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Philippine politics on the fast drive

Do you know why there are so many people who, despite obvious lack of “bona fide” intention to serve in elective office, have the gall to submit themselves as candidates?.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 11th, 2018

‘Impeach’ gang

“Their ultimate purpose in their bid to form a bigger bloc in the Senate is part of the plot to oust Duterte through impeachment. Impeachment is no longer just a constitutional remedy to remove an unwanted President as far as Philippine politics is concerned. It has become an obsession of the opposition. Under the 1987 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

PVL: Pacres out to prove her worth

Dimdim Pacres is out to prove that she’s still a vital cog for the University of Sto. Tomas. When Tacloban head coach Nes Pamilar asked Tigresses mentor Kungfu Reyes for the services of Pacres, the Cebuana native saw it as an opportunity to make up for her less than stellar performance in the last season of the UAAP.  In just two games with the Fighting Warays in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference, the opposite hitter has been showing her brilliance on offense averaging 19.5 points per outing. On Saturday, Pacres dropped 21 points including 18 from attacks in the Fighting Warays’ 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, win over Pocari Sweat-Air Force to snap a three-game losing slump to end the first round elimination.  “Malaking opportunity siya kasi doon ko lang ma-prove ulit ‘yung self ko kasi ang panget nga ng pinakita ko nu’ng (UAAP) season,” said Pacres, who joined Tacloban last week together with Jeannie Delos Reyes. The hitter was considered as one of UST’s top hitters heading into Season 80 together with Sisi Rondina and then rookie Fil-Italian Milena Alessandrini especially with EJ Laure sitting out because of a shoulder injury after a great run in Season 79 and in pre-season tournaments. But Pacres admitted that she underperformed in the last UAAP tournament and this is a chance for her to bring back her dangerous form especially with newcomers vying for position in the Tigresses' lineup which include top rookie opposite hitter Eya Laure.     “Kailangan ko talaga i-prove sa kanila at ibalik ko ‘yung sarili ko kung paano ako maglaro sa loob,” said Pacres, who also played in the Philippine Superliga Invitational for Smart. Pacres is one of Pamilar’s replacements for Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez, who were recalled by the University of the East. “Nakipag-tune up kami sa UST sakto naman na nakausap ko si coach Kungfu at Rev. Fr. (Jannel) Abogado. Nagpaalam ako kay Father so maganda naman ‘yung tanggap niya sabi niya, ‘sige kung kailangan mo na paglaruin mo na,’" said Pamilar. “Actually dalawa ‘yan ‘yung isa (Alina Bicar) naglalaro pa sa Unigames siguro pagbalik ng isa mas magiging buo kami.” Pacres debuted last Wednesday, scoring 18 points in a five-set loss to Ateneo-Motolite. “Kasi naubos ako,” she said of her last outing." Kakabalik ko lang kasi ng laro kasi ang tagal ko nakapahinga kasi simula sa PSL pa ko huling naglaro, sa ust training-training tapos tuneup, pahinga. So kakabalik ko lang talaga as in sa animan.” Against Pocari Sweat, Pacres pounded 18 kills and had three kill blocks including the intangibles on floor defense that helped Tacloban escape with the win. Now steadily jelling with her team, expect Pacres to be at the forefront of the Fighting Warays’ drive for a Final Four spot.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

‘A Game of Trolls’: Viewing martial law in 8-bit

Martial law has seen an exhaustive wealth of exposure since its reemergence as a fundamental cornerstone of Philippine history. Although it has always been a part of our general education to learn about such a harrowing period, recent developments in politics, cases of historical revisionism and contentions over factual accuracy have spurred groups and organizations to fight the lack of awareness. From the setting up of museums, art installations and stage productions, to the resurgence of conversations online and in the public sphere regarding the authenticity of claims, it would appear that the subject has been examined from every angle, all the way down to the nitty-gritty details....Keep on reading: ‘A Game of Trolls’: Viewing martial law in 8-bit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

3 injured as cargo vessel collides with fastcraft at Lauis Ledge

  CEBU CITY---At least three persons were injured after a cargo vessel collided with a fastcraft at Lauis Ledge in Talisay City on Thursday evening (October 18). The Philippine Coast Guard- Cebu (PCG) received the collision alarm at around 8:45 p.m.   Involved in the collision the fastcraft MV Fastcat M11 and the cargo vessel MV Ocean United, owned by the Oceanic Shipping Lines.   PCG-Cebu spokesperson Lt. Jg. Mike Encina said three persons of the fast craft sustained injuries. "One of the three passengers was rushed to hospital," said Encina. Encina said the middle part of the fastcraft was also damaged. It however managed to return safely to Pier ...Keep on reading: 3 injured as cargo vessel collides with fastcraft at Lauis Ledge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections

FOURTH UPDATE: 7:50 P.M. / 16 October 2018 It seemed like the 70s all over again as an Aquino, a Roxas, a Diokno, a Taada, and a Marcos launched their formal efforts to become the nation's senators in next year's midterm elections. More familiar names in Philippine politics likewise surfaced on the fourth day of certificates of candidacy (COC) filing before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday, October 16. Former Senator Mar Roxas Roxas was first to file his COC on the fourth day of filing at the Comelec. The former Interior Secretary is seeking a return to the Senate in next year's midterm elections under the opposition Lib...Keep on reading: LIST: Senatorial wannabes for 2019 elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

PVL: Valdez not closing doors on politics

Alyssa Valdez could be looking at running for public position in the future. With the local elections just a few months away and following volleyball legend Leila Barros being elected as a senator in Brazil, Valdez said that she’s ‘not closing her doors’ to politics.      In fact, she and some local volleyball stars are now in the process of conceptualizing a partylist that aim to promote the welfare of Filipino athletes and nation building through sports.     “You know honestly kami talaga nina Ate Cha (Soriano), mga teammates ko from Ateneo, we really wanted to (form) a partylist,” said the Creamline power hitter. “Gusto talaga namin ang ibang tao na mag-support talaga sa sports. ‘Yun pa lang parang may concept na.” A representation in the House of Representatives, according to Valdez, will give athletes a voice in the government.  “We really wanted to help not just volleyball, siyempre we want the support talaga sa lahat ng sports,” added the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player.  “Lalo na ako na nakikita ko whenever I go out of the country like Asian Games grabe talaga ang support ng bawat country na nakakalaban namin. So I wanted also na ganoon ang mangyari sa Philippines,” added the national team member.  However, the possibility of running for a position could take a few more years to materialize as Valdez is still enjoying her peak in the sport.  "We are trying to conceptualize pa lang naman,” explained Valdez. “We’re serious but as of now marami pa rin naman nangyayari sa amin sa volleyball kung na-settle muna lahat, so why not di ba?”     Barros a hero Barros endeared herself among the Filipino fans when the talented Brazilian opposite spiker strutted her wares during the country’s hosting of the FIVB Grand Prix in the late 90s early 2000s. With her charm, beauty and incredible power and skill, the 5-foot-10 hitter received a rock star status among adoring fans and became a hero among local volleyball players including most of the country’s stars today. One of them is Valdez.      “Leila Barros siguro is one of the heroes of Philippine volleyball. Isa siya sa talagan hinangaan ng lahat ng tao that’s why we’re all here,” said Valdez, who was just eight years old when Barros last saw action in the country during the 2000 World Grand Prix. “As a volleyball player I’m just really proud na may someone na very strong and brave enough to face another chapter of her life,” she added. Valdez herself has been actively doing civic works through her clinics and support to other foundations.  And her following Barros’ footsteps in public service is not far-fetched. "Siguro hindi naman sa ayaw kong magsalita ng tapos, mga councilor muna, hindi just kidding,” she said. “I really want to help not just volleyball in general but siguro sa nakukuha kong responsibility ko ay hindi lang din naman nali-limit sa volleyball. “Siyempre kailangan mo rin namang maka-experience ng mas madami, si Leila Barros nga ilang taon na rin naman then dun lang din nya na-realize na she’s ready to serve,” Valdez continued. “Hindi naman sa hinihintay ko siguro darating naman ang point na may mag-snap dyan na ‘you really have to serve (the country) after na lang ng volleyball siguro." “I’m not closing my doors but im really happy to help anyone din naman so who knows,” she said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Fake FB accounts monetizing politics

Fraudulent groups operating on social media platform Facebook were discovered to have been using politics to drive people to their websites and generate money out of advertisements......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Taiwanese nabbed, P20-M shabu seized in Muntinlupa buy-bust

Anti-narcotics agents and police authorities arrested a Taiwanese and seized 3 kilos of shabu worth about P20 million in a buy-bust in Muntinlupa City on Monday. A report released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Wednesday morning said 72-year-old Taiwanese Jang Weng-Jung was apprehended near a fast-food restaurant along Alabang-Zapote Road and Madrigal Avenue.… link: Taiwanese nabbed, P20-M shabu seized in Muntinlupa buy-bust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Politics, business eyed as motives in La Union mayor Buquing s slay

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is looking at politics and business grudge as the main motivations for the killing of Sudipen, La Union, Mayor Alexander "Alan" Buquing . This was confirmed to Rappler in a phone interview on Tuesday, October 2, with Chief Inspector Silverio Ordinado, the spokesman of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

PSC to fast-track rehab of athletes dorms after death of wushu junior Daraliay

Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez said they would prioritize the renovation of the athletes' dormitories following the death of Rastafari Daraliay, a wushu junior pool athlete w.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Young athlete s death gives PSC more reason to fast-track facilities rehab

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) now has more reasons to accelerate the rehabilitation of its facilities after the death of 11-year-old wushu cog Rasta Daraliay inside the athletes' dormitory of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.  In an emergency press conference, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez said the agency will make the necessary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

PSC, Wushu Federation to extend support to late athlete s family

The Philippine Sports Commission and the Wushu Federation of the Philippines have assured its full assistance to the family of late wushu junior pool athlete Rastafari Daraliay, who died after a freak accident at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Wushu dormitory last Saturday. In a press conference, WFP Secretary General Julian Camacho said "the WFP is shocked and saddened with the sudden death of one of our wushu family… Rastafari was a part of our national training pool with his sister." Meanwhile, PSC Chairman William Ramirez assured the family of the agency’s full support and a proper investigation on the matter. “With this unfortunate accident, it becomes a compelling position for the PSC to really fast-track the rehabilitation of our sports facilities and bring more security personnel and attendants on our dormitories,” added Ramirez. The 11-year old Daraliay has stayed on and off in the RMSC wushu dorm for the past three years as requested by his parents Vincent and Hazel Daraliay. On Saturday, September 29, at around 3 a.m., Rastafari fell off the top bunk of a double decker bed of Wushu room #8. He reportedly went back to sleep after telling his teammates he was okay, but never woke up. Rastafari’s remains lie in state at the Sanctuario de San Vicente, Tandang Sora, Quezon City before his cremation on Thursday, October 4. He was a product of the PSC Batang Pinoy program and a bemedalled junior Taolu artist.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Enchong Dee and the phenomenon of entertainers ‘leading’ a nation explained

Social media users admired Enchong Dee’s insight on Philippine politics being filled with a considerable amount of former entertainers and how he lamented the situation. The actor shared a news article on Vice Ganda suggesting new songs to be revised by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III after he proposed to have the last line […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

Ompong fund drive: P500,200

Operation Damayan, The Philippine STAR’s social arm, received additional donations yesterday for its relief operations in Ompong-hit North Luzon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad motivated by friend Joshua Pacio s title win

In August of 2017, Team Lakay strawweight star Joshua Pacio hit a bump on his road back to title challenger status.  Pacio was fresh off a fantastic unanimous decision win over former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, and looked to continue his momentum by taking out then-newcomer Hayato Suzuki in Macau.  The larger Suzuki instead overpowered Pacio en route to a submission win in the first round.  It was a tough pill to swallow for Pacio, who suddenly saw his hopes of fighting for a world championship once more get derailed.  Consoling him every step of the way was his Team Lakay brother and training partner Danny Kingad, who wasn't booked to fight on the card, but was there to help his buddy out.  It was a testament of just how close these two young guns from Baguio were.  Fast-forward over a year later, Pacio had finally earned another shot at the ONE Strawweight World Championship, and he was able to capture it by beating Yoshitaka Naito in the main event of ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Just as he was there in the tough times, Kingad was also there in what is the pinnacle of Pacio's career so far. Kingad was also victorious earlier that night, defeating Japanese newcomer Yuya Wakamatsu via unanimous decision.  But as happy as he was with his own victory, it seemed like he was even happier for his training partner's title win.  "Yun yung hinihintay ko," Kingad said with a smile. "Kasi bago kami nung nag-debut, yung gusto naming dalawa yung kami lang dalawa, kaya ayun, natupad din, talagang binigay ni God yung panalo." Considered by many as the futures of Philippine MMA, Pacio and Kingad, both 22 years old, made their ONE Championship debuts back on the same card in 2016. Since then, the two have put their respective divisions on notice.  Kingad has also challenged for a world championship once before, but then-champion Adriano Moraes made quick work of the young Team Lakay star.  Now, with his training partner ruling over the strawweight division, Kingad says he's more motivated than ever to get back to title contender status.  "Very happy ako kay Joshua, kasi yung pagka-bata niya pa, nakuha na niya yung belt." Kingad shared. "Parang na-motivate ko na mag-training ng mag-training."  Kingad is currently riding a three-fight winning streak of his own, and says he's targeting a matchup against former flyweight title holder Kairat Akhmetov, who was also victorious in Jakarta against China's Ma Hao Bin.  A win over Akhmetov certainly puts him back into contender status.  Ruling over the flyweight division, however, is another one of Kingad's teammates in Geje Eustaquio.  Kingad has already made it clear that out of respect, he won't be fighting his senior. "Syempre, di ako papayag na kalabanin ko siya. Senior ko siya eh," Kingad said. "Bago pa man ako pumasok sa ONE, andun na siya na tinuturuan ako. Parang malaking respeto ko na lang sa kanya 'yun, kasi pag wala siya, di ako makaka-aral ng techniques sa kanya." .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Bam, Kris in Pulse Senate list

A Pulse Asia survey for the most likely winners in the upcoming 2019 senatorial elections showed two Aquinos in the race for the first time in Philippine politics but both are far from the winning circle. Bam, Kris in Pulse Senate list A Pulse Asia survey for the most likely winners in the upcoming 2019… link: Bam, Kris in Pulse Senate list.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Ompong fund drive: P400,000

Operation Damayan, The Philippine STAR’s social arm, yesterday received additional donations from kindhearted readers seeking to reach out to families in typhoon-hit areas in Northern Luzon. Source link link: Ompong fund drive: P400,000.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Ompong fund drive: P400,000

Operation Damayan, The Philippine STAR’s social arm, yesterday received additional donations from kindhearted readers seeking to reach out to families in typhoon-hit areas in Northern Luzon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Becoming ‘Filipinos again,’ a serious and solemn affair

  Dual citizenship aspirants formally take their oath of allegiance in a serious, solemn, and dignified manner. INQUIRER/Jun NucumSAN FRANCISCO -- A solemn oath-taking ceremony recently capped the process of reacquiring Philippine citizenship for some thirty dual citizenship aspirants. The ceremony gave appropriate dignity to the dual citizenship application process, the the motivation of San Francisco Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr. for the oath-taking at the consulate's Kalayaan Hall, which Bensurto himself administered. Gone are the days when reacquiring Philippine citizenship looked look like an uneventful fast-food transaction with no emotional dimensions. ...Keep on reading: Becoming ‘Filipinos again,’ a serious and solemn affair.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Ompong fund drive: P335,000

The Philippine STAR’s social arm, Operation Damayan, garnered an additional P50,000 in anonymous donations yesterday, bringing the total funds raised for its Ompong relief drive to P335,000. Donors are requested to email their deposit slip for acknowledgment......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018