University of Santo Tomas (UST) muscled its way back to the win column after trouncing Adamson University, 3-0, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Football Tournament at the Moro Lorenzo Field on Thursday. After absorbing a 1-0 loss from defending champions University of the Philippines, the Growling Tigers regained their form as they dispatched the hapless Soaring Falcons. Dexter Benecio, Jayson Rafol and Marvin Jake Bricenio headlined for the men from España, each scoring a goal to take their second win of the season. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University defeated De La Salle University, 1-0, in the second match. FEU registered its fourth straight win for 12 points and handed La Salle its third straight loss in five games this season.
After a dismal Philippine Cup campaign, Meralco is pinning its hopes on former National Basketball Association (NBA) slotman Alex Stepheson for the coming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup. The six-foot-10 Stepheson played college ball at North Carolina (2006 to 2008) and University of Southern California (2009-2011) and was undrafted in 2011 in the NBA. Stepheson also had stints in Greece, Slovenia and Turkey and is expected to provide the inside presence for Meralco in the Commissioner’s Cup. The Bolts’ import could be one of the few new faces in the coming conference as some of the teams opted for the old ones. Chism played for Yeng Guiao at Rain or Shine last season before the latter decided to sign with the Road Warriors this season.
LONDON: Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain’s future, British media said. Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League. However it remains unlikely that any move would be complete before the transfer window shuts next Tuesday. Mourinho said that Rooney’s future was in his own hands in comments at his pre-match press conference that only fuelled the speculation. However, a switch to China could bring Rooney’s England career to an abrupt end.
MADRID: Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The defeat leaves Madrid just a single point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Sevilla and now enjoy just one game in hand over their title rivals. “We lost this match in the opening ten minutes, ten bad minutes where we let two goals in,” Eeal coach Zinedine zidane told Spanish TV. Madrid boss Zidane introduced Gareth Bale off the bench on just his second appearance after a three-month injury layoff for the final half hour. Madrid will take on Villarreal away on Sunday in their next La Liga game.
Judging from the manner by which information is released from his camp, do not be surprised if Mickey Mouse ends up being the next foe for Manny Pacquiao, with Disneyland as the venue. With advisor Michael Koncz trying to act out the role of promoter Bob Arum, details surrounding Pacquiao’s next fight have been anything but crystal-clear. If this is the way Pacquiao’s camp negotiates, then it sends a very unprofessional signal to the parties on the other end of the table. A Horn fight will only make money if it is held in Brisbane. As things stand, the exact details surrounding Pacquiao’s next fight remain up in the air.
SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Piracy in the Sulu Sea has put on hold international shipping to Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao, the main gateway for foreign trade in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Meanwhile, Haron Bandila of the ARMM Business Council is worried about the effects of piracy in the Sulu Sea on the ongoing peace process. On the other hand, the pirates in the Sulu Sea are from the Sulu archipelago composed of the Tausug and other island tribes distinct from the Maguindanaons. “I am afraid that talking with just the MILF cannot stop piracy in the Sulu Sea. “We hope that the increasing [pirate]raids in the Sulu Sea including the abductions of sailors do not cause a severe setback to the peace process, because it seems the peace process cannot address such security risks like this,” he added.
ZAMBOANGA CITY: An earthquake struck several areas in southern Mindanao on Thursday that injured two people in Davao City. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the 4.6-magnitude tremor was tectonic in origin at about nine kilometers northwest of Davao City. The earthquake was also felt in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Panabo and Tagum in Davao del Norte; and Compostela Valley province. The injured – Fe Yu and Maria Teresa Pusta – were standing at a waiting shed when the earthquake struck before 10 a.m., causing its weak foundation to collapse. The tremor occurred barely two weeks after a deadly 6.7- magnitude earthquake killed at least six people and left more than 100 injured in Surigao City.
The airport in Surigao has resumed its operations on Thursday, more than a week after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake partially damaged the terminal. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) deputy director general Manuel Antonio Tamayo said the 1,000-meter length of the runway was “declared usable and safe for aircraft operations.” The airport was temporarily closed on February 11 to give way to runway repairs and rehabilitation. Tamayo said Department of Public Works and Highways-Caraga and CAAP technical team conducted coring test on the runway and sub-surface soil exploration survey since February 15. BENJIE L. VERGARA
BACOLOD CITY: Police Officer 1 John Chan, a member of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) based in Sagay City was disarmed and restricted while under investigation for allegedly punching a traffic enforcer in Bacolod City on February 11. Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) head, Supt. Luisito Acebuche, said Chan was caught on a cellular phone video hitting traffic enforcer Bobby Luberas three times as witnessed by two other traffic enforcers. Acebuche said charges of physical injury and grave misconduct will be filed against Chan who also faces administrative charges if proven guilty of the offense.
THE Department of Health (DOH) plans to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) by 2030 as it committed to collaborative efforts with other government sectors. The World Health Organization defines NTDs as a diverse group of communicable diseases in tropical and sub-tropical conditions in 149 countries. High risk groups include people who can not afford proper sanitation, those who live near livestock and domestic animals and in close contact with infectious vectors. Identified NTDs in the Philippines include leprosy, rabies, schistosomiasis, filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and food and water-borne diseases. Health Secrerary Paulyn Jean Ubial said “10 out of 28 provinces have reached the goal of eliminating schistosomiasis as a public health problem; 35 out of 45 endemic provinces have eliminated lymphatic filariasis; 41 areas were declared rabies-free and 17 out of 79 surveyed provinces have reduced the prevalence of soil transmitted helminthiasis to less than 20 percent while leprosy maintained the national elimination at less than one per 10 thousand population” as of 2016.
Sen. Leila de Lima considers herself the first political prisoner under the Duterte administration, according to Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, a human rights lawyer who chair the Free Legal Aid Group (FLAG). The younger Diokno said De Lima’s arrest would certainly have a “chilling effect” on anyone who would oppose the policies of the administration. “We have a situation where supposedly because of the House (of Representatives) inquiry, evidence was produced,” he said. That is very worrisome.”Diokno, who admitted being “shocked and surprised” by the issuance of the warrant of arrest against de Lima, said that it still could be questioned. “In the meantime while the warrant is there, she may have no choice but to agree to it,” he said.
Besides these, it also features a verdant nine-hole golf course amid luscious greens, and a 1,000-meter infinity pool. There are also 14 presidential suites, each with three bedrooms, a good number built as beach front villas. The golfing area is specifically 350 yards long with natural grass and artificial turf good for long hitters. “But the talent fee for Halle Berry went instead to Mr. Dantes,” he joked, eliciting laughter from the well-heeled audience. Capping the night of extravagance and opulence was Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha who started her repertoire with a medley of James Bond movie themes.
“The haste is deplorable,” three Liberal Party (LP) senators said on Thursday. “We repeat: The Sandiganbayan, not the RTC (Regional Trial Court) has jurisdiction over the case as the alleged wrongdoings were supposedly committed when she was justice secretary,” the senators said. The LP senators said they feared for De Lima’s life, citing what happened to former Rolando Espinosa, former mayor of Albuera town in Leyte, and Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo – who were both killed inside police-controlled facilities. “This arrest is purely political vendetta and has no place in justice system that upholds the rule of law. “We maintain that if this warrant of arrest is served, it would be a clear violation of legal proceedings and is therefore a violation of her constitutional right to due process,” the LP senators said.
LUCENA CITY—At least five alleged New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered in Masbate province Thursday, the military said. The rebels requested anonymity, according to Perez. Perez, quoting one of the surrenderers, said the former rebels could no longer stomach the extortion activities that they were forced to do against their fellow impoverished countrymen and the promises that were never fulfilled by the organization. ADVERTISEMENTPerez said the rebels also surrendered due to the continuous offensive military operations in Masbate. RAMRELATED STORIES
CEBU CITY — Work on a two-story mall along Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City was halted on Thursday on orders of the Office of the Building Official (OBO) a day after a crane collapsed on four houses and injured a woman. Engineer Josefa Ylanan, acting OBO-Cebu City chief, said she directed the Metro Dyna Build Incorporated (MDBI) to submit an incident report and to explain why its crane collapsed. The crane of the ongoing mall construction collapsed past 8 p.m. on Wednesday. She was immediately brought by rescuers to the Cebu City Medical Center where her wound was stitched. “Diha na ko nahadlok sa dihang nakita nako ang crane sulod sa among kuwarto pagbalik nako sa balay.