Japan PM offers PH drug war support

Japan PM offers PH drug war support.....»»

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Japan PM offers Philippines drug war support - Rappler

Japan PM offers Philippines drug war support - Rappler.....»»

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Japan PM offers PH drug war support

Japan PM offers PH drug war support.....»»

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Japan PM offers Philippines drug ... - Rappler

Japan PM offers Philippines drug ... - Rappler.....»»

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AFP to form task force to support PDEA drug war -

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Aussie rider claims Stage 2 of Le Tour de Filipinas

NAGA CITY --- Australian Sean Whitfield let his young legs do the heavy work when it mattered most to win by a wheel Stage Two of the Le Tour de Filipinas 8 that pedaled through unfamiliar territory in Albay and Camarines Sur on Sunday. Whitfield booked his first stage victory in an International Cycling Union (UCI) race in the 177.35-kilometer stage of the event presented by Air21, clocking four hours, 19 minutes and 21 seconds—the same time registered by 25 other riders, including general classification (GC) leader Daniel Whitehouse of Great Britain. LX Cycling Team’s Sanghong Park (Korea) finished second in the stage, followed by Spain’s Fernando Grualba (Kuwait Cartucho.Es) at third. A year younger than Whitehouse at 21, Whitfield positioned himself well at the tip of the bunch as it passed the red kite that denotes the final kilometer to give Australian Club Oliver’s Real Food Racing its first stage victory since its Le Tour de Filipinas debut last year. “Sprinting is a little bit my specialty,” said Whitfield, who also flashed potential climbing skills over the hills connecting Albay and Camarines Sur that offers a picturesque view of the Lagonoy Gulf. “I and my teammates made our attack in the final 10 kms but entering the final 300 meters, I went for the win and held on.” Stage Two marked the first time in several decades that a Philippine cycling race passed through the seaside roads from Tiwi in Albay to Camarines Norte’s first municipality coming from the south, Sagnay. “We raced already here, but that was a long time ago,” said Le Tour de Filipinas Race Manager Paquito Rivas, the 1997 Tour champion and the sole owner of the title Eagle of the Mountain. “But it was different then, the roads were not paved, but they still posed the same challenge.” Like Stage One, Sunday’s race that started from the Sorsogon Bay Walk in Rompeolas offered another technical challenge for the 69 cyclists. The first 100 kms were on the flat roads of the towns of Castilla and Dagara and the cities of Legaspi and Tabaco. Unfortunately for the foreign riders who are in the cou try for the first time, Mayon Volcano was again heavily covered by rain clouds. Kinan Cycling Team’s Jai Crawford (Australia) initiated a three-man breakaway and was solo the leader for more than 80 kms. He was first in the KOM but was a poor rider in the descent and was swallowed by the rampaging peloton in the final 30 kms. And that’s where the teamwork—and sprinting—came to play. Whitehouse made sure he would keep the yellow jersey for Monday’s 177.35-km Stage Three to Daet, Camarines Norte, and embedded himself with the lead bunch to cross the finish with the same clocking as Whitfield. Whitehouse maintained his 1:57 GC lead over countryman Benjamin Hill of Ataque Team Gusto and 1:58 over Japanese Ryu Suzuki (Bridgestone) in the top 10 halfway through the race supported by Petron and UPS as principal sponsors and Philippine Airlines as official airline partner. Stage Two saw a mild change in the composition of the top 10 in the GC with Fernando Grualba (Spain, Kuwait Cartucho.Es) jumping from ninth to fourth (2:00 behind), Jai Crawford (Australia, Kinan) staying at fifth (2:00), Eiichi Hirai (Japan, Ukyo) improving from seventh to sixth (2:04), Nathan Earle (Australia, Ukyo) rising from 10th to seventh (2:04), Salvador Guardiola (Spain, Ukyo) dropping from fourth to eighth (2:04), 2015 champion Thomas Lebas (France, Kinan) being relegated from sixth to ninth (2:04) and Edgar Nohales Nieto (Spain, 7 Eleven Roadbike Philippines) from eighth to 10th (2:04). The Filipino riders fared poorly in Day Two. Mark Galedo, the winner in 2014, crossed the finish in Stage Two at 33rd place, 2:13 after Whitfield, to drop two spots down to 15th position with an 11:38 deficit to the leader. Ruston Lim (7 Eleven Roadbike) was two ranks further at 17th in the GC while his teammate, Arjay Peralta was at 22nd spot. The Philippine National Team members could not get their rhythm and were further down the GC—Mervin Corpuz (38), George Oconer (39), Boots Ryan Cayubit (48), Jerry Aquino Jr. (62nd) and John Renee Mier (66th). Mark Julius Bonzo, riding for Laos-based team CCN, was in 63rd place. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2017

Random drug testing for HS students mulled

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to conduct random drug testing on high school students in support of the Duterte govern.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2017

San Miguel to build drug rehab centers

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is building a network of drug rehabilitation centers located in various areas around the country under a P1 billion grant it committed to give the government in support of its drive against drug addiction......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2017

Human Rights Watch: Japan should condemn Duterte's drug war - Philippine Star

Human Rights Watch: Japan should condemn Duterte's drug war - Philippine Star.....»»

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Human Rights Watch: Japan should condemn Duterte s drug war

MANILA, Philippines — Japan should condemn President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and not condone it, international group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on.....»»

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Japan offers help in addressing piracy, kidnapping problems in southern PHL - GMA News

Japan offers help in addressing piracy, kidnapping problems in southern PHL - GMA News.....»»

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Japan vows support vs piracy, terrorism

Japan vows support vs piracy, terrorism.....»»

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Japan assures support vs piracy, terrorism

Japan assures support vs piracy, terrorism.....»»

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North Korea fires missile, draws rebuke from Trump

North Korea fired a ballistic missile yesterday, drawing a strong rebuke from US President Donald Trump who vowed “100 percent” support for key ally Japan at a press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2017

Cocolife taps Padda to handle squad

Adamson University head coach Airess Padda will be making a debut in the local club scene after being tapped to handle Cocolife Asset Managers in the Philippine Superliga. br />   br /> The American coach is tasked to call the shots for the PSL's newest member, which will be led by former De La Salle University star Michele Gumabao and ex-Ateneo de Manila start libero Denden Lazaro. The Asset Managers are one of the projected seven teams that will see action in the PSL season-opening Invitational Conference, which will open on March 4 at The Arena in San Juan. 'We wanted her to handle the team kasi madadala niya ang bagong sistema na pwede pang ma-adopt ng mga players,' said team team official Joshua Ylaya Thursday during the press launch of the league at Centerstage MOA. Padda, founder and director of Malibu Palms Volleyball Club, according to Ylaya is a great choice for they wanted a mentor that doesn't have a lot of commitments. Padda, who was initially eyed as an assistant coach for their original choice, former De La Salle men's assistant coach and now New York-based Denis Mente, is handling the Lady Falcons in the UAAP. Cocolife is expected to be a force to be reckoned with when it makes its debut against Foton, F2 Logistics, Cignal, Petron and Generika. A new team under seasoned coach Sammy Acaylar would also be coming in as well as a guest team from Japan, which will join in the semifinals. Helping Gumabao and Lazaro are Wensh Tiu, former Ateneo player Therese Gaston, Erika Alkuino, Mika Esperanza and Rose Vargas with the rest of the lineup yet to be announced . The roster would be finalized after the NCAA season. “This is an attempt to break the barrier between Ateneo and La Salle players,” said Ylaya, who was part of the La Salle squad that won the 2003 UAAP men’s volleyball title. “We want to show that even if these players were rivals on the court during their college days, they are still friends off the court and can play together in one team.' Also present during the team launch were Cocolife Vice President of Broker Servicing Department Atty Francis Nob, Cocolife Assistant Vice President for Marketing Christopher Ponce, PSL president Ramon Suzara and PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico. Ylaya added that the team would be using the company’s blue and green colors to emphasize the unity among players from the two schools.  On the same note, Belo Intensive Whitening also vouched its full support to the country’s most prestigious semi-professional league that is entering its fifth year. Belo would be standing as title sponsor in the Invitational Conference and Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup. “Our company and the league are one in promoting the beauty and empowerment of Filipina athletes,” said Mario Garcia, brand manager for Belo underarm products.  “We are both happy and excited over this partnership. We’re looking forward to the success of this exciting endeavor.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2017

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism – CNN News

The stunning postcard-perfect vista surrounding Misael Lopez in this town about one hour from Madrid belies his constant anxiety, even fear. That's because the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq is revealing secrets he says his government doesn't want disclosed. &'8220;I'm concerned about my safety and my family's safety everywhere I go,&'8221; Lopez said as he walked the cobble-stoned streets of Toledo. Lopez, 41, says he reported what he says was a scheme to sell passports and visas for thousands of dollars out of the embassy and repeatedly turned down offers to get a cut of the money. But it was the response from his government &'8212; which has denied his allegations &'8212; that surprised him the most. CNN and CNN en Español teamed up in a year-long joint investigation that uncovered serious irregularities in the issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas, including allegations that passports were given to people with ties to terrorism. The investigation involved reviewing thousands of documents, and conducting interviews in the U.S., Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. One confidential intelligence document obtained by CNN links Venezuela's new Vice President Tareck El Aissami to 173 Venezuelan passports and ID's that were issued to individuals from the Middle East, including people connected to the terrorist group Hezbollah. The accusation that the country was issuing passports to people who are not Venezuelan first surfaced in the early 2000s when Hugo Chavez was the country's president, interviews and records show. A Venezuelan passport permits entry into more than 130 countries without a visa, including 26 countries in the European Union, according to a ranking by Henley and Partners. A visa is required to enter the United States. Over the course of the CNN investigation, Lopez provided documents that show he repeatedly told Venezuelan officials about what he discovered. But he said instead of investigating his allegations, the government targeted him for disclosing confidential information. U.S. officials were also made aware of his findings. &'8220;You cannot be a cop, and a thief at the same time,&'8221; Lopez said. &'8220;I decide to be a cop and do the right thing.&'8221; Doing the right thing has cost him. It didn't start out that way. Lopez, a lawyer who worked as a police officer in Venezuela, said he thought becoming a diplomat was a great career opportunity, which would also allow him to serve his country. With that in mind, he moved to Baghdad to start his new life at the Venezuelan Embassy. But, he recalled, he got an unwelcome surprise on his first day in July 2013. His new boss, Venezuelan Ambassador Jonathan Velasco, gave him a special envelope, he said. &'8220;He gave me an envelope full of visas and passports,&'8221; Lopez recalled. &'8220;He told me, 'Get this, this is one million U.S. dollars.' I thought it was like a joke. Then he told me here people pay a lot of money to get a visa or a passport to leave this country.&'8221; About one month later, Lopez said he realized it was no joke. An Iraqi employee of the embassy, who was hired to be an interpreter, told him she had made thousands of dollars selling Venezuelan passports and visas, he said. And he could make a lot of money, too. But Lopez said he told her it was wrong and he refused. The employee pressed the issue, telling him there were thousands of dollars to be made, he said, even discussing an offer to sell visas to 13 Syrians for $10,000 each. And, Lopez, said, she told him he could get a cut of the money, too. Again, he said he refused. &'8220;I suspect it might be terrorists; that's why I reject, of course, immediately,&'8221; Lopez said. And he said it just got worse. Lopez said he was stunned when he found a document inside the embassy. It was a list of 21 Arabic names with corresponding Venezuelan passport numbers and Venezuelan identification numbers. A Venezuelan immigration official told CNN that a cross-check of the passport numbers indicated that the passports are valid and match the names on the list Lopez found &'8212; meaning the people on the list could be able to travel using those passports. But incredibly, a publicly available database in Venezuela examined by CNN shows 20 of the 21 identification numbers are registered to people with Hispanic names &'8212; not the Arabic names listed on the passports. Lopez kept investigating what was going on inside the embassy. He said he even found the case of a convicted drug dealer with an Iraqi identification certificate that appears to show he was born in Iraq. But the man had a Venezuelan passport that said he was born in Venezuela. He kept evidence and notes of what he found. Concerned that the passport and visa scheme was continuing without his knowledge, Lopez investigated the embassy employee who he said had offered to sell passports. He took photos of her desk where he says he found the embassy's official stamp, used to authenticate visas, as well as sheets of papers printed with the Venezuelan government seal. He eventually fired the employee. Lopez did not have any other documents that would confirm the allegations against her. The employee did not respond to repeated requests from CNN for comment. In April 2014, only nine months after he started the job, he emailed a report to Ambassador Velasco about [&'].....»»

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Mickelson, 59-shooters Thomas, Hadwin set for Phoenix Open

JOHN NICHOLSON, AP Sports Writer   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) â&'128;&'148; Phil Mickelson was a fraction of an inch away from shooting 59 in his 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open victory. Playing partners Justin Thomas and Adam Hadwin are the latest members of the 59 club, and Thomas was plotting some good-natured ribbing at Lefty's expense. 'There will be some point where he will say something about how many majors he's won and this and that, and I will just ask him how many times he shot 59 in a competitive round,' Thomas said Wednesday, the day before the start of play at rowdy TPC Scottsdale. 'Then he will probably say something else about all the other majors he's won and I won't have anything to say. There are not many things I have on Phil, but that's one of them. I will make sure to remind him.' Mickelson will be quick to point out his three victories in the event. 'Yeah, they've both shot 59,' Mickelson said. 'I'm envious of that. I really am. But I have won this tournament three times and they haven't. We both have something to be jealous about.' Four years ago, closing on the par-4 ninth, Mickelson's 25-foot birdie try for 59 caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees to the other side of the hole and stayed out. 'That would have been a special moment,' Mickelson said. 'Just like the putt on the final hole at the British Open last year to shoot the lowest round in any major would have meant something. You don't get those opportunities very often. ... Both of them, I'm still in disbelief they didn't go in.' The 23-year-old Thomas is coming off a two-week break after sweeping the two events in Hawaii. He has won three of his last five PGA Tour starts, also successfully defending his title in Malaysia in October, but lost some of his edge during the layoff. 'It's OK. It's not as good as I'd like it to be, to be honest,' Thomas said. 'I took a week off completely, like I always do when I have two weeks off, and then just getting back into it, it took me a little longer than I would have liked.' Thomas opened the Sony Open with a 59 and was 49 under in two weeks in Hawaii. He's trying to become the first player to win three consecutive PGA Tour events since Rory McIlroy in 2014. 'I like the golf course,' Thomas said. 'It's in perfect shape. It's pristine. The fairways are firm and fast. The greens are firm. It's a great test of golf, an unbelievable field. It should be a fun week to watch. ... It's totally different than every other tournament we play in terms of atmosphere and crowds.' The 46-year-old Mickelson is playing the third of five straight weeks in his return from two sports hernia surgeries. He tied for 21st two weeks ago in La Quinta and tied for 14th last week at Torrey Pines. 'Knowing that I wasn't going to be 100 percent, to play the way I have the last couple of weeks, gives me a lot of confidence heading into these few weeks,' Mickelson said. 'It has more to do with the way last year went and getting the swing and the changes done last year, so that this year there aren't any.' The former Arizona State player also won at TPC Scottsdale in 1996 and 2005. He won the last of his 42 PGA Tour titles in the 2013 British Open. Fellow former Arizona State star Jon Rahm won Sunday at Torrey Pines for his first PGA Tour title. 'I have lived here for the last five years. I consider this my home,' Rahm said. 'The support I get from the fans here is unconditional. I don't get the support like this even almost when I go back home to Spain.' Jordan Spieth also is returning from a two-week break after tying for third at Kapalua and tying for third at Waialae. He tied for seventh in 2015 in his only other appearance in the tournament. 'These greens are very pure,' Spieth said. 'If you're putting well, you can really putt well out here.' Hideki Matsuyama won last year, beating Ricky Fowler on the fourth hole of a playoff. The Japanese star has finished at 14-under 270 in each of three starts in the event. 'That's going to be my goal for the week,' Matsuyama said. Matsuyama won four times worldwide late last year, taking the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China, two events in Japan and Tiger Woods' unofficial Hero World Challenge in December. 'I have played well the last six months or so,' Matsuyama said. 'I didn't have real good tournaments at Sony and Farmers, so I'm a little reluctant to say I'm in top form. But hopefully coming back to the desert, especially here in Scottsdale, it will revitalize me.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2017

Bolt resigned to losing relay gold, but not holding grudges

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Usain Bolt says he is resigned to the fact that he's lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals, but isn't holding any grudges against drug-tainted Jamaican relay teammate Nesta Carter. Carter has said he will appeal after re-analysis of his sample from the 2008 Beijing Games using more advanced scientific methods returned a positive test to the prohibited stimulant methylhexaneamine. The result announced by the International Olympic Committee last week meant Jamaica was stripped of the 4x100-meter relay gold, one of Bolt's unprecedented three gold medals at three consecutive Olympics at Beijing, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro last year. Bolt and fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday for a Nitro Athletics meet which begins Saturday. 'Initially (I was) disappointed, of course,' Bolt said at Melbourne airport. 'But in life, things happen ... I'm not sad, I'm waiting to see if Nesta is going to appeal or whatever,' Bolt added. 'So right now I'm just waiting to see what's going to happen. But I gave up my medal.' Carter teamed with Bolt on three straight world championship relay-winning teams, from 2011 through 2015. He also took an individual bronze in the 100 in 2013 in Moscow, behind Bolt and Justin Gatlin of the United States. Carter, who did not compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year, faces a ban from the IAAF. Bolt, Powell and Michael Frater, the fourth member of the relay team which crossed the line in a world record time of 37.1 seconds at the Beijing Games, are all in Melbourne to compete in the Nitro Athletics series. The meet held over three nights will feature six teams of 24 track and field athletes — 12 women and 12 men — from Australia, an international team representing the Bolt All-Stars, China, England, Japan, and New Zealand. Organizers say the team-based competition 'combines strength, endurance, power and extreme energy' and includes sprint, distance, field and para-athletic events. The series continues on Feb. 9 and 11, also at Melbourne's Lakeside Stadium. Former 100-meter world record holder Powell also served a doping ban in 2014 after testing positive to the stimulant oxilofrine, although his sanction was reduced from 18 months to six following a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 'We went out there as a team and we did what we had to do,' Powell said Wednesday. 'It's very unfortunate and we have to look to the future. We've accomplished a lot and we just need to be positive about everything right now. I'm in no position to say what should and should not be (banned). It is what it is. Some things aren't fair.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Amnesty: Lack of probes in drug deaths creates climate of impunity

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential support for the police and a lack of "meaningful" investigations into drug-related deaths have created a climate of impuni.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

UP's Kathy Bersola: A swan song for the books

Make or break. For graduating University of the Philippines player Kathy Bersola, UAAP Season 79 is the year that will define her collegiate career.     The middle blocker vows to give everything to bring glory to the Lady Maroons, who remain in search of a follow-up title after winning it all in Season 45.      “I don't know about what everyone else thinks, but for me, it's now or never since it's my last year,” said Bersola, who is one of the three key graduating players together with hitter Nicole Tiamzon and libero Princess Gaiser. After the departure of some key players in other teams including those from reigning champion De La Salle and Ateneo de Manila, Bersola boldly announced that they are looking to make this season the year of the Lady Maroons. “So for me, it's my time, it's our time, the seniors. So ‘yun talaga, gagawan talaga namin ng paraan. Tatrabahuhin talaga namin, para maging kami naman, para maging turn namin,” she said. “But we have to work on it, hindi naman siya ibibigay ng iba, so we will make it our time.” Much is expected from UP, which is parading an intact core with only Jewel Lai missing after the setter transferred to a different school after last season. The Diliman-based squad also had a long preparation for the tournament, joining different competitions including three stints in the V-League. UP also trained in Japan early January while individually the players of coach Jerry Yee improved not only in skills but also in maturity making the Lady Maroons one of the top title contenders this season.     “Well, alam naman namin sa sarili namin na ang expectations ng iba ay (mataas). Kami naman din kasi, may sarili kaming expectations, so kung ano man ‘yung expectations ng iba, medyo at par naman siya with what we expect from ourselves,” said the 20-year old Bersola. “So ayun, okay lang, tinatanggap lang namin and ginagawa naming inspiration lahat ng sinasabi ng mga tao sa amin.” And they are looking to surpass their fourth place finish last year. “Kasi ang goal naman namin always is to be better than our previous campaigns,” Bersola said. The senior added that they know they have a big chance to accomplish that this year. “Well, tina-try talaga namin na mag-level up noong offseason. Marami kaming ginawa. We focused on conditioning, we even went outside the country para mag-training and ayun, we spent most of the time together, halos every day kami nagte-training, pag minsan lang talaga kami nagbe-break,” she said. “And I think all these sacrifices and everything that we get, all the support that we get, makakatulong talaga siya sa pag-angat namin this season. Kung magagamit namin wisely yung experiences na na-gain namin from the past year.” Personally for Bersola, who had to endure an early exit back in Season 77 because of a knee injury, she wants to make her last collegiate journey to be a memorable one.   “The goal is to do my best in every game and not waste all the effort and all the years I've put into this,” Bersola said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2017

PNP chiefs in Luzon support change in anti-drug protocol

PNP chiefs in Luzon support change in anti-drug protocol.....»»

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