ZAMBOANGA CITY: A grenade attack killed four people and injured over a dozen more in the southern Mindanao town of Jolo, police said on Sunday. According to the police, a man was arrested shortly after the blast at a bakery store late Friday and initial investigation suggests the attack was connected to a feud between two families. The attack was believed to be in retaliation for an earlier shooting of a child in the village of Busbus also in Jolo, capital of Sulu province. The suspect, police said, is facing criminal charges. Investigation is continuing and police were questioning the man on how he was able to acquire the grenade.
Philippine Swimming League standout Paula Carmela Cusing was named Female Athlete of the Year during the Diliman Preparatory School Athletes Night held at the DPS Auditorium in Commonwealth, Quezon City. She participated in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia and the Winter Kanto Swimming Championship in Tokyo, Japan. No less than DPS President and former Sen. Nikki Costeng led the awarding ceremonies along with DPS Athletic Director Rensy Bajar. The DPS Dragons won three straight overall team championship crowns in the last three editions of the National Series. Some of the DPS swimmers are now revving up for the Thanyapura Swimming Championship to be held in Phuket, Thailand later this month.
The Lady Eagles reclaimed the top spot with 10-2 win-loss mark and bounced back from a staggering 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 13-15 loss to National University (NU) the last time out. So dominating was the Lady Eagles, who erected a 16-0 lead in the third set and was only halted when Gequillana committed a service error. “It just so happened that we play Adamson,” said Ateneo assistant mentor Sherwin Meneses, who handled the Lady Falcons for four seasons before quitting last year. Joy Dacoron led the Lady Falcons with eight points. Jia Morado also delivered for Ateneo with 19 of the Lady Eagles’ 23 excellent sets as assistant coach Sherwin Meneses had the luxury of fielding the rookies in the match that lasted only in one hour and six minutes.
The OFW, who identified herself as Luwalhati, particularly cited Hontivero’s recent demand on Duterte for him to allow the United Nations to come to the Philippines and investigate reported unexplained killings in the country. She was referring to a recent statement of Hontiveros urging the Duterte administration to invite representatives of the UN and the European Union to verify allegations of extrajudicial killings in the country. How can we be honorable when we malign our own community, our own people and suggesting that there are crimes going on done by the government against its own people?” Luwalhati asked Hontiveros. We are in the frontline and we have to put up with that,” Luwalhati added. Hontiveros reacted by saying she only urged the government to invite representatives from the United Nations to visit the country and investigate, not demand they they be allowed to enter the Philipines.
MIAMI: Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Federer was full of praise for his opponent and said he would have gained valuable experience from the contest. Federer is in fine form having clinched the Australian Open and Indian Wells so far this year and extended his record to 14-1. I took the confidence from Indian Wells. Wawrinka will face either Malek Jaziri next after the Tunisian beat Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump sought Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to put a good face on his most stinging political setback yet, declaring that Obamacare would collapse and vowing to develop a “great” replacement. “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Friday’s defeat was more than a small stumble: Trump had thrown his full political weight behind the measure, the first big legislative test of his nascent administration. The bill’s failure marked a second major policy setback for Trump, after courts froze his efforts to block travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries. They didn’t say they were going to spend a few weeks on a half-baked plan and then give up.
The 10 Asean member states are discussing their final version of the Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea which they will take up with Beijing in May when China hosts the Asean Summit plus 6 (China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India). Certainly it gave the impression to some students of international relations that China was dictating (on the 10 Asean members) the terms of the COC. Besides, China has a 9-dash-line sovereign territorial claim to almost the entire South China Sea, so Beijing could not be expected to have acted otherwise. China will deal with its neighbors on the South China Sea dispute on a bilateral basis only, capitalizing on its military arm. In short there are alternatives for Asean and the Philippines in dealing with China.
HONG KONG: Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s cherished freedoms. Hong Kong is semi-autonomous and has been governed under a “one country, two systems” deal since it was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain in 1997. But 20 years on, there are serious concerns Beijing is disregarding the handover agreement designed to protect Hong Kong’s way of life. Leading business figures including Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing waved to reporters as they went in to cast their votes. They include the disappearance in 2015 of five Hong Kong booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about China’s political elite.
The best and most promising track and field stars in the region take center stage when the 12th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championship goes full blast Monday at the sprawling Ilagan City Sports Complex in Iligan City. He will compete in the boys’ 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay where he looms as one of the favorites. “I am eyeing no less than the gold medal,” said Verdadero, who ruled the boys’ 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and 4×100-meter run before crashing with a hamstring injury in the Batang Pinoy last December. On the same note, 17-year old Cambonga of Paliparan National High School also in Cavite is tipped to dominate the throwing events. She will vie in the girls’ javelin throw in the morning before marching back to action in the afternoon to compete in the girls’ discuss throw.
Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s Boxers of the Year awardees bantamweight fighter Marlon Tapales and Jerwin Ancajas knew the value of hard work. “Even I was knocked down twice during my last world title fight, I didn’t give up until I finally knocked him out,” Tapales told The Manila Times. “If we want to follow the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao and Gabriel Flash Elorde, we need to double our hard work.”The 25-year-old Ancajas, the reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion, also shared the same sentiments. Aside from Tapales and Ancajas, the other Elorde Boxers of the Year awardee was former IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero, who relinquished his belt last December as moved up to the super flyweight class. Longest Filipino world champion and flyweight campaigner Donnie Nietes, who was given the Award of Distinction, also agreed that the new batch of Filipino boxers must learn to embrace hard work and perseverance.
Superstar James shook off the eye injury suffered Friday night to score 24 points, grab 11 rebounds, and hand out eight assists. Elsewhere, Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points and power the Los Angeles Clippers over Utah 108-95. The teams would be first-round playoff foes if they keep their spots with the superior record conveying a home-court edge in the series. Blake Griffin had 15 points, Chris Paul added 14 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 15 rebounds for the Clippers. DeMar DeRozan, coming off consecutive 40-point games, and forward Serge Ibaka each scored 18 points to lead the Raptors.
University of Santo Tomas (UST) salvaged a 2-2 draw against Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s football at the FEU-FERN Field in Quezon City. Trailing the match majority of the way, Tigresses were able to squeeze a point from the match and maintain their place at the No. Ateneo team skipper Camille Rodriguez drew the first blood in the 21st minute with a strike from a corner taken by teammate Nona Amoncio. But UST refused to back down and tied the count at 1-all courtesy of Christelle Cleofe in third minute of stoppage time in the first half. UST attackers worked doubly hard in the remaining minutes and it paid off as Lemoran scored another goal for the Tigresses to salvage the draw.
ATENEO de Manila University and defending champion University of the Philippines (UP) solidified their hold of 1-2 spots in the table after beating separate foes over the weekend in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s football tournament. De La Salle University and Far Eastern University to a 1-1 draw. Alex Rayos opened the scoring for the Tamaraws in the 34th minute, while Rafael Siggaoat canceled things out in the 52nd minute for the Green Archers to get a point. Still in sixth place, La Salle moved up to 12 points. In women’s division, the league-leading Lady Archers downed the Lady Tamaraws, 2-1, to gain a maximum 15 points.
PARIS: The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. In Sofia, Bulgaria stunned the Dutch with two goals in the first 20 minutes, both coming from Spas Delev. Luxembourg levelled after 34 minutes thanks to Aurelien Joachim’s penalty, his country’s first goal against France in 39 years. “We want to go the World Cup so we have to win our next five matches, they are all finals,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. Earlier on Saturday, Sweden crushed Belarus 4-0 to move to 10 points in Group A, three behind France, with Emil Forsberg scoring twice.
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa stretched an unbeaten run to a record 16 matches on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with a 3-1 friendly international victory over Guinea-Bissau in Durban. The South African unbeaten streak began in October 2015 with a victory in Angola and includes nine victories and seven draws and a 31-14 goal tally. Between 1994 and 1996, South Africa went unbeaten in 15 matches before losing a Cup of Nations group game to Egypt in Soweto. Substitute Jali netted a minute from time to put beyond doubt the outcome of the first meeting between South Africa and Guinea-Bissau. Angola, who competed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany but are now ranked 45th of 54 African football nations, play South Africa Tuesday in East London.