SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd on Friday revealed that he had asked ABS-CBN broadcaster Ted Failon to run for the Senate in 2019 under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Failon, Mario Teodoro Failon Etong in real life, represented the first district of Leyte at the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. Sotto also said former environment secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez was being considered for the NPC Senate slate. Sotto said Lopez could take up the “green” causes championed by Sen. Loren Legarda, who is not eligible for reelection. The Senate president earlier said the NPC would back the senatorial bid of Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, the special assistant to the President.
BACOLOD CITY: The long arm of the law finally caught up with Bacolod’s top drug personality when he was killed along with a relative after a 15-hour police operation in a coastal village on Thursday afternoon. Franciso Ebreo, acting Bacolod city police director. Police found Poja and two companions – Roberto Lim and Rusty Constantino –holed up in the house of Salvador Poja at around 4:20 p.m. The operation against Poja was an offshoot of the encounter between his group and personnel from Police Station 3 led by Senior Insp. With Poja’s death, Inspector Adrian James Albaytar, assistant team leader of the City Drug Enforcement Unit of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) told Radyo Bandera- Bacolod in an interview yesterday that Brgy.
CAGAYAN De Oro City: Three commuters died while 23 others were injured, including a police woman, in a freak passenger bus accident in Malaybalay City, a police report reaching here said Friday. Jiselle Longakit, spokesman of the provincial police office in Bukidnon, said dead on the spot were Irene Gaa, 33, of Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City; Regine Abug, 10, of Maligaya, Malaybalay City; and Jomaica Tacay, 14, of Patpat, Malaybalay City. She said that Sabejon, who sustained serious injuries, is now in stable condition at a hospital in Malaybalay City. Longakit said to The Manila Times that the passenger bus owned by the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. with plate no. KVR 367, was on its way to Valencia City from Cagayan De Oro City when the accident occurred along the Sayre Highway in Barangay Patpat, Malaybalay City, on Thursday afternoon.
Romeo of TNT KaTropa tallied 48 points, 11 assists and six rebounds while four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer poured in 30 points and 14 rebounds. Calvin Abueva posted 23 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for the Luzon team under coach Leo Austria. Yap last won the three-point shootout in 2009 as a member of the Purefoods team (now Magnolia). GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle finished second with 21 points followed by former champion Romeo with 16 points. Last year’s champion Allein Maliksi of Blackwater accumulated only 11 points in the first round and didn’t make it to the second round.
May 25, 2018 15:11 UTC
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he would “kill” Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison if peace talks between the government and the rebel group failed again. but warned he would escort the aging rebel leader out of the country and not allow him to go back if peace talks fell through. Sison on Friday brushed off the “kill” threat of President Duterte, refusing to respond in a “hostile manner.”“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) has repeated so many times the threat to kill me that sometimes I surmise that the expression ‘kill’ has actually become a term of endearment, as in some American comedies,” Sison said in a statement. “I will not reply to PRRD in any hostile manner, unless he actually wrecks the work already done by the negotiating panels to prepare the resumption of formal peace talks,” he added. Duterte, however, had a change of heart, saying he would like to give the talks another chance.
May 25, 2018 13:41 UTC
Veteran cagers Calvo and Quinto powered the Knights’ wire-to-wire win following a close 80-83 loss to Adamson University. Calvo poured 11 of his 18 points in the second half while Quinto drained 13 of his 17 markers in the first 20 minutes. Jerrick Balanza chipped in 11 points while transfer guard Bonbon Batiller added 10 markers in the win. Darius Estrella scored 17 points while Jed Mendoza and Karl Bordon had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the also-ran JRU. Ana, who was coached by Napa for three years in Nazareth School of National University (NSNU), recently left the Growling Tigers’ lair.
To a Boston fan, the only Cav one wouldn’t want to be in the Cleveland lineup outside of All-Stars James and Kevin Love, is Korver. The same thing happened I think Game 1 or 2; I can’t remember, Lue added. ”So, Lue didn’t play his third-best player this series in a pivotal Game 5 because the Celtics didn’t play their eighth-best player. Bottom line is Ty Lue inadvertently admitted to being out-coached by StevensMeanwhile, question on LeBron’s being spent also cropped up. During the Cavs’ series with the Toronto Raptors, James complained of the lack of off-days in what could infer the need for rest.
LOS ANGELES: The Houston Rockets clawed out a 98-94 victory over the reigning champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers, who have played the Warriors in each of the last three title series, trail the Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals. Houston point guard Chris Paul scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half as the Western Conference heavyweights went toe-to-toe. “They’re not going to let you win on points, you’ve got to knock ‘em out,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I thought our guys just hung in there, hung in there and found a way,” added D’Antoni, whose Rockets shot just 37/2 percent from the floor.
The Boston Celtics are one win away from an improbable Finals berth and have put LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the brink of elimination. Twelve-time All-NBA First Team LeBron James looked tired in Game 5 as he tried to carry the load for his dysfunctional team. James got a middling (by his standards) 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists but committed 6 turnovers playing nearly 40 minutes. He has had to produce six 40-points games and three triple-doubles just to lead his team to this point. Today’s Game 6 might be the last game LeBron plays for the Cavaliers but I won’t bet my money on it.
“He (Kambosos Jr.) is among the sparring partners. 5 WBA lightweight fighter, is due to arrive today, as Pacquiao’s sparring session is set to begin on Monday in General Santos City. He keeps Manny thinks the most, and he keeps Manny on his toes because he is fast,” he added. Fortune explained that Pacquiao doesn’t need a super 145 or 150 pounder sparring partner. We don’t need to go to war in sparring.”Kambosos, 24, was also among Pacquiao’s sparring partners prior to his fight with Australian Jeff Horn last year.
Orlan Sumcad recovered from a horrid second round stint with a three-under 69 yesterday, banking on a near-impeccable long game and bucking tough pin placements to force a tie with Jobim Carlos in the P3 million ICTSI Villamor Philippine Masters heading to another thriller of a finish at the Villamor Golf Club. Sumcad, who dropped off a lead share in the first round with an atrocious 76 Thursday, came through with back-to-back birdies from No. 16 to cap a 33-36 card and wrest control at four-under 212, which Carlos later matched with a closing birdie for a 74. “But I need to stay focused tomorrow (today) to gain a shot at my first title,” said Sumcad. Rates and Rosales are also aiming to nail their first win since winning in Baguio and Wack Wack.
Action in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala age group tennis circuit shifts to Ormoc and Bacolod with over 200 entries taking part in each leg of the event at the Ormoc Midtown Tennis Club and Centercourt and Panaad Tennis Courts in Leyte and Bacolod, respectively. Cedrix Bravo, Arhly Abah, Andrei Lago and Joshua Torres banner the boys’ 18-and-under cast while siblings Bless and Hazel Coderos lead the chase in the girls’ premier division of the Group 2 tournament sponsored Palawan Pawnshop ad presented by Dunlop. Over in Bacolod, Reynan Mahusay, Troy Llamas, Karl Baran and Prince Dimate are tipped to slug it out in the boys’ 18-U section while Avril Suace and Kiana De Asis headline the girls’ cast of the tournament hosted and sponsored by Mayor Bing Leonardia. “This is going to be another busy week for these young players, whom we want to develop into becoming future members of the national pool through our year-long, nationwide circuit,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. For details, call 09154046464.
May 25, 2018 13:07 UTC
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has assured a group of private hospitals that it would settle its P7 billion to P9 billion in unpaid hospital claims. The state-run health insurance agency and the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines (PHAPI) signed a joint statement acknowledging the concern of PHAPI whose members have threatened to shut down and agreeing to address them by identifying paid claims, claims in process, and claims that have been denied, among others. PhilHealth has been in hot water over the past weeks over allegations that de la Serna misused its funds. At the joint oversight committee hearing on the performance of PhilHealth, de la Serna reiterated that she did not violate any laws, despite allegations that she spent P627,000 on travel in 2017. “Let me assure you I am here in PhilHealth to protect the people’s money, to ensure that every peso translates into better healthcare our people,” de la Serna said.
May 25, 2018 09:22 UTC
EXILED Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison on Friday shrugged off the “kill” threat of President Rodrigo Duterte, saying he has heard it so many times that he has come to consider it even as “a term of endearment, as in some American comedies.”“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) has repeated so many times the threat to kill me that sometimes I surmise that the expression ‘kill’ has actually become a term of endearment, as in some American comedies,” Sison said in a statement. “I will not reply to PRRD in any hostile manner, unless he actually wrecks the work already done by the negotiating panels to prepare the resumption of formal peace talks,” he said. Sison made the statement following the President’s remarks late Thursday that he would escort Sison to the airport and throw expletives at him, as well as threaten to kill him if peace talks would fail. “It is best that PRRD and I allow and encourage the [government]and NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) negotiating panels to continue preparing for the resumption of formal talks to make substantial progress as soon as possible,” Sison said. Sison said he was even open to return to the Philippines if there would be progress and substantial results in the peace talks.
May 25, 2018 08:48 UTC
THE average weekly crime rate in Metro Manila dropped 29.29 percent in early 2018, with May recording “the lowest” since July 2016 under the Duterte administration based on police data released on Friday. In a press briefing, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Camilo Cascolan said the April 16 to May 20 figures focused on eight crimes – physical injury, motorcycle theft, robbery, theft, car theft, rape, murder and homicide. Cascolan said the number of crimes recorded from May 14 to 20 was the lowest average weekly crime rate since Duterte assumed the presidency on July 1, 2016. Ever since the start of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, this is the lowest record in Metro Manila,” he said. Cascolan assumed his post at the NCRPO on April 23, replacing Police General Oscar Albayalde who was promoted as chief of the PNP.
May 25, 2018 08:15 UTC