Leni keeps options open for 2022

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated yesterday she is keeping her options open regarding the 2022 presidential race......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 13th, 2019

Leni keeps options open for 2022

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated yesterday she is keeping her options open regarding the 2022 presidential race......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Robredo to Duterte: Focus on problems, not 2022 polls

Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday dismissed President Duterte’s latest pronouncement that she should not seek the presidency in 2022......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

VP Leni, Sara told: Don& rsquo;t seek presidency

​President Rodrigo Duterte advised Vice President Leni Robredo not to run for president in the 2022 polls, calling her clueless days after firing her as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

Azkals falls to Syria anew in World Cup Qualifiers action

A first half goal spelled the difference as the Philippine Men's National Football Team fell to Syria, 1-0 in their second meeting in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint Qualifiers, Tuesday at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, UAE.  The Azkals were able to hold their own on the defensive end against the top-seeded team in Group A, but could not prevent a 23rd minute strike from Ward Alslamh who found a way to escape the Pinoy defenders for an open conversion.  Defense was better for the Pinoy side in the second half, as they were able to prevent the high-scoring Syrians from doubling up, being the first team to hold the them to just one conversion in the second round of the qualifiers.  Unfortunately, the Azkals could not capitalize on their opportunities and could not come up with an equalizer.  With the win, Syria improves to five wins in as many matches for 15 points, while the Azkals absorb their second loss in the tournament, again at the hands of Syria, to fall to one two wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses for seven points. They drop back down to 3rd place in Group A.  The Azkals will have quite some time to get back to the drawing board as their next World Cup qualifiers assignment won't be until March 26th of the next year, when they host the Maldives at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2019

PNP open to reviewing, improving Oplan Tokhang

The Philippine National Police agreed to reassess "Oplan Tokhang" upon the request of Vice President Leni Robredo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2019

DBM to endorse EO on new salary hike for gov t workers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is "open" to endorsing an executive order allowing a new round of salary hike for government workers for the period 2020 to 2022. At the Senate budget plenary deliberations on Tuesday, November 12, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto questioned why the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Palace open to scrapping Oplan Tokhang

Malacañang will not have any objection if Vice President Leni Robredo proposes to scrap "Oplan Tokhang", where police officers knock on the doors of suspected "drug personalities.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2019

Pagdawat ni VP Leni sa pagka-antidrug czar post, walay labot ang Presidential election

Giingong walay kalabotan sa 2022 elections ang gihimong desisyon ni Vice President Leni Robredo nga dawaton ang tanyag ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nga himoung co-chair siya sa Inter-Agency Commission on Anti-Illegal Drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 8th, 2019

Robredo won’t be scapegoat for shortcomings of Duterte drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is open to help President Rodrigo Duterte address the country's drug problem, but she will not be made accountable for the “shortcomings” of his controversial drug war. Robredo spokesperson Barry Gutierrez made the statement after Duterte said offered the Vice President a Cabinet post  supposedly putting ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 1st, 2019

Wizards, Beal agree on 2-year, $72 million extension

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Bradley Beal has agreed on a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers. The agreement was confirmed Thursday by Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. ESPN first reported the details of the extension. Beal still had two years left on his existing contract. The extension kicks in for the 2021-22 season, has a player option for the following year and means that Beal won’t be part of what has been shaping up to be an NBA free-agent extravaganza in the summer of 2021. The Wizards were willing to give Beal a three-year extension that would have been worth about $111 million over three years. Beal went the two-year route and that protects his future options — he could opt out of the deal in the summer of 2022, coinciding with his 10th year in the league. The 10-year milestone is significant: By having that many years of service, Beal would be eligible to sign a new deal worth in excess of $250 million over the next five seasons. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard told a story as the team was getting ready to begin training camp of what he says to young players he meets for the first time: Work as hard as Beal. “It sounds easy,” Sheppard said. “Then you come in and you see all the work that Bradley puts in every day, all the leadership he exudes every day. He’s shown time and time again how committed he is to D.C.” Beal has played more minutes than any other NBA player in the last two regular seasons, is one of only five players to not miss a game in that span — and is the lone player to have started all 82 games in both of those seasons. He’s an elite scorer, 12th in the league last season at a career-best 25.6 points per game. And he will be the centerpiece again for a Wizards team that’s without point guard John Wall for the entire season as he recovers from an Achilles injury. Sheppard said Beal is poised for yet another big year, and that the way he was interacting with teammates in recent weeks didn’t give him any reason to believe he wasn’t committed to the team. “He’s ready to play this season,” Sheppard said at his preseason availability last month. “He’s a fantastic, fantastic person. He makes the whole team be better.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

Iran women attend FIFA soccer game for first time in decades

By Amir Vahda and Mehdi Fattahi, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many considered a victory in a decades-long fight by women in Iran to attend sporting events, they wrapped themselves in the country's vibrant red, green and white colors and watched with excitement as Iran thrashed Cambodia 14-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at Tehran's Azadi, or Freedom, Stadium. "We are so happy that finally we got the chance to go to the stadium. It's an extraordinary feeling," said Zahra Pashaei, a 29-year-old nurse who has only known soccer games from television. "At least for me, 22 or 23 years of longing and regret lies behind this." As one woman shouted from a passing minibus before the match: "We are here finally!" So far, Iran's hard-line Islamic theocracy is not willing to go as far some women would like. Authorities announced they will allow women to attend only international soccer matches. Women have been banned from many sporting events in Iran since 1981, during the early years of the country's Islamic Revolution. Iran is the world's last nation to bar women from soccer matches. Saudi Arabia recently began letting women see games. Under pressure from FIFA, Iran let a carefully controlled number of women into the stadium, allocating them 4,000 tickets in a venue that seats about 80,000 people, and arranged for 150 female security personnel in black chadors to watch them. They sat at least 200 meters (yards) from the few thousand men at the match. Iranian state television, which long has been controlled by hard-liners, aired footage of women cheering, and commentators even acknowledged their presence. "There can be no stopping or turning back now," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement. "History teaches us that progress comes in stages, and this is just the beginning of a journey." Iran faced a potential ban from FIFA international matches if it didn't allow women into the game. The pressure from FIFA and Iran's soccer-loving public has grown since September, when an Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a match set herself on fire and died upon learning she could get six months in prison. The self-immolation of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari, who became known as the "Blue Girl" for her love of the Iranian team Esteghlal, whose uniforms are blue, shocked Iranian officials and the public. At the match Thursday, a reporter with Iran's state-run IRNA news agency posted a video online of chador-wearing officers trying to grab a woman she said had a sign in Khodayari's honor. The crowd could be heard chanting, "Let her go!" The reporter wrote on Twitter that the woman slipped away from officers and ran off. Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men's sporting events. The effort to allow women back into stadiums has gone through fits and starts. In 2006, then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wanted women to attend matches to "improve soccer-watching manners and promote a healthy atmosphere." However, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, opposed the decision. Then, last year, Iranian authorities allowed a select group of women into Azadi Stadium by invitation only to watch the Asian Champion League final. Infantino said that "FIFA now looks more than ever toward a future when ALL girls and women wishing to attend football matches in Iran will be free to do so, and in a safe environment." Activist groups outside of Iran remain suspicious of Tehran. Amnesty International called the latest decision "a cynical publicity stunt by the authorities intended to whitewash their image." "Instead of taking half-hearted steps to address their discriminatory treatment of women who want to watch football, the Iranian authorities should lift all restrictions on women attending football matches, including domestic league games, across the country," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director. Still, many in Iran embraced the move, like shopkeeper Amir Ali Bagheri, who sold Pashaei a Team Melli jersey ahead of the match. Women "are so excited they are going to the stadium," he said. "God willing, there will be freedom sooner so that they can attend all matches, not just the national team matches. That will be much better." After the match, Pashaei said she hoped authorities would open up more matches to women so she could attend them with her family. "The 'Blue Girl' and her stories did help. Of course, efforts by women activists and feminists were very effective," she said. "We are happy anyway and hope this will continue, not just in national team matches." ___ Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2019

Azkals fall to Syria to open 2nd round of World Cup Qualifiers

The Philippine Men’s National Team started strong but could not sustain the momentum as they fell to Syria, 2-5 to open the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Thursday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.  The hometown crowd had a lot to cheer for in the opening moments of the match, as Javi Patiño struck early to give the Azkals the lead in the 7th minute of action.  It didn’t take long for the visiting Syrians to pull even as Omar Al-Soma connected on a header of his own to tie things up at 1-1 in the 15th minute. Syria would take a 2-1 lead into the midgame intermission thanks to a Khaled Almbayer in the 31st minute.  The struggles continued for the Azkals in the second half, as they opened with a handball violation, giving the visitors a penalty opportunity, which was converted by Firas Al Katib to make it a 3-1 lead.  Al-Soma would add to the Azkals woes as he found the back of the net in the 56th to make it a 4-1 advantage.  Mike Ott made things a bit interesting in the 84th minute, pulling one back for the Azkals to make it 4-2, but the momentum was short lived as Mahmoud Almawas answered back to make it 5-2 in the 86th.  The Azkals return to the pitch on Tuesday, September 10th when they face Guam at the Guam F.A. National Training Center in Dededo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

Leni Robredo vs. Sara Duterte possible in 2022

Leni Robredo vs. Sara Duterte possible in 2022.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsAug 17th, 2019

Four Indoor Sports You Can Try This Rainy Season

The rainy season is officially here but your fitness goals do not have to be put on hold. Check out these indoor sports you should try, be it on your own or with your clique.  Indoor rock climbing - You don’t always need sunshine and mountains to go climbing! There are countless indoor rock climbing options in the Metro which are suitable for beginners and experienced climbers. Some are even open for kids as young as 5-years old! Parkour - Want to run, jump, and swing like a true ninja? Join a parkour class and finish an indoor obstacle course as swiftly as you can. The coaches will give you warm-up exercises and teach you the basics first so no need to panic. You can just think of it as a real cool upgrade from the usual outdoor runs you do. Martial Arts - It never hurts to equip yourself and stay safe by acquiring self-defense skills. Plus, you can treat it as a sport or a new means to work out. So imagine getting fit, while getting stronger (and more street-smart). From Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Taekwondo, Arnis, and more—learn martial arts from top-notch training schools near you.  Indoor Cycling or Spinning - Ride a bike without worrying about the weather outside! Spin classes usually last for about an hour. Most studios level up the fitness experience by doing choreographed exercises—all while listening to the curated playlist of the trainer. They also provide full-body workouts during the ride. This is how you make burning fats extra fun and rewarding. But take note: just because you’re free from the smoldering summer heat, doesn’t mean you’re free from pawis, too, especially if you just take a shower. Don’t rely on chamba throughout these activities by using Rexona after every bath. Rexona has MotionSense technology that provides motion-activated protection from sweat and odor for up to 48 hours. Better safe (and sweat-free) no matter the weather—no matter what you do. The rainy season has just begun, but the adventures never have to end!    Shower lang, kulang. Say No to Chamba, Chamba freshness! Get guaranteed sweat and odor protection with Rexona.  Buy Rexona Anti-Stain +  Ice Cool or Rexona Powder Dry in sachet variant  for only Php 8 SRP in stores nationwide.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

Leonard-George tandem turns Clippers into legit contender

By Shaun Powell, At the moment of truth, Kawhi Leonard went against his persona and caused a shakeup that wasn’t so quiet after all. Quite stunning, actually, was the Friday (Saturday, PHL time) series of events that directly affected four teams, caused a major trade of unprecedented details, and influenced the NBA Finals MVP to sign a free agent contract with the Clippers and instantly turning a franchise without a banner into a hardcore contender. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! Leonard is now joined by Paul George, who finished third in the 2018-19 MVP balloting and who requested a trade from Oklahoma City at the 11th hour to essentially swap Russell Westbrook for Leonard. The Clippers are now bringing a pair of swingman who excel on both ends of the floor, giving them the sort of dynamic tandem that’s almost required to win a title these days. The price for George was steep — basically, the Clippers surrendered more for George than the Lakers did for Anthony Davis. They handed over a chunk of their future, with three unprotected first-round picks (2022, 2024 and 2026) belonging to the Clippers, a pair of coveted Heat first rounders (2021 unprotected and 2023 protected 1-14) that were owned by LA, and the option to swap first-rounders with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025. OKC also gets 20-year-old point guard Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and veteran shooter Danilo Gallinari. And so the Clippers drastically changed their personality in the span of a few years, replacing the “Lob City” era of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan with a feisty defensive club led by Kawhi, George, Pat Beverley and Montrezl Harrell. It’s also a team with three reputable scorers as well: Kawhi, George and Lou Williams. Imagine: The Clippers just upstaged the Lakers in an offseason where the Lakers added Davis to join LeBron James. Adding to the intrigue is the presence of Jerry West, the Laker Hall of Famer whose reign as general manager helped raise multiple banners, but whose touch as a consultant with the Clippers in this process is undeniable. Two summers ago when he joined the Clippers after serving the same role with the Warriors, it was West who persuaded the Clippers to trade Griffin, whom they just gave a maximum contract, to the Pistons. West believed Griffin’s best years were behind him and thought the Clippers would be better as a team with more salary cap flexibility going forward. Plus, West and GM Lawrence Frank traded Tobias Harris, the team’s leading scorer, to Philly at the February deadline rather than re-sign Harris this summer in free agency. All of this was done with the idea of signing an impact player in mind, and Leonard was that player and the Clippers’ top target over the last year. Leonard’s appeal to the Clippers was evident and easy to understand. He’s a player who can score 25 points and grab 7-8 rebounds and lock down his man on the other end of the floor. And of course, he just led the Raptors to a championship without being generously helped by a fellow superstar. Interestingly, Leonard had the option of having not just one, but two fellow superstars this summer had he chosen the Lakers. LeBron and Davis and Leonard would make for a championship favorite, especially when you add Kyle Kuzma to the mix. In the end, Leonard wanted to beat the Lakers, not join them. The Lakers still bring those three players, though, and will now garnish the team with minimum-waged players to fill out the roster. Already, Danny Green announced he’ll sign a two-year, $15 million deal with the Lakers, and Rajon Rondo is perhaps not far behind. Both the Lakers and Clippers could compete in the coming days for DeMarcus Cousins as well. The team harmed the most, at least in the immediate sense, is OKC. With the amount of top competitors in the West — Clippers, Lakers, Rockets, Nuggets, Jazz and Blazers among others — the Thunder likely will take a step back and could enter a semi-rebounding phase without George. Also: Could OKC be forced to part ways with Westbrook? The former MVP struggled at times last season and especially in the playoffs, and turns 31 in November, and is on a max contract. It’s not the type of atmosphere that fits Westbrook, who’ll soon enter his twilight. Thunder GM Sam Presti, if nothing else, has shown a willingness to do whatever it takes if it works for OKC. Lastly, there’s the Raptors, who must now go forward without their lone superstar. There are no other players on the level of Leonard that Toronto can chase this offseason. In addition, the core of their rotation is on expiring contracts — Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. The Raptors will surely groom Pascal Siakam to take a lead role with Leonard gone, yet will face major decisions next summer as they attempt to reshape the team. All of this is because Leonard caused a domino effect that ultimately moved mountains. Something of this nature and this magnitude doesn’t happen often in the NBA and is never done virtually overnight, given the amount of pieces involved and teams who put their existence on hold while Leonard stretched his decision nearly a week since free agency began. Evidently there was a reason for that. He wanted the Clippers but only if they could add another major piece. When other options dried up — Jimmy Butler unexpectedly signing with Miami and Kevin Durant with Brooklyn, for instance — the Clippers had to go the trade route. And George had to be convinced by Kawhi to force a trade. And OKC had to agree to that, rather than risk going through a season with an unhappy player. When the Clippers coughed up a bevy for draft picks, that put the entire process in motion. And in the end, basketball in LA became the big winner. It would not be unusual or unexpected if the road to the next conference championship goes through Staples Center and gets decided by one of its two home teams. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

Phillies Herrera accepts suspension for rest of season

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera has accepted a suspension for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The commissioner's office announced his decision Friday, two days after domestic assault charges against Herrera in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were dismissed. He had been charged with simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury stemming from an incident on May 27 at the Golden Nugget Casino. The woman, his girlfriend, declined to press charges. Herrera accepted a suspension that would include any postseason games. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to June 24 and covers 85 games. He will lose $2,634,409 of his $5 million salary, the amount due over the final 98 days of the 186-day regular season. He is in the third year of a $30.5 million, five-year contract and is due to make $7 million next season and $10 million in 2021. Philadelphia has club options for 2022 and '23. An All-Star center fielder in 2016, Herrera hit .222 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 39 games this season. He missed time in April with a hamstring injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

VP Robredo, malabong manalo bilang Pangulo – Malakanyang

Manila, Philippines – Goodluck!  Reaksyon ito ni Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo matapos na magpahayag si Vice-President Leni Robredo ng interes sa pagkandidato bilang Pangulo. Aniya, walang tsansa na manalo si Robredo kung ngayon isasagawa ang 2022 Presidential elections dahil mababa ang ratings nito. “If the elections were today, walang chance. O di ba mababa naman […] The post VP Robredo, malabong manalo bilang Pangulo – Malakanyang appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2019

Leni on seeking 2022 presidency: Everything is possible

Addressing the country’s present problems is Vice President Leni Robredo’s top priority, not the 2022 presidential elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Robredo on 2022 presidential bid: Anything is possible

Vice President Leni Robredo hinted at the possibility of seeking for the presidency in the 2022 national elections, saying that anything is possible......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

PVL: May Jia kami – Valdez on Creamline’s advantage

It is fact that Creamline has a really stacked line-up, but prized hitter Alyssa Valdez sees one very important advantage against the competition. Setter Jia Morado. “One of our advantages as a team aside from chemistry is really Jia,” said Valdez as the Cool Smashers gear up to defend their title in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Valdez and Morado will be back for the import-laden tournament together with a solid local line-up along with Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin and Venezuelan veteran Aleoscar Blanco.  “Madami kaming players na magagaling na spikers but I think Jia will play a crucial role and a crucial player in our team because she’s gonna run the plays,” said Valdez, who has been teammates with Morado since their UAAP days with Ateneo de Manila University. “She’s the one who would decide kung kanino niya ibibigay ang bola. With Jia, we’re really (going to) be composed. Hopefully ma-achieve namin ang goal namin.” Morado welcomes the beautiful problem of having a vast arsenal of talent to work with. “Oo naman. It’s hard kasi iba-iba sila ng sets pero parang nakikita ko naman and nakikita rin naman ng coach namin how we can utilize ‘yung strengths ng bawat players sa loob ng court,” said Morado. The playmaker will get a lot of scoring options in Valdez, their imports and local stars in Jema Galanza, newcomer Heather Guino-o, Michele Gumabao, Pau Soriano, Rissa Sato, Coleen Bravo, Rizza Mandapat, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Rose Vargas and Celine Domingo. Setting up the plays will also be an easy task for Morado with reliable liberos in Mel Gohing and Kyla Atienza while she can get a good rest if needed with another veteran playmaker Kyle Negrito coming off the bench. However, Morado down plays their tag as a ‘super team’.    “I don’t think we’re the super team,” she said. “I think all of the teams are equally strong this year. It just boils down to who jells well with their imports.” “Kasi we’re not only looking at all-Filipino line-ups eh, na-up pa ng level with a couple of imports per team,” the three-time Best Setter added. “So dun ang question kung sino ang aabot ng dulo and kung sino ang kayang i-absorb ng import ang system ng team.” Morado points out that the strength of Creamline is not with the names of their stars, but on the roles they are willing play to help the cause.  “We’re still hoping na balance pa rin ang offense namin na we’re not relying too much on our imports, we’re noyt relying on a couple of locals. We’re relying on a balance scoring offense,” said Morado. The Cool Smashers open their campaign on Sunday against PetroGazz.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019