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New 6th ID chief assumes post

MANILA, Philippines - Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega is the new commander of the 6th Infantry Division (ID) based in Maguindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

SPO3 Sta. Isabel’s superior relieved

MANILA, Philippines - The chief of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) was relieved from his post and placed under restrictive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Bato ready to resign

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa is willing to give up his post if President Duterte will ask h.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

DA readies P1-B worth of post-harvest facilities

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to collaborate with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on a farm mechanization project that aims to improve post-harvest practices of Filipino farmers......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Sereno suspends work in Cagayan de Oro courts

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday evening announced the cancelation of work in Cagayan de Oro courts on Tuesday following th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Soldier-peacebuilder is new Westmincom chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) &'8212; A bemedalled soldier who is active in  peace-building activities in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao is the new commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom). Major Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., commander of the 6th Infantry Division, took over the post of Maj. Gen. Mayoralgo Dela Cruz during installation rites [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Duterte won’t declare martial law – DOJ chief

MANILA, Philippines - Martial law is out of the question for President Duterte and his threat to declare it was only due to exasperation, Justice Secretary V.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

PNP exec relieved over missing guns

URDANETA CITY, Philippines – The chief of police here has been relieved from his post pending an investigation into missing firearms......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Sec. Mariano turns over P7M PHF in Biliran

Agrarian Reform secretary Rafael Mariano turned over a P7.1-million worth of post-harvest facilities (PHF) to the Balaquid Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

YEARENDER: Leni moves on after falling out with Rody gov’t

MANILA, Philippines - Despite losing her Cabinet post as housing chief, Vice President Leni Robredo vowed to continue her work to help uplift the lives of ma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Romeo's big day drives Batang Pier past NLEX

Friday the 13th typically casts fear on many people due to its notorious reputation of bringing bad luck. However, it seems like the Batang Pier are immune  to such curses. Behind yet another big scoring performance from the dynamic Terrence Romeo, Globalport zoomed past the NLEX Road Warriors, 110-96, in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the MOA Arena. The win gave the Batang Pier their second for the year for a 5-3 mark but more importantly, Globalport is now 3-0 in Friday the 13th games (per chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III), a nice statistic if you're into that kind of stuff. Romeo scored a season-high 22 points in the first half, leading the charge for Globalport as the PBA's lone neon green team took over solo third as of posting time. The reigning two-time scoring champion finished with 32 to go along with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. For the second straight game, the Batang Pier raced to a big advantage, leading by as much as 21 points before losing it in the fourth quarter. However, for the second straight game, Globalport flashed maturity after the Road Warriors got to within eight, recovering just in time to post a 14-point victory. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Fresh off a victory, Justin Thomas joins the 59 club

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   HONOLULU (AP) — Staring over the top of a bunker on his final hole, the prudent play for Justin Thomas might have been to make sure he got out of the sand and avoided a big number. But then, Thomas didn't care about a big number. It was about golf's magic number. 'This isn't a time for me to lay it up,' Thomas said Thursday at the Sony Open. He hit a 5-iron so clean and so high that it carried 207 yards into a light Pacific breeze to 15 feet on the par-5 ninth hole at Waialae Country Club. Thomas poured in the eagle putt for an 11-under 59, becoming the seventh player to post a sub-60 round in PGA Tour history. For a brief moment, he reacted as if it were little more than the perfect finish to a great opening round. He stretched out his putter that was still in his left hand, smiled and punched the air with his right fist. Only when he looked over at Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger, the two witnesses to a 59 that Thomas made look easy, did the sense of history start to hit him. Berger thrust his arm in the air. Spieth, his best friend in golf since they were 13, crouched as the ball neared the cup and delivered a left-handed fist pump as both raced over to congratulate him. 'I think I got more excited from seeing them get excited than I did my putt going in,' Thomas said. 'I thought about it going up to the green. I'm like, 'If I make it, what am I going to do?' It's not like winning a tournament. You have three days left to try to play well. So I didn't really know how to react. I never had a putt on the last hole on a Thursday mean that much.' It was different from the feeling he had four days ago when he won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. That was his third victory on the PGA Tour, and the 23-year-old Thomas is sure to win more. 'I don't have many chances to shoot 59,' he said. Jim Furyk was the last player with a sub-60 round when he closed with a record 58 at the Travelers Championship last summer. Furyk also had a 59 in 2013 at the BMW Championship, joining the exclusive group that includes Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Classic), Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational), David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Classic), Paul Goydos (2010 John Deere Classic) and Stuart Appleby (2010 Greenbrier Classic). This was special because he made it look so easy. He began by pitching in for eagle from 35 yards. Thomas never hit more than a 7-iron into the par 4s at Waialae on a perfect day for scoring — very little breeze, fast fairways and soft greens. That 7-iron was chipped under the trees and into a bunker on No. 8 when he was trying to save par. His only bogey came on his second hole, the par-3 11th, when his tee shot went into a bunker and he missed an 18-foot par putt. Duval was the only other player to shoot 59 with an eagle on the last hole. Furyk at Conway Farms is the only other player to shoot 59 with a bogey. Spieth was more nervous than Thomas and far more demonstrative. Thomas had a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 7 that looked good even when it was inches from the cup until burning the edge. Spieth clutched the back of his neck and was still asking how the putt didn't fall when he walked onto the next tee. He was talking to himself, of course. He gave Thomas his space. 'It's like sitting on the bench with a teammate throwing a perfect game,' Spieth said. 'It was awesome. What an awesome last five rounds he's had.' Thomas first thought about a 59 when he found an extra long tee at the par-5 18th and figured that was an omen for him to tee it high and hammer a high draw, which left him only an 8-iron into the green. He narrowly missed his eagle putt and settled for a 29. The way he was playing, he expected to go lower, and he did. 'When I was on 18, I thought about 59. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing, but I just knew that I was driving it well,' he said. 'And if you drive it well out there, you can make a lot of birdies.' He followed with three birdies in four holes, and two years at Alabama was enough for him to start doing the math. 'He had full control of his golf swing,' Spieth said. Spieth and Berger were along for the ride. They all graduated high school in 2011 and grew up in junior golf. They were together a few weekends ago at a resort in Maui ahead of the Tournament of Champions. And they put on quite a show, with Spieth and Berger each shooting 65. On only three holes — No. 15, 5 and 8 — did someone in the group not make birdie or better. Their best-ball score was 17 under. Thomas started to think a 59 wasn't in the works when he was fooled on a 10-foot birdie chance on No. 5 and the putt on No. 7 somehow stayed out. He kept his hopes alive with a 10-foot par save on No. 8, knowing he could get home in two on the par-5 ninth hole. And then he hit into a bunker. 'I saw some sand flying and I was ready to punch something,' Thomas said. 'I was pretty upset about that, because I felt like all chances right there gone.' But then he saw Berger hit out of the bunker with a 4-iron, and Thomas took 5-iron and 'absolutely flushed it.' One putt later, he posted the eighth sub-60 score in history, and became the youngest to shoot 59. Thomas planned to go to the North Shore in the afternoon. Even watching from the beach, he can appreciate the feeling of catching a big wave. He's on one right now. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Matteo is action hero in ‘Across the Crescent Moon’

That’s Matteo Guidicelli for you. Fil-Italian. Dad is Italian businessman based in Cebu, where Matteo’s mother comes from, belonging to the illustrious Fernan clan. Matteo’s grandfather is cousin to the late Supreme Court Chief Justice and Senate President Marcelo Fernan......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Neri-Chaves Clan: A Tale of Southern Nobility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, the crown jewel of Mindanao, is the country’s newest boom town, experiencing an accelerated level of modernization and real estate investments. Infrastructures such as hotels, malls and condominium towers are vigorously constructed one after the other to accommodate the influx of new residents and visitors to the city. Proof that, Cagayan de Oro as it is fondly called, had long since shed its small-town roots, to become the mega melting pot of pioneering entrepreneurs and upwardly mobile young professionals that it is today. Apart from the perks and comforts of living in a highly urbanized city, people who call Cagayan de Oro home also bask in its rich and colorful history that dates back to pre-colonial times. One clan in particular has been a prominent figure in the city’s enduring saga and cultural evolution. The Neri-Chaves family are descendants of a strong-willed Rajah whose resoluteness drove him to seek out dominions beyond his stronghold’s fertile terrains in Lanao province. The Malay prince, whose name was Samporna, or Sanskrit for ‘perfect’, decided to invade Cagayan or Kalambagohan as it was then known. Excerpts from the writings of the Neri-Chaves family historian, Filomeno M. Bautista, recounted how a potential bloody struggle was averted, when the then chief of Kalambagohan, Datu Bagani, sent his beautiful daughter guarded by his bravest warriors to meet Rajah Samporna. She was to initiate the conditional surrender, so that their people would not be enslaved by the invaders. It was told that the Rajah, captivated by Datu Bagani’s daughter, ended up marrying her. The prince also built a fortress around their village in Kalambagohan to protect them from other conquistadores. Rajah Samporna later succeeded the Datu as ruler of Cagayan. He also converted from Islam to Christianity to solidify his devotion to his wife’s religion, and in 1779 was baptized by a Spanish priest with a peculiarly Italian name, Neri. It ushered an era of peace in Mindanao, when Muslims lived harmoniously with Christians. The Neris intermarrying with the Chaveses of Cagayan was perhaps providential as it produced one of the most enduring clans in the country. Today, the Neri-Chaves clan is many thousand strong. Well-known lawyer and congressman Rufus Bautista Rodriguez attributes the successes enjoyed by many family members throughout many generations to the tireless pursuit of life’s true purpose. “We are hardworking people. We are also fortunate to have had many individuals in the family who continue to inspire us, like Vice President Emmanuel Neri Pelaez and Ambassador Felino Neri”, Rodriguez said, adding in jest, “At mga gwapo, gwapa pa!” Most if not all of Cagayan de Oro’s earliest leaders, from Governors to Mayors, were members of the Neri-Chaves family. Some became pioneers in other fields like business, education and the arts, from Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan to musicologist and concert pianist Vilma May Chaves Cataylo. The clan has had three grand reunions, first in 1985, then in 1993, and the most recent one took place in August 2016 where hundreds of family members came together from all over the world to rekindle family ties. Jessica Dingcong, who spearheaded the recent reunion held at the Chaves family-owned Chali Beach and Mallberry Suites in Cagayan de Oro City, wants to inspire the next generation to carry on the legacy of benevolence and integrity of their forebears. “We should be proud that we are very family oriented,’ Dingcong said. In attendance at the grand reunion were the Neri-Cheves clan’s many young professionals and millennials. Sixth generation Neri-Chaves and journalist Alessandra Marie Chaves Jalandoni, who carries her nickname Apples professionally, admits feeling the pressure of belonging to a family of achievers. “We have some pretty big shoes to fill, so we soldier on, and never give up,,” Jalandoni said, adding that, “We have always been taught to do the right thing, and not just what looks good on paper.” Jalandoni’s maternal grandfather Engineer Camilo Vamenta Chaves was a World War II veteran and subsequently Dean at the family-owned Liceo de Cagayan University. Her mother Alma Marie Chaves Jalandoni is a pioneer in garments manufacturing and export in the Philippines. Current Social Security Services Commissioner Pompee La Viña will head the next Neri-Chaves grand reunion in 2018. La Viña is the son of Lourdes Chaves Maestrado La Viña who was the first woman elected to the City Council in Cagayan de Oro. His younger brother is former Ateneo School of Government dean and climate change lead negotiator Tony La Viña. Commissioner La Viña hopes to welcome many more family members to their tight-knit Mindanaon clan. “It roots us in Mindanao, the blood of Mindanao is running through us,” he said. La Viña also ponders on how leadership is ingrained in the members of the clan. After all they are descendants of a warrior prince. But the word is also taking on a new meaning as the Neris and Chaveses usher Mindanao to its most vibrant era. “We will always be leaders, we are simply inclined to lead,” La Viña maintained, “but to lead as serving the people rather than ruling them.” (By J. C. Bautista) &'160; 121&'160;total views, 121&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Draxler marks PSG debut with a goal in 7-0 French Cup win

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer br /> Germany winger Julian Draxler marked his Paris Saint-Germain debut with a fine goal as the French Cup holder thrashed Bastia 7-0 to reach the fourth round on Saturday. Draxler joined from German club Wolfsburg this week in a deal reportedly worth up to 47 million euros ($49 million). He came off the bench in the 58th minute with the score already 4-0, thanks to goals from center half Thiago Silva and midfielders Adrien Rabiot, Christopher Nkunku and Thiago Motta. But Draxler completed the rout with one minute left, sprinting onto a defense-splitting pass from winger Hatem Ben Arfa, holding off a defender and drawing the goalkeeper off his line before smoothly sending the ball into the top right corner from a narrow angle. The other goals came from wingers Lucas — with a penalty — and Angel Di Maria. All of the first-division sides have reached the fourth round so far, with Lille, Dijon, Nancy, Guingamp and Nantes also winning, while Monaco won on Friday. Following a quiet opening, PSG started cutting loose after Silva made a sharp run to the near post and scored with a firm glancing header in the 30th. Returning from two months out with a thigh injury, Rabiot hit a fierce swerving shot with the outside of his left foot from 25 meters out to make it 2-0 in the 43rd. The 19-year-old Nkunku scored an excellent third in the 48th, winning the ball in midfield and embarking on a solo run before finishing confidently. A shoddy Bastia side leaked a fourth when Motta headed in Ben Arfa's curling cross in the 57th. Lucas and Di Maria scored the next two. French league leader Nice, Lyon, and Marseille are among the teams in French Cup action on Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

BuCor Deputy Chief quits post

BuCor Deputy Chief quits post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Motiejunas' new mission with the Pelicans: Get Davis open

em>By Brett Martel, Associated Press /em> METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Donatas Motiejunas, the Pelicans' new seven-footer, might sound delusional to more cynical NBA observers. Two of the first topics Motiejunas discussed after his first practice with the Pelicans on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) were the health of his back and the Pelicans' playoff prospects, offering rosy outlooks on both fronts. 'I'm going to prove it when I get on the floor,' Motiejunas said when asked about fighting the perception that he's been damaged goods since back surgery near the end of the 2014-15 season. 'I don't see an issue to fighting through this.' The versatile Lithuanian, who has left and right post-up moves, hits about 31 percent of his three-point attempts and draws praise for his passing ability, also sees himself as a boost to the Pelicans' playoff chances. New Orleans is eight games below .500 (14-22), but sat just two games out of the final Western Conference playoff spot heading into Wednesday night's (Thursday, PHL time) NBA slate. When Motiejunas was asked whether he saw his stint with the Pelicans, which will pay him a pro-rated veteran minimum of about $600,000, as an audition for when he becomes a free agent again next summer, he answered by talking about team goals. 'I'm here to help the team win. I'm not here to look at my personal stats,' Motiejunas said. 'If this team is going to make the playoffs and I'm going to help them, it's going to put my value up regardless.' Motiejunas later added, 'As long as we're going to stay healthy, this team right now can make a big push.' A handful of teams expressed interest in signing Motiejunas, who has played four seasons in the NBA with Houston, averaging 7.8 points and four rebounds. They were all offering about the same pay because most teams at this point in the season are restricted to paying the NBA minimum for new free-agent acquisitions. Gentry said the Pelicans had internal discussions about trading for Motiejunas last year and were pleased to be able to get him now in a low-risk, free-agent deal. Gentry said the presence of Anthony Davis and up-tempo, evenly spaced offense the Pelicans run appealed to Motiejunas. 'The opportunity to play alongside a great player — obviously it makes the game easier,' Gentry said. 'The system that we run is something that was appealing to him.' And for New Orleans, having a big-man with passing skills and shooting range helps Davis because he 'can take away some of the potential double-teams' that Davis might otherwise see. Indeed, Motiejunas said his mission is to help Davis 'get wide open shots.' 'I'm a creator,' Motiejunas said. 'I can take the ball to the paint, force the defense to collapse on me and dish the ball to [Davis], and without a lot of energy waste he can get an easy bucket.' The Pelicans have used a smaller, quicker lineup recently with the 6’11” Davis at center. It has paid off in the form of five victories in seven games. Gentry said Motiejunas will likely play center, but his ability to run and pass means a lineup shift, with Davis moving back to power forward, should not disrupt the rhythm with which New Orleans has played lately. Davis agreed, saying Motiejunas has 'a high basketball IQ, but the thing that stands out to me the most is his ability to pass. ... It gives me another opportunity to get out on the floor and roam, step out and shoot the ball, or be able to attack more.' As a restricted free agent last offseason, Motiejunas signed an offer sheet from Brooklyn worth about $36 million over four years. Houston initially sought to match it, but ultimately allowed the 26-year-old to become an unrestricted free agent after negotiations broke down, in part because of the player's history with back injuries. He played in only 37 games last season, but also only missed one regular season game after Feb. 27 and played in five playoff games. Motiejunas said he's been working out on his own in Vancouver the past five months and is in 'really good shape.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

6 drug suspects up for preliminary probe before DoJ

Six drug suspects, including three Chinese nationals, will be brought back to the Department of Justice today for the preliminary investigation over their alleged involvement in the R3.6-billion worth of shabu seized in San Juan City last December......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2017

6 RTC judges shortlisted for CA justice post

6 RTC judges shortlisted for CA justice post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 1st, 2017

DOJ chief seeks overhaul in immigration bureau

MANILA, Philippines - An overhaul in the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is necessary to address corruption in the agency, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 26th, 2016