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IBP Cebu City Chapter reiterates impartiality on recent debate

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter reiterated their impartiality in the recent mayoral debate on Friday, May 10, following claims on social media that the IBP had political inclinations. In a statement released on their official Facebook page, the IBP Cebu City said the debate was aimed […] The post IBP Cebu City Chapter reiterates impartiality on recent debate appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

Against backdrop of controversy, Red Sox honored by Trump

By Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — well, some of them — at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit. The team's manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the ceremony after citing his frustration with the administration's efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane. And nearly a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump's hand. Meanwhile, every white player on the team — as well as outfielder J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent — attended. The Red Sox repeatedly denied that there was any sort of racial divide caused by the White House visit, which has been transformed from moment of celebratory ritual to hyper-politicized event under Trump. And there was no sign of discord during the rained-upon ceremony on the White House South Lawn. The U.S. Marine Corps band played versions of "Dirty Water" and "Sweet Caroline," two unofficial Red Sox anthems. A derogatory shout about the Red Sox rival, the New Yankees, was heard. Trump was presented with a Red Sox jersey with No. 18 on the back. The day was not without mishaps: The White House first incorrectly labeled the team as the "Red Socks" on its website and then later, in an email, dubbed them the champions of something called the "World Cup Series." But Trump himself stuck to the correct script, honoring the team's dominant run to the title. "Frankly, they were unstoppable. I watched," said Trump, who noted that the squad had now won more World Series titles than any other franchise this century. He laughed when Martinez teased him for being a Yankees fan. The president was accompanied by two of the team's stars, Martinez and pitcher Chris Sale, from the Oval Office and joined the rest of the team assembled under the South Portico. The team's third base coach, Carlos Febles, who is from the Dominican Republic, stood two rows behind the president. And dozens of administration officials and members of government, many of whom hail from the six New England states, stood on the lawn to cheer. Tom Werner, the team's chairman, downplayed the no-shows, saying that it was each player's personal decision whether to attend. "We don't see it as a racial divide," he said after the team received a post-ceremony tour of the Lincoln Bedroom. "I think, to the extent that we can, baseball is apolitical." A championship team's coach rarely, if ever, misses the White House visit, a tradition that began in earnest in 1924 when then-President Calvin Coolidge invited the Washington Senators. Cora had considered attending Thursday's White House event to call attention to the plight of those in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria is estimated to have caused nearly 3,000 deaths. But in the end, he opted not to go. "Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting," Cora said in a statement. "Some people still lack basic necessities, others remain without electricity and many homes and schools are in pretty bad shape almost a year and a half after Hurricane Maria struck. I've used my voice on many occasions so that Puerto Ricans are not forgotten, and my absence is no different. As such, at this moment, I don't feel comfortable celebrating in the White House." Before the visit, Trump defended his stance on Puerto Rico, falsely asserting once again that the territory received $91 billion in hurricane relief money, which he claimed was "the largest amount of money ever given to any state." In fact, Congress has allocated Puerto Rico just a fraction of that figure. The White House has said Trump's $91 billion estimate includes about $50 billion in speculated future disaster disbursements that could span decades, along with $41 billion already approved. Actual aid to Puerto Rico has flowed more slowly from federal coffers, with about $11 billion given so far. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 cost the U.S government more than $120 billion — the bulk of it going to Louisiana. Trump nonetheless told reporters, "the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump." Those around the Red Sox locker room stressed that a player's decision to attend was a personal choice and not, in many cases, political. "Politically, it didn't matter who was in the White House. If I have an opportunity to go to the White House and meet the president, I'm going to go," relief pitcher Heath Hembree said Wednesday. "Nobody tried to persuade me. They have their reasons why not to go." For some players, it may be their only chance for a White House invite. It also reflects a larger trend across baseball: A number of players hail from Trump-friendly states like Texas and Florida, while the sport has also seen a surge in Latino players and a decline in African Americans. Having also won World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013, the Red Sox — who also visited wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday — have been honored at the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents. But the events have taken on sharp political overtones since Trump took office. When the New England Patriots visited in 2017, Trump's first year in office, far fewer players attended than when the franchise won a title under President Barack Obama. After several players on the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors publicly declared that they would skip White House ceremonies, Trump disinvited the teams. Trump has also instituted a new tradition for the ceremonies, scrapping gourmet meals in favor of offering plates of fast food to the athletes. The Red Sox were not at the White House for a meal, Werner said. Moreover, the optics of the Red Sox visit are certain to receive additional scrutiny due to the history of racially charged moments for both the team and the city it calls home. The Red Sox, infamously, held a failed tryout for Jackie Robinson before he broke the sport's color barrier. They were the last team in the major leagues to integrate. And an Elks Club in the team's former spring training home of Winter Haven, Florida, invited only white players to events, a practice that stopped only in the 1980s, when black players complained ___ Associated Press writers Kevin Freking in Washington, Jimmy Golen in Boston and David Ginsburg in Baltimore contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

Comelec exec waits for Tom’s request; Garma seeks probe on checkpoint incident

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is aware of the political situation in the city as both the police and the administration have manifested to the Comelec their concerns against each other through a formal request and a verbal statement. However, this might not be enough to place […] The post Comelec exec waits for Tom’s request; Garma seeks probe on checkpoint incident appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Political chaos envelops tennis as French Open approaches

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press Tennis is in turmoil as the French Open approaches. As three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka put it: "Politics have overshadowed the action on the courts." In a letter published Friday in The Times of London, Wawrinka decried his sport's "worrying decline in moral standards" and outlined several aspects of the ongoing drama enveloping the men's tour — and causing more of a racket than the rackets themselves. "I feel compelled to express my views on this regrettable period in our sport," said Wawrinka, who once was ranked as high as No. 3 and is currently 33rd after a series of injuries. "This episode has left many players, myself included, concerned about the direction tennis is heading in." There certainly has been a lot going on behind the scenes with regard to who runs the men's professional tour, and lately it's been spilling into public view. The conversation is sure to continue until a key vote for the ATP board of directors takes place May 14 in Rome — and through the next Grand Slam tournament, which begins at Roland Garros on May 26. Wawrinka slammed the representatives on the board and the player council, saying the problem is not with the governing structure but the caliber of the people in positions of importance. Wawrinka's letter mentions "political chaos" and the "numerous conflicts of interest" that plague tennis. It also prominently discusses a topic about which he already had been outspoken: Justin Gimelstob, the ex-player, coach and TV commentator who resigned from the tour board this week after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend. While Gimelstob's case still was pending, he was allowed to remain in his powerful ATP post. The 42-year-old American was sentenced April 22 to three years of probation, 60 days of community service and a year's worth of anger management classes for what prosecutors said was Gimelstob's attack of Randall Kaplan as they trick-or-treated with their kids in Los Angeles on Halloween in 2017. In a statement to the court, Kaplan said Gimelstob struck him multiple times and threatened to kill him. "There is no place in our sport for those who behave like Justin. The lack of responses from people involved in the game, particularly at the beginning of this saga, when he was charged last December, was alarming," Wawrinka wrote. "This is a situation where silence amounts to complicity." Wawrinka also referred to what he called a "concerted plot" to oust Chris Kermode as executive chairman and president of the ATP. Kermode's departure was announced in March after a vote by the board of directors. Rafael Nadal, who has won 11 of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the French Open, was among those who said they were not consulted before the decision was made to push out Kermode when his current term closes at the end of 2019. "Many players feel that they were not represented properly throughout the last few months, during which so much has happened politically. I agree with them," Wawrinka wrote. "I do not want to be associated with anyone who played a part in this, let alone be represented by them. I want to be represented by people with clear, strong ethical values." Novak Djokovic, who was involved in the Kermode situation through his position as president of the ATP player council, conceded that the business matters might have taken a toll on his performance. After earlier-than-expected losses at Indian Wells and Miami, the top-ranked Djokovic said: "Way too many things off the court. I guess that affected me a little bit on the court.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

Does Mayor Quisumbing’s family grudge affect his political career?

     Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing’s statement in response to his grandfather, Norberto Quisumbing Jr.’s press release is carefully calculated and well written. As a background, the older Quisumbing said that he now puts his vote and support on Jonas Cortes as mayor of Mandaue City, instead of his grandson, Luigi, because he believes […] The post Does Mayor Quisumbing’s family grudge affect his political career? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

PEACETALK: Building a truly independent, democratic, just, prosperous and progressive Philippines

(Statement of Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines at the 3rd round of the GRP-NDF peace talks in Rome, Italy on 19 January 2017) His Excellency, Eric Forner, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Government to the Philippines, Her Excellency, Ambassador Elisabeth Slattom, special envoy of the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

NDF open to bilateral truce before release of political prisoners

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) &'8212; Saying it is the &'8220;best gift the government and the NDF can give to the Filipino people this holiday season,&'8221; Labor Secretary and government peace panel chair Silvestre Bello III welcomed the statement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 12th, 2016

STATEMENT: Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on release of political prisoners

STATEMENT Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dueza Washington, DC, 4 December 2016 Earnest efforts have been ongoing on the releases of prisoners. But necessary legal processes take awhile as cases are within the jurisdiction of the judici.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 7th, 2016

Amnestiya sa political prisoners giit ni Agcaoili

IGINIIT ni bagong talagang NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Fidel V. Agcaoili sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang pagkakaloob ng amnestiya sa 432 political prisoners. Inihayag ito ni Agcaoili sa inilabas niyang opening statement bilang ba.....»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsOct 9th, 2016

Fate of political prisoners should not be hostage to peace pact — NDF

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/04 Oct) &'8212; The successful conclusion of the peace talks should not be made a precondition for the release of all political prisoners, National Democratic Front (NDF) chief peace negotiator Luis Jalandoni said in a statement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

Letter to the Editor: We are part and partners for change – Nagkahiusang Mag-uumang Organiko

Statement of Nagkahiusang Mag-uumang Organiko on its 2nd Founding Anniversary Celebration The election of President Duterte to office was evident enough to say that the mass majority of the Philippine population is fed-up with the shallow political promis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2016

PEACE TALK: A just peace must be founded on and sustained by reforms

(Opening statement of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines and Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic of the Philippines, at the GPH-NDF peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway, on 22 August 2016) Hon. Foreign Mi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2016

Aquino gripes about SC ruling

CATHERINE S. VALENTE AND JAIME R. PILAPILFORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd grumbled at the release of his political nemesis and predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday, releasing a four-page statement wondering why no one was held to account fo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 21st, 2016

No proof of ‘Bikoy’ claims vs opposition — PNP

The man claiming to be “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos left the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame on Saturday afternoon without submitting a sworn statement or any piece of evidence that police investigators can use to verify his allegations against opposition leaders who reportedly plotted to oust President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News1 hr. 46 min. ago

Venezuelan Negotiators Return to Norway for Talks

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition have returned to Norway for talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South American country, the Norwegi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News7 hr. 12 min. ago

IT-BPM sector grows, short of program

THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY and business process management (IT-BPM) sector, the country’s chief dollar earner aside from overseas Filipino worker remittances and also a key driver of property development, saw “signs of recovery last year” even as revenue growth fell short of target, the IT & Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) said in a statement last weekend......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News8 hr. 11 min. ago

Rift within Grupo Progreso-2

BOUND by a common ideology, members of a political party decide and act in unison especially when they make pronouncements in public. Personal interest is usually subordinated to party interest. When they can no longer agree, then they resign. That is the honorable act that gives credence to whatever prompted the disagreement and therefore without […] The post Rift within Grupo Progreso-2 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News10 hr. 33 min. ago

Venezuelan Negotiators Return to Norway for Talks

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition have returned to Norway for talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South American country, the Norwegi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News19 hr. 32 min. ago

OVP nakakuha ng pinakamataas na audit rating sa COA noong 2018

Manila, Philippines – Ang Office of the Vice President ang nakatanggap ng pinakamataas na audit rating mula sa Commission on Audit (COA) para sa taong 2018. Batay sa statement ng OVP, ipinakita ang ulat mula […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 26th, 2019

Filipino optimism that seems to never run dry

Filipinos are a decidedly happy and optimistic lot. Amid the political chaos and confusion “Bikoy” attempted to sow in the public mind about the integrity of the presidential family and…READ The post Filipino optimism that seems to never run dry appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2019