BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – “We’re coming back in November!”Jane, a visitor from Russia made the promise before she and her partner James boarded the boat to leave Boracay as local officials implemented the shutdown of the resort island at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. The world-famous Boracay, known for its powdery white sand and azure waters, drew millions of tourists annually. But the resort island has been closed to all tourism-related activities starting Thursday midnight for a six-month rehabilitation on the orders of President Duterte. Promising to go back to the island when it opens in November, Jane hoped that the rehabilitation work would clean Boracay and the island would again become immaculate. “I hope it will be more convenient and cleaner especially no more grass on the water.
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April 25, 2018 16:36 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is laying down a national policy strategy to ensure compliance with international standards and effectively combat money laundering and terrorist financing, a top official of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said. Malacañang has designated the AMLC as the lead agency in the mutual evaluation (ME) which will be conducted by the Asia Pacific Group of Money Laundering (APG) to review the compliance of the Philippines in combating money laundering and terrorist financing. Racela said the AMLC Secretariat has issued the operational guidelines in the conduct of the mutual evaluation. The process requires high level support and active participation of various government agencies, including supervisory authorities, law enforcement agencies, other government agencies, and private stakeholders. Pool of experts from APG member–jurisdictions is set to evaluate the country’s compliance in combating money laundering and terrorist financing through a two-year evaluation set to start this year.
Golden State looked dominant until the fourth quarter even without injured two-time MVP Stephen Curry – and he could be back soon from a left knee injury. The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city. New Orleans, coached by former Golden State top assistant Alvin Gentry, swept Portland in the first round. After a rebound late in the first half, the reigning Finals MVP drove coast-to-coast for a huge two-handed slam that helped Golden State grab momentum. Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Patty Mills added 18 points with four 3-pointers for cold-shooting San Antonio.
Through such opportunity, Sylvia said she was able to witness Arjo’s work attitude. That’s what I discovered about him.”For his part, Arjo said his mom is simply walking her talk. I need help, I always need help.”The ratings success of their series notwithstanding, mother and son are going to take a break from each other. “After this, no... definitely no,” joked Arjo on the question if he’s looking forward to another teleserye with his mom. Nevertheless, Arjo jokingly wished for a future project that will cast him and his mom as best of friends.
MANILA, Philippines — Organizers expect a lot more discoveries from the grassroots as 2018 Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational expands to nine areas all over the country and opens its doors to girls this year. We’re committed to instilling these values in the next generation of football players,” he said during yesterday’s presscon with THVMF chairman Danny Moran, Allianz chief marketing officer Gae Martinez, Allianz branding communications and digital director Rei Abrazaldo, Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta and PFF futsal department head Kevin Goco. The top 2 teams from the 14U and 16U advance to the Luzon Regionals (May 19-20 in Sta. There’s a lot of excitement and we’re very pleased that there will be eight players to be sent to the camp, from five last year. We welcome the addition of girls and we expect the level of play to increase in both boys and girls because of this,” said Moran.
MANILA, Philippines — On the eve of the six-month closure of Boracay Island, the Supreme Court (SC) was asked yesterday to halt the government-mandated shutdown aimed at cleaning up the world-renowned tourist destination. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said only a court TRO can stop the shutdown of Boracay. The petition named President Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Department of the Interior and Local Government officer-incharge Eduardo Año as respondents. Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said the closure order on Boracay was just a “knee-jerk” reaction on the part of the government. Facebook user Bill McGrath said, “This can’t happen in reality.”Another netizen, Martina Sacapaño, said the police and military exercises might show that Boracay island is preparing for war.
KUWAIT – Kuwait has ordered the Philippines’ ambassador to leave the Gulf Arab state and recalled its envoy in Manila for consultations, state news agency KUNA reported yesterday. Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has been given a one-week deadline to leave the Gulf Arab nation. “I join our Secretary of Foreign Affairs in extending this apology,” Villa said also last Tuesday. “We were enforcing our laws in Kuwait, so if we exceeded that, it’s only proper that we apologize,” he said. Ejercito aired his hope that the incident would not affect the amnesty extension for OFWs in Kuwait.
PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the best performing LGU will receive a sports program package worth P5 million while the second to fifth placers will get incentives worth P4M, P3M, P2M and P1M, respectively. Other events on tap in the meet, serving as the national championships of the various national sports associations, are arnis, badminton, chess, dance sports, judo, karatedo, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, beach volley and rugby. PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez said they are implementing the old policy for members of the national team representing their respective provinces. “Before, when you’re with the national team, you are representing the country in the PNG. Meanwhile, PSC commissioner Charles Maxey announced the holding of the first Indigenous Games for minority tribes and groups on April 27-28 at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.
“My hats off to Arinze because he’s been sick and hasn’t practiced in the last two days. Chris Newsome, Nico Salva, KG Canaleta and Jared Dillinger provided the needed support as the Bolts stopped the Columbian Dyip squad coming off a smashing 126-98 winning debut against Blackwater Sunday. Still trailing at the start of the second half, 56-57, the Bolts leaned on the effort of Onuaku, Newsome, Dillinger, Canaleta and Salva as they surged ahead, 85-79, through the third then cruised through in the fourth. Canaleta saw action only in the second half but made a big impact with 4-of-8 three-pointers to help fuel their breakaway. Blackwater 102 – Sumang 20, Belo 19, Famous 19, Digregorio 11, Maliksi 11, Palma 7, Jose 6, Erram 6, Pinto 3, Marcelo 0, Sena 0.
LOS ANGELES: New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) vowed to return for the 2018 season, quashing speculation he may quit the National Football League. The towering tight end’s future has been the subject of intense scrutiny after he indicated he was mulling retirement in the wake of February’s Super Bowl defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. The 28-year-old however drew a line under the conjecture on Tuesday with a post on Instagram which revealed he had told Patriots coach Bill Belichick of his intention to play on. “I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats,” Gronkowski wrote. Gronkowski had fueled the speculation he could walk away from the sport after telling reporters at the Super Bowl he intended to “look at my future for sure.”“I’m going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at,” Gronkowski said in February.
OAKLAND, UNITED STATES: Kevin Durant scored 25 points as the Golden State Warriors powered into the Western Conference playoff semi-finals with a 4-1 series victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The Spurs chipped away at a double-digit Golden State lead to close to 93-91 with 57 seconds left on the clock. With the Warriors still without the injured Stephen Curry, it was left to Klay Thompson and Durant to carry the offense. But the Sixers surged into a 66-54 lead after Robert Covington’s three-pointer with 6:11 remaining in the third period. We’re excited for sure.”Meanwhile Boston edged into a 3-2 series lead after beating Milwaukee 92-87.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will award a P5M cash incentive to the local government unit (LGU) that will win the overall title in the 2018 Philippine National Games (PNG) that will be held from May 19 to 25 in Cebu. PSC Chairman William Ramirez said that the second, third, fourth and fifth placers will also receive P4M, P3M, P2M and P1M, respectively. It will encourage them to send their best athletes,” Ramirez told reporters on Wednesday in a news conference at the PSC office. “The PSC will also donate equipment to the host province.”Among the 22 sports featured in the PNG are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, cycling, dancesport, judo, karatedo, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis triathlon, weightlifting, volleyball, beach volleyball, gymnastics and rugby football. A total of 8,500 athletes will compete in the tournament.
Nonito Donaire’s loss to Carl Frampton via a shutout decision at Belfast over the weekend is another sad case of an elite fighter reaching a point of decline. For much of the fight, Donaire was slow, no longer had fearsome power, and lacked perfect timing in losing to Frampton, whom I still cannot consider to be an elite fighter. Frampton won the interim World Boxing Organization world featherweight title by beating Donaire. But alas, there is really a time when elite fighters decline because of age, wear and tear from the ring, and shots taken from fights. On Pacquiao, it was obvious from his last fight against Jeff Horn that he is also an elite fighter who has to face the reality of declining speed, power, and reflexes.
TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL: Ilocos Region tracksters Rocky Ramos and Laila Manganaan bagged the 100m dash gold medal in their respective divisions in the 2018 Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Games athletics competitions at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex here. Jenneth Joy Bautista of Ilocos Region topped the event after clocking 26.72 seconds, ahead of silver medalist Rhea Mae Borres of Western Visayas (26.84). Western Visayas bet Rodelyn Onato finished second with 20:40.20 and Diana Mae Momoracion third with 20:45.59. After two days of competition, Central Visayas is leading the seniors medal tally with 46-31-22 followed by Western Visayas (22-24-18) and Western Mindanao (16-5-3). Western Visayas is leading the youth division medal standings with 44-38-27 followed by Central Visayas (35-19-3) and Davao Region (16-17-18).
Manu Ginobili sank a victory-clinching three-point shot in the San Antonio Spurs’ 103-90 triumph over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 that extended the two teams’ first round series in the NBA playoffs Sunday night. The shot that was heard in all four corners of the post season made many faces, including Warriors coach Steve Kerr, smile. Never mind if the 40-year-old Spurs’ veterans’ heroics prevented the defending champions from advancing into the second round via a sweep. So, if I played with him, he must be old,” Kerr, who once wore the Spur uniform during his playing days, told Wright. After the game, Kerr and Manu hugged each other.