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Antiquenos urged to support Marcos admin

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:42
SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - A mayor who supports presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has urged Antiquenos to cooperate with the new administration as the majority of the Filipinos have given him an overwhelming mandate.Hamtic mayor Julius Pacificador
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1 dead, 4 critically injured in California church shooting

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:37

WASHINGTON - One person was killed and four others were critically injured Sunday during a shooting at a church in Orange County, California, according to authorities.

The shooting took place inside Geneva Presbyterian Church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods, the Orange Coun

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Region 8 bays remain red tide-free in 3 months

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:37
TACLOBAN CITY - Bays in Eastern Visayas have remained red tide-free in the past three months as favorable weather prevails in the region, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Monday.In a statement, the BFAR attributed this to the prevailing weather co
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World no. 1 Djokovic wins 2022 Italian Open

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:19

ANKARA - The tennis top seed in men's singles, Novak Djokovic on Sunday was crowned the 2022 Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Italian Open) champion in Rome.

Serbian superstar Djokovic won against his Greek opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas with sets of 6-0, 7-6 in the men's singles final that lasted a

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Provisional agreement averts water interruption in Iloilo

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:11

ILOILO CITY - Ilonggos are assured of steady supply of water in the next six months following the interim agreement of the Metro Pacific Iloilo Water (MPIW) and bulk water supplier Flo Water Resources (Iloilo), Inc. beyond the May 15 expiration of their 10-year contract.

Mayor Jerry P. Trenas

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No case increase seen to warrant change in alert level: OCTA

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:09

MANILA - The OCTA Research Group said Monday there are no threats of increase in Covid-19 cases so far to warrant a downgrade in the current alert level of Metro Manila and other areas.

In a televised public briefing, OCTA Research fellow Dr. Guido David said the country's positivity rate is

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Finland officially confirms bid to join NATO

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:08

ANKARA - Finland on Sunday officially confirmed its intention to join the NATO alliance, expressing readiness to engage in talks with Turkiye on the issues it raised on the Scandinavian country's membership.

The country's Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy approved its appli

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Cash incentives await SEAG medalists

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:06

HANOI - Cash incentives for medal-performing athletes will flow from the coffers of the Philippine Sports Commission after the 31st Southeast Asian Games here.

With at least 20 gold medals for Team Philippines on the halfway mark of the 11-nation biennial meet plus 25 silver and 36 bronze med

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Sweden to send delegation to Turkiye to discuss NATO membership

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:00

STOCKHOLM - Sweden will send a delegation of diplomats to Turkiye to discuss the Scandinavian country's decision to apply for NATO membership, the government announced Sunday.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde confirmed that the delegation will visit Turkiye and said it will be sent to Ankar

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Limpag: Changing gears

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:00
After an impressive start, earning four points in its first two games with a win against Timor Leste and a draw against Vietnam, our U23 squad inexplicably faltered in its last two games, losing to Myanmar, 3-2, and to Indonesia, 4-0. That loss against Myanmar was really painful as we had the lead at half-time, 2-1, but a slow reaction by the defense and keeper allowed back-to-back goals in the second half.

The Azkals Developmental Team, which Dan Palami said was inspired after a conversation we had years ago, allowed our U23 to be better prepared compared to pre-ADT days. And the results showed as, in 2019, we were in semis contention until the final game and this year, with a great start.

So, I’m pretty sure ADT management will be looking at where the team fell short this year and address those changes.

But I also hope, that with another election for the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) presidency next year, the PFF will be changing gears when it comes to grassroots development. For other countries, a strong showing of their senior team is a reflection of the strength of their grassroots programs. That has never been the case for the Philippines since our senior team learned their football all over the world, Europe mostly.

For years, our grassroots program is simply age-group tournaments, with the PFF expecting the regional football associations to have their own grassroots program before they can form their age group team.

But that’s not really what’s happening. The grassroots programs of the RFAs merely introduce the next generation of players, most of whom are younger siblings of players from established football schools. The programs don’t result in an exponential increase in the number of footballers.

The biggest obstacle is the lack of football facilities, and I hope the next PFF president will address that. No, he doesn’t have to go on a spending spree to establish football fields all over the country. He just needs to think a bit out of the box. In every town, especially Spanish-era towns, there’s a plaza between the municipal hall and the church.

They are not the size of a football pitch, but I believe they can be used to introduce football in the municipality. The PFF could encourage the RFAs to identify five or even 10 such towns under its area and meet with the mayors for such plazas to be used as football fields and to provide equipment.

To encourage that, the next basic coaching program of the PFF should be for coaches that come from these municipalities, identified by the mayor hopefully, who will be then trained to start their own grassroots programs for their towns.

I believe that will increase the number of footballers in the country exponentially. And of course, you encourage kids to play the sport if they see other kids playing the sport. Right now, football is still an exclusive sport. I hope the next PFF president will change that.
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Discipline key to success of PH athletes in SEA Games

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:59

MANILA - The Philippine kickboxing team, just like the other athletes, did not stop training even when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its worst.

Senator Francis Tolentino, president of the national sport association Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas, said it was the team's discipline that made p

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Dad of top PMA grad sees Navy as AFP's 'branch of the future'

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:58

BAGUIO CITY - The father of this year's top graduate at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said that the Philippine Navy will be the "military branch of the future" as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) puts a focus on defending the country's territory.

In an interview on the sideli

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Region 8 Covid-19 cases remain low amid polls season

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:51
TACLOBAN CITY - Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remained low in Eastern Visayas despite overcrowding in public places during the campaign period and election day, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here said on Monday.DOH regional information officer
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Region 8 Covid-19 cases remain low amid poll season

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:51
TACLOBAN CITY - Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remained low in Eastern Visayas despite overcrowding in public places during the campaign period and election day, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here said on Monday.DOH regional information officer
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Poll-related extort try by Reds reduced via open talks with execs

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:46

MANILA - Better communication and partnership between field units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and local leaders have effectively reduced attempts of the New People's Army (NPA) terrorists to carry out their extortion activities during the recent election season.

In a virtual

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Celtics thrash Bucks to qualify for NBA Eastern Conference finals

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:44

ANKARA - The Boston Celtics beat 2021 champions the Milwaukee Bucks 109-81 on Sunday to reach the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Boston won the semifinal series 4-3 to face the Miami Heat in the finals, which will start Tuesday at Miami's home court FTX Arena.

On Sunday, the Celtics wer

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PH cagebelles open title retention bid with win vs. Indonesia

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:40

HANOI - Banking on defense and a big third quarter surge, the Philippine women's basketball team started its quest for a second Southeast Asian Games gold medal Monday with a 93-77 victory over Indonesia at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium here.

After a close first half, the Gilas Women went on a 32-1

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7 Lapu-Lapu village chiefs arrested

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:39
SEVEN barangay captains in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu were arrested at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022 due to the oral defamation case filed against them by Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.

Nabbed were Eduardo Cuizon, 63, of Barangay Bangkal; Eleonor Fontanoza, 57, of Barangay Gun-ob; Regina Ybañez, 63, of Barangay Looc; Triponia Abayan, 69, of Barangay Tungasan; Joselito Tibon, 56, of Barangay Subabasbas; Reynaldo Tampus, 60, of Barangay Canjulao; and Rosalino Abing, 63, of Barangay Maribago.

They were arrested by joint teams from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Station 3 based on a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Anna Marie Militante of 7th Judicial Region Branch 53 of Lapu-Lapu City.

Patrolwoman Kaye Jacaban told SunStar that before the officials were served their arrest warrants by elements of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, the officials voluntarily surrendered to the CIDG 7 headquarters in Camp Sotero Cabahug on Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.

They were released on the same day after they each posted bail of P36,000.

In a statement, the CIDG 7 confirmed their release.

Bangkal village chief Cuizon, an ally of Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza, is an ex-officio member of the Lapu-Lapu City Council being the president of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC).

Radaza is Chan’s political rival.

On March 15, 2022, Mayor Chan filed counter-charges for oral defamation against the seven barangay captains who had charged him and 11 other city hall officials with malversation of public funds.

Chan said the seven barangay officials tarnished his reputation by making “defamatory utterances, maliciously and with evident ill-will” against him in a press conference conducted by the opposition barangay captains on Feb. 15, 2022.

“Said press conference was aired and published on Facebook through the page Team Deretso,” said Chan in his affidavit, referring to Radaza’s team.

SunStar tried to contact Cuizon to get his side on the matter but failed. (REV, FVQ / TPT / EHP)
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7 Lapu-Lapu village chiefs nabbed

Cebu Sun.Star - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:39
AT LEAST seven barangay captains in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu were arrested for oral defamation at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2022.

Nabbed were Eduardo Cuizon, 63, of Barangay Bangkal; Eleonor Fontanoza, 57, of Barangay Gun-ob; Regina Ybanez, 63, of Looc; Triponia Abayan, 69, of Barangay Tungasan; Joselito Tibon, 56, of Barangay Subabasbas; Reynaldo Tampus, 60, of Canjulao; and Rosalino Abing, 63, of Maribago.

They were arrested by joint teams from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Station 3 based on a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Anna Marie Militante of 7th Judicial Region Branch 53 of Lapu-Lapu City.

Bangkal village chief Cuizon, an ally of Lapu-Lapu City Representative Paz Radaza, is an ex-officio member of the Lapu-Lapu City Council being the president of the Association of Barangay Councils.

On March 15, 2022, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan filed counter-charges for oral defamation against the seven barangay captains who charged him and 11 other city hall officials with malversation of public funds.

Chan said the seven barangay officials have tarnished his reputation by making “defamatory utterances, maliciously and evident ill-will” against him in a press conference conducted by the opposition barangay captains on February 15, 2022.

“Said press conference was aired and published on Facebook through the page Team Deretso,” said Chan in his affidavit.

The court allows the arrestees to post a P36,000 bail for their temporary liberty.

The seven barangay captains are being held at the CIDG headquarters in Camp Sotero Cabahug on Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City. (REV/FVQ/TPT)

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Lanao Sur sets 'no vax, no travel' policy on special vax days

Philippines Times - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:23

COTABATO CITY - Authorities have started a "no vaccination, no travel" policy in Lanao del Sur as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) began Monday its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) special vaccination days (SVDs).

"This is for the protection of everybody. I hope

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