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Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals, replicate Philippines success

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka announced on Wednesday, July 11, it would start hanging drug dealers, ending a near-half century moratorium on capital punishment as officials promised to "replicate the success" of the Philippines' drug war. President Maithripala Sirisena had told the cabinet he "was ready to sign the death ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 11th, 2018

Duterte warns foreign drug syndicates

LAUR, NUEVA ECIJA---President Duterte on Wednesday said the country was fighting a "global war" on drugs as he warned anew about the entry into the Philippines of the Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa and its ties with Asia's equally notorious Bamboo Triad.   "There seems to be a blossoming of criminals globally and we are fighting a global war against drugs," Duterte said in a speech after he led the inauguration of Moscati Meadows, a drug rehabilitation center at Barangay San Juan in this town.   The President made the remarks hours after a New York court convicted Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, of running an industrial-scale smuggling ope...Keep on reading: Duterte warns foreign drug syndicates.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka began advertising for hangmen this week, as the country’s president pushes ahead with a hardline policy, modeled on the Philippines, to combat drug trafficking. The last execution in Sri Lanka was 43 years ago, but President Maithripala Sirisena said last week he wants to resume the use of capital punishment for drug traffickers […] The post Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2019

Philippines drug war an example to the world Sri Lanka | Philstar.com

Philippines drug war an example to the world Sri Lanka Philippine Star President Duterte's war on illegal drugs has an admirer in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who called the campai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Philippines drug war an example to the world Sri Lanka - Philippine Star

Philippines drug war an example to the world Sri Lanka Philippine Star President Duterte's war on illegal drugs has an admirer in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who called the campai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

De Lima: Supporters of lowered age of criminal responsibility are heartless monsters

        MANILA, Philippines - Detained Senator Leila de Lima tagged as 'heartless monsters' those who are in favor of lowering the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 years old to nine.   "Children are not criminals. They're victims too! Hindi dapat sila pinagdidiskitahan kundi yung mga big time druglords and syndicates!" De Lima said before she attended a pre-trial hearing Wednesday morning at Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205 on the illegal drug trade charges against her.   (They should pounce on big-time drug lords and syndicates.)   "Nasaan ang konsensya nila? Heartless monsters!" she added. ...Keep on reading: De Lima: Supporters of lowered age of criminal responsibility are heartless monsters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2019

Philippines drug war an example to the world - Sri Lanka | Philstar.com

Philippines drug war an example to the world - Sri Lanka Philippine Star President Duterte's war on illegal drugs has an admirer in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who called the campa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

LOOK: Sri Lankan leader visits Camp Crame

      MANILA, Philippines --- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Saturday morning. Sirisena attended a briefing presentation and closed-door meeting regarding the Philippine's anti-drug campaign. Delegates from Sri Lanka and officers of the PNP were also present during the briefing. After the briefing, the Sri Lankan leader viewed an exhibit on the Philippine's anti- drug campaign. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao were also present to accompany Sirisena in the activities. Sirisena's state visit began o...Keep on reading: LOOK: Sri Lankan leader visits Camp Crame.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Sirisena invites Philippines’ drug war experts to help Sri Lanka

    MANILA, Philippines --- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has invited Philippines' drug war experts to visit Sri Lanka and share insights on the crackdown on illegal drugs. "I would like to invite some experts from your side to visit Sri Lanka when possible. My government will make all the necessary arrangements," Sirisena said during the Philippine National Police (PNP) briefing on anti-drug campaign on Saturday. "The experiences you have gained and knowledge that you can share with Sri Lanka will be highly instrumental in our fight against drugs," he added. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde also confirmed Sirisena's invite, saying that t...Keep on reading: Sirisena invites Philippines’ drug war experts to help Sri Lanka.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Philippines drug war an example to the world – Sri Lanka

President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs has an admirer in Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who called the campaign “an example to the world.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Sri Lanka President Sirisena praises Duterte drug war as example to world

MANILA, Philippines – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was all praises for his host Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody campaign against illegal drugs, calling it an "example to the world." Sirisena made this declaration as he gave his toast remarks during the state banquet held in his honor on Wednesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Israeli surveillance firm to build PH cybersecurity platform

MANILA, Philippines -- The government is stepping up its fight against online criminals as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) rolls out its first-ever cybersecurity platform.   High on the agenda of the project --- formally known as the Cybersecurity Management System --- is to identify purveyors of misinformation and election-related threats on social media, counter-terrorism surveillance and intercepting online drug traffickers, said Allan Cabanlong, DICT assistant secretary for cybersecurity and enabling technologies.   The monitoring of cyberthreats will also be "near real-time" and will cover an initial 10 priority government...Keep on reading: Israeli surveillance firm to build PH cybersecurity platform.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

ONE Championship: Mark Sangiao looks to carry over Team Lakay s success in 2019

2018 will be over and done in a few days, but it will be remembered as the banner year of the legendary Team Lakay.   Widely associated with the local mixed martial arts scene in the Philippines due to the big number of notable homegrown talents that it has produced since its inception in 2003, Team Lakay has reached new heights in 2018 as it now houses four world champions under the ONE Championship banner.   Since the beginning of the year, the legendary camp from Baguio City, Benguet has been on an extraordinary run in the organization.   Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio kicked off the year for Team Lakay by copping the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov in a rematch this past January.   Eustaquio was enshrined as the undisputed flyweight kingpin of the promotion five months later when he edged out Brazilian arch-nemesis Adriano Moraes in a world title unification bout.   It was followed by Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, who had his first taste of gold last July when he routed two-division titleholder Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen by way of clear-cut unanimous decision for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.   Belingon became ONE Championship’s official bantamweight champion by defeating longtime division ruler Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes via split decision in their highly-anticipated title unification rematch last November.   Meanwhile, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio settled the score with Yoshitaka Naito in September, dethroning his Japanese rival by unanimous decision to bring home the ONE Strawweight World Championship.   Eduard Folayang joined Eustaquio, Belingon and Pacio in the cast of Team Lakay world titleholders, recapturing the ONE Lightweight World Championship at the expense of Singapore’s Amir Khan this past November.   Speaking on behalf of his teammates, Folayang believes that Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao played a pivotal role in their success.   “Coach Mark should have a belt,” Folayang said. “We are a good team because we have a brilliant and selfless coach who supports us all the way.”   At the peak of his professional career in 2010, Sangiao opted to hang up his gloves for good to focus on coaching Folayang and other members of Team Lakay.   Although he had to make the ultimate sacrifice of calling it a career at the age of 30, Sangiao disclosed that there is no tinge of regret in his decision, especially after seeing what his athletes have become.   “When I see these belts, I know that my sacrifice was worth it. I feel that I’m also a champion,” the Team Lakay headmaster stated. “I decided to retire eight years ago. I’m a positive guy, so I don’t regret my decision to retire. I’m very happy with it.”   Finishing their campaign with four world titles in ONE Championship, Sangiao acknowledges that 2018 is Team Lakay’s most successful year so far.   “It’s our biggest year. We won titles and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruit of our hard labor,” he mentioned.   With the achievements that they are presently basking in, Sangiao conceded that not even in his wildest dream did he expect Team Lakay to be highly acclaimed in the sport or reach its present stature.   “When I started this group in 2003, I did not even think that it would get to this. All I thought at the time was that I liked what I was doing,” he remembered. “I am happy with the outcome of my passion.”   It appears that everything Team Lakay lays its hands on turns into gold, but for Sangiao, this is only the tip of the iceberg.   “It’s only the beginning. There is more to come. We look forward to defending our belts and prevailing as champions for a long time,” he declared.   Sangiao may be looking to carry over Team Lakay’s success into 2019, but he knows that it will be no walk in the park.   “We had an amazing run in 2018. With all of the titles that we won, we have a big target on our back. Tougher challenges await us next year. Like we always say, we will do our best,” he expressed.   Pacio, Eustaquio and Folayang are all booked to defend their respective world titles in the first quarter of 2019.   Team Lakay may have cemented its position as a global force in mixed martial arts in 2018, but Sangiao assured that he and his wards are not resting on their laurels.   "This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop. We have to keep on improving and defend those belts,” he vowed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

De Lima hits PAO over slow release of ‘petty’ criminals

MANILA, Philippines --- Prisoners are humans entitled to rights, Senator Leila de Lima underscored on Monday as she lambasted the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) for its low resolution of petitions for detainees entitled to release from prison under a new law adjusting penalties for light offenses.   Just like the administration's "sham drug war," De Lima said this was a "mockery of our justice system."   "Ano'ngginagawani Atty. Persida Acosta at ng PAOsakanilangmandatosailalimng RA 10951? How could they sleep at night knowing that only two (2) out of 862 qualified prisoners have been released since the passage of said law a little over a year ago?" the detained ...Keep on reading: De Lima hits PAO over slow release of ‘petty’ criminals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

Duterte credits Filipinos for the return of Balangiga bells

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said no one should take credit for the return of the Balangiga bells to Manila, which was taken by the Americans as war trophies in 1901.   "The return of the bells were upon the demand of the Filipino people. Nobody, but nobody, should ever claim success for that," Duterte said in his speech during the unveiling of the marker of Las Pias drug rehabilitation center.   The bells arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday but Duterte skipped the handover ceremony.   READ: Duterte to skip historic handover of Balangiga bells in Pasay   The US Army took the Balangiga Bells during the Phil...Keep on reading: Duterte credits Filipinos for the return of Balangiga bells.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Margielyn Didal s uphill climb to Asian Games gold

PALEMBANG - Filipina skateboarder Margielyn Arda Didal reigned supreme in the women's street competition at the 2018 Asian Games from start to finish. The 19-year-old Cebuana paced the pack after her second run and never looked back to bag the Philippines' fourth gold medal. Didal was so dominating that she posted an untouchable top score of 30.4 points for her smashing Asian Games debut. Japan’s Isa Kaya placed a distant second with 25.0 points from the combined two runs and two top tricks with 25.0 for silver while 12-year-old Nyimas Bunga of Indonesia took the bronze with a tally of 19.8 in this captivating millennial sport making its maiden appearance in the quadrennial, 45-nation sportsfest. “I am very happy I did my best. Sobra ang saya po, lalung –lalo na sa mga skateboarders natin,” said the gregarious Didal, who  lived up to her billing as the top favorite after her devil-may-care showing at the packed arena. After her resounding win, Didal revealed the hardships she had to work through just to get some practice back in Cebu. Asian Games Skateboarding Gold medal winner Didal from Cebu recounts hardship just to practice ‘hinahabol kami ng police kasi Bawal’ pic.twitter.com/tKaQbDJWWT — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 "Sa streets lang, hinahabol kami ng pulis, mga security pag may nakitang nag-skate," Didal told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo via video interview. "Minsan po pag nasa mall, pag nakahawak ka ng board, bawal ka pumasok," she continued. “Gusto ko rin na maipakita na skateboarding is a serious sport but can also be fun as well.” Didal's mother is a streetfood vendor back in Cebu, while his father is a carpenter. Both her parents were unable to accompany or even witness her historic feat. With the win however, a lot of opportunities are set to arise for the young skateboarder.  Didal will receive P6 million in incentives from the government and other groups as a reward for gold medalists in the Asiad, and she plans to use the money to finally bring her family to her next event. Margielyn’s mother is a street food vendor in Cebu , her father a carpenter. She hopes to be able to get them a passport so they can be at her next comp abroad . pic.twitter.com/QADA0LoXtQ — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 "Kukuhan ko rin sila (parents) ng passport after Asian Games kasi maraming invitations sa skate event. Para makasama sa next event ko, sa Brazil," she bared. Skateboarding made its debut in this iteration of the quadrennial meet, and will become a medal sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Didal trained in the United States for two months before competing in Indonesia, with nothing more than a dream to erase skateboarding's negative connotation in the country.  "[Para] sa skate scene sa Pinas, manibago naman yung tingin ng ibang tao sa skateboarding," an emotional Didal bared. Now a gold medalist, Didal hopes her success leads to better support for the discipline.  Margielyn spent 2 months training in the USA sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation , NB , POC . She gets emotional talking about how she hopes skateboarding would be given attention as a Sport . pic.twitter.com/ORTcIE4jPI — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 Didal leanred to skate in the streets of Cebu . She hopes there will be Public Skateparks set up around the country as so much talent among Pinoys in this Sport , says the 19 yr old . pic.twitter.com/c3T7Lt4aUK — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) August 29, 2018 Her golden achievement was the fourth mint courtesy of Pinoy female athletes after weightlifter Hidylin Diaz, golfer Yuka Saso and the PH women’s gold squad, and the first major contribution of the compact national contingent competing in 10 events here to the country’s overall medal tally.      Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas and chairman Bambol Tolentino, who went straight from the airport to the venue,  arrived just in time to witness  the former street kid go  from strength to strength in garnering  “I am blessed to witness this great event by a young girl, a carpenter’s daughter and former street kid, who did so well.  Because of her hard work and belief in herself she is now where she is,” noted Vargas after witnessing Didal’s impressive run. “Congratulations Margie. The country is grateful for your efforts and sacrifices ,” said Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez in statement from Manila immediately after learning of the Cebuana’s accomplisthment. “We are arranging a hero’s welcome for  you. “Your PSC family is behind you all the way. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino.” Also greeting Didal immediately after her victory were deputy chef de mission Manny Cabili  and POC officials Col. Jeff Tamayo and Jonne Go. A veteran of the prestigious Street League championships in London last May – the first Southeast Asian to be invited to the event – Didal led from start to finish, setting the tone of the lopsided contest with an opening score of 6.7 points, highlighted by a difficult  ”Board Slide” on the railings after taking the higher platform.      Using a 8Five2 yellow skateboard, she displayed her own version of hang time with an “Ollie” on her second run to go comfortably ahead with 14.4 points to second-running Isa’s 13.3, and seemingly was just getting started. In the tricks section, where the two best scores out five tries count , Didal went full throttle with another “Board Slide” to net 6.0 in her initial run, took it easy with a 3.7 output in the second, before wrapping the gold up with eye-popping scores of 7.1 and 8.9 points in the third and fourth attempts. With a flair for the dramatic, her coup de grace was an acrobatic “Backside 50/50, 360-degree Flip Out” that drew oohs and ahhs from the gallery – an astonishing feat considering that it was the first time she did it in a major international competition. “This was the first time that Margielyn tried that stunt and is the highest score garnered by any skateboarder so far in the street event,”noted Skateboard Association of the Philippines Inc. president Monty Mendigoria. Didal and the rest of the skateboarding were scheduled to return to Manila on Thursday in what undoubtedly will be a hero's welcome for the country’s latest golden Asian Games sensation. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

With new Melbourne route, can Cebu Pacific replicate Sydney success?

MELBOURNE, Australia – It was a touch past 4 am and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 was buzzing with excitement – or at least, as much excitement you can muster at this odd hour. At Gate 107, Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' leading budget carrier, was about to launch ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Amid brutal drug war, Duterte’s administration touts success

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines’ firebrand leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to crackdown on corruption and drugs in June 30, 2016, when he first assumed office, has waged a ruth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Amid Duterte’s bloody drug war, his government touts success

MANILA, Philippines - Philippines’ firebrand leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to crackdown on corruption and drugs in June 30, 2016, when he first assumed office, has waged a ruth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Tigresses Jessey De Leon, Rica Rivera can stun both on, and off the court

The University of Santo Tomas has one of the most decorated women's volleyball programs in Philippine collegiate history. Aside from 15 total championships in the women's division, UST has also produced countless volleybelles who banner the fierce Tigress spirit anywhere they go. Among them are former middle blocker Jessey De Leon, and current starter Rica Jane Rivera.  Both highly-regarded in their positions as modern-day torchbearers of UST's proud tradition of success in the sport, De Leon and Rivera can also carry themselves beyond the four corners of a volleyball court. De Leon is nothing short of a renaissance woman, with her undeniable knack for multi-dimensional mastery of any craft she choses, be it in sports, or her studies. As an architecture graduate, De Leon has built herself a solid foundation when she does decide to hang up her sneakers. And there's more. She has a growing business, an online store for fans of star collegiate athletes in the Philippines that specialize in bags and other accessories. Clearly, Jessey sets herself apart from other successful student-athletes, though, is her relentless drive to keep taking on challenges and finding areas where her smarts, and passion collide to create something beautiful. Meanwhile, Rivera, a part of the UST squad who finished with a lowly 4-10 record this season, has always been a steady presence for the Tigresses. After a promising start to the season, UST's campaign took a wrong turn when Rica, and rookie of the year awardee Milena Alessandrini went down with injuries. The Tigresses struggled mightily but Rivera and Alessandrini returned just in time to help UST rack up another couple of wins to end their season 80. This season will always be a huge 'what if' for UST. But Rivera became the epitome of the Tigresses' undying spirit.  After going down and rising back up, Rivera fought hand-in-hand with her teammates as they get ready for a better outing next season.  Jessey and Rica have shown the confidence worthy of a Tigress each time they have taken the court for the black and gold. And now, it’s time to watch them exude a different kind of pride as they kill it in the fashion department, thanks to H&M Philippines. See De Leon and Rivera in their volleybelle off-duty looks. Watch them trade their casual, laidback style for something edgier and party-ready!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018