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& lsquo;Rody& rsquo;s remarks at UN meet official policy on WPS row& rsquo;

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement at the 75th UN General Assembly on the 2016 South China Sea Arbitral Award stands “as the supreme expression of foreign policy on the West Philippine issue.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 7th, 2021

Rody & lsquo;stakes presidency& rsquo; on trust in vaccine czar

President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his willingness to stake his presidency to prove that National Policy Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., “is a man of honor and has no links to corruption.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2021

Pope& rsquo;s remarks downplayed

Catholic bishops on Friday played down the call of Pope Francis for governments to create laws to cover same-sex civil unions, saying this was merely his opinion and did not reflect the official policy of the Catholic Church......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Eduard Folayang: When an underdog finally became a world champion

In the five years that I was with the ABS-CBN Sports website, I was fortunate enough to have covered quite a number of memorable sports moments, so when I was asked to write about which was the most memorable for me, it was tough to narrow it down to just one single coverage. I could have written about Letran’s momentous upset of a dynasty-seeking San Beda in the NCAA Season 91 Finals, or I could have written about the Philippine Azkals making history by clinching a spot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.  Being an MMA fan, I could have written about getting to be Octagon-side for the UFC’s first and only trip to Manila, which was indeed a dream come true for me.  When I think about it however, the coverage that sticks with me to this day, even four years later, was being cage-side, just inches away from Eduard  “Landslide” Folayang as he pummeled Shinya Aoki to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion in Singapore back in 2016.  I tell people about that night all the time, and I believe I’ll continue to do so for the rest of my life.  A Fan First As I mentioned earlier, I’m an MMA fan. In fact, being a fan was actually how I eventually got into sports writing.  During my first year or so with ABS-CBN, I got wind of a show on Balls Channel entitled “The Takedown” which was, you guessed it, about the UFC. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that show, in any capacity. I even offered to research or write for free, LOL.  While I never did get to work on the show (because unfortunately, it lasted only a few episodes), I did get to make some connections (shoutout to Sir Lori, Ms. Jo, and Ms. Anna!) which eventually landed me a gig as a UFC writer for the Balls Channel Website. During that time, I got to meet and interview stars like BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson, Urijah Faber, Cung Le, and even Arianny Celeste. For an MMA fan like me, it was like working a dream job. It was a pretty sweet gig.  Eventually, that job with the Balls Channel Website would lead me to a spot on the ABS-CBN Sports Website which was launched in 2015. By 2016, I had started covering Asia-based MMA promotion ONE Championship quite a bit because ABS-CBN had signed a broadcast deal with them, and because ONE had a ton of homegrown Pinoy fighters on their roster, most notably Folayang and the Team Lakay guys.  Folayang, whose contract with ONE expired in March of 2016, re-signed with the promotion and returned to action in August, defeating Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision in Macau. That win over Pang earned Folayang the biggest bout of his career at that point: a title shot against reigning champion Aoki.  When I learned of that title fight, I was very excited for Folayang, but had little expectations for his chances, being that Aoki was a legend in the sport.  Best Seat in the House Eduard Folayang finally getting to fight for a world championship was a huge deal for Filipino MMA fans, especially those that had followed the Baguio-based star’s career since his days in the URCC. The Pinoy star was on ONE’s first ever event, but could never seem to gain enough momentum to compete for a world title, until that point.  That November night in Singapore, all the years of work sacrifice that Folayang had put in during his nine-year MMA career would finally pay off.  This was only my second time to cover a ONE event overseas, so apart from having to write stories, I also had to take pictures. Learning from my past mistakes, I asked if I could have a spot cage-side so that I could take some at least decent photos. Thankfully, the ONE people agreed and gave me a spot just beside one of the judges’ tables.  I had the best seat in the house.  Now, as I said, I had tapered my expectations for the fight. I had seen what Aoki could do in the cage. I’ve seen the guy break peoples’ bones before, so honestly, I was just hoping that he wouldn’t injure Folayang. Our guy was the underdog heading into this fight, no doubt about it.  Of course, as a Filipino and as a fan I was hoping for a massive upset. The beautiful thing about MMA is anything can happen.  Shock The World This was legitimately the first time that I felt nervous covering a fight. It’s like that feeling you have when your favorite basketball team is in a close game with just seconds left.  That first round was a frigging whirlwind of emotions if you’re a Pinoy MMA fan. It looked like Aoki was within moments of being able to submit Folayang on multiple occasions.  The second round was a little bit more relaxed for Folayang, especially since he had been able to survive Aoki’s opening round grappling blitz. It looked like he was a bit more confident and he started to throw some of his trademark spinning kicks and elbows.  A miscalculated flying knee attempt led to another Aoki takedown, but this time around, Folayang appeared a little more calm and relaxed under the pressure.  Late in the round, Folayang began to attack Aoki’s torso with punches and kicks, and it looked like it had the Japanese legend a bit winded. The tide had shifted.  Heading into the third round, there was a different feeling in the air. It felt like Aoki was done, and it felt like Folayang knew it.  In the opening seconds of that fateful third frame, Folayang knew exactly what Aoki was going to do and had an answer for it. Aoki shot in for a takedown, and Folayang countered it with a jumping knee to the jaw.  For a brief second, Folayang was on his behind, but managed to outmuscle Aoki and deliver another vicious knee.  “Oh sh*t!” I yelled internally while scrambling to take photos of the ensuing beatdown.  Folayang turned Aoki over and began to connect with punch after unanswered punch.  Without taking my eye away from my camera’s viewfinder, I started yelling for Folayang to finish it.  Folayang continued to punish Aoki with piston-like punches as the Singapore Indoor Stadium began to erupt.  For what felt like an eternity, referee Yuji Shimada watched as Folayang unloaded nine years worth of heartbreak and frustration into a ground-and-pound sequence.  And then, it was over.  There was a new lightweight king.  AND NEW! EDUARD FOLAYANG STOPS SHINYA AOKI IN ROUND 3! — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 11, 2016     The Landslide Reigns As much as I would have wanted to keep it cool, I started to freak out. I looked to my right and saw my fellow Pinoy journalists doing the same, one was even standing on the table, cheering the new world champion on.  At that point, I had watched UAAP championships, NCAA championships, even some boxing world championships, but this one was different. I knew what Folayang had gone through. I knew that the odds were stacked against him.  As the confetti began to rain down and the celebration inside the ring continued, I recomposed myself and started to take pictures again. I wanted to be able to capture this moment.  After the official decision and the post-fight interview, I remember calling out to Folayang so that I could take a photo of him with his shiny new toy.  I’ve gotten to witness other members of Team Lakay become champions since then. I’ve been blessed enough to see Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Joshua Pacio all become titleholders within a single year. While getting to see Team Lakay draped in gold to end 2018 was definitely a sight to behold, being there cage side as ‘Manong Ed’ realized a life-long dream was definitely an experience that I won’t soon forget.  Folayang's title win wasn't Team Lakay's first world champmionship, and it isn't the last. For me however, I think it's the most important, because it showed that no matter how many times you fall, you can still find your way to the top.  Everyone loves a good underdog story.  -- Santino Honasan has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2015. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

PBA sees condensed conference schedule in restart

The Philippine Basketball Association is looking at a possible condensed tournament as soon as the government gives the go-signal to resume competition amid the pandemic. League Commissioner Willie Marcial said that the Philippine Cup could run within a month or two depending on the game schedule the PBA Board will approve. “May nakaplano na kami. Nagpagawa na ako ng shortened at yung full conference na laro. So ipi-present pa rin namin sa Board,” said Marcial on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum. [Related story: Batangas, Laguna, Araneta all options for 'PBA Bubble'] Marcial also mentioned that the TV coverage schedule will also be a big factor in deciding the length of the PBA restart.   The PBA’s broadcast partner has allotted three TV coverage schedule per week. “Kasi mayroon tayong [dami] parang appearance ng teams kada conference so kailangang pag-usapan yun. Baka hindi natin ma-meet yun,” Marcial said. “Tapos ang problema ko ‘yung araw-araw. Ang ibinibigay lang sa atin ng TV5 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.” In this set-up, the conference would run for two months. Another option that the PBA is looking at is to hold games every day with some playdates airing on other available channels of its broadcast partner. “Siguro puwede tayong mag-araw-araw pero di sa TV5. Nandyan ang One Sports, Rush, Cignal. Madami pang pag-uusapan tungkol doon,” said Marcial. This according to the official is one of the matters that the Board will discuss in another round of meeting which will also include the proposal adapting a ‘bubble concept’ for the season to push through.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

Chooks-to-Go 3x3 to observe strict protocol in bubble

Strict health protocols will be practiced and observed once the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 gets the green light to practice, and eventually, hold its actual tournament. This was assured by league commissioner Eric Altamirano on Tuesday during his appearance in the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Altamirano, who was joined by player Alvin Pasaol, said the league is taking all the necessary steps and precautions to assure the safety and welfare of players, officials, and staff from contracting the COVID-19. “We’re ensuring that we will cover everything from testing to contact tracing,” said Altamirano. All involved personnel will be required to undergo swab testing (PCR-testing) especially those who are going to enter the 3x3 bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna once competition in the newly-turned pro league gets going hopefully, by September. Practices among 12 participating teams are supposed to start within the month, but had to be pushed a little back when the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjacent provinces including Laguna, reverted back to a Modified Enhance Community Quarantine (MECQ) status. “Right after ma-lift ‘yang MECQ, we will resume our testing and training,” Altamirano said. The league official added he has been in close consultation with Dr. Tony Leachon, the former special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, and other health experts about the protocols the league will have to observe before and during the tournament. The league is on the lookout for a centralized training facility where all teams would be able to workout under strict monitoring. “Pag isang venue lang ang pagpa-practisan, now we can have contact tracing, we can ensure the safety of the facility in terms of cleaning and disinfecting. May scheduled protocol when it comes to that. For every practice, may cleaning gap bago (mag-practice) yung next group,” he explained in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart with Upstream Media as webcast partner. In the league’s bubble, meanwhile, protocol is even stricter. A single person who just showed even a single symptom of the virus will be immediately isolated. A maximum of around 150 persons to be inside the Inspire Sports Academy in the entire duration of the meet......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

Rody, Duque brod & lsquo;close,& rsquo; but probe still on

Malacañang said Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte is “very close” to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s brother, but that “closeness” will not affect the ongoing investigation against the top health official......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

PNB marks 105th year with launch of New PNB Digital App, premiere of & lsquo;DongYan& rsquo; video

The Philippine National Bank marked its 105th anniversary on Thursday with the official launch of the New PNB Digital App and the premiere of the bank’s new ad campaign featuring the “DongYan” power couple, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera-Dantes......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 29th, 2021

Korean superstar Son Ye Jin & lsquo;felt the love& rsquo; of Pinoy fans in online meet

Smart Hallyu Hangouts, a series of online shows where subscribers can watch their idols through a live feed from wherever they are in the world, kicked off on July 16 with no less than Crash Landing On You (CLOY) actress Son Ye Jin. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

& lsquo;Gameboys& rsquo; is back to play with our hearts

The IdeaFirst Company has finally released the official trailer of the movie sequel of the internationally-acclaimed web series, “Gameboys.” .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

& lsquo;Unfinished business& rsquo; may spur Rody& rsquo;s VP run in 2022& mdash;Roque

“Unfinished business” might lead President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president in 2022, the Palace said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 29th, 2021

Rody sees & lsquo;light& rsquo; with mass jabs

President Rodrigo Duterte is optimistic that the country will beat COVID-19 before the year ends as the government starts inoculating economic frontliners or those under the A4 priority group......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

& lsquo;Manageable& rsquo;

We take exception to the statement of a Department of Health official who said that the surge in the number of cases in various areas across the country is manageable. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 7th, 2021

Rody leads call for & lsquo;solidarity& rsquo; to defeat COVID

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for greater global solidarity to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic which has infected at least 166 million and killed 3.43 million worldwide......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Fisherfolk take offense over Rody& rsquo;s & lsquo;campaign joke& rsquo;

If President Rodrigo Duterte was just joking about riding a jet ski to islands in the West Philippine Sea to claim it for the country, then he is a joke, a fisherman who asked the would-be Chief Executive about that during the 2016 presidential campaign said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

Rody tells Pinoys: Don& rsquo;t be choosy

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reversed the policy of allowing people---including frontline health workers---to choose their brand of COVID-19 vaccine, saying no jab was superior to any other......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2021

Official video for viral & lsquo;Rasputin& rsquo; out now

House producer Majestic and German act Boney M have recently unveiled the riotous official video for their smash  “Rasputin,” which has become a big hit among social media denizens across the globe. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

BTS breaks internet with & lsquo;Bang Bang Con& rsquo; digital event

K-Pop superstars Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of the supergroup BTS delighted millions of fans from around the world with the staging of “Bang Bang Con 21,” which streamed on the group’s official YouTube channel, BANGTANTV......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

BSP reinforces & lsquo;know-your-employee& rsquo; rules for banks

The Monetary Board, the policy-making body of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, said Thursday it strengthened the “know-your-employee” policies and practices and tightened controls related to confirmation of deposit accounts as part of the operational risk management system of supervised financial institutions......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Rody & lsquo;fit and healthy,& rsquo; Palace insists

President Rodrigo Duterte did not attend Thursday’s Cabinet meeting held via Zoom, a day after he canceled his scheduled public address “Talk to the People” for the second time this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 8th, 2021

Palace hits & lsquo;crab mentality& rsquo; of people criticizing Rody& rsquo;s birthday

Malacañang defended President Rodrigo Duterte from critics after photos of his 76th birthday celebration in Davao City on Sunday went viral on social media......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2021