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EMB Central Visayas: Global City Mandaue project won't affect mangroves in Cansaga Bay

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THE mangrove area in Cansaga Bay in northern Cebu will not be affected by the construction of the Global City Mandaue when the reclamation for the project starts by September this year.

This was the assurance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau in Central Visayas (EMB 7).

Cindylyn Pepito, chief of the EMB 7's Environmental Education and Information Unit, told Sunstar Cebu on Monday, May 16, 2022, that the local government unit (LGU) of Mandaue City has coordinated with them in line with the construction of the P20-billion Global City project.

Pepito added that the Mandaue LGU has so far been compliant and cooperative with the DENR in making sure that the mangrove area near the site will not be affected.

The LGU, she said, had submitted the supplemental requirements needed by the DENR and was granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the DENR'S Central Visayas office.

The ECC is an essential requirement as it allows a proposed project to proceed to the next stage of planning and acquire approvals from other government agencies and LGUs so the project can be implemented.

Along with the approval of the ECC is the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) screening checklist that assures the project has undergone enough studies, including passing the Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS).

"So far, all the infrastructure projects these days are very conscious of the environmental impact. The LGUs already know their responsibility, which is to make sure to have sustainable environmental management, and that's the same thing for Mandaue," Pepito said.

When asked if the project might cause the rise of the sea level in Cansaga Bay, Pepito said they had not conducted a study on it yet, but she assured that they would conduct further examination and coordinate with the Mandaue LGU if it would happen.

The DENR has also assured to regularly monitor the project at the start of its land reclamation in September and throughout the construction process to make sure the Global City Mandaue project will comply with all the necessary environmental laws.

The Global City Mandaue project is set to be established at the 101-hectare land near the Cansaga Bay along the Mactan Channel near the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

It is said to be the first-ever waterfront city for Mandaue City and the entire Cebu province. (HIC)

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PH put up best performance to date in Hanoi SEA Games with 10 gold medals

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DECORATED Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo added two more gold medals to his romp in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam as he won the men’s vault and horizontal bars events on Monday, May 16.

Yulo’s latest triumphs brings his gold medal total in this competition to five. He also has silver medal finishes in the men’s team event and parallel bars. He matched the five-gold haul recorded by a sports hero, Rolando Albuera, who achieved the feat in the Jakarta 1979 SEA Games.

The 22-year-old expectedly won in the apparatus where he is the reigning world champion, dominating the vault finals and adding a gold in the horizontal bars as he ended his stint in Vietnam with a solid shot at becoming the best male athlete.

After blowing the competition away with a score of 14.700 points in the vault, Yulo returned hours later and tied for first in the horizontal bars with Ding Phuong Thanh of Vietnam, both scoring 13.867 points.

Overall, artistic gymnastics has contributed seven gold medals, four silvers and one bronze to the Philippine drive, the best finish by Pinoy gymnasts in recent memory.

Aside from Yulo’s last day golden double, also contributing to the country’s gold medal cause was the dancesport pair of Jean Mischa Aranar and Ana Nualla, who completed a golden treble in tango, Viennese waltz, and all final dance standard at the Long Bien Gymnasium.

Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen contributed the fourth gold for the day, ruling the slow foxtrot, raising dancesport’s contribution to five, counting another gold last Sunday.

Bowler Merwin Tan ruled the men’s singles and ended an 11-year golden drought by the keglers; 110-meter hurdler Clinton Kingston Bautista kept his crown as the athletics team raised its haul to three golds; while Jocel Lyn Ninoble triumphed in women’s poomsae of taekwondo.

Swimmer Chloe Isleta also joined the gold medal parade, ruling the women’s 200-m backstroke.

Vietnam all but secured the overall title but Filipino athletes, whose stint here is backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, stayed in the hunt for second overall with a total harvest of 30 gold medals, 34 silvers, and 43 bronzes to Thailand’s 34-35-50. The host team zoomed away from the field with an 83-50-55 haul. (JNP)

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2 men facing rape charges nabbed by Mandaue City police

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POLICE arrested two men who are facing rape charges in Mandaue City courts in separate operations.

The two suspects had been included in the list of wanted personalities with pending criminal cases by the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO). SunStar is withholding the names of the two men to protect their victims.

The first arrest happened on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the port in Danao City, northern Cebu.

The 42-year-old suspect, accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter, was caught by the team led by Lieutenant Colonel Jose Rovic Allosada Villarin.

According to the MCPO, the suspect was captured based on the warrant of arrest issued on May 13, 2022 by Mandaue City Regional Trial Court (RTC) 7 Branch 6 Judge Maria Dee A. Seares.

Before his arrest, the suspect had returned to his home province, Leyte, to vote in the general elections last May 9. When Villarin's team learned about this, it coordinated with the Coast Guard to carry out the arrest after he disembarked in Danao City.

The suspect was brought to MCPO Station 4 in Barangay Casuntingan for detention.

He will be tried in court for violating Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

On Monday, May 16, Villarin's team caught a motorcycle-for-hire driver, 32, in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City. The suspect is accused of raping an adult woman.

Villarin's team served the warrant of arrest issued on October 7, 2021 by Mandaue City RTC 7 Branch 83 Judge Allan Franciso S. Garciano.

The suspect reportedly transferred to different places to hide after knowing that he had a pending arrest warrant.

He was brought to the City Investigation and Detection Management Unit of the MCPO for detention.

The suspect will stand trial for violating Republic Act 8353, or The Anti-Rape Law of 1997.

Both suspects will be brought to courts for the scheduling of their trial and for their transfer to the city jail. (HIC)

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EXPLAINER: In first 50 days, Mayor Rama to fulfill 9 of 21 promises. He may also do what rival Margot O. vowed to do: 'fix' City Hall, take out deadwood and corrupt, overhaul system to run the house efficiently. Plus, for Mike: remove...

Mon, 2022-05-16 20:54
AMID the thanksgiving and merriment Sunday, May 15, after a convincing win in the elections, reelected Mayor Michael Rama broke away from script and normal celebratory mood to warn party-mates and supporters it wouldn't be business as usual at Cebu City Hall.

In Cebuano-Bisaya, Mayor Mike chided jobseekers, casual employees, and other favor-hunters depending on the City Government for income that bootlicking ("sipsipizing") wouldn't assure continuity.

CONSIDER BEING WARNED. Rama said "if you are thieves, lazy and incompetent, what else, messy, gossip-mongers, don't pay debts, quarrelsome, back-stabbers, we have to part ways." "Enough is enough," he said in English. On traitors, he said he was stabbed in the back ("gidunggab ko sa bukobuko").

He used to give a similar message to City Hall personnel at Monday flag rites in the run-up to the elections but, post-May 9, he added to his victory speech the issue of treachery.

A few days earlier, Barug Councilor Niña Mabatid accused the party of having "abandoned" her. Mabatid lost to congresswoman-elect Rachel del Mar in Cebu City north by 50,350 votes (slightly less than the lead of Cutie's dad Raul del Mar over Richard Yap in 2019: 53,953).

PARTY INTERESTS. Party matters inevitably will be part of fixing City Hall, a job that, to Rama's rival Margot Osmeña of BOPK, would've been her priority if she had won. Margot, on her "Mom" platform, limited herself to the work of fixing the house. She didn't disclose specifics of her would-be program of government.

In getting rid of undesirables from the City Government, Mayor Mike would've to consider the interests of Barug and those of its allies Kusug and Panaghiusa. Intramurals in the run-up to the elections intermittently threatened Barug unity and the party's chance to win. In victory, the spoils could be a source of friction, as it was after the (Edgardo) Labella-Rama tandem beat the Tomas Osmeña-Mary Ann de los Santos team in 2019.

WHY 21-GUN SALUTE. Mayor Mike used "21-gun salute" to the 21 projects that he promised the city's voters, actually a spin-off from the late mayor Labella's administration, then revised and expanded since he ascended from vice mayor to mayor on Labella's death (as Mike's "lasting tribute"), even as he used it to prep for and do battle in the elections.

The military term -- credit Mayor Rama's flight of fancy -- is supposed to honor the electorate, the 21 gun salute being the highest honor reserved for the national flag, heads of state, royal families, the president, and former presidents.

Nine of the 21 are scheduled for completion in the first 50 days after June 30, when the city's officials take oath, including, per news media reports:

[] Payment of the balance of the 1995 12.315 billion yen loan from Jica for the land-reclaimed South Road Properties;

[] Correction of defects of the joint venture agreement on Carbon Market modernization, which Margot would've sought to block;

[] Break the impasse on the "93-1" lots deal with Cebu Capitol, which would benefit thousands of city residents;

[] Provide free wi-fi "everywhere in the city," which must mean the public spaces all over.

[] A traffic summit, which promises recommendations of measures to decongest traffic, not yet the actual solution to the problem.

[] "Massive" asphalting of city streets, his version of Tomas Osmeña's "asphalt storm";

[] Construction of two medium-rise buildings for "socialized housing";

[] 100% electrification of all city households.

TIMELINE. It's not clear if he'd complete the nine priority projects before June 30, when his ascended term ends and his fresh term begins, or in the first 50 days of the new administration, counted from June 30. He set both periods of time in media interviews.

Whatever, he sounds pretty much determined to get them done.

BIG THREE. Three recurring problems of the city -- which have defied satisfactory solutions to a number of past administrations, including Rama's two full terms as mayor in 2010 and 2013 -- are not in the Priority Nine. They are floods, garbage and traffic.

While they'll start poking at traffic with a summit, actual solution is not in the list. Garbage has pending issues on the system of collections, a contract allegedly disadvantageous to the City (Mayor Mike had long given the contractor an ultimatum) and the questionable waste-to-energy deal that involves building an incinerator at a still unidentified site within the city.

Residents may assume though that the mayor and the City Council can deal with these concerns simultaneously with the work on the announced priorities.

NOT SURPRISING that Mayor Mike still has to deal specifically with the accusation of corruption in City Hall. In election and post-election talks, he has not laid down a policy plan against graft, except for that reference to thieves in last Sunday's celebration ("kong kawatan mong dako"). Rama was also the vice mayor, then acting mayor, and thus a part of the current administration that has been repeatedly asked to account.

BOPK too didn't magnify the issue of graft during the campaign, except probably in some "purok pulongpulongs," which took them up often superficially.

That, despite (a) the earlier outcry from Barug's own Councilor Niña Mabatid, who exposed the "mess" in the City Government and condemned the "ungo" (witch) that allegedly caused it and (b) the repeated calls of the late Cabinet undersecretary and anti-corruption advocate, Clarence Paul Oaminal, for the mayor to crack down on a "Kurakot Gang" at City Hall.

Findings of defects in some City Hall contracts by the Commission on Audit are still to be resolved. A public accounting of billions of pesos spent during the pandemic, requested by Sanggunian led by then vice mayor Rama, has yet to be done.

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Cordova mayor cries cheating in polls, claims 100 witnesses

Mon, 2022-05-16 19:52
THE team of defeated reelectionist Cordova Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho is set to file an election protest against the team of her rival, mayor-elect and incumbent Councilor Cesar “Didoy” Suan, and several individuals reportedly involved in “dirty politics” during the 2022 elections.

Based on Commission on Elections (Comelec) results, Sitoy-Cho garnered only 17,052 votes in the May 9 elections while Suan, currently the first councilor in the town, secured 21,222 votes.

In a press conference on Monday, May 16, Sitoy-Cho said they will file an election protest against the Comelec officials, barangay captains, tanods (watchmen), barangay health workers (BHWs) and teachers reportedly involved in the election irregularities that led to the defeat of the majority of her slate.

This is on top of the disqualification case with motion to suspend the proclamation filed before the Comelec against the Team Asenso Cordovanhon for the ground of vote buying around 10 p.m. of Election Day, or before the proclamation was conducted on May 10.

She said more than 100 witnesses, including the supporter of another candidate, have so far signified to submit their affidavits in support of their protest, citing more allegations came from them and not from her.

“They themselves are the ones who want to file a protest. I am just answering the clamor of the people, which is that they want to file a case but they can’t file alone. They think that they are very weak without me. So I will stand up for them,” Sitoy-Cho said in Cebuano.

The supporters, who staged a protest in front of the Municipal Hall on Monday, said some barangay officials, including the barangay captains, councilors, tanods and BHWs, stayed inside the polling places or precincts during the election despite this being prohibited by law.

They also claimed vote buying, adding that some voters were convinced by the opposition party to be brought to a hotel to prevent them from exercising their right to vote.

Other voters also reportedly voted several times, with Sitoy-Cho’s supporters saying the voters’ fingernails were not inked after casting a vote.

Sitoy-Cho said some teachers who served as poll workers, who she said were supposed to be neutral, also reportedly showed their support for her rival and even took a ride on the vehicles fielded by the opposition candidates.

About five to 10 teachers were reportedly involved in election irregularities, which is why they will file a case of abuse of power before the Department of Education and Office of the Ombudsman.

Barangay officials involved are also set to face charges before the Ombudsman.

The outgoing mayor further said voters encountered pre-shaded ballots while others were not able to cast their votes since their names were not on the list at the precincts, apart from the alleged transfer of names in most of the barangays where voters supposedly had to vote.

“All these are questionable on the part of the teachers. Not all the teachers, of course, but some of the teachers, why these were allowed to happen... Another question for the local Comelec is why many names disappeared during the time of voting,” she said, as she questioned how the local Comelec in Cordova made its report and transmitted it to the national office.

Among the 13 barangays in the town, Sitoy-Cho said one barangay reportedly had 40 voters who were not able to cast their votes while there were individuals who were able to vote even though they were not registered voters.

“I am not protesting because they won. I am protesting the election irregularities. I’m protesting against the government officials who did not follow the law, the teachers who did not follow the guidelines under the law,” she said.

Watchers of Team Teche were reportedly told to go outside the precincts while those with the allies of their rival stayed inside the polling place or precincts.

She also questioned why the teachers and the Comelec were not able to reprimand the doers of such acts, adding that paralegals from Team Asenso were also able to go inside the precincts.

With this, Sitoy-Cho said, they may ask for a special election.

“I’m not saying I won. I also won’t say that they won because of the anomalies seen. So if possible, let’s have a reelection,’’ she said.

Sitoy-Cho said she could concede defeat but stressed that the cases will continue as she said she did not want to agitate Cordova and protest that Suan will take the mayor’s seat.

“We are not protesting so that I will retain the mayor’s seat. No, they may take the seat. I just want to stand up for the concerns of the people, who themselves volunteered—they were not directed—to make their complaints. So I will just try to advance the case for them,” she added.

She further said there may be connivance amid the presence of the barangay officials alone, citing this as questionable.

The mayor also disclosed that the town’s Comelec elections officer Arvin Maghanoy was seen with Team Asenso, led by Suan, after the elections.

No anomalies

Reacting to the allegations, Maghanoy said there were no reported irregularities from the Philippine National Police during the elections.

“The Electoral Boards are supposed to report to us, but we did not receive any reports regarding that. So it seems those are just allegations,” he said in Cebuano.

As for the names of voters allegedly not in the list, Maghanoy said he had no idea if it was the manual cross-out which the protesters meant, which has basis and resulted in about 480 voters’ names being deleted.

The bases for cross-out, said Maghanoy, include the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (Afis), transfer out, and double multiple.

Under Section 58 of Comelec Resolution 10727, names in the Election Day Computerized Voters’ List may be manually crossed out for these reasons: (a) the voter has transferred residence to another district, city or town; (b) the voter has died; (c) the voter’s registration record was deleted based on the Afis, as approved by the Election Registration Board; and (d) the voter has availed of Local Absentee Voting.

Cordova town has about 46,190 voters.

Maghanoy also denied allegations that there were transfers of names among the barangays during the elections, citing this as already addressed two days prior to the election.

SunStar tried to get the statement of Suan, but the mayor-elect was not at his house during the attempt to interview him and he had not answered the calls as of press time. SunStar also attempted to interview vice mayor-elect Boyet Tago, the running mate of Suan, but he refused to comment on the allegations against their team.

Mayor Sitoy-Cho also clarified that she was not the one who pushed for the recent closing of the business of Suan, adding that it was the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) which made the move amid the issues on taxes.

“But if they will say I was the brains behind it, I really don’t have the time to dig into everything. What do I know about his business?’’ she said.

She stressed that she did not renew the business permit of Suan last January since the BIR already communicated with her office concerning the wrong income tax return that was attached.
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Espina: Violence against women

Mon, 2022-05-16 19:28
Zonta International has a very relevant advocacy focusing on the crusade against Violence against Women (VAW). Our club, Zonta Club of Cebu I, has undertaken several long- and short-term projects in tandem with the academe, government and civic agencies: The Zonta Club of Cebu I VAW Referral Center, located in the University of the Visayas; Related symposia and livelihood projects in Budlaan, Cebu; Youth and family-oriented programs and services.

There are so many cases of domestic violence which need attention. One difficulty in pursuing these further is the reluctance of some women to seek help.

Don’t look far. There are so many women suffering in silence. I never realized how our women, working mothers specifically, like my household helpers, have to work hard as breadwinners while their jobless husbands gamble, drink and beat them.

My ‘Helper A’ was abandoned by her husband. She became a zealous mother to a son, a drug addict, who would get all her income and beat her when he needed more. She died after a head surgery.

“Helper B” has a live-in partner who beats her if he gets tired or drunk. But she doesn’t mind these because she needs his companionship. Being beaten became part of her system. She got so used to his beating that she said it does not hurt her anymore.

I told my fellow Zontians that domestic violence is real and rampant. I myself realized that VAW is threatening women, especially those in the lowly, underprivileged class. I see how man’s brutality at home affects the children.

The Zontians get immersed in VAW, but they take the situation positively, by giving seminars and livelihood projects to augment the women’s self-sufficiency and self-respect.

The cases of my household helpers are detestable; A realistic “eye-opener.” I can’t help but wonder why and how some women allow domestic abuse. I have time and again asked my helpers. They just say, “I can’t do anything about it, Madam. It’s my luck with the draw. I’ll just live with it.”

The Zontians are on the right track of alleviating domestic abuses through advocating against VAW. It is not an easy task, but it’s worth the try.

The advocacy to help women to be self–sufficient, to uplift their self-respect and desist from violence at home is noteworthy. The Zontians are not alone in this project because they have the support from the legal institutions to protect women’s rights, the academe for relevant seminars as well as psychological and emotional guidance, and some government agencies.
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Ahong warns constituents of voice phishing scam

Mon, 2022-05-16 19:27
LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has warned his constituents of a scammer who passed himself/herself off as a member of the mayor’s staff, telling would-be victims that he/she would facilitate the delivery of prizes they won from the mayor’s online contest.

This is a case of voice phishing or vishing—the term for fraudulent phone calls to dupe people into revealing personal data and bank account information or trick people into giving money. The scammers pretend to work for legitimate private companies or government offices.

In his Facebook post on Sunday, May 15, 2022, Chan advised Oponganons not to believe the person using the mobile number 09364327234.

“Ilang sulti nakadaog daw mo sa akong pa-premyo online pero para imo kining makuha, kinahanglan nga mohatag ka sa OTP (One Time Password) sa imong GCash account,” Chan said, adding that this is not true and is a big scam.

(They will tell you that you won prizes online but before you could receive them, you must give the OTP of your GCash account.)

According to Chan, the scammer will only use the OTP to get access to the account of the e-wallet GCash and steal the money of the account holder.

He said he has not conducted an online contest.

Chan further urged his constituents to refrain from entertaining the scammer, adding that he already reported the mobile number to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
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Gilas Pilipinas gets SEA Games title defense off to great start with close win over Thailand

Mon, 2022-05-16 19:23
The Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team came away with a close 76-73 win over Thailand at the start of their title-retention bid in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Monday at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Thailand’s defense was hapless to stop Cebuano big man June Mar Fajardo who led the way for Gilas with a huge double-double of 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting and 12 rebounds to go with two blocked shots.

The Gilas needed every point from the many-time PBA MVP as they trailed by as much as 10 early in the ballgame before turning it around in the second with a 25-13 run that allowed them to take a 38-34 halftime lead.

The Gilas extended their lead to a high of 12 but the Thais stayed within striking distance and were within three, 73-76, after Kiefer Ravena split his free-throws with 13 seconds to go.

Thailand even got a clear shot at tying the game to send it to overtime but Naikorn Jaisanuk missed a corner triple right before the final buzzer sounded to hand Gilas the victory.

Thirdy Ravena had 17 points for Gilas, which next faces Cambodia on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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Basketball takes over social media, NBA Playoffs locks in ‘Final Four’

Mon, 2022-05-16 19:13
It’s an exciting time for basketball fans in Metro Cebu. Not long after Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks demolished the Phoenix Suns in their Game 7 matchup on May 16 (PH time), fans took to social media already sharing how they felt about the Mavs’ chances in the next—and last round—before the NBA Finals.

Waiting for Dončić and the Mavericks? The battle-tested Golden State Warriors led by the half-court, do-it-all trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Much to the delight of basketball fans in the metropolis, Cebu has hosted several pocket basketball tournaments that started during the pandemic and are still ongoing. Now, the noise moves from the rowdy courts and on to social media feeds. With the national elections finally over, the news cycles have moved on from political essays to play-by-play takes from devoted fans of the game.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock all these years, you probably agree that basketball is not just a sport here in the country; it’s a lifestyle.

Here are the final four teams meeting up in the Conference Finals of the 2022 NBA Playoffs:

Miami Heat (East)

The Miami Heat is no stranger to Filipino basketball junkies. Not only did the “greatest basketball player” of this generation, LeBron James, offered his talents to South Beach some years ago, but its championship coach Erik Spoelstra is of Filipino descent from his mother’s side. Filipinos have a lot to be proud of: Spoelstra is the first Asian-American head coach in the history of the four major North American sports leagues.

This year, the Jimmy Butler-led Heat squad are out to prove that their Finals appearance during the 2020 NBA Bubble was no fluke.

Boston Celtics (East)

The Boston Celtics is a storied team with the heritage and championships to prove their elite franchise in the NBA. The Celtics currently have 17 championships—tied with the Los Angeles Lakers—spanning from its first win in 1957 and their last one in 2008.

It’s been more than 10 years now since Boston enjoyed a championship year under the stellar play of its stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. While this new Boston team is filled with young stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, they necessarily have the experience to go all the way to the final round.

Golden State Warriors (West)

Here is a team that needs little introduction. Ever since the Golden State Warriors burst into the scene with its brand of basketball in the 2010s, the whole league went through a change, and the world followed suit. Suddenly, the 3-pointer was the priority shot. The Warriors showed that playing “small-ball” could earn a club some wins, and eventually some championships.

This year, the Warriors will face their biggest challenge yet—beat their opponents in the Western Conference Finals and move on to the championship round with their new small ball “death line up” is Curry, Thompson, Green and young scorer and playmaker Jordan Poole.

Dallas Mavericks (West)

The Dallas Mavericks won its first championship in 2011 by beating the Lebron James-led Miami Heat. Dallas was led then by German star Dirk Nowitzki. It was a sweet win for Nowitzki as he chose to stay with the Mavs all those years, ever since he first played with them in 1998.

The current Mavs line-up is now led by basketball phenom, Slovenian basketball player Luka Dončić. Dončić is just in his fourth year in the league and has yet to hit peak form. Will history be kinder to Dončić? Only time will tell.

The first game of the Conference Finals will be on May 18, 8:30 a.m. (PH time) featuring Boston vs. Miami. Dallas and Golden State will meet up the following day, 9 a.m.

Expect Pinoys on social media to root hard among these four basketball teams.
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‘Cult leader’ nabbed for interrupting Mass in Barili

Mon, 2022-05-16 18:31
A 46-YEAR-OLD “cult leader” was arrested after he shouted loudly while a Mass was ongoing in Barangay Mantalongon, Barili, Cebu Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2022.

Police Major Felicisimo Aranas identified the suspect as Jerome Villarin, a faith healer and resident of Sitio Tagatay Barangay Vito, Barili, Cebu.

Aranas told SunStar Cebu that around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, a concerned citizen called up to report that more or less 20 cult members were in the vicinity of the Mantalangon Parish Church.

He said when the priest, Fr. Fiel Suico started to deliver his homily, Villarin’s group entered the church and shouted: “Ayaw mo’g too ana nga pari, dili na mao iyang gipanulti, iyaha na sa demonyo (Don’t believe in that priest. Everything he said is not true. He is Satan’s follower).”

The Mass celebration was stopped for a while, as Suico tried to convince Villarin’s group not to interrupt the Mass. The group, however, did not listen.

Aranas said Suico filed a case against Villarin Monday morning, May 16, 2022, for “offending religious feelings.”

"We are still waiting for further information to finally inquest the suspect," Aranas said.

Villarin was detained at the Barili Municipal Police Station. (GDC)

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Paragliding in Oslob put off after foreigner’s death

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:55
THE paragliding activity in Sitio Canan-aw, Barangay Poblacion, Oslob town, southern Cebu has been suspended.

Maria Lester "Marty" Ybañez, head of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, said the suspension was made following an incident Sunday morning, May 15, that claimed that life of American paraglider Peter Clifford Humes, 63, an education and safety director of Paraglide Tandem International, which has branches in New Jersey, USA and Bangkok, Thailand.

According to Ybañez, pilot error caused Humes' death based on an initial investigation by the police.

"Ang ila ra gyud nga makita as of now, pilot error gyud siya kay kato gud siya ang mo accredit for you to become a guide or a teacher or trainor for paragliding," said Ybañez on Monday, May 16.

But Staff Sergeant Nelson Saquibal of Oslob Police Station said that the victim died of cerebral hemorrhage based on the medical records from Oslob District Hospital, where Humes was brought after the incident.

Humes took off the mountain 70 feet above ground level on a foggy weather condition, with other paragliding players in the area, but he encountered trouble while on air around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Upon landing, he was immediately rescued and brought to the Oslob District Hospital, where he expired.

The Oslob Police Station and the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) are now conducting an investigation on the incident.

It was learned that the paragliding operator in the town has upgraded their equipment to make it safe for use, especially that tourists are starting to arrive in the area now that the municipality has been placed under the more relaxed quarantine status, which is Alert Level 1, starting May 16, 2022.

Colonel Engelbert Soriano, head of CPPO, said there was a possibility that the victim lost control when he tested the flying gear and fell 70 feet from above the ground level due to strong winds and the fog in the upper part of the mountain.

“To see for himself na airworthy yung mga paragliding equipment tinest nya, unfortunately hindi nya siguro masyadong na notice medyo poor ang visibility sa area that time,” Soriano said.

(He tried the airworthiness of the paragliding equipment, unfortunately, he probably did not notice the poor visibility in the area at that time.)

Soriano said they will subject the American national to an autopsy after getting permission from his relatives to ascertain what exactly caused his death.

Humes arrived in the country to assist in the development and assessment of paragliding activity of Oslob Paragliding Development, which is operated by a certain Tito Rendon.

On the first day of his mission, Humes conducted an ocular inspection and lecture for the paragliders. On the second day, he again conducted a lecture and observed the paragliding activity there. On the third day, Sunday, Humes showed off his skills with other paragliding teams in the area.

“He was really here to help, he was inspecting what particular areas in paragliding that needed improvement,” tourism officer Ybañez said.

"It was just painful that instead of helping he met an accident," she added.

Rendon, owner of the paragliding area, contacted Humes’ wife and informed her regarding the incident. She also promised to help transport the victim’s body to Bangkok.

The wife cried over the phone and planned to go to Oslob to see his dead husband.

Rendon said they will temporarily close the area to pave way for an investigation. (ANV, AYB, GDC, TPT)

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Paragliding in Oslob suspended after foreigner's death

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:55
THE paragliding activity in Sitio Canan-aw, Barangay Poblacion, Oslob town, southern Cebu has been suspended.

Maria Lester "Marty" Ybañez, head of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, said the suspension was made following an incident Sunday morning, May 15, that claimed that life of American paraglider Peter Clifford Humes, 63, an education and safety director of Paraglide Tandem International, which has branches in New Jersey, USA and Bangkok, Thailand.

According to Ybañez, pilot error caused Humes' death based on an initial investigation by the police.

"Ang ila ra gyud nga makita as of now, pilot error gyud siya kay kato gud siya ang mo accredit for you to become a guide or a teacher or trainor for paragliding," said Ybañez on Monday, May 16.

But Staff Sergeant Nelson Saquibal of Oslob Police Station said that the victim died of cerebral hemorrhage based on the medical records from Oslob District Hospital, where Humes was brought after the incident.

Humes took off the mountain 70 feet above ground level on a foggy weather condition, with other paragliding players in the area, but he encountered trouble while on air around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Upon landing, he was immediately rescued and brought to the Oslob District Hospital, where he expired.

The Oslob Police Station and the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) are now conducting an investigation on the incident.

It was learned that the paragliding operator in the town has upgraded their equipment to make it safe for use, especially that tourists are starting to arrive in the area now that the municipality has been placed under the more relaxed quarantine status, which is Alert Level 1, starting May 16, 2022.

Colonel Engelbert Soriano, head of CPPO, said there was a possibility that the victim lost control when he tested the flying gear and fell 70 feet from above the ground level due to strong winds and the fog in the upper part of the mountain.

“To see for himself na airworthy yung mga paragliding equipment tinest nya, unfortunately hindi nya siguro masyadong na notice medyo poor ang visibility sa area that time,” Soriano said.

(He tried the airworthiness of the paragliding equipment, unfortunately, he probably did not notice the poor visibility in the area at that time.)

Soriano said they will subject the American national to an autopsy after getting permission from his relatives to ascertain what exactly caused his death.

Humes arrived in the country to assist in the development and assessment of paragliding activity of Oslob Paragliding Development, which is operated by a certain Tito Rendon.

On the first day of his mission, Humes conducted an ocular inspection and lecture for the paragliders. On the second day, he again conducted a lecture and observed the paragliding activity there. On the third day, Sunday, Humes showed off his skills with other paragliding teams in the area.

“He was really here to help, he was inspecting what particular areas in paragliding that needed improvement,” tourism officer Ybañez said.

"It was just painful that instead of helping he met an accident," she added.

Rendon, owner of the paragliding area, contacted Humes’ wife and informed her regarding the incident. She also promised to help transport the victim’s body to Bangkok.

The wife cried over the phone and planned to go to Oslob to see his dead husband.

Rendon said they will temporarily close the area to pave way for an investigation. (ANV, AYB, GDC, TPT)

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CLI to pour P8B in fresh capital for Cebu projects

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:28
PROPERTY developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) is pouring in an estimated P8 billion in fresh investments for Cebu this year.

During the first quarter investors’ and analysts’ briefing on Monday, May 16, 2022, Jose Franco Soberano, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said this new investment will finance three projects in Cebu—a P2 billion residential project in Danao, P4 billion mixed-use Pristina North project and P2 billion residential development in Casuntingan, Mandaue City.

CLI has set aside P13 billion for capital expenditures to fund new purchases and other expenses, of which P2.6 billion was spent in the first quarter including P500 million for landbank.

Soberano said the Danao expansion is a CasaMira project located along the highway and will be part of a complex with a retail component. The project is scheduled for launching in the third quarter of this year.

Pristina North, on the other hand, is another mixed-use development that CLI will embark on in partnership with Erramon Aboitiz.

Soberano said the company will introduce a mid-rise residential development in a more than five-hectare property inside the Pristina North complex. CLI is set to launch this new project toward the end of the year.

“These three projects are still in the various stages of planning,” said Grant Cheng, the company’s chief finance officer.

First-quarter earnings

The Cebu-based developer ended the first quarter with a revenue growth of 53 percent to P3.56 billion from P2.3 billion in the first quarter last year with all business units registering stellar performance.

The surge in revenues was driven by real estate sales from a number of projects that have been increasing over the years. These have resulted in greater construction progress and consequently, higher revenue recognition.

Moreover, construction was in progress due to catch-up measures during the Covid-19 pandemic and is now in full swing in the listed company’s 15 VisMin sites. Sales take-up also surged to P4.5 billion or 36 percent more than the first quarter 2021’s P3.3 billion.

CLI’s rental revenues improved by 28 percent and are attributable to increases in lease contracts and new tenants in the newly completed Latitude Corporate Center. Hotel revenue grew fourfold with the reopening of local and international borders, reviving trade and tourism.

Management fees

Meanwhile, CLI’s property management arm posted a 34 percent hike in management fees from newly completed projects.

“We are pleased that we began the year strong with robust sales and swift construction pickup of new projects,” CLI chairman and chief executive officer Jose Soberano III told the local bourse. “We are on track to hit our growth target of at least 20 percent. We remain ready to make the most of opportunities presented by the fast-recovering VisMin economy.”

To date, CLI has sold 89 percent of all its projects in the various stages of development across VisMin. Completed projects are 96 percent sold; ongoing developments, 86 percent sold; and those launched in the first quarter of 2022, 80 percent sold.

CLI is also expected to collect over P12 billion take out value from strong turnover of newly completed projects such as MesaTierra Garden Residences in Davao, Latitude Corporate Center and 38 Park Avenue in Cebu, MesaVerte Residences and Velmiro Heights CDO in Cagayan de Oro and MesaVirre Garden Residences in Bacolod.
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ICT-BPM summit to tackle work-from-home issue, hopes new admin to adopt hybrid model permanently

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:09
THE work-from-home (WFH) scheme currently being implemented in the business process management (BPM) space will take center stage in one of the discussions during this year’s information and communications technology (ICT)-BPM Summit happening in June.

Joslyn Canon, vice chairperson of the Cebu Business Month 2022, admitted that the mandatory return to work order after April 1, 2022, by the government posed challenges to the IT-BPM sector.

“The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) took the side of the BPM players and was able to extend the WFH arrangement until September, hoping to buy time,” said Canon. “We are hoping that the next administration will pass laws and regulations and make the hybrid arrangement permanent.”

Ryan Tan Yu, CBM 2022 ICT-BPM chairman, confirmed that they will include the WFH concerns of players during the ICT-BPM summit on the back of the attrition rate issues faced by the companies.

Prior to the April 1 deadline, there were already calls from certain sectors for the continued adoption of flexible or off-site work arrangements for the IT-BPM sector without them losing their tax perks, which is a privilege of registered business enterprises (RBE) operating in special economic zones or freeports.

Typhoon damage

The Cebu IT-BPM Organization specifically has appealed to the government to allow the Cebu-based IT-BPM firms to continue their WFH setup until July as some support infrastructures have not been fully restored since the devastation of Typhoon Odette on Dec. 16.

“Even if fully downgraded to Alert Level 1, the industry may not be able to achieve the desired full operational capacity given the current telco and related infrastructure situation, among other factors that surround the industry’s ecosystem, such as but not limited to: public transport readiness, especially during graveyard shifts as IT-BPM companies operate on a 24-hour basis; availability of enough boarding houses, and decent dwellings to accommodate the throngs of people coming back to work in Cebu,” the Cib.O said in its position paper in March.

Peza said it continues to support the hybrid work setup.

“We hope the new administration will address these WFH concerns immediately so we can finally put a stop to all these worries and frustrations. This is our appeal together with our locators and workers,” said Peza Director General Charito Plaza in a statement.

IT-BPM companies that cannot immediately return to office even after April 1 can request a letter of authority (LOA) from Peza with the needed requirements.

“We are just going back to the regular ratio of our hybrid work model arrangement of not more than 30 percent WFH ratio. Currently, Peza has issued 444 LOAs to registered IT-BPMs and RBEs,” said Plaza.

“Our investors also put their decisions temporarily on hold to register with us because aside from the upcoming change in our administration, our government has yet to issue the Strategic Investment Priority Plan,” she added.

But by returning to work, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III explained that IT-BPM firms would be helping not only the economy recover but also micro, small and medium enterprises that provide support to these companies, such as convenience stores, food and service providers and transport services in the respective ecozones’ vicinity. Fully opening up will also help the economy bounce back from the pandemic and offset the external risks spawned by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Currently, there is no official lifting yet of the state of the calamity which is valid until September 2022.
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Wenceslao: Moving on

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:08
The elections are over. Most of the candidates I supported lost in the balloting. I don’t know whether this was because of digital cheating or massive vote buying or not. But I take it that ultra-right thinking is still dominant in the country, especially among the masses. I thought we would go the way of the United States in this election, with the voters there finally getting rid of Donald Trump, although his kind of thinking can still be felt there.

Although they lost, I say the forces aligned with Vice President Leni Robredo have shown a willingness to stay the course, this time as a foundation, a non-government organization or NGO. I think this is the correct way to go. The spirit of volunteerism and the propagation of liberal democratic values by the pink movement during the campaign period should not be wasted. But that needs a strong leadership that Robredo seems to be willing to provide.

I was a youngster brimming with idealism when Ferdinand Marcos Sr. established his dictatorship by declaring military rule in 1972. In this, the second coming of the Marcoses, I am already a sickly senior citizen and family man. I could no longer do the things I did when I was younger, which means that my participation in nation-building is already very limited. But I can still help an NGO succeed. I still have some talents to contribute.

But I would no longer bother myself with how the government is run. The majority deserve the leaders they vote into office. Let these leaders do their thing while I shut off and do things mainly for me and my family. I don’t want to be stressed out in the next six years. This, after all, is what retirement is all about.

But I would like to join the planned Angat Buhay NGO especially if it focuses more on the idea of helping one another. Bayanihan, after all, is what our country urgently needs. The bayanihan that was at the core of the pink movement should be put to good use. I hope its purpose would not be diverted by the influence of trolls. Let these trolls focus on helping the government that they voted into office. The pink movement must not be distracted or stressed out.

On July 1, the details of what the Angat Buhay NGO will look like will be divulged. I am excited mainly because we haven’t seen a kind of movement like this before. A self-help group that embraces the whole nation, one that espouses liberal democratic values, is unprecedented. I really hope that it succeeds.

Moving on from an electoral defeat is difficult. But if the losers do not tarry long from the anguish brought about by the defeat and find ways to speedily rechannel and refocus their energies, the pain would be momentary and the wound won’t be deep. Moving on won’t be difficult.

I am more excited now on what the future holds for the pink movement and no longer worrying about what will happen to the country in the next six years.
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PH adds 9 more gold medals in SEA Games

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:07
THE Philippines added nine more gold medals in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam over the weekend.

Olympian Ernest Obiena won the gold in the Men’s Pole Vault after setting a SEA Games record of 5.40 meters. Another Olympian, Carlos Yulo bagged his second gold medal after topping the Men’s Artistic Floor event in Gymnastics, beating Singapore’s Terry Wei-An Tay and Vietnam’s Trinh Hai Khan. Kim Mangrobang also won her second gold in the tournament after dominating the Women’s Individual Duathlon event, beating Malaysia’s Tahira Zaid and Indonesia’s Zhara Aprillia.

The Philippines also got two gold medals in the Jujitsu event. Margarita Ochoa won the Women’s -48 KG event, while Annue Ramirez topped the Women’s -62 KG event.

Samantha Cantanan beat Singapore’s Maxine Wong to win the gold in the Women’s Individual Foil event of Fencing.

The team of Aleah Finnegan, Chiara Andrew, Charlie Manzano, Lucia Guttierez, Kursten Lopez and Ma. Christina Onofre-Loberanes won the gold medal in the Women’s Artistic Team event in Gymnastics. Finnegan also grabbed her second gold medal after winning the Women’s Artistic Vault event.

Agatha Wong beat Vietnamese Tran Thi Minh Huyen and Tran Thi Kieu Trang for the gold medal in the Women’s Taolu Taijijian event in Wushu.

Wong also bagged a silver medal in the Women’s Taolu Taijiquan event.

Kyla Richardson won a silver in the Woneb’s 200 meters event, while Hokkett delos Santos also grabbed the silver in the Men’s Pole Vault event. The other silver medalists were Carlo Angelo Pena in the Men’s -62 KG in Jujitsu, Noelito Jose Jr. in the Men’s Individual Epee in Fencing, Finnegan in the Women’s Artistic All-Around in Gymnastics, and Nathaniel Perez in the Men’s Individual Foil in Fencing.

The Philippines is now in third place in the medal tally with a total of 67 medals from 16 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 32 bronze medals.

Vietnam is still at the top with 102 medals, while Thailand is second with 63 medals.
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PrimaryHomes opens new, bigger office in Bohol

Mon, 2022-05-16 16:49
PRIMARYHOMES Inc. (PHI), the trusted and award-winning property company in the Visayas, has opened a new and bigger office in Bohol on the second level of Island City Mall on April 30, 2022.

PHI first opened in the province in 2011 and launched its first residential project — Royal Palms Uno, the first in the Royal Palms series, in April 2012 in Panglao Island.

Since then, the company has earned the trust of the Boholano market and is highly endorsed by Boholano real estate agents.

This, and the accelerating opportunities in real estate in Bohol have propelled the company to build an impressive portfolio of projects such as Royal Palms Dos, Royal Palms Tres, Richwood Homes, Royal OceanCrest, Royal Palms Quatro — all in Panglao Island; and Colorado Homes in Baclayon.

The office will serve as PHI’s Bohol headquarters and will offer a bigger space for the group’s partners and agents, to connect with and address the needs of the increasing client base in the province. Likewise, it will make available hundreds of properties around the Visayas under the company’s different brands.

“As a customer-driven brand, we are very excited to offer our partners here a much-improved space and to our Boholano clients, a comfortable place as we take them through their home buying journey,” PHI president Stephen Charles Liu said.

The opening of the new office coincided with the launch of Royal Palms Quatro, the company’s latest project in Panglao, and solidified the premier developer’s presence in one of the country’s fast-growing economies.

The PrimaryHomes office at the Island City Mall is open Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To start the home buying journey in Bohol, one may also call 09176261530 or visit www.primaryhomes.com. (PR)
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First quarter remittances grow 2.3% to $8.65 billion

Mon, 2022-05-16 16:43
MONEY sent home by overseas Filipinos rose 2.3 percent to US8.646 billion in the first quarter of 2022 from $8.454 billion in the same period last year.

March remittances alone reached $2.888 billion, 3.1 percent higher than the $2.801 billion in the same month last year.

According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Monday, May 16, 2022, the increase in personal remittances in March was due to remittances sent by land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more, which grew by 3.7 percent to $2.195 billion from $2.116 billion in the same month last year, and sea- and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year, which increased by 1.4 percent to $625 million from $616 million a year ago.

Similarly, cash remittances coursed through banks grew by 3.2 percent to $2.594 billion in March 2022 from $2.514 billion registered in the same month in 2021. The expansion in cash remittances was due to the growth in receipts from land-based and sea-based workers, which increased by 3.7 percent (to $2.021 billion from $1.948 billion) and 1.3 percent (to $573 million from $566 million), respectively.

On a year-to-date basis, cash remittances amounted to $7.77 billion in the first quarter of 2022, higher by 2.4 percent than the year-ago level of $7.593 billion.

The growth in cash remittances from the United States (US), Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia contributed largely to the increase in remittances in the first quarter of 2022.

Meanwhile, in terms of country sources, the US registered the highest share of overall remittances at 41.5 percent in the first quarter of 2022, followed by Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Taiwan, Qatar, and Malaysia.

The combined remittances from these top 10 countries accounted for 79.1 percent of total cash remittances during the period. (with PR)

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Mendoza: Cagulangan’s step-aside three

Mon, 2022-05-16 16:43
There is a brand-new shot in basketball.

No, it’s not from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Not even from America’s National Basketball Association (NBA).

It is—of all places—from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

The shot inventor is not even a certified star. Not yet, anyway.

Does the name JD Cagulangan ring a bell?

Never heard?

The initial scant data on Cagulangan’s resume came from Du Hizon, Senen Glorioso’s friendly neighbor at Valle Verde in Pasig.

“He was a junior standout at La Salle Greenhills,” Du texted.

Before that, Coach Dayong, one of Leo Austria’s six assistants at San Miguel Beer (the PBA’s winningest team ever), said to me: “The first time I saw Cagulangan play, I knew immediately the kid is PBA material.”

Cagulangan unveiled his shot last week, triggering the UP Fighting Maroons’ stunning overtime victory in the UAAP men’s basketball Finals.

It clinched for UP the Game 3 decider, in the process foiling favored Ateneo’s bid for a fourth straight crown.

The shot also made Goldwyn Monteverde, the rookie UP coach, an instant sensation. He humbled Tab Baldwin, the Ateneo coach who, only a while back, insulted all Filipino coaches as “technically deficient.”

Overall, Monteverde beat Baldwin 4-1 in the league’s Season 84, ending the American’s 39-game winning streak since 2018.

What made Cagulangan’s winning shot doubly spectacular was it came with .5 of a second left.

If the jam-packed crowd of 15,135 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City had initially believed the shot would turn out to be a dud, they’d be readily absolved.

But Cagulangan proved to be of sterner stuff.

If Steph Curry has his step-back three, then definitely, Cagulangan has his step-aside three, which is so phenomenal it snapped UP’s 36-year title drought.

To execute it, Cagulangan had to break free by moving sideways to his left before uncorking the innovative shot with puma-quickness, shattering a 69-all tie and giving UP a 72-69 victory that had totally looked improbable to achieve as Ateneo was up, 69-64, with 1:40 to go.

Cagulangan played possessed.

Earlier, he buried a three. Grabbed a rebound. Fed Finals MVP Malick Diouf for a dunk: 69-all.

“I had no doubt Cagulangan would execute,” said Monteverde. “And he did.”

An “Ateneocutioner” is born.
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Limpag: Changing gears

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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