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Warning ni Angel sa basher: I will trace you, tap your employer, your family, so please just stop

BINANTAAN ni Angel Locsin ang isang netizen na kumontra sa pagtatanggol at pakikipaglaban niya para sa franchise renewal ng ABS-CBN.  Hindi pinalampas ng Kapamilya actress ang nasabing Twitter user na umano’y nagmamatapang sa kanyang mga post pero nagtatago sa fake account. Nagkomento ang netizen na may username na @Ciama28 tungkol sa  open letter ni Angel […] The post Warning ni Angel sa basher: I will trace you, tap your employer, your family, so please just stop appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 2nd, 2020Related News

Meet Onassis Parungao, the first Filipino to compete in the UFC

Most Filipino mixed martial arts fans know of Mark Muñoz and Brandon Vera, arguably the two most popular Pinoy-blooded fighters to compete in the UFC.  More avid fans will know of the likes of Dave Galera, Roldan Sangcha-an, and Mark Eddiva, a trio of Team Lakay standouts who all made it onto the Octagon.  More recently, local stars like Rolando Dy, Jenel Lausa, and CJ De Tomas all proudly wore the Philippines’ colors on their UFC kits.  The distinction of being the first-ever Filipino blooded fighter to compete in the UFC however, belongs to one Onassis Parungao.  Born in Spain to a father from Baliuag, Bulacan and a mother from Spain, Parungao grew up in the United States and competed at UFC 7 back in 1995, defeating Francesco Maturi by strikes in the first round.  Speaking on The Hitlist vodcast, Parungao shed some light on how he got on to the UFC during the early days of MMA.  Parungao, who was 24 years old at the time, studied Tung Kung Kalan or Arnis de Mano before taking up Judo, wrestling, and Kung Fu.  “I was watching it and you know back then, because of the rules and no weight classes, no gloves, I was doing- you know got in a lot of street fights being a Navy kid,” Parungao explained. “So I have that sill here (motions to chest), I wanna get out and I wanna do it, and then I realized ‘Hey maybe I can try that.’” Parungao also admitted that he was hoping that his heritage could somehow help him earn a spot in the tournament.  “To tell you the truth, I knew that there wasn’t a Filipino guy there so I was banking on that they would let me in there, and just all the stars aligned and they just worked. It wasn’t like I had all this fame, they didn’t just have one to apply, so I saw an opportunity, we wrote a letter and I took it.”  In his lone UFC appearance, Parungao took to the Octagon wearing a white shirt that had “Philippines” on the back.  Back then, when the UFC was still starting, one of the things that they did to hype up the competitors was to “exaggerate” their records and accomplishments, so to speak. Parungao was billed as a “Pintakasi champion”.  “I’m not a Pintakasi champion, my teacher was,” Parungao clarified. “But I think they said certain things to hype the fighters up. I wanna get that on record, that I never claimed to be that.”  Following his UFC win, Parungao went on to compete two more times, before retiring quite early in his career. Parungao explained that he had received offers to compete in Japan for the legendary Pancrase promotion, but the distractions outside of competition ultimately dissuaded him from doing so.  “I just got married and then there was this guy named Takeya Oitate, the guy was offering me contracts and money to come and fight in Pancrase and all that stuff, and I’m like I kinda wanna do it, but in Japan, you have bathhouses, there’s girls there and I’ll be fighting and stuff like that, and in my early 20s, all these testosterone, I just got married you know, you’re gonna put me around other fighters and girls and all this other stuff? Like, no way. I didn’t wanna do that.”  Parungao continued to compete in kickboxing tournaments, but admits to having regrets over calling it a career after just three professional MMA bouts.  “Yes, I have some regrets, I do,” he said. “I’m 50 now, but I still feel really strong, you know. I mean, put me in a match against another 50-year-old, that would be fair.” “But to answer your question, I’ve done all these Filipino martial arts, I’ve done all this fighting, I’ve done all this sparring, I was a fighter first and then my Sifu for Chinese martial arts turned me into a martial artist. I don’t wanna say that made me lesser, it just turned me into someone that didn’t need to prove it as much. But I do have some regrets like I feel like I could, you know I never stop training, I still will go to a gym and spar and roll with guys and just like MMA has evolved and improved, so have I,” Parungao added. Parungao remains a martial artist to this day, as he owns and operates the Cheng Yee Kung Fu School in Southeastern Connecticut......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2020Related News

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urges faithful to remain united amid pandemic

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the Cebuano faithful to remain united amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. In his pastoral letter, the archbishop encouraged the faithful to remain steadfast in the faith and continue praying for Cebu as the town and cities in the province continue to fight the dreaded […] The post Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urges faithful to remain united amid pandemic appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 30th, 2020Related News

P150-M smuggled car parts confiscated

A composite team from the Bureau of Customs (BoC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday seized suspected smuggled car parts from China valued at P150 million. The contraband was repacked as parts from Japan-based manufactured car companies. The operatives were armed with a Letter of Authority (LoA) and […] The post P150-M smuggled car parts confiscated appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2020Related News

Reports: Tab Baldwin sacked from TNT coaching post

First reported by Spin.ph's Gerry Ramos, Baldwin was allegedly informed of TNT's decision to cut him from the team in a letter......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2020Related News

MSMEs’ lives matter

Maynard Sanchez is an owner of a small catering business whose clients are mostly non-government organizations in Quezon City. He sent a letter after reading our column last Thursday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJun 23rd, 2020Related News

Protection of artists amid Anti-Terror bill sought

PBA Party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles on Monday asked Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to include in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism bill a provision that will ensure that the measure will not be used against artists. In a letter dated 22 June addressed to Medialdea, the chairperson of the Anti-Terrorism Council, Nograles […] The post Protection of artists amid Anti-Terror bill sought appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 22nd, 2020Related News

Labella determined Cebu City will be downgraded to GCQ

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella is determined that the city will be downgraded from an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to a General Community Quarantine (GCQ), saying he has data to show that the city is ready for a GCQ. In the letter of Labella to Central Visayas Regional Interagency Task Force […] The post Labella determined Cebu City will be downgraded to GCQ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 18th, 2020Related News

Rights group asks DOJ to recommend veto of anti-terror bill

In a letter addressed to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said the controversial anti-terrorism bill “can potentially further constrict the democratic and civic spaces in the Philippines and can have immense impact on the rights and civil liberties of human rights defenders and citizens.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2020Related News

Suspend poultry meat imports now, DA told

THE United Broilers and Raisers’ Association (UBRA) again called on the government to immediately suspend imports of poultry meat and poultry products because of their negative impact on local production. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, UBRA denounced the Bureau of Animal Industry’s (BAI) dismissal of the threat posed by such imports. These […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJun 9th, 2020Related News

He came to fulfill the law

  Gospel: MATTHEW 5:17-19 * JESUS said to his disciples: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJun 9th, 2020Related News

IBM drops facial recognition

The stance against facial recognition systems that could potentially be used to target minorities or violate human rights was included in a letter IBM’s chief executive sent to members of US Congress. The post IBM drops facial recognition appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 9th, 2020Related News

Cordillera youth group urges Facebook action on smear campaign vs activists

"These are done through the careless linking of various legal and legitimate organizations and individuals in rebels and armed groups such as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) that are considered “enemies of the state” in the Philippines," the letter also said. .....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 9th, 2020Related News

Golf makes a conservative return with an eye on the long run

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan went from wondering if any golf would be played this year to a schedule that resumes next week with a calendar filled through Thanksgiving. What hasn't changed is his belief that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic isn't over just because golf is back. “I don't think it's over," Monahan said Friday in a telephone interview. “I'm really confident in the plan. But you spend a lot of your time, given the uncertainty, thinking through scenarios that could play out. That's what we'll continue to do. We won't be comfortable until we're told we can be comfortable. That will be when we have a vaccine and there's no risk.” Golf is the second major sports league to return behind NASCAR, which began racing three weeks ago and ran nine national series races in a span of 14 days. The Charles Schwab Challenge next week in Fort Worth, Texas, has one of the strongest fields in Colonial's rich history, starting with the top five players from the world ranking. There will be no spectators for at least a month, even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week moved the state to Phase III in the recovery that allows outdoor events at 50% capacity. “We've developed a safety plan that doesn't include spectators. That's what we stand by,” Monahan said. “We want to have a sustained return. If you think about a run to go through the FedEx Cup, we want to make sure week to week we're not taking on unnecessary risk.” Monahan said he is “not the arbiter of confidence,” rather it comes from guidance of health experts at all levels and a plan that involves testing players, caddies and essential personnel as much as twice a week — trying to create a bubble for the traveling circus that is golf. Players were mailed a test kit and were recommended to use it before they travel. They will be tested when they arrive at tournaments and before they leave if they're on charter flights the tour has arranged, and then the process is repeated at the next tournament. Thermal readings and health surveys are required daily, along with sanitizing and social distancing. “It's the only manner we could return,” he said. The tour added another layer this week in a deal with South Dakota-based Sanford Health to have mobile labs at every tournament, with capacity to get results in a matter of hours without taking away resources from the markets where they play. Monahan said CBS Sports is creating its own bubble for the telecast, with Jim Nantz the only person in the booth and other analysts working remotely. Ninety days will have passed from the opening round of The Players Championship, which was canceled the next day, until the first tee shot at Colonial. “We all went home dealing with the same questions,” he said. “How do I get a complete understanding of where we are with the virus and all the elements? How do we recognize that we're turning off (canceling) 11 events? How do you think about resumption and at the same time develop a safety and testing program, not our area of expertise?" The reset began with the majors picking new dates — the British Open was canceled — with the PGA Championship in San Francisco moving to Aug. 6-9, the U.S. Open in New York on Sept. 17-20, and the Masters on Nov. 12-15. “At that time it was very unclear where we would be with safety and testing,” Monahan said. “It could have been earlier than we are, it could have been through points of next year. Information was changing by the minute.” Now that golf is returning, Monahan couldn't predict when spectators would return. He said the tour has worked with tournaments the last several years on building a reserve fund for a crisis such as this. “If you’re not selling tickets, and there’s not hospitality, you don’t have the pro-am experience or the honorary observer program for the sponsor ... that’s a significant financial impact on those tournaments, and the impact on the way tournaments connect with their communities,” he said. Tournaments and their title sponsors still have managed to raise money for their local charities. The Zurich Classic matched last year's donation of $1.5 million to a children's services foundation. The John Deere Classic expects $10 million in donations, even though it canceled its July event. The pandemic is not the only talking point as golf tries to get back on track. The tour on Friday posted Monahan's letter to staff and players on the nation's civil unrest, which the AP first reported on Tuesday. He had a 10-minute video conversation with Harold Varner III, one of three PGA Tour members of black heritage, who wrote passionately on social media on George Floyd, killed when a white police officer held a knee to the back of Floyd's neck while the black man was handcuffed. The conversation was scheduled before the protests began, and Varner was chosen because he's on the Player Advisory Council and golf was ready to resume. “We'll be talking about COVID and civil and social unrest for some time,” Monahan said. “Next week will not be an exception on that front.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 6th, 2020Related News

Aboitiz chief, 2 others appointed APEC Council members

Sabin Aboitiz, president and chief executive officer of Aboitiz Group, was recently appointed as member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), joining two other previous appointees from the Philippines. Aboitiz’s appointment letter was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on 15 May 2020. ABAC was created in 1995 by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders to […] The post Aboitiz chief, 2 others appointed APEC Council members appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 4th, 2020Related News

'No test, no practice' for PBA teams

The PBA will be in communication with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases for a possible return later this year. Following a Board meeting Wednesday, the league is writing a letter to the IATF to streamline steps as the PBA hopes to continue its season following the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 PBA Philippine Cup has been suspended since March 11 after playing only one game. “We’re reaching out to them (IATF), and we’re also having a dialogue with representatives from the teams – most probably two players each,” Commissioner Willie Marcial said. As a first step, the PBA will seek clearance to have teams start working out again. Even as Metro Manila is under a relaxed general community quarantine, which has allowed the PBA to resume limited office activities, sports gatherings are still not allowed. “Wala naman scrimmage. It’s a process, dahan-dahan lang. Wala munang games. The proposal is just return to practice, conditioning,” PBA Board vice chairman Bobby Rosales said. With the hopes of restarting team activities, the PBA will implement strict health protocols. Most of them will fall under the order of "no test, no practice." “Checking of temperature; all health essentials, including alcohol; social distancing; apat (players) per session guided by a safety officer and a trainer; pagkatapos ng session alis agad, walang shower. Then the next batch of six individuals hanggang matapos ang buong teams,” Commissioner Marcial said. “Idi-disinfect ang practice venue by hospital standard. Pagdating sa venue, kailangan naka-practice uniform na ang players. After practice, may proper disposal ng uniform. Five minutes lang, alis na sa venue,” Marcial added. [Related: PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19] The San Miguel Beermen, Barangay Ginebra, and Magnolia Hotshots have taken their respective COVID-19 tests and results were negative. Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, Meralco Bolts, and the NLEX Road Warriors are set to be tested completely by next week.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 3rd, 2020Related News

Duterte Certifies Anti-Terror Bill as Urgent

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill that will give the country’s anti-terrorism law more teeth. Duterte, in a letter to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, certified House Bill 6875, as urgent to allow the lower house to expedite the legislative process. He called for the immediate passage of the bill […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJun 3rd, 2020Related News

Column: A quiet, measured response from golf on civil unrest

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Golf has never been known to move quickly. Harold Varner III illustrated as much with thoughtful observations he posted on social media after civil unrest in America over the weekend reached levels not seen in more than 50 years. “I’ve received more messages than ever before, mostly from people who wanted me to speak up immediately because of who I am. I AM BLACK,” his post began. “But it’s not helpful to anyone when impulsive, passionate reaction takes precedence over clear-minded thought.” What followed from Varner, one of three PGA Tour members of black heritage, was just that. He referred to the “senseless killing” of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died last week when a white police officer in Minneapolis put a knee to the back of his neck until he stopped breathing. “To me, it was evil incarnate,” Varner said. “There are objective truths in life. I think that’s one of them,” he wrote in his Monday post. Varner also cautioned against single-minded thoughts, that one can be against police killing a man while saying that burning businesses and police stations is wrong. “We can go beyond the trap of one-dimensional thinking. Once we do, our eyes will see the righteous, our hearts will feel the love, and we’ll have done more to honor all those subjected to evil and its vile nature,” he concluded. The more prominent voice is Tiger Woods, whose profile worldwide is so great that he chose early in his career not to get too opinionated on social issues. One example was two years ago at Riviera, during Black History Month, when he was asked during a news conference what concerned him about the plight of black Americans. Woods was smart in his delivery, short on substance, when he said African Americans have had their share of struggles, it has gotten better and there’s room for improvement. Accurate and safe. His tweet Monday night arrived shortly before 10 p.m. in Florida. It began with his heart going out to Floyd, his loved ones and “all of us who are hurting right now.” And while he said he has “the utmost respect” for law enforcement and the training involved to know how, when and where to use force, “This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.” Woods referenced the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992 — he was a teenager growing up in neighboring Orange County — and said “education is the best path forward.” “We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods we live in,” he said. “I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.” Whether he said a little or a lot, Woods said something. That was important. Voices need to be heard, especially relevant ones. Golf doesn’t have many of those. It has a shabby history of inclusion, particularly when it comes to blacks, starting with the PGA of America taking until 1961 to drop its “Caucasian-only clause.” The PGA Tour now attracts the best from every corner of the globe. It can be an expensive game, yet not even the privileged are assured of making it. Woods said in a 2009 interview on being the only black on tour, "It’s only going to become more difficult for African Americans now, because golf has opened up around the world.” And so where does golf fit in the discussion of equality and justice? The PGA Tour is the only major sports league that did not issue a public statement or reference the views of its players on the homepage of its website. Would anyone have taken it seriously given the composition and color of the tour's membership? Did it need to carve out a spot on the dais that already was crowded with voices from other sports that are far more germane to the issues? Commissioner Jay Monahan was searching for answers over the weekend and ultimately chose to keep his thoughts within the tour, sending a letter Monday to his staff and then sharing it with the players. “The hardships and injustices that have and continue to impact the African-American community are painful to watch and difficult to comprehend,” Monahan wrote. “And as a citizen of this country and a leader of this organization, I must admit that I’m struggling with what my role should be. But I am determined to help and make a difference.” Monahan said he had several “meaningful and emotional” conversations with colleagues and friends in the black community, “who — once again — showed me that sometimes listening and making a commitment to understand are the only things you can offer, and that’s OK.” “What I was left with was this,” he wrote. “Make no mistake about it — someone you know and care about is hurting right now, even if they haven’t told you that directly. ... And if anyone at the tour is hurting, we should all hurt.” He also included a link from the Refinery29 website on the unseen pain blacks endure. “Too often we just move on when we are not directly influenced by the news of the day," he wrote. “Yes, we have all been impacted by the global pandemic, but we should also be painfully aware and impacted by the dividing lines in our country. “We might not know exactly what to do right now, but we shouldn’t be deterred.” The PGA Tour resumes next week at Colonial, back to its familiar world with little controversy and ample privilege. No other sport does charity as well as golf. This issue requires more than that. If the best it can do is listen and commit to understand, that's OK......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2020Related News

National athletes and coaches to enjoy 20% discount on goods, but face cuts in allowances

Members of the Philippine team will soon enjoy a 20% discount on all goods, commodities and services as the Bureau of Internal Revenue released its revenue regulation letter signed by Department of Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III and BIR commissioner Caesar Dulay......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 29th, 2020Related News

In Letter to UN Chief, Indonesia Takes Stand on South China Sea

Indonesia added its weight to recent diplomatic moves by ASEAN members opposing Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, sending a rare diplomatic note to the head of the United Nations earlier thi.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 29th, 2020Related News