Guv to issue guidelines on flag ceremony attendance

ILOILO provincial government employees will soon learn who are exempt from the flag-raising ceremony at the capitol grounds every Monday. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. announced on Monday that he would come up with an executive order that will identify those who are obliged and who are exempted from attending the ceremony. The order will […] The post Guv to issue guidelines on flag ceremony attendance appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJun 12th, 2018

Talk about political football: No Eagles at the White House

By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking on the NFL and football's Super Bowl champs, President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his own brief "Celebration of America" after it became clear most players weren't going to show up. Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame. Trump tried to turn the fracas into a referendum on patriotism and tie it to the dispute over players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. However, Eagles players never knelt during the "Star-Spangled Banner," throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl. The White House accused Eagles team members of pulling a "political stunt" and abandoning their fans by backing out at the last minute. Indeed, few apparently were going to come, though some expressed disappointment that they'd been disinvited and complained Trump was unfairly painting them as anti-American. Through it all, Trump appeared to revel in fanning the flames of a culture war that he believes revs up his political base. Trump had long been leery of the Eagles' planned visit to the White House, in part because the team's owner, Jeffrey Lurie, has been a Trump critic, and because several players have been vocal critics of the league's new policy that requires players to stand if they're on the field during the national anthem or else stay in the locker room. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the team notified the White House last Thursday that 81 people, including players, coaches, managers and others would be attending the Super Bowl celebration. But she said the team got back in touch late Friday and tried to reschedule, "citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance." The Eagles proposed a time when Trump would be overseas. Eagles officials declined comment on the White House version of events, sticking with a simple earlier statement: "We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season." No one connected with the team said the players' reluctance to attend had anything to do with the national anthem, as Trump tried to portray the situation. And comments by star players in the current pro basketball finals indicated it's not about football. "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going," said LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There was no disagreement from Stephen Curry, who angered Trump last year when he said he wouldn't go to the White House after the Warriors' NBA triumph, leading the president to disinvite him and his team. Trump, furious about the small number of Eagles who were coming, scrapped Tuesday's visit, believing a low turnout would reflect poorly upon him. He had told aides last year he was embarrassed when Tom Brady, star quarterback of that season's champion New England Patriots, opted to skip a White House visit. Instead, the president held what he dubbed a "patriotic celebration" that was short and spare. A military band and chorus delivered the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America, with brief Trump remarks sandwiched in between. "We love our country, we respect our flag and we always proudly stand for the national anthem," Trump said. The White House crowd of roughly 1,000, mostly dressed in business suits, was light on Pennsylvanians and heavy on administration and GOP Party officials. Several in attendance blamed the players, not the president, for torpedoing the Eagles event. John Killion, a lifelong Eagles fan who now lives in Florida and traveled to Washington to see his team, said he was "devastated and infuriated" by a breakdown he blamed on the Eagles owners. "I waited my whole life for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl and they were going to be congratulated at the White House. And I don't really care who you like or dislike, it shouldn't be about that," he said. Bill Fey, a Republican state committeeman from southern New Jersey and an Eagles fan, called the decision "a black eye as far as I'm concerned with the NFL. I think that everyone should come to the White House. This is the peoples' house." Still, he said, "I think the Eagles did what they thought was necessary. I don't blame anyone." Trump's own patriotic event was not without its controversy. Following the playing of the anthem, a heckler shouted from the audience: "Stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem!" prompting boos. A Swedish reporter posted video of a man kneeling as the anthem was played. In a statement Monday, Trump placed the blame on Eagles players he said "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country." Besides the fact that none of the Eagles had taken a knee during the anthem in 2017, defensive end Chris Long said the NFL anthem policy change and Trump's reaction to it were not even discussed by the players in meetings about making the visit. Those deciding to stay away had various reasons beyond Trump's opposition to the protests, including more general feelings of hostility toward the president, one official said. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had planned to skip the ceremony "to avoid being used as any kind of pawn," said in a statement that at the White House a "decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military." Trump has long railed against the protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines during the anthem to raise awareness around racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police. At a rally last September, Trump suggested NFL owners fire "son of a bitch" players who "disrespect" the flag by kneeling. As for politics, Trump believes the anthem controversy is a winning issue for him and was pleased that last month's announcement of the league's new policy returned it to the news, according to people familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. Even so, Trump made clear Tuesday he doesn't believe the policy goes far enough, tweeting: "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" The president told one confidant Monday that he aims to revive the issue in the months leading up to the midterm elections, believing its return to the headlines will help Republicans win votes. Trump's attempt to drive a wedge between the team and its fervent fan base could have political consequences in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by just 44,000 votes in 2016. The politics are already playing out in the state's Senate race, where Republican Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging Democratic incumbent Bob Casey. Barletta attended the White House ceremony sans Eagles, "representing the proud Pennsylvanians who stand for our flag." Casey tweeted he would be "skipping this political stunt at the White House" and invited the Eagles on a tour of the Capitol instead. ___ Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey in Washington, Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia and Associated Press Pro Football writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Judges mobilized to urge Sereno to resign

The attempts to unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have spilled over to the lower courts, dragging judges into the political controversy, three court sources said on Sunday. The first source said the 1,200-strong Philippine Judges Association (PJA), composed of Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges, would issue a "manifesto" calling for Sereno's resignation during the flag-raising ceremony at the Supreme Court on Monday. The source said court employees, together with several justices who had forced Sereno to go on an indefinite leave starting March 1, were expected to wear red shirts and ribbons to symbolize their support for her ouster as Chief Justice, as they did last Mon...Keep on reading: Judges mobilized to urge Sereno to resign.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Switzerland, Serbia coaches don t want to talk about Kosovo

By Mike Corder, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — The coaches of Serbia and Switzerland only want to talk about football, not about an entrenched political dispute casting a shadow over their teams' World Cup showdown in Russia. Tensions have been building in Serbia before the Group E match Friday in Kaliningrad. Not between Swiss and Serbian fans, but between Albanian and Serbian supporters. That is because several players in the Swiss squad have Kosovo Albanian roots, including midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri who was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic didn't want to discuss the issue Thursday. When a reporter asked Petkovic him how he would discuss it with his players, he sidestepped the question. "We will tell them we had a great match against Brazil. That's not enough; we have to play better against Serbia," Petkovic said through an interpreter. Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening match, while Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 to top the group after one round. Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic was equally reluctant to be drawn into the debate. "I'm not into politics," he said, also speaking through an interpreter. "We have our goals. We're here for sports to represent our country in the best possible way and we're not at all interested in anything else." Shaqiri makes no secret at his pride for his heritage at the World Cup. At training Thursday, he wore football boots with Kosovo's flag on his right heel and the Swiss flag on his left. Midfielder Valon Behrami grew up in what is now Kosovo, moving to Switzerland with his family in 1990 amid rising tensions between ethnic Albanians and Serbs. He has the flags of Switzerland and Kosovo tattooed on his left arm. Such displays have angered some Serbian fans, who often wear T-shirts bearing the map of Kosovo with the Serbian flag on it. The reaction of some Serbian players has also been sharp. "If they are such great patriots, why don't they play for their own countries instead of Switzerland?" Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic asked recently. Friday's match also features two coaches who both come from Bosnia, a country that emerged from the former Yugoslavia after a bitter war in the 1990s. Bosnia finished third in its qualifying group and didn't make it to Russia. "I think that Mr. Petkovic is from Sarajevo. I hail from Zenica," Krstajic said. "So we have two coaches from Bosnia-Herzegovina representing different teams at the World Cup." Zenica is a town about 70 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital. ____ Associated Press writer Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

MMDA, Metro mayors agree on stricter guidelines for towing companies

After several illegal towing companieswere apprehended on TuesdayandWednesday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Metro Manila mayors have agreed to impose stricter guidelines on towing and impounding operations. The issue was discussed during the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting presided by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim at the MMDA Office in Makati Cityon Thursday. The agency said the first step in addressing the problem is to create a master list of companies accredited by the MMDA and the local government units (LGUs) to provide towing services. "This way, we can easily detect and monitor towing service operators both legal and illegal, those fly-by-nig...Keep on reading: MMDA, Metro mayors agree on stricter guidelines for towing companies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Salute to Madame, the first transgender cop in PNP

MANILA, Philippines – The flag ceremony just ended at Camp Karingal in Quezon City. Hundreds of cops from Metro Manila had flocked to the cement-walled camp, forming a sea of blue on its concrete field. As the formation broke apart, she stood out: Her hair a flash of red, trimmed clean ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Around 40,000 Abreean students enroll in public schools

BANGUED, Abra, June 14 (PIA) -- Around 40,000 Abrenean students and pupils went back to public schools on Monday, June 4, as school year 2018-2019 opened. During the first Monday flag ceremony at the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Around 40,000 Abreean students enroll in public schools

BANGUED, Abra, June 14 (PIA) -- Around 40,000 Abrenean students and pupils went back to public schools on Monday, June 4, as school year 2018-2019 opened. During the first Monday flag ceremony at the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

President Duterte Leads Aguinaldo Shrine Independence Day Rites

Today’s 120th Independence Day celebration at the Aguinaldo Shrine here had no less than President Duterte as guest of honor of the festivity. Before the flag-raising ceremony, the President was welcomed by Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla together with Kawit Mayor Angelo Emilio G. Aguinaldo and National Historical Commission Chair, Dr. Rene R. Escalante. This […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Bulacan, Lucena celebrate 120th PH Independence

Local officials of Bulacan province celebrated the 120th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence at the historical Barasoain Church in the City of Malolos on Tuesday morning. The commemoration, that pushed through despite the inclement weather, was highlighted by the flag raising ceremony and wreath laying at the monument of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo led by Senator Richard Gordon and… link: Bulacan, Lucena celebrate 120th PH Independence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Alden, kumasa sa eksenang laplapan at jacuzzi

kaya pala maagang lumipad pa-Cebu kahapon si Alden Richards kahit 5 p.m. pa ang Kapuso Fans Day niya dahil hinabol ang flag raising ceremony sa Liberty Shine sa Lapu-Lapu City to commemorate the 120th Philippine Independence Day. Si Alden din ang kumanta ng Philippine National Anthem kasama ang Cebu Choir.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Robredo leads Independence Day flag rites at Luneta

Vice President Leni Robredo led the flag-raising ceremony at Rizal Park in Manila on Tuesday as part of the celebration for the country’s 120th Independence Day. Source link link: Robredo leads Independence Day flag rites at Luneta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

PBA: Good guy Tony dela Cruz reflects on storied career after being honored by Alaska

​After a long and storied career in the PBA, Tony dela Cruz was honored by the Alaska Aces in a special ceremony during halftime of the Aces-Magnolia Hotshots tussle at the Big Dome Sunday evening. The UC Irvine product, who was brought in by the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1999 as a direct hire, enjoyed 11 fruitful seasons with Aces before officially announcing his retirement in 2017, along with veteran sharpshooter Dondon Hontiveros. A recipient of the PBA Sportsmanship award in 2006, he could boast of a record that could be comparable to that belonging to Wilt Chamberlain. If the Big Dipper could boast that he did not foul out in his 14-year NBA career, dela Cruz could also be proud of not incurring a single technical foul throughout his PBA journey. "I’m super proud of the way I carried myself each and everyday on the court so no matter how many awards I wished I would’ve won of course, I would’ve won 20 championships and a million MVPs but it’s just the fact I know what I did in my career and the fact that I am proud of how I played each and everyday in practice, super, super like proud," the now Aces assistant coach said after the game. Also included in the halftime tribute was a video montage containing tributes from former Shell teammates Rob Wainwright, Chris Jackson, Rich Alvarez, and former team governor Bobby Kanapi. The 39-year old said that he could not contain his emotions from the messages showered upon him, and was moved by the compilation. Looking back, the 6'5” dela Cruz said that his proudest moment in the PBA was their championship win over Ginebra in 2013, and the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference Finals series win over the San Miguel Beermen, where he played with sore eyes in Game 6, the series clincher. He also recalled how he was called for his lone flagrant foul, a landing spot foul on Dennis Espino.  "I went into the commissioner’s office and he said we’re not judging you as a person, just the action and I said it was fair and I apologized to Dennis there was no harm but again, maybe I wished I would’ve gotten a couple more technicals to like feel some of my frustration but just super proud that I can look back at my career and really, really happy," he quipped. Now bringing a lot of experience to the table as an assistant coach under Alex Compton, he hopes to get better and get more experience while being on the sidelines. "I just want to continue to learn. But everyone keeps making jokes, letting me know how much weight I’ve gained but like Don Allado said, ‘You know what, I played so many seasons in the PBA, I have the right to eat whatever I want.’" "But again, I think the biggest transition is being in shape. I do wanna get out there and play with the guys sometimes but I think the biggest transition for me is wanting to be knowledgeable but at the same time, curious about how to get better at basketball." With no less than team owner Wilfred Uytengsu in attendance for the honor, longtime Alaska public relations manager CK Kanapi told's Gerry Ramos that the honor bestowed upon dela Cruz was not a formal jersey retirement, unlike the likes of former players Jeff Cariaso, Bong Hawkins, import Sean Chambers, Jojo Lastimosa, and three-time MVP Bogs Adornado. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Filipinos Urged to Instill More Patriotism in Hearts, Minds

The City Government of Baguio joined the nation in celebrating the National Flag Day last May 28 with the call  on Filipinos  to instil more patriotism in heart and in mind. In a simple rite during the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall Grounds on May 28,  invited keynote speaker  General Emilio Aguinaldo’s great […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Iligan City marks 120th National Flag Day

Boy Scouts of thePhilippines (BSP) with Iligan City officials marching towards the flag pole for the flag raising ceremony commemorating the 120th National Flag Day on May 28 at Anahaw Amphitheatre. (.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Iligan City marks 120th National Flag Day

Boy Scouts of thePhilippines (BSP) with Iligan City officials marching towards the flag pole for the flag raising ceremony commemorating the 120th National Flag Day on May 28 at Anahaw Amphitheatre. (.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Iligan City marks 120th National Flag Day

Boy Scouts of thePhilippines (BSP) with Iligan City officials marching towards the flag pole for the flag raising ceremony commemorating the 120th National Flag Day on May 28 at Anahaw Amphitheatre. ( Source link link: Iligan City marks 120th National Flag Day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Iligan City marks 120th National Flag Day

Boy Scouts of thePhilippines (BSP) with Iligan City officials marching towards the flag pole for the flag raising ceremony commemorating the 120th National Flag Day on May 28 at Anahaw Amphitheatre. ( Source link link: Iligan City marks 120th National Flag Day.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Sailors, marines get medals for Spratlys stint

        Sailors and marines were recently recognized for their three-month stint to protect some of the Philippine-claimed islands in the Spratly archipelago in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).   The troops were awarded the Kalayaan Island Campaign Medal and Military Merit Medal during the flag-raising ceremony at the Western Command (Wescom) headquarters in Puerto Princesa last Monday.   Wescom chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez and Naval Forces West commander Commodore Rommel Jasong Galang handed out the medals.The number of recognized troops was not given for security reasons.   Wescom said the awards are r...Keep on reading: Sailors, marines get medals for Spratlys stint.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

PRO3 awards scholarship to cops’ dependents

CAMP Olivas, Pampanga -- Seven exemplary dependents of police officers were awarded scholarship by the leadership of the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) here yesterday. Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, PRO3 director, led the awarding after the flag-raising ceremony in this camp. He said the scholarship grant is a program of….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Cayetano: Duterte ready for war in West Philippine Sea

Despite his frequent defeatist talk, President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to declare war on China or any other country if they attempt to exploit the natural resources in the West Philippine Sea, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday. West Philippine Sea is the local name of the waters within the country's 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Cayetano gave assurance of President Duterte's readiness to defend the Philippines' sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea before Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials who attended the weekly flag-raising ceremony at their head office on Roxas Boulevard in Manila. 'Bahala na' "The Preside...Keep on reading: Cayetano: Duterte ready for war in West Philippine Sea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018