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Davao judge explains to JBC high rate of acquittal in drug cases

Davao judge explains to JBC high rate of acquittal in drug cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

841 new HIV cases reported in June, a record-high

More than 800 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were reported in June, 2016, the biggest number of cases ever recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) since 1984. Based on the latest HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines, a total of 841 new.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 7th, 2016

For Love of Game: Valdez takes lower paycheck to play in Thailand

Local volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez will be receiving less than what a club in the Philippines can offer her as salary playing for 3BB Nakornnont but the experience of playing and carrying the country’s pride in the Thai League is more than enough compensation. The two-time UAAP champion is more focused on learning from her stint and going back to spread the knowledge and experience she gained at home. “I think this is really big (playing abroad). It’s well known na here sa Philippines yung volley. I think we need to level up and I think one way of getting it is for players going to different countries to play and go back here and share everything,” said the 23-year-old open hitter in an earlier interview. “’Yun naman din ang goal and para maging inspiration din sa mga bata na aspiring volleyball players.”    The former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle was formally welcomed by the Thai squad by presenting her the team’s jersey where she will wear the no. 9 uniform – the same jersey number she wore while playing and winning three titles for University of Sto. Tomas high school in the UAAP. As for the specifics of her contract, a source from Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., which processed her release paper to play abroad, Valdez will earn 30,000 Baht (P42,000) as monthly salary while playing for the club in the Thai League and the Thai-Denmark Super League.                 Valdez’s monthly paycheck will be way below what she had earned with her last local team Bureau of Customs during the V-League Reinforced Conference few months back. The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player reportedly received a six-digit contract from the Transformers for the two-month tournament. Valdez flew to Thailand last Sunday and will stay there until early April. She’ll debut for 3BB Nakornnont on January 29 against King-Bangkok. Valdez also vowed to return next month to join either the Cebu or Davao tryouts for the national team that will see action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.     The local volleyball phenom was a part of the national squad during the Singapore edition of the biennial meet where she was also chosen as Team Philippines flag-bearer during the traditional parade of nations.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Duterte gets 83% approval rating from Dabawenyos, war on drugs most liked

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Jan) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte obtained a very high approval rating of 83 percent from among the Dabawenyos, with his controversial war on drugs the most liked among his programs, a survey conducted by the University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion showed. Conducted on 1,200 respondents from December [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

GOV SUSPENDS CLASSES, INSPECT FLOOD & LANDSLIDE AREAS…

Gov Edgar M. Chatto declared suspension of classes today, January 17, from kindergarten, elementary &'38; high school in both public &'38; private schools in consultation with PAGASA &'38; DEPED. This will ensure safety of school children with the rise of flood waters yesterday in many areas of the province. Upon arrival from Davao City where [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Valdez assures LVPI she will attend national team tryouts

Former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez promised to join the tryouts set by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, for the national women’s team that will see action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games on August 19 to 31. LVPI vice president Peter Cayco said that Valdez told him Saturday that the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player will undergo the selection process just like other national squad aspirants. The Manila tryout is on January 28, 29 and 31 with legs in Cebu and Davao set next month. Each aspirant must complete the three-day tryout. The names of the players that will make the 20-woman pool will be announced on the last week of February. Valdez, a two-time UAAP champion who bannered the PHI team in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, assured LVPI in a meeting with Cayco in the sports association’s office at Arellano-Taft before she flew to Thailand Sunday to join 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League, that she will return home during the break to join any of the three tryouts. “Nakapag-usap kami noong Saturday ang sabi niya sa akin uuwi siya para sa tryouts,” Cayco said Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Rizal Memorial Complex Media Center. Valdez will debut in the Thai League on January 29 making her unavailable for the Manila leg. She is expected to show up either in the Cebu or Davao leg.       National team head coach Francis Vicente, who discovered and molded Valdez into a star during her high school days as a University of Sto. Tomas player, pointed out that though Valdez is a cut above the rest with her volleyball skills, leadership and fan base she will still go under the scrutiny of the selection committee. “Alam naman natin na Alyssa Valdez is angat, sikat and sa akin din galing yan pero ayaw ko na kukunin ko na siya na, ‘O halika na rito wag ka na mag-tryout.’ Unfair naman ‘yun sa iba,” said Vicente. “Unfair naman yun kina Myla Pablo kina Grethcel Soltones e magaling din naman sila. Ayokong mabansagan na may kinikilingan. If she really wants to play in the national team kailangan niyang pumunta sa tryouts, no special treatment.”                             LVPI president Joey Romasanta commended the gesture of Valdez, who served as the country’s flag-bearer during the last SEA Games, saying that her willingness to join the tryouts during her break in the Thai League.          “’Yung sinabi ni Alyssa na uuwi siya rito to join the tryout for the national team is very commendable and a manifestation of her being a true athlete and her sincerest desire to serve the country via the national team,” said Roamsanta. “Ako, we are very hopeful that during the breaks in her (Thai League) schedule she will be able to join any of those tryouts.”       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles             .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

High five with PM Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets teachers and students of Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku on January 13, 2017 in Davao City. MindaNews photo by Manman Dejeto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Nobody is assured of a slot in the national team -- Vicente

Aspiring players seeking inclusion to the national women’s team will need to work and earn their spot to represent the country in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Head coach Francis Vicente buckled down to business after getting the nod from Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. Thursday to handle the team that will see action in the biennial meet set from August 19 to 31. The University of the East and national youth team mentor said that even the so-called stars and popular names will need to go through the process of screening and tryouts.   A national tryout set on February will be held in Manila, Cebu and Davao where Vicente will pick 16 players for the national pool. “Gusto ko ibalik ang dating sistema na halos magpatayan ang mga players para sa iilang slots sa national team,” said Vicente. “Gusto ko makita silang magutom kasi dun natin mapapatunayan na handa silang gawin lahat para sa bansa natin.” Once formed, the national team will participate in the Asian Under-23 Championship and Asian Senior Championship as part of their build up for the SEA Games.  Vicente, a decorated mentor who steered the University of Sto. Tomas girls high school team to numerous titles and molded the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo and the Santiago sisters Dindin and Jaja into volleyball gems, said that he will be strict with the process of choosing the members of the national team. He’s looking at a player’s dedication and willingness to sacrifice for the flag and country.  “Nobody is assured of a slot in the national team,” said Vicente. “Even if you’re my former player like Alyssa Valdez, everybody has to go through the process.” “You have to dedicate yourself. You will no longer carry the colors of your university or your club or your league,” he added. “You will carry the colors of your country. So I want her to submit herself if ever she’s interested in joining the national team.”  Valdez, who was a part of the national team that competed in the Asian U-23 Championship and the 2015 Singapore SEA Games where she was also chosen as the country’s flag-bearer during the traditional parade of nations, is set to fly to Thailand on January 15 to join 3BB Nakornnont in the Thai League and Thai-Denmark Super League until April. Valdez, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jaja Santiago as well as Aby Marano, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Denden Lazaro, Jia Morado, Bea De Leon, Rhea Dimaculangan, Grethcel Soltones and Maika Ortiz represented the country in its first volleyball participation in the SEA Games since 2005.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Davao’s 911 warns to block prank callers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Jan) – Davao City Central 911 head Emmanuel Jaldon warned to block from their database callers who continue to make prank calls. This came after the Central 911 here recorded a high incidence of prank calls last year with 63,644 calls, or at least 37.46 percent of the total 169,865 [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Auring leaves 1 dead, 7,206 displaced

MANILA, Philippines - A high school student drowned while 1,541 families or around 7,206 individuals were evacuated in Central Visayas, Davao and Caraga regi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Sandiganbayan orders ex-ERC chief tried over ‘pork’ scam

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan has found sufficient grounds to proceed with the trial for graft and malversation cases filed against former Davao de.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Property developer to build high-rise condo, BPO tower in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – The Accendo Commercial Corp., a joint venture company of Ayala Land and Anflocor, will launch this year two big ticket projects that will rise within the 10-hectare Abreeza Complex located at the heart of downtown Davao, following an economic boom here. Accendo Commercial Corp. general manager Luigi C. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

How Fil-Am coach Leo Balayon is leading a small US university to greater heights

Last December 16, Bethesda University, a little-known college from Anaheim, California made U.S. collegiate basketball history when it defeated the Divsion One school Cal State University - Northridge. The Bethesda Flames, led by Filipino-American coach Leo Balayon, became the only member of the National Christian College Athletic Association to defeat a Division One school. Born and raised in Davao, coach Balayon has decades of basketball experience under his belt. He played for Ateneo de Davao's basketball team and eventually became University of the Philippines' assistant coach. He played semi-professionally in China before joining his family in the US, where the sport followed him, and he became the head coach of the men's basketball team and the athletic director of Bethesda University. But it looks like he's found home. Balayon is not just breathing life into a little-known school, he's also providing second chances to players who have had a rough past.   strong>BUCKET LIST /strong> With the win, Balayon not only made history, but he was also able to cross something off his bucket list. 'I want to win against a division one team as a small school coach, that was one of the items on my bucket list,' he said.  And to add to the grandeur of their accomplishment, the win came against a coach like Reggie Theus, a 13-year NBA veteran. 'Being able to accomplish it this past week was really amazing especially doing it against a coach I respect, Reggie Theus is an NBA coach, NCAA coach he's been to the tournament, he's been an NBA all star,' Balayon said. But he didn't do it alone.    strong>BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL /strong> Along with the challenge of coaching a small school, his team consists of players who've had problems in the past, or have come from difficult backgrounds. But they're in it together, nonetheless. 'I know it's a small school, really challenging situation, but it actually allows me to find kids that need help and sometimes the kids we help they come from hard backgrounds. We've had kids who's moms were murdered. We have guys who've lost loved ones,' said Balayon.  Further embracing the situation, Balayon  appreciates the second chance the sport has given to his players.  'We can't get the top 25 high school recruits but we can get these kids that are overlooked and maybe some coaches shy away them just because of where they're coming from or their past mistakes. For us I use this platform to help kids have a second chance.'   strong>TAKE IT FROM THEM /strong> Bethesda Flames guard Rob Bush is a prime example of the hardships some of the players have went through. 'I had to put basketball down for a minute. Because my dad unfortunately died and then my mom was murdered so I had to put it down for a second. I just had to come take care of myself,' Bush said. But Bush is also living proof of how Bethesda's sports program and coach Balayon's coaching have done wonders to rejuvinate players' outlook in life. 'It's a blessing any time you can get on the court. It's blessing that we can wake up and have camaraderie whether it's ups or downs.'  Another player, 34-year-old Buddha Boyd believes the Flames were destined to play together, and are on their way to do great things. 'I always believed in this team was going to do something special because I'm 34, years old playing college basketball, I'm here for a reason,' the 6'5 swingman said.  'After getting to know my teammates and knowing their stories. I just see all of us came together for a reason, something special and the D1 win was just the beginning.'   strong>With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News /strong> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Duterte admin no hand in dismissal of high-profile cases — Sandigan chief

Duterte admin no hand in dismissal of high-profile cases — Sandigan chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2016

Pangasinan has most cases of HIV-AIDS in Region I

Pangasinan has most cases of HIV-AIDS in Region I.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 18th, 2016

Number of malnourished children in Davao still high

Number of malnourished children in Davao still high.....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016

Ang masasabi natin sa HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ng DoH — Do it right, please!

DAPAT bang mamigay ng condom ang Department of Health (DOH) bilang bahagi ng HIV/AIDS awareness campaign? Puwede. Dapat bang mamigay ng condom ang DOH sa mga kabataang estudyante sa elementary at sa high school? Hindi. Bakit? Sapagkat ang pamamahagi ng co.....»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016

Ang masasabi natin sa HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ng DoH — Do it right, please!

DAPAT bang mamigay ng condom ang Department of Health (DOH) bilang bahagi ng HIV/AIDS awareness campaign? Puwede. Dapat bang mamigay ng condom ang DOH sa mga kabataang estudyante sa elementary at sa high school? Hindi. Bakit? Sapagkat ang pamamahagi ng co.....»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016
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Sandiganbayan pending cases at an all-time high

Sandiganbayan pending cases at an all-time high.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2016