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Judges question warrants in Kraft massage parlor sex case

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida appellate judges on Tuesday questioned the legality of search warrants that let police secretly video record New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others paying for massage parlor sex, pressing a prosecutor on his contention that the warrants were legally valid. Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa found himself repeatedly queried by the three-judge panel as he tried to persuade them that the warrants and searches met all constitutional protections and that they should overturn lower court rulings that barred the recordings' use at trial. Misdemeanor charges against Kraft, 79, and other customers would have to be dropped if those rulings stand, although felony charges against the spa owners might proceed as there is other evidence against them. Kraft and others were charged in February 2019 in a multi-county investigation of massage parlors that included the secret installation of video cameras in the spas' lobbies and rooms. Police say the recordings show Kraft and other men engaging in sex acts with women and paying them. Police say they twice recorded Kraft, a widower, paying for sex at the Orchids of Asia massage parlor. Kraft has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. Judge Robert Gross, who presided at the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal hearing, seemed taken aback by DeSousa's contention that he and his colleagues should primarily consider the plain language of the Fourth Amendment. It says judges can issue warrants if police demonstrate probable cause of a crime, that warrants must specify the place to be searched and what can be seized. Gross told DeSousa he seemed to be ignoring numerous rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court expanding Fourth Amendment protections since the 1960s, including some that restrict electronic surveillance by police. “You are getting us off on the wrong foot by focusing on the language of the Fourth Amendment when we should be focusing on the Supreme Court jurisprudence....that is heavily weighted against you,” Gross told DeSousa. The 90-minute hearing included arguments on whether cameras were necessary; on whether the police violated the privacy of customers who simply received massages; and on the proper sanction if the defendants' rights were violated. The attorneys for Kraft and the other defendants argued that police failed to minimize the privacy violations they committed by recording innocent customers, including women, who received legal massages. “These cameras, that were put into private massage rooms where patrons would be undressing as a matter of course, they recorded everything," Kraft attorney Derek Shaffer said. He said Kraft “had the same reasonable expectation of privacy that any massage patron going to a licensed facility would be entitled.” Attorneys also argued the cameras weren't necessary as police already had enough evidence to charge the spa owners, including bank records, website advertising, outside video surveillance and napkins containing bodily fluids retrieved from garbage bins. The only proper punishment for prosecutors and police, they argued, is to throw out all recordings. DeSousa argued that police and prosecutors need the recording to convict the owners of felonies. The owners must be shown receiving payments from the prostitutes and the only way to get that is to install cameras, he said. He said detectives had to fully record all massages, because the sex acts happened at their conclusion and 95% of male customers received one. While no female customers paid for sex, they were few in number and to not record them could be seen as discriminating against men, he said. DeSousa said even if the court finds police violated innocent customers' privacy rights, the Supreme Court has ruled that in most circumstances, only improperly seized evidence should be thrown out. Since Kraft, the other men and the masseuses were engaged in crimes, their recordings should be permitted, he said. “Given the unique and difficult circumstances confronting these officers, the conspiracy, the logistics of the operation, what they reasonably anticipated they would see and the difficulty of knowing at the start of any given massage will this end with a happy ending or will it not, we think what law enforcement did here was entirely reasonable,” DeSousa said. The court usually takes weeks to issue rulings. The losing side will likely appeal to the state Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the decision stand. If convicted, Kraft would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions, but he could also be suspended or otherwise punished by the National Football League......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 1st, 2020

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

WCPC-VFU prepares charges against 2 massage parlor owners offering ‘extra service’

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Women and Children Protection – Visayas Field Unit (WCPC-VFU) is now preparing a case for violation of Republic Act 9208 or the anti-trafficking in persons law, against the two owners of a massage parlor who were allegedly pimping their massage therapists. Six women who were working as massage therapists were […] The post WCPC-VFU prepares charges against 2 massage parlor owners offering ‘extra service’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2020

Brady says I still have more to prove in Instagram post

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback of the New England Patriots next season is still an open question. But the 42-year-old on Wednesday gave another indication that he isn't done playing football. In an Instagram post to fans, Brady said “I still have more to prove” following a season that ended with the Patriots failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2015.         View this post on Instagram                   I just wanted to say to all of our fans, THANK YOU! After a few days of reflection, I am so grateful and humbled by the unconditional support you have shown me the past two decades. Running out of that tunnel every week is a feeling that is hard to explain. I wish every season ended in a win, but that’s not the nature of sports (or life). Nobody plays to lose. But the reward for working hard is just that, the work!! I have been blessed to find a career I love, teammates who go to battle with me, an organization that believes in me, and fans who have been behind us every step of the way. Every one of us that works at Gillette Stadium strived to do their best, spent themselves at a worthy cause, and prepared to fail while daring greatly (h/t Teddy Roosevelt). And for that, we’ve been rewarded with something that the scoreboard won’t show - the satisfaction of knowing we gave everything to each other in pursuit of a common goal. That is what TEAM is all about. In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove. A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jan 8, 2020 at 5:50am PST “In both life and football, failure is inevitable," he wrote. “You dont always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again.” New England's season ended with a 20-13 loss in the wild-card round to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. A six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Most Valuable Player of the NFL title game and three-time winner of the league MVP, Brady could become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when his contract ends in March. That has placed team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick on the clock to either bring back Brady for his 21st season or watch the franchise’s greatest player depart from the only team he's called home. Belichick said this week that there isn't an established timeline to resolve Brady's status, but he acknowledged that his case is unusual. “Everybody's situation is different," Belichick said. "Certainly, Tom is an iconic figure in this organization. And nobody respects Tom more than I do.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

Financial case a cloud over unprecedented City titles feat

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — After the FA Cup was raised aloft by Manchester City's players, the Wembley Stadium pyrotechnics didn't cast a cloud over the team's unprecedented sweep of English soccer's men's trophies. The only shadow came from the investigations by soccer authorities into leaked documents that allegedly show the game's costliest squad was assembled thanks to mechanisms employed to try to circumvent spending regulations. A 6-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, delivered by players who cost more than $200 million in transfer fees, ensured the FA Cup joined the Premier League trophy, League Cup and Community Shield already in City's possession. The only piece of silverware missing is from the competition City could be banned from next season: the Champions League. City arrived at Wembley reeling from UEFA investigators last week sending the governing body's judges a file into how the Abu Dhabi-owned club sought to allegedly dupe the governing body to comply with Financial Fair Play. And the team left the national stadium with manager Pep Guardiola seething to face questions about the cloud over City's feat. "We are not guilty (until) proven," Guardiola said. "Would I say this club makes a step forward from the big investment from Sheikh Mansour? Definitely. Can you do that without top players? No way. That money helps to buy the incredible players we have? Yes. "After that we wait. If we are punished, we will accept it. But I listen to my chairman and my CEO, they give me the arguments for why they are under investigation and I trust them. When they tell me we were fair, we did it absolutely following the rules, I'm sorry, I believe them. If the opponents and contenders believe that's it's just the money ... it is OK they will be a problem." Guardiola is the only City figure publicly responding to questions about the FFP investigation, despite not being a director. Leaving Wembley, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak only gave a thumb's up when asked about the club's potential Champions League ban. Leaks of internal correspondence published by German outlet Der Spiegel last year showed how City used companies linked to the Abu Dhabi ownership to boost revenue in an attempt to curb losses and comply with UEFA regulations. City hasn't disputed the authenticity of the documents. The Football Leaks group also published details showing how Roberto Mancini, who managed City from 2009 to 2013, received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu Dhabi to work as a consultant than from the Manchester club. Mancini was the last City manager to win the FA Cup in 2012. City hasn't responded to questions sent by The Associated Press in November asking if Guardiola had any similar arrangements to Mancini, and the manager was infuriated to be asked Saturday if he received any payments from Abu Dhabi. "Do you know the question you are asking me — if I receive money from another situation today?" Guardiola said. "Do you think I deserve to make this kind of question ... the day I won the treble, if I received money from another situations?" Guardiola is yet to provide an answer. City did not respond to a follow-up text message on the issue......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

Why public can’t access SALN of magistrates

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta defended the High Tribunal’s restriction of public access to the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of magistrates. Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We cannot release the SALN because there are matters there that are confidential in nature,” Peralta said during an online press briefing. The Chief Justice said that the SALN contains information like the addresses of judges and their family members which could be used by parties in influencing the decision-making of cases. “You can just imagine ‘yung mga judges na nagdecide ng cases against somebody (What might happen to judges who decided on cases against somebody),” he said. Because of this, Peralta said the SC has implemented guidelines which restricts public access to SALNs of magistrates. “We came up with the guidelines that we can only release ‘yung summary,” the Chief Justice said. Last September, the SC denied the requests of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon for copies of the SALN of SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. Gadon has filed a letter of appeal to the SC insisting that it should release Leonen’s SALN since the magistrate has allegedly skipped the filing of SALNs when Leonen was still teaching at the University of the Philippines (UP). In a letter addressed to SC Clerk of Court Edgardo Aricheta, Gadon said “the right of any citizen for access on SALNs is clearly provided under the law.” “With due respect to the Supreme Court, the denial only invites suspicion among the public that the Supreme Court is hiding something in so far as the SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen are concerned and that it cannot also escape public suspicion that the Supreme Court is giving AJ Marvic Leonen a special treatment and protection which I hope is not true,” the lawyer warned. Gadon pointed out “there is no lawful nor valid reason why my request for the certified copies of the SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen cannot be granted.” “The Supreme Court granted the same request in the case of Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno hence it should be granted in the instant request for SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen,” he reminded. Prior to Sereno’s ouster in 2018 as chief justice, Gadon was able to secure from the High Tribunal copies of her SALNs. Sereno was ousted as Chief Justice in 2018 after the SC granted the quo warranto petition of the OSG which sought to invalidate her appointment at the High Tribunal over violations in skipping the filing of her SALNs when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). “If Atty. Lourdes Sereno was ousted from the Supreme Court due to lack of integrity as exemplified by her non-filing of SALNs in UP for many years, then there is no reason why the same standard should not be applied to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen,” said Gadon who also alleged that Leonen had skipped in the filing of SALNs when he was still a UP law professor......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Babies have rights

 #ASKGOYO Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal Quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “The tragic death of 3-month-old Baby River highlights the need to do MORE, BETTER, FASTER in the justice sector quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “Baby River was born at the Fabella Medical Center on July 1, 2020.  Her mother, urban poor organizer Reina Mae Nasino, 23 years old, is a detainee at the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory who was arrested on November 5, 2019 at the Tondo office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.  The police raids that resulted in the arrests of over 60 activists in Metro Manila and Bacolod were by virtue of various warrants issued by the RTC Branch 89 in Quezon City.  Reina Mae and two others were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, a non-bailable offense. “Despite questions raised against the validity of the raids and arrests as well as petitions for the release of Reina Mae on health and humanitarian grounds or for continued breast-feeding, the frail and underweight Baby River was separated from her mother barely a month after birth. “The case went through RTC Manila Branch 20, the Supreme Court, back to RTC Branch 20, then RTC branch 42 and RTC Branch 37, and the Court of Appeals, until Baby River died on Oct. 12, 2020. “Manila RTC Branch 47 finally allowed Reina Mae furlough – this time to visit her dead daughter.  Despite many fully armed BJMP escorts, police and military personnel monitoring and accompanying Reina Mae, she remained hand-cuffed while at the wake. “The heartbreaking and brief life-story of Baby River compel us to raise these questions: “1. Why can’t our justice system safeguard the needs and rights of an innocent child to breastfeeding and a better chance to survive? “2. Why don’t our jails have adequate facilities to address the needs and rights of children and women detainees duly recognized by domestic and international law? “3. Why does it take so long to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights? “4. Isn’t there double standard when “bigger” detainees are allowed similar or even greater privileges? “5. Can we not have justice with compassion? “Let our concern, dismay, or rage and the tears that we may shed for Baby River Nasino fuel our collective determination and action to improve our justice system.  Let not our innocent children fall under the cracks.  Babies have rights and we have duties to nurture them.  Let our humanity rise above our personal comforts or the privileges of power.” DOMINGO EGON CAYOSA National President & Chairman of the Board of Governors *** We can talk about the law legal processes, and I’m sure many will.  But at the crux of all this should be:“What is it to be human?” Have we sunk so low that we’ve lost our humanity?  Have we forgotten what it is that separates us from animals?  Have we been numb to peoples’ suffering and death? Have we been stripped of our sense of morality and compassion that we have lost our appreciation of what is right and wrong?  People have discussed the trampled rights of the mother of the infant.  But what about the rights of the baby?  Stripping the legalese of the tragedy, we have to ask: What about the basic needs of the baby, as emphasized by the statement of the IBP?  There is no justification to being deprived of the love and care his mother, and the warmth of her embrace. The soothing voice to say she’s going to get better, and she’s loved…  Have we regressed to a point that we’ve been stripped of our empathy? More than the legality of this.  After the furor will have died down, and it surely will, I think we have to ask ourselves, “Where are we now?”  How low have we sunk and how to we get back up and regain some sense of decency? My heart broke when I saw pictures of Reina Mae Nasino covered in PPE, in handcuffs, unable to even hug her dead baby one last time.  I still cannot understand the inhumanity towards not only the mother, but the baby, who had done no one wrong, yet was treated with so much hate, disrespect, contempt, and derision for her to be born in this world, yet stripped and deprived of human love and affection.  I can never hate anyone that much to treat him or her so badly. I think we need to dig deep within ourselves and search our soul.  To find the humanity which has clearly been missing.  We need to find our moral compass, before we all lose our soul and drown in the abyss. Stay Safe.  Pray for Baby River.  Pray for OUR country......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

PNP denies ‘overkill’ security for Nasino during baby’s funeral

The Philippine National Police (PNP) denied criticisms of an overkill in the security measures it implemented during the burial of the baby of jailed activist Reina Mae Nasino in Manila on Friday. In a statement, PNP spokesman Col. Ysmael Yu said that the security measures implemented were intended for Nasino who is under government custody after her arrest and subsequent filing of a criminal case for allegedly yielding a grenade during a raid inside the office of an urban poor group in Manila. “It is the subject (Nasino) who we were protecting,” said Yu. Netizens and other groups and personalities criticized the PNP and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for what they described as disrespecting Filipino funeral rites. A video that went viral showed the police allegedly speeding off in a vehicle carrying the coffin of Nasino’s baby, which prompted the grandmother and other relatives to chase the vehicle. The funeral parlor and the cemetery were heavily-guarded. Nasino, who was handcuffed, arrived at the cemetery wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gown and face mask and shield, with BJMP personnel heavily guarding her. The image of Nasino in a PPE gown, handcuffed and surrounded by BJMP personnel while grieving in front of her baby’s coffin triggered sympathy and anger from netizens who criticized the government for the treatment of a grieving mother. “That execution on security is appropriate, considering crowd control,” he added. Nasino was arrested in November last year in Manila during a raid at the office of urban poor group Kadamay. She and two others were charged with illegal possession of explosives, which they claimed had been planted by the police. She gave birth on July 1 but on Aug. 13 had to entrust the baby to the grandmother after the court handling the case denied her lawyers appeal to give Baby River more time with her mother either at the hospital or inside a detention facility where Nasino is jailed. During that time, Baby River was reportedly frail and underweight. The baby died last week at only three months old due to acute respiratory distress syndrome......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

LeBron improves case as & lsquo;Goat& rsquo;

Los Angeles, United States---As the first player to lead three different teams to NBA titles, LeBron James has revived the question of whether he or Michael Jordan is the league’s greatest-ever superstar......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Current Gilas model 'not sustainable' says Coach Yeng

Creating the most ideal format for the Philippine national team remains a fiercely-discussed topic. The latest to offer his two cents is NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, the one who had Gilas Pilipinas play in the FIBA World Cup last year. According to Coach Yeng, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas should have a working partnership with the PBA in order to keep the Gilas machine running. The SBP and the PBA have been working hand-in-hand, with a new cadet program in place even, but Guiao is not convinced that the current system can be sustainable in the long term. "To me, it's imperative that the federation should be able to work with the pro league, in our case it's the PBA. Because like the model we have right now, let's say you're taking players and you're looking forward to these players just playing for the national team and they're a separate group from the players playing in the pro league," Guiao said on Coaches Unfiltered. "I don't think that's sustainable. At a certain point, you have to break up that team and these players are going to play for the pro teams and you wait. You can do it one year or two years but after that you’re still going to break up and those guys will still wanna play a regular pro league team," coach Yeng added. As it stands, the current Gilas Pilipinas core is made up of five players led by Isaac Go. Go, together with the Nieto twins, Allyn Bulanadi, and Rey Suerte were the five picks in the special Gilas Draft last year. They all have their separate PBA mother teams but the agreement is that they're loaned to the national team through the 2023 FIBA World Cup. However, they do not have guaranteed slots in the final lineup as the current head coach still has the freedom to create his own best team, with the option to add PBA players or other amateur stars. The last Gilas team to play, against Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers earlier this year, only Go and Matt Nieto made the team from the Gilas special draftees. "There is no national team in the world that is just a national team. There is no model like that anywhere in the world. Maski ano pang sport, all of these [players] are playing pros and then they’re being called for the national team," Guiao argues. "There is no team na oh kayo lang ang national team ha, exclusive kayong national team. There is no model like that," he added. While drafting players to focus on the national team seems like a great idea to form the foundation of the program, professional players are still going to be needed at some point. It only makes sense as one country's best players naturally play in the premier professional league. For Gilas Pilipinas to truly be competitive abroad, it will need the Philippines' best players. And those players are most likely found in the PBA, already under a grueling professional schedule. Where the national team fits in is the question. "I think it’s imperative for the SBP or the federation to work hand in hand with the PBA or the professional league. If we’re not able to do that, we’re not going to be able to send the best players for the toughest tournaments," Guiao said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2020

Tech under threat as EU court rules on Facebook case

The EU's top court will take a decision on Thursday that threatens to throw global internet traffic into chaos, as judges decide on the legality of Facebook's data transfers between the US and Europe......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

Baguio court issues warrant vs PMA cadets over Dormitorio fatal hazing case

A Baguio court issued a warrants of arrest against Philippine Military Academy cadets over the fatal hazing of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio in 2019......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2020

US women s team players have options after setback in court

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Players for the U.S. women’s national team may have been dealt a blow by a judge’s ruling in their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation but the case is far from over. The women have vowed to keep up the fight, encouraged by the likes of Joe Biden, Billie Jean King and even the men's national team. “This is just a setback,” King said when asked what she would tell the team. “There’s so many of these ups and downs. Just keep learning from it, keep going for it. You’re still such a great influence, not only in soccer, but for equality for everyone.” King, who was calling for equitable prize money in tennis in the 1970s, once famously proclaimed: “Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing and the cherry on top, too.” The players sued the federation last year, claiming they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. They asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The federal judge threw out the players' claim of discriminatory pay Friday in a surprising loss for the defending World Cup champions. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner said the women rejected a pay-to-play structure like the men's agreement and accepted greater base salaries and benefits. But he allowed aspects of their allegations of discriminatory working conditions to go forward. The trial remains scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles. Players have vowed to appeal the judge's decision. There are several legal options. Players could seek to overturn Friday's decision at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and could even discuss with the USSF the possibility of a joint application for a stay pending appeal. They could proceed with a trial limited to working conditions such as flights, hotels and medical staff, then appeal Friday's ruling. Or the sides could seek to settle, perhaps as part of a deal to replace and extend the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires on Dec. 31, 2021. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, went to Twitter this weekend to encourage the players. “To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To @ussoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding,” he posted, referring to the 2026 men’s World Cup, set to be hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. The players’ association for the men’s national team also released a statement Monday expressing support. “For a year and a half the USMNT players have made proposals to the federation that would achieve equal pay for the USMNT and USWNT players,” the statement said. “We understand the WNT players plan to appeal last week’s decision and we support them.” Steven A. Bank, a professor at UCLA, said he was expecting Klausner's decision on the summary judgment to focus the case but not to the degree it did. “Frequently, judges will do that in order to narrow down the issues, but because it also spurs the parties to settle by essentially using a heavy hand and saying, ‘Hey, a lot of these things you have is fluff, so let’s get rid of this, and neither of you have as great a case that you think you do.' So I’m not surprised that there was some level of summary judgment granted and some level denied,” he said. “But I was surprised that the judge came down with what is a fairly complete victory for U.S. Soccer.” In an appearance on ABC's “Good Morning America” on Monday, Megan Rapinoe said she was shocked by the decision. She pointed out the women’s team was far more successful than the men, winning consecutive World Cup titles and playing more games. “If I earn $1 every time I play, and a man earns $3, just because I win 10 games and he only wins three games, so I made $10 and he made $9, I’m not sure how that’s me making more money, while having to essentially win everything we could’ve possibly won over these last two years: two World Cups and just about every game we’ve played,” Rapinoe said. “For me, it missed the point, and was very disappointing, to be honest.” Attorney Hampton Dellinger, who represented players in a battle over artificial turf at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, said the case will take time to play out. “Obviously, I think it’d be great if the parties could reach a reasonable settlement,” Dellinger said. “But to my mind, if the legal fight is going to continue, I don’t think the judge’s first word is necessarily going to be the last word.” Arguments could be made that the team has already made it's case in the court of public opinion. Following the U.S. victory in the World Cup final last year in France, the crowd chanted "Equal Pay" as the players celebrated on the field. The women also drew support from some of U.S. Soccer's most high-profile sponsors when the federation argued in court documents that the women lacked the skills and responsibilities of their male counterparts. The so-called scorched earth argument led to the resignation of USSF President Carlos Cordeiro, who was replaced by former national team player Cindy Parlow Cone. “I think it’s great that they brought the case forward, because I think any visibility into this issue is just going to help further the cause, because it’s going to make more people sensitive and aware that the issue of unequal pay persists in all spectrums of our economy," said Mary Ellen Carter, an associate professor of accounting at Boston College. "I happen to know it well in the executive space, but it’s not only there. So I think the courage that they had to come forward with the suit keeps the issue at the forefront, and I think that that’s important.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

Even at home, the work continues for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton

When the NBA was postponed in mid-March due to a player testing positive for COVID-19, there was immediately an air of uncertainty as to whether the world’s biggest basketball league would resume action later on in the year. Now, over a month later, that uncertainty remains there, even more so now. The playoffs should have started by now, which makes the NBA’s return even more of a question mark, especially in terms of how the league would decide to go about getting the season back on track. For now, there are definitely more questions than answers, but for most of the players and the coaches and the people involved in the league, work continues, even at home. That’s very much the case for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, who says he continues to find ways to continue to get things done, even under quarantine. When the season came to an abrupt halt, the Kings were 11th in the Western Conference, but were tied with the tenth and the ninth seeds at 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, meaning that they were very much in the running for the last spot in the post-season. With a jump straight into the playoffs being discussed as an option for the league’s return, it would mean that they would once again miss the post-season without having the chance to make one final run in the regular season. Right now however, Walton says that the focus is on the safety of everyone from this dreaded disease. “Normally, I would say that yes, it would feel like [a missed opportunity for a playoff chase]. But again, this is one of those rare circumstances in life where the safety of everyone involved is really what we’re thinking about,” Walton said in an interview with the NBA. “And if that means that were the case then hey, we continue to look forward. We continue to learn from what we did have this year and we take that information and we go full steam ahead into next season.” The Kings were set to take on the tenth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in an important battle for playoff positioning the day that the league ultimately decided to postpone the games. If the league decides to jump right into the post-season, Walton says that they’d be fully behind the decision if it means finally having the season back. “This is one of those few times where truly the most important thing is that we get past this [pandemic] together. And by together, I mean everybody. Together, we get past this. If that’s what it takes for the NBA to come to a decision, we will be behind it. Normally I would say basketball is more important than most things I’ve gone through in life, but with this the only thing that really matters is that we get through it.” Walton adds that prior to the postponement, there was an excitement within the team because of how they were playing and the position that they were in. “We were excited. Like I said, we were playing high level basketball. As far as a team embracing what it needs to do. What I mean by that is individuals understanding their roles, individuals understand-ing what we need out of them and those individuals making sacrifices for the betterment of the team. I think that’s why we were winning games at a pretty solid rate towards the end.” “As a coach, that is what you’re looking for. As you said, Alex [Len], [Kent Bazemore] coming over to add some tough-ness and physicality that we needed and the defensive level that was being played. A big part of it was having De’Aaron [Fox] get going like that and getting to the free-throw line consistently. In the last few games, I know it’s a small sample size, he was shooting around 90 percent and if you get there eight times a game, that is going to help. Buddy [Hield] was just really dominating his role for us coming off the bench. [Bogdan Bogdanovic] in the starting lineup was making nice basketball plays. We had a lot of good positive things going for us as a team and we were excited. We were looking forward to every matchup that we had, and our guys were giving us everything they had,” he added. On a personal level, Walton says that it doesn’t know if the league will indeed return to finish off the 2019-2020 season. “Honestly, I have no idea. I think everyone wants to play but I think everyone understands top priority is the safety of the fans, the media and everyone that’s involved in this. As much as everyone wants to get back to playing, no one is pressing it and we know what is most important.” For now however, Walton says that he and the players are doing the most that they can during the extended time off. He does admit however, that these past month and a half has been tough. “It’s a challenge. In staying in communication with our guys and what we’ve all come to realize is what is most important and that is the health and safety of everybody; the fans, the players, the families and as much as we want to get out there and play basketball, coach basketball, and compete and be a symbol of strength for our community during this time, we know the most important part of this is the social distancing, staying healthy, and keeping people healthy. To answer your question, there isn’t a lot that the guys can do. We sent out exercise machines, there are workouts online, there [are] option-al Zoom yoga classes. A lot of guys at this point are at home and whether that’s a basketball hoop at home or a treadmill, they are doing what they can under the circumstances.” Walton adds that he has also done some additional coaching at home by homeschooling his children, before doing his work as a coach for the Kings. “We practice social distancing and take it very seriously. My family and I are still up here in the Sacramento area and we have young kids, so the mornings are dedicated to homeschooling and going on walks around the neighborhood.” “When we get done with that, that is when I start checking in with some [players] and some of the coaches and dedicate some time to move our work forward. In the evenings, we’ll either watch some shows or I’ll turn on some of our game film from earlier this year to look at different things and keep trying to grow and learn and understand our team a little more. Then, it’s pretty much like Groundhog Day. We wake up and do the same thing the next day. We are staying busy. We know the top priority, again, is the safety for everyone. I’m trying to use this time to continue to grow and continue to understand our guys more,” he continued. Walton adds that he hopes the players also use this time to get into other things as well and not just spend their free time playing video games. “A big part of what I believe in as a coach, is player development. Especially in today’s NBA, part of that is developing off the court as well. This is a great time for some of those things, whether it is like you said, reading books, listening to podcasts. Meditation is something we encourage our players to do and get into. That’s something that we’re constantly trying to get our players to accept and do. One, because we feel like as coaches, it’s the right thing to do to help people grow. And two, we feel as if you’re helping people grow off the court as people, the quicker they’re going to mature on the court as players. Yeah, this is a time that all those things are available to do. We can’t and we won’t force anyone to do them, but it’s highly encouraged that our players are taking the time to continue to chal-lenge themselves and grow in different areas.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Dr. Z & Aivee Teo: bible reading, gadget detox, parlor games, cooking

In the case of the well-knit Teo family Drs. Z and Aivee, and their children Ken-Z, 12; Kenzo, 8; and Keli, 7 there are five changes that have been wrought in their daily lifestyle......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 11th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 4

In case you missed it: BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 2 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 3 --- Pingoy Rule: Never back down. --- Jerie Pingoy enjoyed his time in Ateneo de Manila University. Actually, perhaps, he enjoyed too much. After a so-so rookie year as a Blue Eagle, the 5-foot-11 point guard then struggled with his grades. That put him - along with John Apacible, Hubert Cani, Kemark Carino, Clint Doliguez, CJ Perez, and Arvin Tolentino - in danger of being sidelined for UAAP 79 as the Katipunan-based school is, famously, strict with its academic requirements for student-athletes. Years later, Pingoy made it clear, though, that he just barely missed out on the cut. "'Di ako bagsak. Probi (probationary) lang ako kasi nagkulang lang ako ng 0.1 na QPI (Quality Point Index)," he recalled, through chuckles, in a phone interview. Indeed, Spin's Reuben Terrado reported then that "Perez and Pingoy could take summer classes in order to meet Ateneo's QPI and become eligible to play." Whatever it was, the now-25-year-old had another problem on his hands - not that long after finally putting behind him the complications his college commitment brought about. Talking about the two-year residency put on the shoulders of Pingoy, then-Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol said, "The time he needed to mature and adjust also affected his studies." The situation he found himself in may have been remedied, but the fact of the matter is that he didn't do enough to go over the academic bar the Blue Eagles have set. "Simply put, he didn't meet the required QPI, or grade requirements, for that year," Epok Quimpo, team manager from then to now, said. NEW NAME And it's not as if what was happening on-court was that much better. After a standout stint in high school, Pingoy averaged 3.5 points and 2.8 assists in his first - and ultimately, last - year in Ateneo. Not only that, he found himself, more often than not, the one chasing the tail of fellow point guard Matt Nieto. Pingoy was actually the starter in his first game, officially, as a Blue Eagle in UAAP 78. As the season rolled along, however, the blue and white grew to have more trust in Nieto, who would come to be known as "Matty Ice," or, when push came to shove, just put Kiefer Ravena at point. Make no mistake, though, Pingoy was never a bad teammate. "'Di ko iniisip na kakompetensya ko sina Cani o Matt. Iniisip namin talaga na one as a team kami," he said. He then continued, "Kung sino nandun sa court, we support. Lagi nga naming sinasabi ni Cani, kung si Matt nasa loob, cheer lang kami." In the end, the Cebuano failed to fulfill for Ateneo the promise he once had as a one-time champion and back-to-back MVP in the UAAP Jrs. "Sayang lang na we weren't given an opportunity to prove ourselves na kaya naming makipagsabayan. Kulang kami sa playing time, sa totoo lang, but still, it was a good run for me, yung sa Ateneo," he said. And so, sooner than later, the on-court struggles came to a head with the off-court struggles. In 2016, Pingoy decided to leave the school he decided to leave Far Eastern University-Diliman for. "Nagsisialisan na mga kasama ko so naisip ko, wala na akong kasama," he said, referring to the transfers of Cani and Tolentino to FEU, Carino and Doliguez to San Beda University, and Perez to Lyceum of the Philippines University. He then continued, "Eh that time, tinatawagan na rin ako ng Adamson. Sabi ko, what if dito ko makuha yung chance na ma-prove ulit na ito na ako?" NEW NEST Pingoy got to try and answer that question as he transferred to Adamson University. "I needed a change. Gusto kong mag-iba ako. Nag-decide akong ibang Jerie Pingoy naman," he said. "Siyempre, Franz Pumaren din yun. Alam kong nakakapagod yung practice, pero sabi ko kakayanin ko 'to." Of course, with his transfer, Pingoy had to undergo another year of residency - this, adding to the two he had to serve out of high school. Once he was finally eligible for the Soaring Falcons, though, Pingoy wasted no time giving glimpses of the player many believed he was or was going to be. In UAAP 80, he posted per game counts of 7.1 points, 5.1 assists, 2.6 steals, and 2.5 rebounds and was a key cog as Adamson yet again made it to the Final Four. Finally, he was having fun and playing fun. "Adamson, it's a nice school. Yung Falcons, we had a good team. Naging masaya ako sa Adamson," he said. As it turned out, however, another storm was on the horizon. NEW NIGHTMARE In the final frame of the last game of the UAAP 80 elimination round, Pingoy landed on the foot of FEU's Jasper Parker and had to be helped off the floor. Initial diagnosis had him with a sprained left foot. It was much more than that, apparently, as the sprain only opened the floodgates on the bone spurs that had long been building up inside his left foot. And so, right after Adamson bowed out of contention, he decided to have surgery to take care of all the bone spurs. "Inoperahan ako nung December 2017 sa Pampanga and pagkatapos, I was thinking na all good na siya. Kaya lang, the following months, nung January or February 2018, nafi-feel kong 'di pala siya okay," he shared and added that he went outside Manila because the operation would be cheaper there. He then continued, "Ang sakit pa rin ng paa ko. 'Di ako maka-practice o makalaro nang todo kasi tumatakbo akong parang naka-tiptoe yung kaliwa ko." Pingoy went on to practice and play through the pain all the way to UAAP 81 where it became clear that he wasn't the player he was just a year ago and only normed 3.3 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 rebounds. "Sobrang frustrating kasi yung last year ko sa Adamson, 'di talaga ako fit nun. Yung laro ko, medyo bitin," he said. He then continued, "'Di naman ganun laro ko. Ang laking factor na naoperahan akong hindi successful." Yes, ultimately, it was concluded that the surgery he had was a failure. After that season, Pingoy had his left foot checked on by famed sports doctor Raul Canlas and what the latter told the former was nothing but a punch to the gut. "Sabi niya, bakit daw hindi inoperahan yung mismong may bone spurs," he said. Canlas was only willing to make it right, but of course, there was the matter of payment and, unfortunately, Pingoy was forced to pay out of his pocket as, by then, he had already decided to forgo his fifth and final playing year with Adamson. "Pagtapos ng season, sabi ko na sa kanilang 'di na ako tutuloy kasi nahihirapan ako sa paa ko. Baka ano pang mangyari sa akin kung pinilit ko," he said. Once a highly recruited player, Pingoy, right then and there, had no one to turn to but himself. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Sila yung nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa akin. Iniisip ko, para sa mga anak ko 'to, para sa kinabukasan nila." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 11th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 3

In case you missed it: BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 2 --- Pingoy Rule: Never settle. --- Jerie Pingoy was one of the best players to play in UAAP Jrs. - in recent history, at the very least. "One of the best players I've ever seen," Far Eastern University-Diliman head coach Mike Oliver said about his former prized ward. "He was the complete package - maganda ang range, can slice through defenses, can create his own shot or for his teammates, and also a good defender." If you don't want to believe in the mentor he won a championship with, believe in the fact that in the last two decades, the 5-foot-11 point guard was one of only two players to have hoisted the MVP trophy in back-to-back years. And it's not like he wasn't a winner either as he capped off his high school career by besting defending champion Nazareth School of National University and bringing the Baby Tamaraws to the promised land for the first time since the late '80s. If that still isn't enough for you, then know that the then-mentor of those Bullpups still has not forgotten about the playmaker who dethroned them. "Magaling talaga. Mataas ang basketball IQ. Very smart point guard," Jeff Napa answered when asked about Pingoy. Actually, that was why Napa took a chance on the now-forgotten 25-year-old in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft and the former signed up the latter for Karate Kid-CEU. Pingoy may have strayed far from the promising path he had been on, but deep down, the player who once put up per game counts of 21 points on top of 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals as a graduating guard in high school is still there. WELL-DESERVED There was no question back then that Pingoy was special. Everybody thought so and that was why he also got to wear the flag for the national youth team. There's no question as well that after all that had happened since then, FEU still holds a special place in Pingoy's heart. "I was happy nung nandun ako sa FEU. Mga teammates ko, mga Bisaya rin kaya masaya kaming lahat," he shared in a phone interview. He then continued, "Actually, kung iisipin ko ngayon, yung high school yung pinaka-close ako sa teammates ko." When it came to the next step in his young career, though, he had more than just basketball to think about. With the decision ultimately coming down to either moving up to FEU's Srs. squad or moving on to Ateneo de Manila University, Pingoy kept his family in mind. "Ateneo gave me an opportunity na matulungan yung family ko. I wasn't thinking of myself lang that time," he shared. "Kami, coming from nothing, as in wala talaga, poorest of the poor kami sa Cebu. The opportunity was there e, why not grab it?" Years later, the Cebuano admitted that alongside the prospect of playing for the dynastic Blue Eagles and studying in Ateneo, his would-be allowance was more noteworthy compared to if he would have stayed. "May pagkakaiba sa allowance talaga. Ako naman, wala akong idea at all nun kundi to help my family," he said. He then continued, "Sa Cebu, wala kaming bahay, nakikitulog lang kami sa lola ko. Kaya naisip ko lang na basta, at least, maiangat ko man lang kahit konti ang pamilya ko through my allowance." WORTH IT Make no mistake, though, it wasn't all about allowances. Pingoy believed that his future in terms of basketball shone brightest with Ateneo. That's because the one-time champion and back-to-back MVP in the UAAP Jrs. had the full faith of the Blue Eagles' main men. Then-King Eagle Kiefer Ravena, undoubtedly a big influence on the blue and white's recruits, said that Pingoy was to be the cornerstone of their new era. As he put it, "It was a transition from Coach Norman [Black] to Coach Bo [Perasol] and we were trying to rebuild the program. He was one of the first recruits talaga that Coach Bo wanted." He then continued, "We saw what he was capable of and we wanted that sa team." Perasol, who spent three years in Katipunan before moving to neighboring University of the Philippines, himself shared the same sentiment. "He was one of the best talents of his batch. The best point guard and a proven winner, hands down," he said. He also added, "He was worth it despite any complication." WHAT IF Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. With his momentum stopped dead in its tracks by a two-year residency, Pingoy had a tough time transitioning to the Srs. level and, ultimately, officially only played one year for Ateneo. And yet, he has no what ifs. Asked if he ever thinks about what would have happened if he had decided otherwise, he answered, "Hindi e, hindi ko talaga naisip yung ganun. I never put in my mind na sana, nag-stay na lang ako. As in wala. 'Di ko naisip yun. Never." Until now, Pingoy is proud to say that Ateneo is a big part of the more well-rounded player he has become. "Scoring machine ako nung high school, pero naging mature lang ako maglaro nung natuto akong maging point guard talaga. Sa Ateneo ko lang talaga natutunan yung how to be a facilitator, how to be a leader," he said. While, of course, he has been humbled by all that had happened, he had already learned humility from the very first time he donned the blue and white. "Hindi pwede sa Ateneo na gusto mong star player ka agad," he said before mentioning the Blue Eagles' backcourt filled by Ravena, Nico Elorde, Juami Tiongson when he arrived and then later included the likes of Anton Asistio, Hubert Cani, and Matt Nieto. He also added, "Dahil dun, tinanggap at naging masaya akong maging role player muna." If only Pingoy had also learned how to play his role off the court just as much as he did on it. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Yung laro ko nung last year ko sa Adamson, medyo bitin. 'Di naman ganun laro ko. Ang laking factor na naoperahan akong hindi successful." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 3

In case you missed it: BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 2 --- Pingoy Rule: Never settle. --- Jerie Pingoy was one of the best players to play in UAAP Jrs. - in recent history, at the very least. "One of the best players I've ever seen," Far Eastern University-Diliman head coach Mike Oliver said about his former prized ward. "He was the complete package - maganda ang range, can slice through defenses, can create his own shot or for his teammates, and also a good defender." If you don't want to believe in the mentor he won a championship with, believe in the fact that in the last two decades, the 5-foot-11 point guard was one of only two players to have hoisted the MVP trophy in back-to-back years. And it's not like he wasn't a winner either as he capped off his high school career by besting defending champion Nazareth School of National University and bringing the Baby Tamaraws to the promised land for the first time since the late '80s. If that still isn't enough for you, then know that the then-mentor of those Bullpups still has not forgotten about the playmaker who dethroned them. "Magaling talaga. Mataas ang basketball IQ. Very smart point guard," Jeff Napa answered when asked about Pingoy. Actually, that was why Napa took a chance on the now-forgotten 25-year-old in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft and the former signed up the latter for Karate Kid-CEU. Pingoy may have strayed far from the promising path he had been on, but deep down, the player who once put up per game counts of 21 points on top of 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals as a graduating guard in high school is still there. WELL-DESERVED There was no question back then that Pingoy was special. Everybody thought so and that was why he also got to wear the flag for the national youth team. There's no question as well that after all that had happened since then, FEU still holds a special place in Pingoy's heart. "I was happy nung nandun ako sa FEU. Mga teammates ko, mga Bisaya rin kaya masaya kaming lahat," he shared in a phone interview. He then continued, "Actually, kung iisipin ko ngayon, yung high school yung pinaka-close ako sa teammates ko." When it came to the next step in his young career, though, he had more than just basketball to think about. With the decision ultimately coming down to either moving up to FEU's Srs. squad or moving on to Ateneo de Manila University, Pingoy kept his family in mind. "Ateneo gave me an opportunity na matulungan yung family ko. I wasn't thinking of myself lang that time," he shared. "Kami, coming from nothing, as in wala talaga, poorest of the poor kami sa Cebu. The opportunity was there e, why not grab it?" Years later, the Cebuano admitted that alongside the prospect of playing for the dynastic Blue Eagles and studying in Ateneo, his would-be allowance was more noteworthy compared to if he would have stayed. "May pagkakaiba sa allowance talaga. Ako naman, wala akong idea at all nun kundi to help my family," he said. He then continued, "Sa Cebu, wala kaming bahay, nakikitulog lang kami sa lola ko. Kaya naisip ko lang na basta, at least, maiangat ko man lang kahit konti ang pamilya ko through my allowance." WORTH IT Make no mistake, though, it wasn't all about allowances. Pingoy believed that his future in terms of basketball shone brightest with Ateneo. That's because the one-time champion and back-to-back MVP in the UAAP Jrs. had the full faith of the Blue Eagles' main men. Then-King Eagle Kiefer Ravena, undoubtedly a big influence on the blue and white's recruits, said that Pingoy was to be the cornerstone of their new era. As he put it, "It was a transition from Coach Norman [Black] to Coach Bo [Perasol] and we were trying to rebuild the program. He was one of the first recruits talaga that Coach Bo wanted." He then continued, "We saw what he was capable of and we wanted that sa team." Perasol, who spent three years in Katipunan before moving to neighboring University of the Philippines, himself shared the same sentiment. "He was one of the best talents of his batch. The best point guard and a proven winner, hands down," he said. He also added, "He was worth it despite any complication." WHAT IF Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. With his momentum stopped dead in its tracks by a two-year residency, Pingoy had a tough time transitioning to the Srs. level and, ultimately, officially only played one year for Ateneo. And yet, he has no what ifs. Asked if he ever thinks about what would have happened if he had decided otherwise, he answered, "Hindi e, hindi ko talaga naisip yung ganun. I never put in my mind na sana, nag-stay na lang ako. As in wala. 'Di ko naisip yun. Never." Until now, Pingoy is proud to say that Ateneo is a big part of the more well-rounded player he has become. "Scoring machine ako nung high school, pero naging mature lang ako maglaro nung natuto akong maging point guard talaga. Sa Ateneo ko lang talaga natutunan yung how to be a facilitator, how to be a leader," he said. While, of course, he has been humbled by all that had happened, he had already learned humility from the very first time he donned the blue and white. "Hindi pwede sa Ateneo na gusto mong star player ka agad," he said before mentioning the Blue Eagles' backcourt filled by Ravena, Nico Elorde, Juami Tiongson when he arrived and then later included the likes of Anton Asistio, Hubert Cani, and Matt Nieto. He also added, "Dahil dun, tinanggap at naging masaya akong maging role player muna." If only Pingoy had also learned how to play his role off the court just as much as he did on it. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Yung laro ko nung last year ko sa Adamson, medyo bitin. 'Di naman ganun laro ko. Ang laking factor na naoperahan akong hindi successful." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 3

In case you missed it: BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 2 --- Pingoy Rule: Never settle. --- Jerie Pingoy was one of the best players to play in UAAP Jrs. - in recent history, at the very least. "One of the best players I've ever seen," Far Eastern University-Diliman head coach Mike Oliver said about his former prized ward. "He was the complete package - maganda ang range, can slice through defenses, can create his own shot or for his teammates, and also a good defender." If you don't want to believe in the mentor he won a championship with, believe in the fact that in the last two decades, the 5-foot-11 point guard was one of only two players to have hoisted the MVP trophy in back-to-back years. And it's not like he wasn't a winner either as he capped off his high school career by besting defending champion Nazareth School of National University and bringing the Baby Tamaraws to the promised land for the first time since the late '80s. If that still isn't enough for you, then know that the then-mentor of those Bullpups still has not forgotten about the playmaker who dethroned them. "Magaling talaga. Mataas ang basketball IQ. Very smart point guard," Jeff Napa answered when asked about Pingoy. Actually, that was why Napa took a chance on the now-forgotten 25-year-old in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft and the former signed up the latter for Karate Kid-CEU. Pingoy may have strayed far from the promising path he had been on, but deep down, the player who once put up per game counts of 21 points on top of 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals as a graduating guard in high school is still there. WELL-DESERVED There was no question back then that Pingoy was special. Everybody thought so and that was why he also got to wear the flag for the national youth team. There's no question as well that after all that had happened since then, FEU still holds a special place in Pingoy's heart. "I was happy nung nandun ako sa FEU. Mga teammates ko, mga Bisaya rin kaya masaya kaming lahat," he shared in a phone interview. He then continued, "Actually, kung iisipin ko ngayon, yung high school yung pinaka-close ako sa teammates ko." When it came to the next step in his young career, though, he had more than just basketball to think about. With the decision ultimately coming down to either moving up to FEU's Srs. squad or moving on to Ateneo de Manila University, Pingoy kept his family in mind. "Ateneo gave me an opportunity na matulungan yung family ko. I wasn't thinking of myself lang that time," he shared. "Kami, coming from nothing, as in wala talaga, poorest of the poor kami sa Cebu. The opportunity was there e, why not grab it?" Years later, the Cebuano admitted that alongside the prospect of playing for the dynastic Blue Eagles and studying in Ateneo, his would-be allowance was more noteworthy compared to if he would have stayed. "May pagkakaiba sa allowance talaga. Ako naman, wala akong idea at all nun kundi to help my family," he said. He then continued, "Sa Cebu, wala kaming bahay, nakikitulog lang kami sa lola ko. Kaya naisip ko lang na basta, at least, maiangat ko man lang kahit konti ang pamilya ko through my allowance." WORTH IT Make no mistake, though, it wasn't all about allowances. Pingoy believed that his future in terms of basketball shone brightest with Ateneo. That's because the one-time champion and back-to-back MVP in the UAAP Jrs. had the full faith of the Blue Eagles' main men. Then-King Eagle Kiefer Ravena, undoubtedly a big influence on the blue and white's recruits, said that Pingoy was to be the cornerstone of their new era. As he put it, "It was a transition from Coach Norman [Black] to Coach Bo [Perasol] and we were trying to rebuild the program. He was one of the first recruits talaga that Coach Bo wanted." He then continued, "We saw what he was capable of and we wanted that sa team." Perasol, who spent three years in Katipunan before moving to neighboring University of the Philippines, himself shared the same sentiment. "He was one of the best talents of his batch. The best point guard and a proven winner, hands down," he said. He also added, "He was worth it despite any complication." WHAT IF Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. With his momentum stopped dead in its tracks by a two-year residency, Pingoy had a tough time transitioning to the Srs. level and, ultimately, officially only played one year for Ateneo. And yet, he has no what ifs. Asked if he ever thinks about what would have happened if he had decided otherwise, he answered, "Hindi e, hindi ko talaga naisip yung ganun. I never put in my mind na sana, nag-stay na lang ako. As in wala. 'Di ko naisip yun. Never." Until now, Pingoy is proud to say that Ateneo is a big part of the more well-rounded player he has become. "Scoring machine ako nung high school, pero naging mature lang ako maglaro nung natuto akong maging point guard talaga. Sa Ateneo ko lang talaga natutunan yung how to be a facilitator, how to be a leader," he said. While, of course, he has been humbled by all that had happened, he had already learned humility from the very first time he donned the blue and white. "Hindi pwede sa Ateneo na gusto mong star player ka agad," he said before mentioning the Blue Eagles' backcourt filled by Ravena, Nico Elorde, Juami Tiongson when he arrived and then later included the likes of Anton Asistio, Hubert Cani, and Matt Nieto. He also added, "Dahil dun, tinanggap at naging masaya akong maging role player muna." If only Pingoy had also learned how to play his role off the court just as much as he did on it. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Yung laro ko nung last year ko sa Adamson, medyo bitin. 'Di naman ganun laro ko. Ang laking factor na naoperahan akong hindi successful." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 3

In case you missed it: BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 2 --- Pingoy Rule: Never settle. --- Jerie Pingoy was one of the best players to play in UAAP Jrs. - in recent history, at the very least. "One of the best players I've ever seen," Far Eastern University-Diliman head coach Mike Oliver said about his former prized ward. "He was the complete package - maganda ang range, can slice through defenses, can create his own shot or for his teammates, and also a good defender." If you don't want to believe in the mentor he won a championship with, believe in the fact that in the last two decades, the 5-foot-11 point guard was one of only two players to have hoisted the MVP trophy in back-to-back years. And it's not like he wasn't a winner either as he capped off his high school career by besting defending champion Nazareth School of National University and bringing the Baby Tamaraws to the promised land for the first time since the late '80s. If that still isn't enough for you, then know that the then-mentor of those Bullpups still has not forgotten about the playmaker who dethroned them. "Magaling talaga. Mataas ang basketball IQ. Very smart point guard," Jeff Napa answered when asked about Pingoy. Actually, that was why Napa took a chance on the now-forgotten 25-year-old in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft and the former signed up the latter for Karate Kid-CEU. Pingoy may have strayed far from the promising path he had been on, but deep down, the player who once put up per game counts of 21 points on top of 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals as a graduating guard in high school is still there. WELL-DESERVED There was no question back then that Pingoy was special. Everybody thought so and that was why he also got to wear the flag for the national youth team. There's no question as well that after all that had happened since then, FEU still holds a special place in Pingoy's heart. "I was happy nung nandun ako sa FEU. Mga teammates ko, mga Bisaya rin kaya masaya kaming lahat," he shared in a phone interview. He then continued, "Actually, kung iisipin ko ngayon, yung high school yung pinaka-close ako sa teammates ko." When it came to the next step in his young career, though, he had more than just basketball to think about. With the decision ultimately coming down to either moving up to FEU's Srs. squad or moving on to Ateneo de Manila University, Pingoy kept his family in mind. "Ateneo gave me an opportunity na matulungan yung family ko. I wasn't thinking of myself lang that time," he shared. "Kami, coming from nothing, as in wala talaga, poorest of the poor kami sa Cebu. The opportunity was there e, why not grab it?" Years later, the Cebuano admitted that alongside the prospect of playing for the dynastic Blue Eagles and studying in Ateneo, his would-be allowance was more noteworthy compared to if he would have stayed. "May pagkakaiba sa allowance talaga. Ako naman, wala akong idea at all nun kundi to help my family," he said. He then continued, "Sa Cebu, wala kaming bahay, nakikitulog lang kami sa lola ko. Kaya naisip ko lang na basta, at least, maiangat ko man lang kahit konti ang pamilya ko through my allowance." WORTH IT Make no mistake, though, it wasn't all about allowances. Pingoy believed that his future in terms of basketball shone brightest with Ateneo. That's because the one-time champion and back-to-back MVP in the UAAP Jrs. had the full faith of the Blue Eagles' main men. Then-King Eagle Kiefer Ravena, undoubtedly a big influence on the blue and white's recruits, said that Pingoy was to be the cornerstone of their new era. As he put it, "It was a transition from Coach Norman [Black] to Coach Bo [Perasol] and we were trying to rebuild the program. He was one of the first recruits talaga that Coach Bo wanted." He then continued, "We saw what he was capable of and we wanted that sa team." Perasol, who spent three years in Katipunan before moving to neighboring University of the Philippines, himself shared the same sentiment. "He was one of the best talents of his batch. The best point guard and a proven winner, hands down," he said. He also added, "He was worth it despite any complication." WHAT IF Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. With his momentum stopped dead in its tracks by a two-year residency, Pingoy had a tough time transitioning to the Srs. level and, ultimately, officially only played one year for Ateneo. And yet, he has no what ifs. Asked if he ever thinks about what would have happened if he had decided otherwise, he answered, "Hindi e, hindi ko talaga naisip yung ganun. I never put in my mind na sana, nag-stay na lang ako. As in wala. 'Di ko naisip yun. Never." Until now, Pingoy is proud to say that Ateneo is a big part of the more well-rounded player he has become. "Scoring machine ako nung high school, pero naging mature lang ako maglaro nung natuto akong maging point guard talaga. Sa Ateneo ko lang talaga natutunan yung how to be a facilitator, how to be a leader," he said. While, of course, he has been humbled by all that had happened, he had already learned humility from the very first time he donned the blue and white. "Hindi pwede sa Ateneo na gusto mong star player ka agad," he said before mentioning the Blue Eagles' backcourt filled by Ravena, Nico Elorde, Juami Tiongson when he arrived and then later included the likes of Anton Asistio, Hubert Cani, and Matt Nieto. He also added, "Dahil dun, tinanggap at naging masaya akong maging role player muna." If only Pingoy had also learned how to play his role off the court just as much as he did on it. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Yung laro ko nung last year ko sa Adamson, medyo bitin. 'Di naman ganun laro ko. Ang laking factor na naoperahan akong hindi successful." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020

BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 3

In case you missed it: BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 1 BEST-OF-5 SERIES: The Pingoy Rules Part 2 --- Pingoy Rule: Never settle. --- Jerie Pingoy was one of the best players to play in UAAP Jrs. - in recent history, at the very least. "One of the best players I've ever seen," Far Eastern University-Diliman head coach Mike Oliver said about his former prized ward. "He was the complete package - maganda ang range, can slice through defenses, can create his own shot or for his teammates, and also a good defender." If you don't want to believe in the mentor he won a championship with, believe in the fact that in the last two decades, the 5-foot-11 point guard was one of only two players to have hoisted the MVP trophy in back-to-back years. And it's not like he wasn't a winner either as he capped off his high school career by besting defending champion Nazareth School of National University and bringing the Baby Tamaraws to the promised land for the first time since the late '80s. If that still isn't enough for you, then know that the then-mentor of those Bullpups still has not forgotten about the playmaker who dethroned them. "Magaling talaga. Mataas ang basketball IQ. Very smart point guard," Jeff Napa answered when asked about Pingoy. Actually, that was why Napa took a chance on the now-forgotten 25-year-old in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft and the former signed up the latter for Karate Kid-CEU. Pingoy may have strayed far from the promising path he had been on, but deep down, the player who once put up per game counts of 21 points on top of 5.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals as a graduating guard in high school is still there. WELL-DESERVED There was no question back then that Pingoy was special. Everybody thought so and that was why he also got to wear the flag for the national youth team. There's no question as well that after all that had happened since then, FEU still holds a special place in Pingoy's heart. "I was happy nung nandun ako sa FEU. Mga teammates ko, mga Bisaya rin kaya masaya kaming lahat," he shared in a phone interview. He then continued, "Actually, kung iisipin ko ngayon, yung high school yung pinaka-close ako sa teammates ko." When it came to the next step in his young career, though, he had more than just basketball to think about. With the decision ultimately coming down to either moving up to FEU's Srs. squad or moving on to Ateneo de Manila University, Pingoy kept his family in mind. "Ateneo gave me an opportunity na matulungan yung family ko. I wasn't thinking of myself lang that time," he shared. "Kami, coming from nothing, as in wala talaga, poorest of the poor kami sa Cebu. The opportunity was there e, why not grab it?" Years later, the Cebuano admitted that alongside the prospect of playing for the dynastic Blue Eagles and studying in Ateneo, his would-be allowance was more noteworthy compared to if he would have stayed. "May pagkakaiba sa allowance talaga. Ako naman, wala akong idea at all nun kundi to help my family," he said. He then continued, "Sa Cebu, wala kaming bahay, nakikitulog lang kami sa lola ko. Kaya naisip ko lang na basta, at least, maiangat ko man lang kahit konti ang pamilya ko through my allowance." WORTH IT Make no mistake, though, it wasn't all about allowances. Pingoy believed that his future in terms of basketball shone brightest with Ateneo. That's because the one-time champion and back-to-back MVP in the UAAP Jrs. had the full faith of the Blue Eagles' main men. Then-King Eagle Kiefer Ravena, undoubtedly a big influence on the blue and white's recruits, said that Pingoy was to be the cornerstone of their new era. As he put it, "It was a transition from Coach Norman [Black] to Coach Bo [Perasol] and we were trying to rebuild the program. He was one of the first recruits talaga that Coach Bo wanted." He then continued, "We saw what he was capable of and we wanted that sa team." Perasol, who spent three years in Katipunan before moving to neighboring University of the Philippines, himself shared the same sentiment. "He was one of the best talents of his batch. The best point guard and a proven winner, hands down," he said. He also added, "He was worth it despite any complication." WHAT IF Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. With his momentum stopped dead in its tracks by a two-year residency, Pingoy had a tough time transitioning to the Srs. level and, ultimately, officially only played one year for Ateneo. And yet, he has no what ifs. Asked if he ever thinks about what would have happened if he had decided otherwise, he answered, "Hindi e, hindi ko talaga naisip yung ganun. I never put in my mind na sana, nag-stay na lang ako. As in wala. 'Di ko naisip yun. Never." Until now, Pingoy is proud to say that Ateneo is a big part of the more well-rounded player he has become. "Scoring machine ako nung high school, pero naging mature lang ako maglaro nung natuto akong maging point guard talaga. Sa Ateneo ko lang talaga natutunan yung how to be a facilitator, how to be a leader," he said. While, of course, he has been humbled by all that had happened, he had already learned humility from the very first time he donned the blue and white. "Hindi pwede sa Ateneo na gusto mong star player ka agad," he said before mentioning the Blue Eagles' backcourt filled by Ravena, Nico Elorde, Juami Tiongson when he arrived and then later included the likes of Anton Asistio, Hubert Cani, and Matt Nieto. He also added, "Dahil dun, tinanggap at naging masaya akong maging role player muna." If only Pingoy had also learned how to play his role off the court just as much as he did on it. NEXT ON BEST-OF-5 SERIES: THE PINGOY RULES: "Yung laro ko nung last year ko sa Adamson, medyo bitin. 'Di naman ganun laro ko. Ang laking factor na naoperahan akong hindi successful." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020