basketball life and carries an underdog gene that tends to flare in these situations. That explains why he tried to slap the ball from the Warriors guard after the whistle. Curry wasn’t having it, and so there was a gentle shove. And then a shove was returned. Then a staredown with noses just inches from each other. Then a separation of bodies. This was Beverley doing what he does by reputation: namely, irritate and push his defensive aggression and agenda to the very limit … and then some. His “crime” was restricting Curry’s movement with a forearm. Sometimes Beverley gets away with it, but in today’s NBA, no longer with any regularity. Such is the new normal. He’s a defensive-minded player with the LA Clippers and works in a league that suddenly favors scoring and shooters. He’s quite possibly, in his estimation and that of others, someone who’s forced to evolve or perish. For him, there’s no other option. “It would be very hard,” Beverley said, “to come into the league today and try to play defense like we did years ago.” Before this season, the NBA's Points of Emphasis centered in part on freedom of movement. The goal is to help players move without barriers, which creates high-scoring games, which makes games more entertaining for fans. Halfway through the season, the evidence is convincing: Scores are up, stops are down. To date, 11 teams have an offensive rating greater than 110 and 18 teams are scoring more than 110 points per game. Last season, those numbers were six and six, respectively. For players born with height, wingspan and leaping ability, these defensive rules don’t handcuff them much. But Beverley buys his clothes off the rack, so to speak. He’s a shade over six feet and is therefore a normal man trying to make a living in a big man’s world. At 30, Beverley deals with players who are often taller and even quicker. It’s his job to make their life tougher -- but here in the new age of barely-contested shots and 120-point games, the opposite is ringing true. He’s averaging a career-high 3.6 fouls per game and can’t get away with much. As Draymond Green, a defensive demon himself and teammate of Curry’s said recently: “Defense is not allowed. You can’t really play defense in this league. I guess that’s not what they want.” ‘We’re forced to adjust’ Green's words are perhaps an extreme assessment and a touch of exaggeration. Fifteen teams averaged at least 106 ppg last season; now it’s 26. Calls are less forgiving, as only 13 teams are averaging 24 free throw attempts per game (it was five last season). The ball moves and there’s less restriction, which was the intention. And there appears to be little blowback in the basketball universe from those who observe and play. It’s just … accepted. For the most part. Even Beverley offers a shoulder shrug. “Guys who make a living off defense, we’re forced to adjust,” he said. This evolution of shifting away from certain defensive tactics is decades in the making. The NBA once allowed defenders to shove a forearm into the back of a post-up player, and subtle jersey grabs were often excused. And there was the hand-check, too. All have been outlawed. The game is far less physical, which means the “Bad Boys”-era Detroit Pistons would have little chance of winning one championship today (let alone two). The NBA has sought to distance itself from that brand of ball, from Pat Riley’s New York Knicks (and their “no free layups” mentality) and from the 85-80 scores that often stifled the creativity of the game. The result is a game that sees open lanes and quicker whistles, and less of what helped players like Beverley overcome tremendous odds to reach the NBA. “There is where we’re at,” he said. “They want to see more scoring, more up-and-down, more points and all that, which is understandable. Of course, it makes it hard for me.” Relishing his ‘instigator’ role This is Beverley’s sixth year in the NBA, but his 10th in professional basketball. His journey curved through various stops overseas before he became rooted with the Houston Rockets, his first true NBA home. It speaks to Beverley’s doggedness and his value, at least initially, as a defensive specialist assigned to the grunt work. With the rise in scoring point guards across the NBA landscape, Beverley’s role became more important, and difficult as well. In a typical week, Beverley could guard Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and opposing shooting guards, too. He brings an edge to the job that he learned from growing up on the West Side of Chicago to a single mother as well as a grandmother who adopted a dozen kids. Daily life was a chore. He was one of the main characters in the documentary “Hoop Reality,” the sequel to the acclaimed “Hoop Dreams.” Beverley was friendly rivals with former Kia MVP winner Derrick Rose since grade school and was actually a scorer in high school, averaging a state-best 37 points as a senior. After getting kicked out of Arkansas in 2008 after two years for academic issues -- a tutor wrote a paper for him -- he played three years in Russia and Greece before filling the point guard void on the 2012-13 Rockets caused by Kyle Lowry’s trade to Toronto the summer before. “I wouldn’t change one thing about how I got here,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t get in through the front door. Sometimes you don’t get in through the back. Sometimes you got to climb through the window. That doesn’t mean the opportunity wasn’t there. There’s a way; you’ve just got to find it.” He immediately became singled out for eyeball-to-eyeball defense that teetered on the edge. The moment that earned him a name was in the first round of the 2013 playoffs against Oklahoma City. He went for a steal on Westbrook in Game 2 while Westbrook signaled for a timeout, causing his knee injury five years ago. He still answers for that, even to this day; not that the play on the ball was reckless, but was it necessary? “I don’t go out there to hurt people, I don’t even know how to attempt to hurt somebody,” Beverley said. “I play hard, bring the edge. I’m an instigator. That gets me going. I like to bump people, to feel me getting into somebody’s jersey. I’m just different. I like contact, like physical play, like pushing and holding. But I’m not dirty.” Beverley hasn’t spoken with Westbrook -- their on-court relationship is clearly frosty -- and with the exception of Rose, he doesn’t encourage any friendships beyond his teammates. “I don’t talk to anybody,” he said. “I don’t want personal battles that take away from the team. I’m trying to win games. When I come to San Francisco or Oklahoma City or Portland, I know I’m going straight to my room because there’s people I got to be ready to play the next day. And I know they do the same. There’s respect that’s not being said. When it comes to Steph, Dame, Westbrook, I make sure I get my rest. But they get their rest, too. They know what I bring to the table.” A game that won’t change Beverley was an All-Defensive first teamer two seasons ago, both a career highlight and confirmation of his devotion to studying film and learning opponents’ tendencies. He has also overcome microfracture knee injury in 2017-18 that limited him to 11 games in his debut season with the Clippers. “I worked my ass off and I’m still working,” he said. “If it’s not one thing it’s another. Me getting hurt, coming back faster and stronger. Got kicked out of school, had to go overseas, knew I was going to the NBA anyway. I didn’t know how. But I knew. “This is bigger than me. It’s for my mom, grandmom, seeing how hard the women in my life worked to raise me. It’s not easy being a single mother raising a kid in the inner city but she made it happen. She taught me to stand on my own two feet and get the best out of hard work, which becomes part of your mindset, especially when you see two women doing it every day.” And now comes another challenge for Beverley and those like him. How do you thrive in a league that’s suddenly married to offense? “Maybe after the All-Star break they’ll stop calling ticky-tack fouls,” he said. “The better defender you are, the more you’re singled out. But I’m going to go out there and be Pat. Don’t care. Won’t change.” Beverley estimates that “70 percent” of the players he guards are rattled by him, to different degrees. He said “only a few don’t,” which he refused to name (for strategic reasons). The game may not be designed to help the underdog, average-sized player who brings intensity and defense. But there’s no sense waiting for Beverley to make excuses. He’s come too far for that. “When you’re done with this game, you don’t want to go around saying, ‘Man I wish I could’ve done this, put more time into that.’” Beverley said. “Every year I go out like a person fighting for my spot, fighting for my contract. That’s the way I train. That’s how I prepare. That’s why I’m still in the league.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Waiting for Nazareno: The mood in a sea of people

MANILA, Philippines – Millions of devotees wait for hours, even overnight, to climb the carriage and touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on the image’s feast day every January 9. Devotees bring with them their prayers, patience, and determination – lots of it – to pay homage to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

WATCH: Walking towards Mary and Jesus during Traslacion

MANILA, Philippines – It is not yet midnight but devotees of the Black Nazarene know that to catch a glimpse of Mary and Jesus in the San Sebastian Church means half the work is waiting. Considered a highlight of the day-long procession, the Image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Profit-taking snaps stock market rally

THE stock market snapped a four-day rally on Tuesday as investors took profits while waiting for the results of renewed trade talks between the United States and China. The Philippine…READ The post Profit-taking snaps stock market rally appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

PBA: Marcial to look at previous decisions in Parks case

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial says that the league will use decisions in the past to shed some light on the situation of Bobby Ray Parks. Parks, the son of Ray Parks Sr., a former PBA standout, is still under contract with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which just began its campaign in the ninth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL). The 6’4” guard is also a two-time reigning Local MVP of the multi-country league, and will remain with the team until the end of the season. It is similar to the situation of last seasons number one overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who honored his commitment with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions until their elimination in the ABL semifinals against Alab. "Titignan namin kung may precedent yun, tapos apply natin kay Parks. Pinapa-check ko sa legal natin, kay Atty. Melvin Mendoza, kung napagusapan sa Board yun," Marcial said. "Ang rights niya na kay Blackwater, nagbigay ng tender offer. Kailangan anuhin yun ni Parks, paguusapan na lang kung paano yung laro niya sa ABL." Though Blackwater Gov. Silliman Sy would have wanted the second overall pick in this year's PBA Rookie Draft to suit up in the Philippine Cup, he is bracing for the worst-case scenario, waiting for the guard to see action later during the Commissioner's Cup. However, if San Miguel decides to release Parks early, the team will just have to let Marcial's office to decide on the matter. "I did talk with Ray and he will also respect the commissioner's decision. Lahat naman doon. Ang statement lang niya very clearly is, "Boss, when I applied for the rookie draft, sa page 2 nakalagay doon yung 'Do you have any existing commitment?' 'Yes, I have an existing contract with Alab in the ABL league to end sometime in May.'" Malinaw din siya, nakasaad naman yun to be fair with the boy," Sy said.   "We wait and see the next coming days kung ano ang decision ni commissioner. Pero Blackwater, with open arms, we would like him to play lalo ngayong kulang kami sa height." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

SSS charter change bill grounded in Congress

State-run Social Security System (SSS) is still waiting for further progress on the status of a bill which seeks to amend the state fund’s charter......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019