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Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Why Pacquiao lost?" - analyst explains

By:  Dennis Gasgonia

MANILA, Philippines (3 May 2015) - Manny Pacquiao would have won against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday (Manila time) if the vintage version of the Filipino boxer showed up, according to a local boxing analyst.

Veteran boxing commentator Ed Tolentino felt that the Filipino superstar wasn't his usual old fighting self when he squared off against counter-punching Mayweather at the MGM Grand Arena.


"Hindi natin nakita ang vintage Manny Pacquiao," Tolentino said in an interview on DXMM.

Tolentino said Pacquiao should have pressed the action at the early stages of the fight when Mayweather was still "feeling out," since the American is notorious for starting slow in his fights.

Pacquiao should have capitalized on that, Tolentino said, and as a result, the Filipino was forced to catch up in the latter rounds when Mayweather gained his confidence.

"Yung early half alam nating mabagal si Mayweather, dapat nag-impok na ng puntos si Manny.  In-allow niya the counter-puncher to take off on offense first, siya ang mukhang naghahabol ngayon," said Tolentino.

As a taller fighter, Mayweather also wisely used his range against Pacquiao, poking the Filipino boxer with stiff jabs while piling points.

"I thought there is no clear cut up plan when Mayweather was fighting like a tall man, flicking the jab.  Malaking bagay ang five-inch reach advantage," said Tolentino.

Tolentino added the American used the amateur style of fighting wherein boxers are pre-occupied with scoring points, rather than going for the knockout.

"Ang fight ni Mayweather is typical ABAP, puntos.  'Yun ang nangyari, hindi na-overcome eh," he said.

In the end, Mayweather won by unanimous decision while dealing Pacquiao's sixth career defeat in 65 fights.  It was Mayweather's 48 win.

Despite the unanimous verdict, Tolentino thought the fight was close.

"Dikit pa ang laban eh.  Dikit pa after nine rounds eh.  Had there been a knock down or two, the fight would have been very interesting," he said.

Monday, April 27, 2015

"No alternative to BBL," says former Chief Justice Davide

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr.
By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab

MANILA (27 Apr 2015) - Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide on Monday told the House of Representatives that there is no alternative to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, adding that the bill can instead be refined to save it from constitutional loopholes.

During the ad hoc Bangsamoro committee hearing, Davide said the bill is already an amenable document to create a more politically autonomous Bangsamoro region to replace the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Davide responded to a question asked by Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop if the peace council, of which Davide is a member, sees an alternative to the BBL.

"The BBL is a very good law, but some refinements are needed...  We've undergone a long process already.  It would be preposterous to propose an alternative...  At least we have tried to eliminate what is perceived as somehow in violation of the Constitution," David said.

Acop then asked the former Chief Justice if he thinks instead of the BBL, the existing law that created the ARMM or Republic Act 9054 can be amended or improved.  The Organic Act of the ARMM will be repealed by the BBL to replace the ARMM.

Davide responded: "I find myself in a very tight situation."

"Life is an experiment and even if the matter of legislations, we try to find out how to improve it.  There are two ways to improve a measure, one an amendment, and second a new law," Davide said.

"If I were to make a choice, a new law would be much better," he added.

The House panel is conducting its last public hearing on the bill Monday.  It is set to vote for its passage between May 11 and 12.

President Aquino called for the creation of the peace council, composed of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Howard Dee and Muslim Princess Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman.

The council of leaders from seven sectors would help the public understand the peace process, and consequently the Bangsamoro bill, which seeks to implement the peace deal with the MILF to create a more politically autonomous Bangsamoro entity.

Duterte asks NPA: "spare Palarong Pambansa"

TAGUM CITY (26 Apr 2015) - Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte called on the communist New People's Army (NPA) to spare the Palarong Pambansa from attacks and, in jest invited guerrillas to take part in the games as athletes.

"I would like to tell the NPA: 'Stay out of this'," Duterte said before a closed-door briefing in this city for security preparations for the Palarong Pambansa.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Iligan City, nakaranas ng 5-oras na brownout

By:  Roxanne Roble Arevalo 
ABS-CBN News Correspondent

ILIGAN CITY (23 Apr 2015) - Nakaranas ng limang oras na blackout ang Iligan City at ilang bahagi ng Lanao del Norte.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Alcala pours in P300-M agri-projects in Lanao Norte

LANAO DEL NORTE.  Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala visit Matungao town in Lanao del Norte on Wednesday, April 22, and distributes working animals, seedlings, fertilizers and farm impements to farmer beneficiaries from the municipalities of Poona Piagapo, Linamon, Pantar, Pantao Ragat and Balo-i.  Matungao Mayor Aisha M. Aziz and Vice Mayor Jaber Aziz welcomed Alcala, who allocated P300-million worth of agricultural projects for the province. [Richel V. Umel]
By: Richel V. Umel
Sun Star Cagayan de Oro

MATUNGAO, Lanao del Norte (22 Apr 2015) - Agriculture Secretary Processo Alcala, a stalwart of the Liberal Party who is now in hot water for the alleged misuse of billions in public funds, has poured in about P300-million worth of agricultural projects in Lanao del Norte province on Wednesday, April 22.

Duterte: "Palarong Pambansa will be safe from terrorists"

Maximum security measures will be in place despite low security threat, says Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, chair of the regional peace and order council.

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Philippines (22 Apr 2015) - When more than 15,000 athletes gather in Tagum City for the Philippines' premier school-based sports event in May, they will be safe from terrorists threats.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, chairperson of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), gave this assurance in a meeting of Davao Region officials recently.

During the RPOC-11 meeting in Davao City, Duterte said the level of threat during the week-long national games is currently at 3 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 as the highest.

Still, he said, maximum security measures would be put in place to eliminate all threats: "The reaction of government is always the same, whether the security threat is at 1 or 10.  I expect nothing, but I am prepared for everything."

He said he had also called on the New People's Army and other armed groups not to create trouble during the games.  He also said it is out of character for the NPA to disrupt an event of this nature.

Duterte also said Davao City will extend security and medical support to augment what Davao del Norte province has in place.  His city also gave P1-million as games sponsor.

"I am personally at ease that we will be able to provide unparalleled safety to everyone.  With the backing of the whole Davao Region, there is no reason for us to fail," said Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario.

Palarong Pambansa 2015 will be held May 3-9 mainly at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City.

The provincial government is receiving support from the Tagum Agricultural Development Company Incorporated, Damosa Land, Davao Packaging Corporation, Davao International Container Terminal Incorporated, and Pearl Farm Beach Resort for the event.  []


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