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DAR to probe farmers’ slay

MANILA, Philippines - Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano has ordered an investigation into the killing of four farmers in Laur, Nueva Ecija on Saturday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

Cebu City Council Forms Four-Man Team to Probe Killing of Drug Suspects

Cebu City Council Forms Four-Man Team to Probe Killing of Drug Suspects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 11th, 2016

Bello to ask NBI to probe peasant killings in Nueva Ecija - Sun.Star

Bello to ask NBI to probe peasant killings in Nueva Ecija - Sun.Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 11th, 2016

Bello to ask NBI to probe farmers' killings in Nueva Ecija - GMA News

Bello to ask NBI to probe farmers' killings in Nueva Ecija - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

DOJ forms 3-member team to probe Davao blast

DOJ forms 3-member team to probe Davao blast.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

Military offers help in farmers’ slay probe

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija, Philippines – The commanding general of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division (ID) has vowed to help the Philippine National Police (.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

DOJ forms 3-member team to probe ... - Rappler

DOJ forms 3-member team to probe ... - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

NBI Forms Group to Focus on Probe of Peter Lim

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has created a fact-finding team tasked to investigate Peter Lim, who was earlier identified by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as a drug lord in the Visayas. Lim had personally...The post NBI Forms Group to Focus o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2016

Imus deals Iriga s first loss in NBL Season 2

Imus handed Iriga City its first loss after a 99-96 victory in overtime last Sunday in the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 at the Dominican College Gym in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The Bandila improved their record to 3-2, while sending the Oragons to their first defeat after winning their first four games of the season. Kim Cinco had 26 points including five threes, and Jepoy Sarao had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Bandila, who bounced back from their overtime defeat against Nueva Ecija in their previous game. Lerry Jhon Mayo had 21 points including the go-ahead basket with 8.7 seconds left in the game as the Taguig Generals defeated the Laguna Pistons, 94-93, to pick up their third win in four outings. Last Saturday, JP Rabe had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Dasmariñas Ballers nipped the Nueva Ecija Rice Makers, 95-94, to even their record to 2-2. Jeff Comia had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Quezon City Rising Stars also won their second straight game after defeating the Zamboanga Valientes, 94-82, to improve their mark to 3-4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

Cebu City Forms Team to Ensure Smooth Governance Transition

The administration of Mayor Tomas Osmeña has formed a transition team for the proper and orderly turnover of official documents to the incoming administration of Mayor-elect Edgardo Labella. Assistant City administrator Annabeth Cuizon said in a brief interview Thursday that City Administrator Nigel Paul Villarete will head the transition team, which is set to meet […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

PABA forms women’s team

The Philippines is forming a women’s baseball team for the first time with the squad set to do battle in the second BFA Women’s Baseball Asian Championship in China in November......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2019

Ceferin stresses big clubs with closed Champions League idea

By Rob Harris, Associated Press UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told leaders from European leagues not to forget the importance of big clubs in generating cash during a private meeting in which plans were detailed for a closed-off Champions League favoring the elite. A recording and images obtained by The Associated Press from the meeting at the UEFA headquarters on Wednesday highlights the schism between clubs and leagues over the ability to influence UEFA as it considers revamping its club competitions starting with the 2024-25 season. The dramatic proposal, shown during the meeting in Nyon, would lock in 24 of the 32 slots in the Champions League without the need to qualify annually through domestic leagues and would introduce promotion from and relegation to the Europa League. The plan has infuriated domestic leagues, particularly La Liga President Javier Tebas, who views UEFA as too closely aligned to the vision of European Club Association head Andrea Agnelli of Juventus. In a letter obtained by the AP last month, European Leagues President Lars-Christer Olsson floated the possibility of an investigation to determine whether the ECA was abusing a dominant position as UEFA was lobbied for more games between leading clubs. "Speaking about big clubs, this is a typical populist tool that is used in Europe not only in football," Ceferin told European Leagues representatives in the closed-doors meeting. "More and more the rich are taking everything from you and we the rich will help. Is that logical? I don't think so. And it's true big clubs are taking a lot of money, the most the biggest amount of money because of their results. And it's true that we have to think about that. But they're also bringing a lot of money on the table which is very easily forgotten." Hitting out at claims he is "killing football," Ceferin rebuked members of the European Leagues organization over public criticism and warned his executive committee could have pushed ahead with a revamp of competitions without discussing it with them. "We will not insult, but the more shouting there will be, the less consultation process there will be," Ceferin said. "Shouting in the media tells us much more about those people than about UEFA," Ceferin added. "We were listening about what will happen here, about how we are killing football, destroying football — despite the fact that UEFA is the only organization in European football that shares money as solidarity to every single country in Europe." The early UEFA vision, if approved, would see the Champions League group stage start a month earlier in August and double the size of each group to eight teams. But 24 of the 32 clubs in the 2024-25 group stage could retain their places the following season regardless of their domestic league finish. That would give certainty to leading clubs that attract the biggest television audiences but reduced opportunities for outsiders. Four Champions League teams will be relegated each season into the next season's second-tier Europa League. They would be replaced by the Europa League semifinalists, who would be promoted. Only four qualifying places would be left for national champions competing in preliminary rounds. It would leave the Dutch league runner-up — as Ajax was before reaching the Champions League semifinals this season — with no ability to qualify. Promotion and relegation is also envisaged between the Europa League and a third-tier competition that has yet to launch. The third competition, first revealed by the AP in 2015, would kick off in the 2021-22 season with a 32-team format in eight groups of four. But it could be enlarged to 64 teams from 2024, with four groups of 16 teams, possibly arranged by region, according to the UEFA documents. "You have to know that the ones who are shouting generate huge revenues and don't share anything with the others in Europe," Ceferin said. "The ones who really have problems respectfully and humbly wait for our explanation. And that's why we want to discuss we want to discuss because of the ones who deserve. That we discuss the ones who need our help and not the ones who are scared about their personal interest." In 2016, Ceferin decried a secret deal over Champions League changes agreed just before he was elected to succeed Michel Platini as UEFA president. Ceferin was frustrated UEFA caved into demands of Spain, Germany, England and Italy to guarantee them 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places. Now Ceferin is giving the impression he is consulting more by bringing leagues and clubs to meetings in Nyon. But his unhappiness with officials from leagues was clear in the tone. "We can go to the ExCo and decide and not ask anyone and your representative in the ExCo go can vote against," Ceferin said, referring to Olsson, who sits on the executive committee. "But we don't want to do it. That's why we are discussing. Legal action threats, I will not comment that much. As a lawyer with 25 year experience, this is quite the joke." Ceferin called on European Leagues officials to approach the talks "with some class without hostility and without false solidarity" and challenged them to come forward with proposals. "I hope we will exchange many important ideas and arguments," Ceferin said. "And if we do that we will come at the end to a solution that will be good for all the European football and — trust me or don't trust me — but the fact is that for UEFA that's our goal. We cannot do what clubs say and we cannot do what league say. We will do what is right for European football. And we will protect it together.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

Graft charges filed vs ex-Nueva Ecija congressman over pork barrel scam

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft and malversation charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan against  former Nueva Ecija 3rd District representative Aurelio Umali , 3 Department of Agriculture (DA) officials, and 4 others, including Janet Napoles, in connection with the pork barrel scam. Umali, DA-Regional Field Unit 3 (DA-RFU 3) acting regional ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Cebuano jins contribute medals for PH squad in ASEAN Championships

Pasay City—Taekwondo stars from Cebu won medals for the Philippine Team in the 14th ASEAN Championships, which ended Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.  The Cebuanos once again got the bulk of their medals in the poomsae (forms) competition. Leading the Cebuano charge were De La Salle University’s […] The post Cebuano jins contribute medals for PH squad in ASEAN Championships appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Cebu jins contribute medals for PH squad in ASEAN Championships

Pasay City—Taekwondo stars from Cebu won medals for the Philippine Team in the 14th ASEAN Championships, which ended Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.  The Cebuanos once again got the bulk of their medals in the poomsae (forms) competition. Leading the Cebuano charge were De La Salle University’s […] The post Cebu jins contribute medals for PH squad in ASEAN Championships appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

Celtics need best version of Irving back

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com BOSTON — The Boston Celtics are looking forward to getting guard Marcus Smart back, possibly as soon as Game 4 against Milwaukee Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) at TD Garden. They would be better served, however, getting guard Kyrie Irving back. The Irving who led Boston to its victory on the Bucks’ court in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series was the latest, greatest iteration of the six-time All-Star point guard. Irving scored 26 points, passed for 11 assists and showed such maturity in orchestrating Boston’s attack that, even for a guy who has been on the national stage as long as he has, it seemed like some sort of breakthrough performance. That guy, though, exited this series some time in the 48 hours before Game 2. Kryie 3.0 became Kyrie uh-oh. Irving’s play looked rushed, detached and not at all mature. After hitting 12-of-21 shots in the series opener, he shot a combined 12-of-40 in Games 2 and 3 as the Celtics dropped both. They gave back the homecourt edge they had snatched with the opening victory and now need to win Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) just to force a best-of-three mini-series with two in Milwaukee. Irving had a plus/minus rating of minus-26 in the two Celtics defeats. And most disconcerting, the player who arguably is the NBA’s best at making difficult shots seemed bent on making his shots difficult. Too often he went solo, didn’t probe for something better, didn’t spot or even look for another option. Irving and Boston coach Brad Stevens had a conversation off to the side after the Celtics’ practice Sunday afternoon (Monday, PHL time) of moderate length. Afterward, each spoke with reporters. The point guard wouldn’t share what they discussed, while the coach deftly sidestepped the question. “We just wanted to spend 15 minutes talking about the objection of the Kentucky Derby,” Stevens said. “How that could possibly have happened. And so we just created a conversation as long as the objection, and that’s what we discussed in great detail.” Not likely. Stevens probably talked with Irving about some of the things the coach had said to reporters Saturday and Sunday (Sunday and Monday, PHL time): the need for the Celtics not to settle and not to succumb to whatever chaos Milwaukee’s defense was instigating by getting chaotic themselves. For two days, answering various questions, Stevens has steered the discussion to Boston moving the ball as the surest way to high-quality shots. “One of the things that we have to do as a team is just make those right reads off the first drive,” Stevens said, “and then go from there. We do have to do a better job of getting the ball to the second side of the floor, to the third side of the floor, and hopefully that includes as many paint attacks as possible.” The Bucks’ unveiled a switching style of defense in Game 2, something they hadn’t done much all season. Too often, Irving’s eyes lit up seeing center Robin Lopez or forward Nikola Mirotic isolated in front of him, and the tunnel vision that triggered didn’t even generate the best shots for Irving. Too seldom, the Celtics failed to get Milwaukee’s defense shifting left-to-right, and back again. “We have to make sure we’re patient in getting the best looks,” Stevens said Sunday (Monday, PHL time). “That patience doesn’t mean you ease into it. You have to work really hard and be patient against these guys. Because they do a great job of covering up the paint.” Celtics players made only 9-of-19 attempts inside five feet, a feeble rate by NBA standards. Lopez has been one of the league’s best defending the rim this season, and Giannis Antetokounmpo has the mobility to guard his man away from the hoop and still help inside. Admirably, Irving has been willing to shoulder responsibility, flatly stating after the Game 2 loss: “This is what I signed up for. This is what Boston traded for me for.” After each game, he has given detailed breakdowns of what’s gone right, what’s gone wrong and, most important, what he planned to do in the next game. It’s just that his most recent results haven’t matched his pledges. The Celtics have more talent than the Bucks, and more players capable of carrying them offensively through a game or just a pivotal stretch. But those scorers, from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, are dependent on Irving finding them and delivering the ball in a rhythm. Admittedly, Boston has to cinch things up defensively. Averaging 110 points ought to be enough, if you’re not getting blistered at a 39-percent rate from three-point range while sending your opponents to the free throw line an average of 30 times nightly. Irving blamed all those stoppages for stealing transition opportunities and generally messing with the Celtics’ offense. Even so, he must do what Stevens calls “controlling the controllables” and be his best self. He has gotten the better of his individual matchup with Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe, but that’s not enough. And yes, this is what he signed up for. The great unknowns of this offseason, as in Irving’s future whereabouts, could swing wildly on what happens in the coming days. And what he makes happen. “I’ve got to be me. That’s the easy part,” Irving said Sunday (Monday, PHL time). “The same mindset that I’ve always had. Being aggressive. Being patient. Being able to be aware of the time of the game and where I need to make my impact. Being able to be in the right defensive positions and being able to communicate with my teammates as well. “That’s the easy part though. That’s the fun part, if you go out there and just allow the flow of the game to dictate your instincts.” Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 NewsMay 6th, 2019

Rappler investigative team SOPA finalists for drug war story

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler's investigative team are finalists for two categories of the 2019 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence (SOPA). Rappler’s 7-part investigative story, “Murder in Manila,” that begins with “ Some People Need Killing ,” was announced a finalist on Friday, May 3. The story, written and investigated by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

UAAP Season 81 Final Four: ‘Di ko sinayang ang oras na ‘yun –- Ronquillo

With their season hanging in the balance, Far Eastern University rookie France Ronquillo trooped to the service line with much pressure on her shoulders. The freshman showed grace under pressure as she played an important role in the Lady Tamaraws’ fifth set rally that paved the way for FEU’s 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, escape on Saturday to force a decider in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four at the MOA Arena. Ronquillo was on the service line when FEU sparked the pivotal 6-0 scoring barrage that broke a 7-7 deadlock in the fifth set for a 13-7 lead. “Nu’ng unang pasok ko sa court may kaba pa po,” said the Nueva Ecija-native Ronquillo. “Ang lamig nga ng kamay ko kasi last year pinapanood ko lang sila ate tapos ngayon tutulong na ako sa kanila.” “Di ko sinayang oras na ‘yun para tulungan sila sa kahit anong paraan,” she added. Ronquillo kept a steady hand on her serve, hitting her mark and playing good defense at the back line. She even scored an ace to push FEU’s lead to 12-7.   “Nu’ng nakita ko na tuluy-tuloy na service ko nawala na ang pressure sa akin. Parang mas nag-gain ako ng morale na lumaban pa po,” said Ronquillo, who scored seven points with two coming off aces.   The open spiker came off the bench in the opening set before starting in the next four frames. “Noong mga unang set po kasi hindi ako nakakatulong sa harap. Sinabi ko po kay Ate Gel (Cayuna) na, ‘Kung di ako makatulong sa harap, sa likod ako tutulong’, yun po,” she said. “Kung wala akong maitulong sa harap, sa likod ako tutulong sa service o sa depensa.” Ronquillo and the rest of the Lady Tams will play the Lady Eagles in a winner-take-all match on Wednesday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

Bucks respond, play their game in Game 2 win over Celtics

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com MILWAUKEE – The Stonecutter’s Credo is best known around the NBA as the philosophy and culture of the San Antonio Spurs. The shorthand version – “pounding the rock” – has been embraced as the organization’s mantra across 23 seasons under coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs hold no monopoly, though, on that faith in hammering away a hundred times without results in order, finally, to split open the rock on blow No. 101. It has been in play in both games so far of the Milwaukee-Boston Eastern Conference semifinal series at Fiserv Forum. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] In the opener, the Bucks were relieved to still be within a possession at halftime after bringing none of their usual energy or intensity. Then the Celtics struck their pivotal blow, splitting the stone when they dominated the third quarter 36-21. This time, in Game 2 Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) at Fiserv Forum, the roles were reversed. Milwaukee dialed up everything, threw in a couple of adjustments and still couldn’t get much separation from Boston. Then wham! Again it happened in the third quarter, the Bucks delivering the blow this time, 39-18. One moment, Milwaukee was up 74-71. The next, 98-73. By the end it was 123-102, the best-of-seven series even at 1-1. Games 3 and 4 will be in Boston Friday and Monday (Saturday and next Tuesday, PHL time). Fans watch scoreboards, the equivalent of counting each team’s whacks at the rock. Coaches watch everything else, which is why both Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer and Boston’s Brad Stevens felt Game 2 was won well before it broke open or officially was decided. Stevens wasn’t fooled by the points. He saw how both teams were getting or denying them, and that was enough. “I thought they dominated a lot in the first half and we were lucky to be down by four,” he said. “They owned their space on both ends of the court better than we did. Our reaction to that was to settle on offense, and it led to some run outs. Then it just steamrolled us.” Budenholzer had the all-full perspective. “That’s more what we’re accustomed to seeing," he said. “I liked our spirit, our activity and our competitiveness up and down the roster.” Those things had been absent, or at least in short supply, when Milwaukee lost its homecourt edge in the series on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). That’s why this one turned must-win so swiftly for the East’s No. 1 seed. Mathematically, the Bucks had wiggle room, but going to Boston down 0-2 raised the very real specter of not getting back to Fiserv at all. The Bucks players claimed not to let that bad mojo in, focusing only on the frustration they felt in starting the series with such a clunker. True or not, they fixed what needed fixing. Giannis Antetokounmpo, especially early, tried less often to bust through a wall of Boston defenders. Instead, he gave up the ball to wing Khris Middleton or let guard Eric Bledsoe probe the defense in a more aggressive performance. Antetokounmpo’s teammates did their part in the symbiotic relationship by taking and making the good perimeter looks he earned them by drawing so much defensive attention. With so many dropping – the Bucks were 20-of-47 on three-pointers, outscoring Boston by 30 in that category – there invariably was more space for Antetokounmpo to work. The Greek Freak scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and shot more free throws (18) than the Celtics’ starting lineup combined (11). He wasn’t likely to get the scolding from his older brother Thanasis that he’d gotten in after the first game. Middleton was the one who served notice to the Celtics that their jobs would be tougher, scoring 20 of his 28 points by halftime. Seven of the three-pointers were his, on 10 tries. “We need to get better with that,” Boston’s Al Horford said. Bledsoe forced action and got the better of his matchup with the Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, who, in 48 hours, went from a game worth bronzing to one in need of forgetting. Irving, arguably the NBA’s top shot maestro, scored nine points on 4-of-18 shooting and shouldered a lot of the responsibility after. “I tried to get to my spots but they were really sending guys over every time,” he said. “That’s a sign of respect and I just have to be more efficient in controlling the tempo of the game, the pace, where I want to get to on the floor and making reads better around that mid-range area.” Irving said that Milwaukee’s “frantic” defensive style in Game 2 revved up Boston’s offensive decisions, and not in a good way. When rushed shots missed, the Bucks pounced for run-outs. The Celtics shot 39.5 percent after their 54 percent success in the opener. Budenholzer unleashed that “frantic” defense by having his guys switch their assignments with each screen. That’s not how they played this season, but those who were around in 2017-18 did that sort of stuff under Jason Kidd. It kept the energy level high, even when a pair of Bucks occasionally ran into each other. The Bucks' other adjustment was starting Nikola Mirotic at forward in place of Sterling Brown, the sub who’d been holding injured Malcolm Brogdon’s place. Mirotic scored just nine points, finally hitting a three-pointer after it mattered, but his size was helpful defensively, Budenholzer said. Boston heads home knowing it can advance without winning another game in Milwaukee. The Bucks assured themselves of a Game 5 and have fresher, happier film to study for the weekend games. As a series, this rock feels like it’s going to take a lot more whacks. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 NewsMay 1st, 2019

Laguna sweeps weekend matches in NBL Season 2

Laguna swept its matches over the weekend in the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 2 at the San Leonardo Gym in Nueva Ecija. The Pistons beat the Nueva Ecija Rice Makers, 121-101, last Saturday before coming up with another lopsided win against the Zamboanga Valientes, 107-76, a day later to improve their record to 3-2. Shin Manacsa had 29 points in the Pistons’ win over the Rice Makers, and King Fadriquela contributed 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals in their win over the Valientes. In other games over the weekend, the Rice Makers bounced back from their loss to the Pistons by beating the Imus Bandila in overtime, 108-102, last Sunday to improve their mark to 2-2. Joffrey Tadeo had 22 points and 11 rebounds including two free throws that sent the game into overtime before finally taking control in the extra period. Arwin Margallo scored 16 points as the CamSur Express defeated the Bandila, 85-65, last Saturday for their third win in four games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019