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PLDT-Smart advances disaster preparedness, resilience advocacy
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The PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), with support from One Meralco Foundation and Ciena Communications, recently turned over the MVP Tulong Kapatid Multipurpose and Evacuation Center to the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte—coinciding with the second anniversary of Pope Francis’ visit to the people of Leyte.

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Semirara profit up 42% in 2016
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Napocor profit sinks 67% in 2016
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MANILA, Philippines - Earnings of state-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor) plunged 67 percent to P1.6 billion last year from P4.9-billion in 2015.
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MRT asset-backed notes get upgrade
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Phoenix Petroleum eyes debt writeoff
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Push to strengthen ties with Japan bearing fruit
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MANILA, Philippines - The successful state visits of President Duterte in Japan and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Philippines are now bearing fruit for th
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Local hoteliers back tax reform
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MANILA, Philippines - A group of local hotel owners is banking on the government’s tax reform proposal to raise revenue, which can be used to develop tourism
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SEC OKs P7.9-B Wilcon Depot IPO
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MANILA, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the initial public offering of Wilcon Depot Inc.
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Now Corp plans P1.5 B preferred share offer
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MANILA, Philippines - Listed information technology (IT) firm Now Corp.
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DOE easing rules on open access
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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Energy (DOE) is easing its rules on the transition of consumers with at least 750 kilowatts (kw) in monthly demand to
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DPWH expects Runway Manila opening in April
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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expects the P1.9-billion pedestrian bridge called Runway Manila, which connects the
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Phl growth pace seen losing steam
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But Still Among The Fastest Growing In Asia
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Exports to China likely to overtake main markets
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MANILA, Philippines - The country’s exports to China are expected to grow at a faster rate than the Philippines’ current major markets in line with the impro
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Tax on the right to drive
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Should car dealers make a killing now, up until the new tax law is passed?
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HR expert talks on how to structure salaries, wages and benefits effectively
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MANILA, Philippines - The Center for Global Best Practices is holding a one-time rerun of the seminar for business owners, decision-makers and  HR practition
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PLDT, Dell partner for enterprise solution
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MANILA, Philippines - The digital enterprise enabler of PLDT Group has forged a partnership with Dell EMC to collaborate in providing solutions to clients.
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BSP shuts down Iloilo rural bank
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MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has ordered the closure of another rural bank as part of continued efforts to weed out weak playe
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Miss Canada charms the universe
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The Philippines is a country in love with beauty and victory. This despite the hardships of its people, which is why Filipinos will always empathize with stories of hardships, challenges, and resilience.

It is therefore no wonder that 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach is extolled as inspiration and a modern day hero by her countrymen for pursuing and achieving her dreams, even if it meant competing in Binibining Pilipinas three times. It made her successful reign as Miss Universe all the more sweeter for Filipinos, as much as herself.

It is also no wonder that during the recent Philippine hosting of the 2016 Miss Universe pageant, the country also fell in love with Canada’s candidate, Siera Bearchell.

Beautiful and buoyant, she was nonetheless unlike the rest of her peers in competition. Full bodied rather than waif thin like them, many Filipinas admired Bearchell’s confidence, which earned her a spot in the Top 13 of the pageant.

She may not have won, but she definitely won the Filipinos’ and many hearts around the world for redefining beauty in such a positive albeit different way.

Breaking barriers
With just one Instagram post, Miss Universe Canada, Siera Bearchell broke barriers and became a voice for many women in the world: “I had to reclaim my body as my own. In doing so, I understood as a woman, I had a greater purpose — to REDEFINE beauty,”

Shamed for having a more “realistic” female figure compared to her fellow candidates in the Miss Universe pageant, Bearchell determinedly stood up for who and how she is, rather than manipulating her body to fit in with society’s notion of a beauty queen’s physique.

The post took the Internet by a storm and soon everyday women from all parts of the world applauded Miss Canada for bravely speaking her mind, and most importantly, doing what she can to redefine beauty.

She is a first for the pageant, confidently dispelling industry expectations to promote an advocacy of self-love.

Spotlight
As a child, Bearchell had always loved performing.

“I started dancing before I could walk,” she told The Sunday Times Magazine in an interview. “I loved to perform and became a dancer at 13 years old. My grandmother always told me that I’d be doing something in the spotlight.”

A tragedy almost doused her passion for the arts.

“My family and I lost our home to a house fire in 2009, and we were only able to get back on our feet with the help of Red Cross,” she recalled.

Rather than wallow in their misfortune, however, the work of the Red Cross inspired her to volunteer for the organization as a way of giving back for their valuable help. Since then, she was always on the look out to do things on a greater scale.

One such challenge she took on was to join the Miss Teen Saskatchewan pageant, a mere few weeks after the fire gutted her family home. Her renewed passion for life pushed her to do the unthinkable, which gave her the opportunity to see how beauty pageants can change not just her life but others’ too.

“After winning Miss Teen Saskatchewan and Miss Teen Canada-World, and then placing second runner up for Miss Ten World, I was given the chance not just to speak [about my experience]to 16,000 youths at [a gathering called]We Day, but also travel to Kenya where I was given the chance to build a school with Free The Children, and be involved with charitable organizations like Nicaragua and Colombia.”

More and more, Bearchell realized how her unplanned path of joining beauty pageants is a very powerful tool in helping make a difference around the world. Fuelled like never before, she knew she had to take the next big step and joined Miss Universe.

Conviction
Competing in an international pageant, however, turned out to be a rude awakening for Bearchell. She recalled, “It was definitely challenging because there were so many people trying to tell me what to do, how to look, what to wear, what to eat. Someone even suggested I get liposuction to lose weight.”

Worst of all, she became the victim of cyberbullying because of her fuller figure, even before coming to Manila.
“I knew that I would not be the same as many of the girls at Miss Universe, but I still saw that as a good thing,” she maintained.

Taking stock of what she had to endure in the spotlight, Bearchell related, “Years ago, I would have been self-conscious and upset if I didn’t fit into the norm. However, today, I have learned to love myself for who I am and accepting that my body changes—and that’s okay. The negative comments didn’t affect me and I saw it as a chance to stand up for other young women who were not as comfortable in their skin as I was.”

Despite the body shaming, she made the firm decision to be true to herself no matter what people said. “I knew that if I wanted to be successful, I had to be true to myself and stick to what I believed in. I knew if I wanted to genuinely represent myself and my country, I would have to be who I was and not pay mind to those who were being critical of me and my body.”

She continued, “I could have changed myself and my body in order to fit into the typical mode of being a beauty queen. But I simply wanted to be who I was. In anything I have done in my life, I have experienced more success and happiness when I stayed true to who I was.”

It is this very conviction that allowed Bearchell to inspire millions of women around the world—something she believes is very powerful.

“The promotion of self-love begins with a large number of people working together, and I feel we all need to work together to redefine the global vision of beauty. We live in a society that profits off of our insecurities and because of this, it is no surprise why many women feel self-conscious and question their self- worth,” she explained.

“For years, I did not feel good enough and felt as though there was always something I could change. I had to take a stand for myself and for the millions of women like me around the world who would never feel good enough if they didn’t start to love themselves for who they are.”

Honesty
Bearchell’s honesty is what saw her through the entire Miss Universe experience, landing her a spot in the Top 13 and in countless people’s hearts.

A month since her priceless experience in the competition and in the Philippines, she continues to pursue her advocacy through the same tool where she experienced cruelty—social media.

Acknowledging its influence, she declared, “I will continue to advocate self-love through social media and by speaking to women around the world in whatever way I can. I would love to be part of public speaking engagements where I can share my story and connect with women who have felt the same way as me. Since I relate to it so closely, being passionate about helping women to find confidence within themselves is second nature to me.”

Inspiration
Besides being a beauty queen, Bearchell is the epitome of a multi-faceted woman. She is a law student at the University of Saskatchewan who is just a year shy from her Juris Doctor Degree.

According to the beauty and brains, her decision to take up Law is also a result of her passion for giving others a voice.

“Law school teaches you how to form an argument, how to stand up for a cause, how to speak for others, how to use your own voice to make a difference and so on. It is my dream to work for the United Nations or the government, and I know that law will be a great place to begin,” she explained.

Moreover, Bearchell also owns a clothing label called Watered Down Apparel, which provides 30 days of clean water to different charities for every item the company sells.

Who is she though, beyond her many accomplishments? “I am a genuine and caring woman. I love my family more than anything and making memories with them are my most cherished times. My little brother is my best friend. I love being able to give back to my family as much as I can because they have done so much for me, and have helped shape me into the woman that I am.”

Finally asked by The Sunday Times what advice she would give a young girl struggling with self-image, Siera Bearchell, who was just in town to attend the opening of a Canadian coffee chain, replied, “Focus on what you love about yourself rather than the things you wish you could change. No one is perfect and we all have things we wish we could change. Love yourself for who you are, stand up for what you believe in, and lean in to the opportunities you have always aspired to achieve. True beauty, self-worth, and validation all come from within. True beauty is being who you are in a world that is trying to shape you into something that you are not.”

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Benjamin Alves and the road to ‘excellence’
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Academic excellence is not always a topic one usually hears discussed in show business. This is not to say that intelligence is rare in the industry but merely because many actors are often unable to complete college educations precisely because of their careers.

GMA Network artist Benjamin Alves, however, made sure he finished a college degree—even if it meant being a working student—before he finally took the risk to pursue his passion for acting. But rather than talk about the fact that he graduated summa cum laude in English Literature from the University of Guam where he grew up, he would much rather highlight the story of how he secured his college diploma to inspire the youth to do the same.

“I don’t want people to think that I got to where I am because I was a summa cum laude, or because I am well-off. If I hadn’t been a scholar, I wouldn’t have been able to go to college in the first place,” Alves revealed at a round table with Entertainment Editors at his network headquarters.

In fact, the would-be actor pursued college several years after finishing high school because he was sidetracked by his dreams of entering show business in the Philippines.

“When I was young, I really wanted to act. I think I was six or seven years old when we moved to Guam. I always tried, when I was in elementary school, to audition for stage plays, but I was too shy. I always ended up in the arts department, doing stage sets,” he laughed.

Just as he was about to go into his teens, Alves heard how his cousin Piolo Pascual broke into the entertainment industry back home, his star fast on the rise. Thinking he might be able to do the same, he ditched plans of either going to college or joining the army because he feared regretting he never pursued his dream.

“I just wanted to be honest with myself, so when I turned 17, I saved up money working at Macy’s and went to Manila to try out acting.”

Giving himself two years, Alves had his share of commercials and small parts in TV shows. Honest with himself as always, however, he knew his career was far from going the direction of his Kuya Piolo’s.

“I was unsuccessful,” he said with neither a hint of embarrassment nor regret. “So I saved up money for one semester and went back to Guam to enroll in college, and worked hard as I can so I could secure a scholarship to be able to keep on going.”

He also took on several jobs to pay for his books and other requirements.

“I worked at a warehouse selling paper. In my second year, I took a job as an English tutor in our school. I really thought I would pursue teaching at the time,” he added.

GMA, however, reached out to him and asked him to come back and try showbiz again.

“I had one semester left before graduation and decided to finish school before another attempt at showbiz again.”

Finding himself lucky to be given another shot at fulfilling his dreams, Alves is already counting five years of a thriving career with the network today, and is especially grateful that GMA also found his young life’s story to be inspiring enough to name him the ambassador of the GMA Network Excellence Award (GNEA).

“I took over from Kuya Dingdong Dantes as ambassador last year, so I’ve obviously had very big shoes to fill,” Alves humbly added, as he explained what GNEA is.

“GNEA was established 15 years ago to honor the achievements of graduating students by recognizing excellence through the demonstration of their leadership, academic performance and social responsibility,” he related.

“The nationwide search is open to all Filipino graduating students of Mass Communication, Multi-media Arts, Advertising or any equivalent course on communication, as well as Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE).”

“This year, I wanted to make sure all the finalists get to share their story—not just their grades—because their journey is what I believe truly makes them excellent. Determination to finish their education is what makes them excellent,” he emphasized.

With his passion for learning and being a teacher still burning, Alves is devoting a great deal of his time in the search for the next GNEA awardee.

“Nominations are now open for any bona fide Filipino graduating student for academic year 2016 to 2017. The aspirant must be graduating with honors and active in socio-civic activities,” he informed. “But again, like I said, their stories will also form a huge part of being selected as finalists and eventually as the winner.”

As such, Alves looks forward to meeting students who are determined and dedicated in completing their education toward a more meaningful goal.

“I’m sure I will end up learning from them through this process, and if I can teach them a thing or two about life along the way, then I would be very happy to share a part of what I know,” he ended.

Seven finalists will be selected from applicants to the 2017 GMA Network Excellence Award. The winner will receive P50,000 and the opportunity to work with the network if they choose to. For details, log on to www. www.gmanetwork.com/excellenceaward.

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GSMI launches scholarship program
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Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI) has launched a program that provides full scholarship grants to select BS Mechanical Engineering and BS Chemistry students who are in their final year in five state universities nationwide.

The chosen state universities are Pangasinan State University in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; Central State University in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in Intramuros, Manila; Batangas State University in Batangas City, Batangas; and Negros Oriental State University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.

Upon passing their board examinations, scholars are also considered for employment opportunities in the company’s facilities.

“GSMI has always been committed to helping secure a better future for the youth by providing free education and employment opportunities. The scholarship program combines the company’s corporate social responsibility thrust of building better communities and the goal of developing a talent pool for the company’s cadetship and traineeship programs,” GSMI Human Resources manager Roxanne Millan shared.

“With the company’s numerous plants and facilities located in different regions of the country, opportunities for our scholars are countless,” she added.

GSMI, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, is the producer of the famous Ginebra San Miguel gin and other quality liquor products including Vino Kulafu, Ginebra San Miguel Premium Gin, GSM Blue, GSM Blue Flavors, Antonov Vodka and Primera Light Brandy.

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Postgrad grants await Filipino students in Tokyo
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Eight Filipino scholars have been sent to Japan since 2010 with the 2017 scholarship recipient, Jan Laine Buendia, set to begin the April 2017 term with a research program at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences.

Buendia, a Research and Development engineer at Nokia graduated Cum Laude with a degree in BS Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

As had been done since the inception of the program, manufacturer of quality food and seasoning products Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) announces the launch of the 2018 Ajinomoto Postgraduate Scholarship Grant to give deserving Filipino students in need of financial support the chance to pursue further studies at the University of Tokyo.

The 2018 chosen scholar will join five other students from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Russia, who will receive full financial scholarships. They can major in any field of science and technology.

Each can choose to be enrolled in a one-year research program first before pursuing a two-year master’s program or be enrolled directly in the master’s program. Chosen students are also given monthly allowances, full coverage of Japanese language training, and airfare to Tokyo, Japan.

One of the world’s top schools, the University of Tokyo features first-class facilities that provide students access to high-tech research equipment and an impressive collection of books and scientific journals.

The current roster of Filipino Ajinomoto scholars include AizelleYen Argete, Ma. Leah Borines, Bernice Mae Yu Jeco, and Rogie Royce Carandang who are on track to finishing their master’s in Agricultural and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering &Information Systems, and Aquatic Bioscience, respectively.

For interested applicants, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and search for “2018 Scholarship Grant.” Deadline for applications is on March 3, 2017.

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‘Timeless’ art allures the metro
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ArtistSpace, in cooperation with L’ Arc en Ciel Atelier, presents the exhibition entitled Timeless. The curation offers contemporary works created in the genre of Classical realism, with the aim of bringing to the public timeless art created in the present day.

The concept was borne out of Elaine Herbosa’s musings while on tour in New York City.

“Yesterday we took the train, the bus, and the subway to revisit the Metropolitan Museum and the endless art treasures there. Feeling humbled by the greats who have inspired our atelier to no end [Sargent, Cassat, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Klimt], we imbibe beauty around us through endless corridors,” Herbosa noted.

Timeless is composed of works by some of the Atelier’s top notch artists namely: Alfred Galura (Watercolor intricacies), Luna Arguelles (Romanticizing still life), PilarQuiros (The divine in nature), Connie Quirino (Classical inspirations), Miguel Buhay (Beauty in realism), Sky de Leon (Renaissance musings), Stephanie Honrado (Unexpected wonders), Alex Sibug (Breathing still life), Christina Cho (Yonder Lanscapes), and L’ Arc en Ciel’s President and Curator, Elaine Herbosa (Timeless images).

The show also has an international slant with the participation of guest artists from New York City’s The Art Students’ League. Mia Herbosa and Yana Golikova, both recipients of recent awards from the Ridgewood Art Institute Open Juried competition, will be contributing several pieces to the exhibition.

L’ Arc en Ciel Atelier is one of the leading artists groups in the country which specializes in contemporary art rendered in the school of classical realism. The group prides itself for a brand of “Art without angst, bias and discrimination;” “Art borne from pure passion transformed into skill;” and “Beauty represented in all its incarnation.”

Timeless is L’ Arc en Ciel’s latest endeavor to enliven the classical approach of creative expression. In a statement, they made it clear what they hoped this exhibit would bring to the public: “God bless us all in our endeavors to bring to your fingertips timeless art produced in our present generation!”

The exhibit runs until March 6.

ArtistSpace is at the Ground Level, Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

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CCP stages ‘Eurydice’ in Filipino
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17 hours ago

GReek mythologies are often considered some of the most romantic stories in literature. One such story is that of Orpheus and Eurydice, an oak nymph and the daughter of Apollo, who is the god of music, prophecy and light.

In the original story, Orpheus played joyful songs on his wedding to Eurydice who danced through the meadow. But one day, Aristaeus, Apollo’s son by another goddess, saw Eurydice and pursued her. As the newly wed nymph ran away, she stepped on a viper, got bitten and died instantly.

Orpheus played and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and deities wept and told him to travel to the Underworld to retrieve her.

In modern times, playwright Sarah Ruhl retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice. In this play, which debuted in 2003, Eurydice makes a choice to return to earth with Orpheus or stay in the Underworld with her father.

Ruhl made several changes to the original storyline—foremost is Eurydice calling out to Orpheus to look back, perhaps because of her fear in re-entering the world of the living and her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.

It is this compelling play by Ruhl, which Tanghalang Pilipino has cleverly adapted in the local context, translated into Filipino by Guelan Luarca. The piece features Lhorvie Ann Nuevo as Eurydice and Marco Viaña as Orfeo.

A sneak peek into the play was held at the thanksgiving luncheon of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for the media on February 15 – where the audience saw how Orfeo (localized Orpheus) charmed Eurydice with his music before their wedding day.

Ongoing at the CCP Little Theater [Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino] since February 17 and through March 5, the mesmerizing tale of love, life and loyalty is enhanced by the magnificent set design of the Underworld by acclaimed stage designer Loy Arcenas directing a brilliant cast composed of Audie Gemora, Juliene Mendoza, Alfritz Blanche and members of Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. They are Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Antonette Go, Doray Davao, JV Ibesate, Aldo Vencilao, Joshua Tayco, Ybes Bagadiong, Blanche Buhia, Eunice Pacia , Monique Nellas and Lhorvie Ann Nuevo in the title role.

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PH adaptation of Shakespeare classic brings many firsts
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The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) brings both prominent theater figures and newcomers in staging Makbet, a Filipino version of the Shakespeare classic.

Adapted by the late National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio, the play tells the story of Macbeth, a brave Scottish general who was prophesized that he would one day become King of Scotland. However, consumed by his ambition and his wife’s encouragement, Macbeth murdered King Duncan and took the Scottish throne for himself.

“The central issue in Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of royal succession. Shakespeare chose to focus on the story of a Scottish King during the recent ascension of King James of Scotland to the British throne upon the death of Elizabeth 1, daughter of Henry the Eighth,” play director Nonon Padilla shares through a statement.

“Superficially, Macbeth maybe about serial murders and the obsessions with bloodlines but the central drama of Macbeth is the murder of the soul,” the recipient of the Philstage Gawad Buhay! For Lifetime Achievement in Theater recipient and Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Pilipino founder adds.

Taking on the titular role is venerated playwright and Palanca awardee George De Jesus 3rd. It will be his onstage, and not backstage, as his last performance as an actor was way back in 2015, for Haring Lear.

Also making a comeback onstage is Irma Adlawan. Fresh from her Best Actress win at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 for her film Oro, Adlawan will portray Lady Macbeth. Her latest theater-starrer was Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mga Buhay na Apoy which won her a Gawad Buhay for Outstanding Lead Female Performance.

Another first comes in the form of DLS-CSB president, Brother Dennis Magbanua FSC, who will be portraying the father figure King Duncan in his first acting role.

Set and Costume Design will be headed by Gino Gonzales, Fulbright scholar at New York University, where he took up scenography or the art of establishing an atmosphere or mood for a theatrical presentation. Shoko Matsumoto, Executive Director of Sinag Arts Foundation, is the lighting designer.

The cast and creatives will be supported by dedicated faculty and students of the college’s Theater Arts, Production Design, and Arts Management classes.

Makbet will be shown on Thursday and Friday, March 23 to 24, 2017, and Wednesday to Saturday, March 29 to April 1. Tickets are available through www.ticketworld.

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‘Wicked’ extends play date in Manila
The Manila Times Online

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After kicking off the season with a positively Ozmopolitan Gala, Wicked continues to play to packed houses and standing ovations night after night.

Now, due to huge demand for tickets, the producers of Wicked have announced that they are adding one final week of shows to the Manila season. As such, Wicked is now playing at The Theatre at Solaire until March 19.

Wicked is the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between Glinda, a popular blonde girl, and Elphaba, a misunderstood, green-skinned girl, from the beginning when they were just sorcery students at Shiz University, until they eventually fulfilled their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Originally intended to run until March 12, the cast includes Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba), Carly Anderson (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Iddon Jones (Boq), Emily Shaw (Nessarose) and Jodie Steele (who performs the role of Elphaba at certain performances).

Tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph

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Within the Eye of the Storm
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(A Personal Account of the EDSA Revolution)

Saturday, February 22, 1986

I was invited by a group of faculty colleagues at the Philippine Normal University to brainstorm on what the academe should do in response to Cory Aquino’s call for justice after that dramatic walkout at the PICC where the tabulation of election results was made. Several suggestions were given but there were also objections raised until we all decided to call it a day and to meet again on Monday for us to have time to think things over.

I came home tired and sleepy although it was only seven in the evening. I passed through Gate 2 of Camp
Aguinaldo and walked to our cottage at JOQ or Junior Officers’ Quarters where we had stayed since 1972 right after the declaration of Martial Law. My husband, a senior Army Officer was not home yet so while waiting for him I must have dozed off on the couch as I was startled by the ringing of the phone. My friend called and I couldn’t say anything when she asked me what was happening inside the Camp. My friend advised me to turn on the radio.

And so I did and heard the voice of Cardinal Sin asking the people to go to Camp Aguinaldo to extend support and assistance to Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, his military officers and soldiers presently holed in at the National Defense Building. I could not believe what I heard knowing that everything appeared normal an hour ago when I got in the Camp. And then I noticed the loud blowing of horns coming from vehicles at EDSA and the sounds seemed to rhyme with “Cory, Cory, Cory!”

Just then my husband came home from his office which was right at the back of the National Defense Building. He looked bothered as he rested for a while on the couch without taking off his military uniform and his boots. While taking his dinner he told me what was happening and that he had to go back to his post right away. He also said that he saw some nuns in front of the National Defense Building. I asked if I could go with him and I would just stay with the nuns. He did not say a word and I took it to mean that he did not object to what I would like to do.

As we went out of the cottage he said we should better pass through the golf course, not through the road where we would be passing by the houses of his fellow military officers. He said we should be careful not to be identified by anyone as we were going through uncertain times. As we walked through the golf course, it was then that I noticed that the moon was almost full. That was our first walk together among the trees on such a moonlight night even as we had stayed there for almost 15 years.

Finally we reached the street fronting the National Defense Building. My husband instructed me to look for the three nuns he had seen earlier and for me to stay with them as he would now proceed to his office. The three nuns were easy to locate as they were still standing on the lawn in front of the building. As I approached them I immediately recognized a familiar face. She was Sr. Digna Dacanay, my good friend and the one in-charge of our Campus Ministry Office at the Philippine Normal University. We were both very happy to see each other there. She introduced me to her companions, Sr. Maribel and two other Sisters.

I told the Sisters that when I heard Cardinal Sin’s call for people to go to EDSA and to extend support to Minister Enrile and his men in Camp Aguinaldo, I immediately decided to come over knowing that all gates of the camp had been closed and nobody could get in. I told them that being already inside the Camp there should be no reason why I would not be able to show up. Sr. Digna said that they were already inside the camp when the gates were closed and locked.

After a couple of hours, a soldier approached us and asked if we would like to serve as volunteers. He then instructed us to receive and record the donations of food stuffs piling up at the entrance of the building. We were amazed at what we saw: boxes of hamburgers and sandwiches, basketful of hard boiled eggs, sacks of rice, baskets of fresh fish, packed meals sent in by restaurants and many more. I surmised that with the big quantity of foodstuffs, the soldiers currently holed up in the building would not go hungry for a number of days!

I also wondered where all those donations came from and how instantly they were delivered. After we had done the job assigned to us, we went to Gate 1 to check if there were still donations coming in. And we saw how some hands from the other side of the gate pushed over a sack of rice and a big box of food stuff to the waiting hands of the soldiers inside! With the noise outside, we also sensed that Santolan Road must be filled with people and that was almost midnight!

Sunday, February 23
At about two in the morning donations stopped coming in and so we settled on the grass to take some rest. Later the Sisters decided that we pray the rosary. We all stood up, locked in our arms and prayed the rosary while leisurely walking back and forth in front of the building. The three Sisters in their habit were at the center while I and the other Sister in civilian attire were at the sides. We heard some clicks from cameras while we were doing it. (After a week, I saw our picture as a cover of a magazine but only the three sisters at the center were there. Obviously, for lack of space, the photographer cut off the two of us at the sides.) As we settled again on the grass, an officer who introduced himself as Colonel Legazpi joined us. Just like Col. Gringo Honasan, he also lives at JOQ and both of them are my husband’s friends. The sisters asked him some questions and he gave the history and the reasons why they had to risk their lives and their future. He was very good in expressing his thoughts and feelings that fully convinced us that what we were all doing was the least we could do for our country.

It was almost four o’clock in the morning when he excused himself as he noticed some movements of his men around. Some of the men had positioned themselves on the rooftop of the building. He said that the hour was very critical for surprise attacks from enemy forces which could be just around the Camp. We were standing at a very strategic location that if ever there would be a surprise attack, we could be easily caught in the crossfire but the five of us did not feel alarmed. We all felt that we should stay on no matter what. Honestly, I did not come to think about my own safety nor what might happen to my children. .

We became watchful as the minutes ticked on until we saw the beautiful dawn coming. Close to the entrance door of the building, a table was set for a holy mass and a priest came out followed by some soldiers. As the mass was going on, a helicopter kept hovering around the camp. One time it came close over the building and I thought a bomb would just be dropped in our midst! I observed though that nobody moved until the helicopter left and disappeared from view. The mass remained very solemn especially when everybody took their communion as if preparing themselves just in case it would be their last.

After the mass the soldiers went back to the building. The Sisters also decided to go back to their house-convent. We all felt we needed some rest to regain some strength and be ready for what might come next. Then we learned that getting out was difficult for all gates were locked and the guards did not have the keys with them. From Gate 1 we walked to Gate 3 hoping that the guards would easily recognize me and would give in to my request. He did recognize me but then instead of giving in he warned me to be careful of what I was doing. I knew what he meant, that if ever Minister Enrile and his men would fail in their mission, my husband could suffer the consequence of my action and eventually even our children could be greatly affected.

Having nowhere to go and as all of us felt exhausted, we decided to go to our cottage to take the much-needed sleep and rest. We did and it was already mid-afternoon when we all woke up. We went back to Gate 3 and begged the gate guard to let the four sisters get out of the Camp. This time he gave in. We did not know that while we were sleeping, Minister Enrile and his officers and men had already left Camp Aguinaldo and had transferred to Camp Crame to join forces with General Fidel Ramos. After looking around, he surreptitiously unlocked the pedestrian gate and asked the sisters to hurriedly get out. We all heaved a sigh of relief as we parted. They immediately merged with the crowd at EDSA as I went back to the house.

At home I felt restless. I could hear the voices of people on the highway either singing “Ang Bayan Ko,” chanting “Cory, Cory, Cory,” or praying the holy rosary while in procession. From time to time, there would be somebody talking over the microphone followed by intense applause from the crowd. Then I remembered we had an iron ladder at the back of the house and with the maid, we placed it close to the wall resting its other end on the roof. I climbed up the ladder and walked to the other side of the roof where I got a better view of the people on EDSA. I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions when I saw the wide highway separating Camp Aguinaldo from Camp Crame filled with people! I was so amazed to see the multitude of people on the highway for the first time in my life! I wondered where all of them came from and what drove them there to stay on. This was aptly described by a radio announcer as a ‘Sea of Humanity!’ I could not help but call my children to go up the ladder and to join me in witnessing and appreciating history unfolding right before our eyes!

I remained on the roof of the house until twilight time as I felt some sense of joy and peace with the beautiful scenery around me. I had a good vantage view not only of what was happening on the highway but also of the beautiful display of colors caused by the setting sun and the rising of the big, full moon at the opposite side as well as the breathtaking view of the green carpet-like golf course just across our cottage. I was so overwhelmed that I felt like crying! As I could not contain my feelings anymore, I let go of my tears!

Later I felt restless again as the voices from the highway and the beautiful moon seemed to summon me to get out of the Camp and be counted. I asked my two teenaged children to go out with me but only my daughter obliged. My son was busy finishing his class project. We walked to the gate and again ‘begged’ the guard to let us out as we just wanted to walk around for an hour. Luckily, he gave in to my request. As we walked towards Ortigas Avenue, I felt that the people around me were all angels from heaven leisurely waiting around greeting each other with a smile or offering some food to eat. They came from all walks of life and different levels of society. There were even old folks on wheelchairs just hanging around talking to each other as if they were in their own living rooms! Families were also having happy bonding time together as on a picnic complete with food on folding tables while seated on folding chairs!

We kept walking leisurely that I didn’t realize we were already in front of the Corinthian Gardens. We decided to turn back to Gate 3 and when we got there I felt energized instead of feeling tired. That was my first time to join such a very big crowd coming from different parts of the country and getting together as one big family! For the very first time I felt so much pride in being a Filipino and write later a history of the country in Filipino and in poetic form which I titled, “Batis ng Lahi, Dagat ng mga Dakila!” inspired by the phrase, “Sea of Humanity.”

Monday, February 24
The next morning I went out again magnetized by the festive mood going on outside the Camp. The cheering was caused by the public appearance of General Ramos on a makeshift stage on EDSA right in front of Camp Crame. He gave a short talk and ended it with a big jump. That night my husband and I discussed what had happened so far and that it seems it was ripe for him to make a stand. For him to stay in Camp Aguinaldo would be interpreted that he remained loyal to the Marcos administration. For him to transfer to Camp Crame would mean that he was taking the risk of losing his job and all the benefits that go with it just in case the Marcos power would prevail. I felt relieved when he finally decided to take the risk. .

Without having second thoughts, he dressed up in full battle gear uniform as if he was going to war. I went out with him and we walked towards the high wall along EDSA which was just a few meters away from our cottage.

By the wall, I could feel the festive mood of the people. He then looked for something to step on so he could easily bring himself up to the top of the wall. As I said, “good luck, take care, will pray for you,” he gave me a big hug as if it would be our last. As he reached the top of the wall, I heard loud voices of men, asking him if he would like to come down, then some voices calling for more men to help them telling him to put his feet down on their hands. And as he did, there was rejoicing, assuring him that they would accompany him to the gate of Camp Crame across the highway.

Now alone with my two teenaged children and a maid, I kept myself glued to the radio set. By that time, the transmitter of Radio Veritas was already destroyed and I kept looking for a station that would somehow report the real situation. I stopped at another station when I heard that familiar voice of June Keithley keeping in touch with General Ramos and Minister Enrile by phone while on the air. I told myself that I was not going to sleep for the rest of the night. However, I must have dozed off while sitting on the sofa because I was awakened by the frantic calls from June Keithley asking for more people power.

I found out that it was almost four o’clock in the morning. June Keithley was reporting that based on intelligence information that she had just received, the trusted Generals of Marcos were ordered to raze Camp Crame, that riot troopers would be using tear gas and truncheons to disperse the people on EDSA and in Camp Crame! Later came the news that there was already an order from General Ver for an all-out attack by riot police, marine artillery, helicopter, gunships and low-level jet bombers! General Tadiar was mentioned to head the assault of two Marine Battalions while Colonel Sotelo was to lead the pilots in attacking Camp Crame by air!
At that moment, I sensed danger but I felt there was nothing else I could do but entrust everything to God. I woke the children up, pulled them out of bed and told them to join me in praying the Holy Rosary. I explained to them the impending attacks and we all kneeled down to pray. For me, I have to admit, that was the first time I really prayed with all my heart and with all my soul. It was then that I really felt I had direct and strong communion with God. It was then that I felt that unusual inner peace in my heart. I felt I was ready for anything that might happen anytime.

Morning had broken and so I opened our front door directly facing the point where the airplanes from Villamor Air Base could be coming from. I went back to our radio set. June Keithley was reporting that troops had already started to disperse the people on Santolan Road using tear gas but the people stood their ground.

Then she frantically warned the people that nine helicopter gunships already took off from Villamor Air Base and they were already on their way to Camp Crame. In a matter of minutes, I heard the sounds of helicopters and when I looked out on the horizon I saw them really approaching one after the other, coming towards our direction!

As they moved closer, I gathered my children and hugged them. With eyes closed, I waited for the bombs to fall. The helicopters hovered above and I was silently counting down the seconds for the great explosion but there was none. No bombs fell and instead I heard the shouts of rejoicing and loud applause from the people! My curiosity was answered by the radio announcer who excitedly informed the public that when the helicopters landed at Camp Crame Parade Ground, Colonel Sotelo emerged from the lead helicopter flashing the Laban sign. All the pilots had defected to the Ramos-Enrile camp! I cried out of joy and jubilation as I kept on saying, “ thank you, Lord for hearing the prayers of Your people.”

The festive mood at EDSA strongly urged me to get out of the camp. My daughter wanted to go with me and so the two of us left. As we turned towards Gate 2, we saw about a dozen soldiers in full battle gear running towards us. We rushed to the side of the street and watched them pass by. I noticed that they were all very young. One of them stopped before us gasping for breath. I got the nerve to ask him where they were heading to but I did not get any answer. What I saw in him was a blank stare of a scared and confused face. Then I made a wild guess, that he himself didn’t know where he was going to and what he was doing things for.

When my daughter and I reached the gate, I saw the sergeant who had become my friend being the regular guard for the past year or so. I approached him and asked him to please allow us to get out so we could go to the market to buy food. He was surprised to know that we were still staying in our cottage in the camp. He said he had seen most if not all of our neighbors had left the camp as early as Saturday and Sunday morning. As we stepped out, I noticed the people all facing towards Camp Crame chanting the names of Ramos and Enrile followed by a loud applause. The tandem were standing on a vehicle, waving at the crowd rejoicing for a seeming victory. With them was the image of Our Lady of Fatima being held up by an officer. Later, the people sang “Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas” with all right hands up with the Laban sign. And I sang too with all my heart feeling strongly what every line means.

After Enrile and Ramos finally disappeared from view, people started moving on while vendors and newspaper boys went about their business. Having just enjoyed our liberty, my daughter and I decided to stroll along towards VV Soliven. I enjoyed watching people offering and sharing whatever food they have, trusting one another, showing love and concern for others. People looked very happy and friendly, smiling and greeting others even if they had just met. No one was a stranger, everyone was a friend, a brother, a sister. Everybody seemed to belong to one big family! It was the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen in my whole life and I wished that day would be the beginning of a new era for the Filipinos who seemed to have been awakened and freed from a spell for twenty years under the Marcos dictatorship!

NOEMI ALINDOGAN MEDINA, PH.D.

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Dalawang Tula
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Bisperas (Awit ng Lalaki sa Bitayan)

The death penalty is not a cruel and unusual punishment. The Constitution allows1 Congress to determine when to enact a capital punishment law (Art. 3 Sec. 19(1) 1987 Constitution). And capital punishment is not always cruel and unusual. Such cruel punishment must not be merely a snapping out of a life. It implies something inhuman and barbarous, something more than the mere extinguishment of life (People v. Echegaray, Feb. 7, 1997).

Ngiti ko’y madalas ngayong nalalapit
ang pagyakap-dilim ng mundong masikip.
Berdugong lalagot sa buhay kong sukbit
ay s’yang tumatapyas sa takot ng dibdib.

Sindami ng rehas ang araw at bantay
mula nang isilid sa preso’t isakdal.
Dahil diumano ako’y nakapatay
habang nililimas ang lumang katedral.

Ang katotohanan nang yao’y maganap,
walang mga gintong sa litid ko’y angkas.
Ang pasan-pasan ko’y saku-sakong bigas,
kahit pa itanong sa aming kapatas.

Ngunit paglabas ko sa aming komprada,
may dalawang pulis doon sa tumana.
Nang ako’y makita ang isa’y nagm’westra,
wari’y kahapon pa ay nag-aabang na.

Agad pinosasan ang bisig kong pagod.
Ako’y tinutukan ng riple sa tuktok.
Sa mukha ko nama’y babakas ang suntok
pag di-maibigan ang aking isagot.

May nagparating daw doon sa himpilan
na ako’y nakita sa lumang simbahan.
Habang loob nito ay ninanakawan,
matapos ang kurang naroo’y pugutan.
Aking tinitigan ang mahabang baril
(Handa na rin silang ako ay bugbugin).
Sa nakahihilong mga pandidiin,
wala sa sariling napatango na rin.

Sa kanilang mata, tuwa’y namintana
at ako’y hinilang gintong gantimpala.
Ngunit sa isip ko’y lubhang mahiwaga:
Ba’t sila nagradyo sa tila bathhala?

Biglang kaharap ko’y isang abogado,
hawak-hawak niya’y isang dokumento.
Ang kulang na lang daw, gawin kong pirmado,
nang itong kumpisal ay maisemento.

Ako’y ipiniit doon sa kulungan,
ang manananggol ko’y ang taong naturan.
S’ya na ang lumiham sa piskal pa lamang,
hanggang sa hukuman ako’y makasuhan.

Nang ako’y iharap sa primerong bista,
noon lamang niya naisip pumunta.
At nang basahin na sa akin ang habla,
nanahimik siyang bibig ay may bara.

Pagkatapos noon, wala nang balita.
At ang aking kaso, umusad nang kusa.
Pati dumadalaw ay naging bihira.
Nalaman ko na lang, ako ay may sala.

Nang araw na ako’y hatulan ng hukom,
hindi nagpakita yaong manananggol.
Balaraw tumingin pati mga miron,
nang ako’y patawan ng lasong ineks’yon.

At doon sa death row ako’y binakuran.
Ang arok ng isip ang s’yang kalayaan.
Ang tulay ng diwa ang nilalakaran,
saka mahihinto sa dalampasigan:

Tagumpay! Tagumpay! Lalaya ang bait—
sa bigat ng laman at mundong masikip.
Kaluluwa’y tunay na magkakabagwis,
‘pag puso’y tumikom at tirhan ng lamig.

Subalit ay sino itong paparating?
Idlip ko ay dampa, balak pang baklasin.
Nagmamadali pa’t nakabarong man din—
bagong abogadong puso’y matulungin!

Remedyo raw sana sa aking problema’y
automatic review ng Korte Suprema.
Kapatas na sangkot, biglang nakonsens’ya,
kaya’t ikinanta ang mga kasama.

Amin palang meyor ang s’yang instigador,
at kulang ang pondo para sa eleks’yon.
Kunwari pa’y banal at suki sa Pasyon,
‘yun pala, tit’yempo saka mandarambong.

At dagling umalis itong si attorney
(Last trip ang clemency at bihirang b’yahe).
Dapat daw ang husga ng aking ponente,
ay swak sa abs’welto at hindi garote.

Ngayong naghahanda ang aking berdugo,
at ang aking ulo’y bola ng Pangulo.
Dito sa bitayan, altar ko’t rosaryo:
Teleponong diyos na nakadek’watro!

1Ipinagbabawal ng Akta Republika 9346 ang pagpapataw ng parusang kamatayan. Sa halip, awtomatiko itong ibinababa sa parusang reclusion perpetua. Subalit ayon sa ating Saligang Batas, may diskresyon ang Lehislatura na muling isabatas ang parusang kamatayan ayon na rin sa police power nito. Kung gayon, tuluyang maipagbabawal ang parusang kamatayan kung ang Konstitusyon mismo ang magbabawal nito. Ngayon lamang Enero 28, 2014, ipinasa ni Sen. Tito Sotto ang Senate Bill 2080 na naglalayong muling isabatas ang parusang kamatayan.

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Pasada

Sinasabing kadalasan ay malalim na gabi
at ilang ang ruta ng makata.

Mga daliring tumitipa ay susi
sa makina ng makinilya at netbook

at makinaryang umaangil
ang daigdig sa loob ng bungo’t dibdib.

Sumisilyab na spark plug
ang isip sa mutya ng tubig, apoy

lupa at simoy. Humahakbang
sa selenyador ang alaala’t hula,

marahan kung umatras sa mga kalye
at alabok ng kasaysayan,

ngunit de-primera at segunda
kung sumagap ng alingasaw

sa mga kanal at ilog sa bintana ng kasalukuyan;
habang de-tersera, quarta at quinta naman

kung magsa-monitor ang windshield at humarurot
ang mukha sa haka at orakulo ng internet at multi-media.

Ngunit suwerte na kung marami
ang maging pasahero habang naghihilik

o umuungol ang karamihan
sa mga motel ng pagkawalang-bahala

at talaga namang ilang ang rutang ito,
na mas madalas ay mga mangongotong,

holdaper at mamamaslang
ang matiyagang nag-aabang.

Mas madalas pa ngang malugi
sa langis at buwis ang tinta at pawis.

Minsa’y nagtatapos pa ang lahat
sa isang malagim na aksidente—

at nagkukulay dugong papel ang kalsada
at kinuyom na pahina ang sarili

habang ang mga pulis
ay nagkakamot ng ulo

at ang madla ay nakatingin
sa kabilang ibayo.

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Police under restrictive custody can’t file for habeas corpus
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Persida Acosta

Dear PAO,
My husband Ramil is a police officer. He was implicated in a certain crime which is under preliminary investigation by the prosecutor. A corresponding administrative case was also initiated against him and he was placed by his immediate superior under restrictive custody. He was disarmed of his service firearm and was not allowed to leave the camp, so he did not go home for almost two months. I visited him twice at the camp, and he told me that he was being monitored of his whereabouts. I am really worried about him. Why is he being punished when there is no decision yet on the criminal and administrative cases that are being charged against him? Somebody also told me to file a petition for habeas corpus in order to determine the legality of his confinement. Is this remedy correct?        
Ariana

Dear Ariana,
Restrictive custody is not a punishment for an offense, but it is a preventive measure which is accepted among members of the military or law enforcement agencies. Among police officers, this is particularly provided under Section 52 (4) of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8551, which states that:

“The Chief of the PNP shall have the power to impose the disciplinary punishment of dismissal from the service; suspension or forfeiture of salary; or any combination thereof for a period not exceeding one hundred eighty (180) days: Provided, further, That the chief of the PNP shall have the authority to place police personnel under restrictive custody during the pendency of a grave administrative case filed against him or even after the filing of a criminal complaint, grave in nature, against such police personnel.” (Emphasis supplied)

Petition for Habeas Corpus is not the appropriate legal remedy that you can file in the present situation of your husband because the latter is not under detention. Section 1, Rule 102 of the 1997 Rules of Court provides that “except as otherwise expressly provided by law, the writ of habeas corpus shall extend to all cases of illegal confinement or detention by which any person is deprived of his liberty, or by which the rightful custody of any person is withheld from the person entitled thereto”.

In a similar situation such as in the case of Ampatuan vs. Macaraig et al. (G.R. No. 182497, June 29, 2010, Ponente: the Honorable Justice Jose P. Perez) the Supreme Court ruled that:

Given that PO1 Ampatuan has been placed under restrictive custody, such constitutes a valid argument for his continued detention. This Court has held that a restrictive custody and monitoring of movements or whereabouts of police officers under investigation by their superiors is not a form of illegal detention or restraint of liberty.

Restrictive custody is, at best, nominal restraint which is beyond the ambit of habeas corpus. It is neither actual nor effective restraint that would call for the grant of the remedy prayed for. It is a permissible precautionary measure to assure the PNP authorities that the police officers concerned are always accounted for.

We hope that we were able to answer your queries. Please be reminded that this advice is based solely on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Our opinion may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated.

Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s Office. Questions for Chief Acosta may be sent to dearpao@manilatimes.net

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2 jihadists slain in Iligan
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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two suspected members of the local jihadist Maute group were killed in an encounter with police commandos and Philippine Army soldiers in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte on Friday. Another jihadist was captured.

Authorities said the fighting ensued after security forces intercepted the gunmen who stole a pickup truck driven by Othelo Adiong.

Adiong, 36, his 62-year-old mother Elvira, wife Esthephanie and son were onboard the vehicle when flagged down by a group of armed men. The gunmen released the passengers and drove away the truck. Another getaway car tailed them while the gunmen tried to escape.

Security forces alerted by the incident set up road blocks while policemen and soldiers pursued the gunmen and caught up with them killing the attackers who were later identified as Azzam Ampua Tahir and Wowie. Their companion Eyeman Alonto, a native of Marawi City who was driving the car, was arrested.

Major General Carlito Galvez Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said recovered from the slain jihadists were M4 automatic rifle and three magazines, including dozens of ammunition and a caliber 45 pistol.

It was unknown whether the gang was planning an attack or plotting to carry out bombings in Iligan City, but the Maute group has been linked by the police and military in the series of deadly attacks over the last two years.

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Baguio passes anti-discrimination ordinance
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BAGUIO CITY: The city council here passed an ordinance which prohibits discrimination and enforces equal protection of the law regardless of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and age.

Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, council presiding officer and principal author, said the approved measure is consistent with the principles of the 1987 Constitution, the international human rights and humanitarian standards, international treaties and existing Philippine laws.

It prohibits violations of civil and political rights: discrimination in political participation; discrimination in accessing public places, facilities and public meetings; denial of right to organize; discrimination in education materials, advertisement, mass media; engaging in profiling; discrimination through speeches, utterances, acts of hatred and similar acts; detention and confinement; and abuses by state and non-state actors.

Violators of the ordinance will be fined from P1,000 to P5,000 or imprisonment of one to 30 days.

Discrimination, as defined in the ordinance, refers to “a distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference made on the basis of disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and religion which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing of the human rights and fundamental freedoms in the civil, political, economic, social, cultural, or any other field of public life of a person.”

The measure also mandates the city government to adopt programs to ensure that inequity is prevented such as Discrimination and Stigma Reduction Program through Capacity Building and Education Campaign; Access to Scholarships, Skills, Employment and Livelihood Opportunities; Access to Legal Representation; Policy Review; and Social Protection Program.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office is tasked to enforce the provisions of the ordinance while an Anti-Discrimination Committee will be created within the first year of its implementation.

As provided in the measure, complaints referred to the barangay (village) for conciliation and mediation purposes shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended.

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‘Subic Freeport remains safe, peaceful’
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SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: Subic remains a safe and peaceful destination for both business and leisure, a top official of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said on Saturday.

“The Subic Bay Freeport Zone continues to be peaceful and there is no threat of any kind that will endanger law and order here,” SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma said in a statement, adding the agency regrets the fact that reports about the February 13 incident at the Ocean Adventure marine park were not reflective of the true state of matters thereat, causing unnecessary worry and concern.

“What happened at the facility was a result of an intra-corporate dispute, which is in the process of being resolved by the ownership and management of the Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), which runs Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach Resort,” Eisma stressed.

“In fact, the Department of Labor and Employment conducted its own impartial inspection of the facility on Thursday and confirmed that all operations at Ocean Adventure continue to run normally and peacefully, taking due note of the large number of young students enjoying their trip to the facility,” she added.

She said everything is normal and security and safety expected within the Freeport Zone is and always ensured.

Eisma appealed to the public to put the issue to rest and move forward as SBMA continues to make Subic Bay Freeport the best investment and tourist destination in the Philippines.

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NMindanao transport groups set strike
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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A region-wide transport strike in Northern Mindanao is set on Monday to dramatize protest against the impending phase out of all 15-year-old public utility jeepneys (PUJs) next year.

Joel Gabatan, vice chairman of the National Confederation of Transport Workers Union (NCTU) for Mindanao, said the planned transport strike would pushed through after negotiations with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in Manila failed.

He said about 16 transport groups in Northern Mindanao decided to join the planned nationwide transport strike on February 27 after the DOTC failed to reconsider the five-year moratorium asked by the transport group prior the implementation of the phase out order.

An education official here also reminded parents to discern on the safety of their students during the transport strike, but reminded that all employees and teachers should report to their offices and classrooms.

Reynaldo Manuel, Asst. School Division Superintendent, said that “if the parents believed that the safety of their student could be compromised because of the transport strike, then they should let their students stay at home.”

“The Department of Education would devise a plan to make up the absences of the students during the transport strike,” Manuel added.

Gabatan said that the extension of the phasing out for another five years could prepare the operators and drivers to find an alternative source of income.

He said the transport groups had also asked for a possible government subsidy within the five-year period.

The DOTC has reportedly issued a Memorandum for the phase out next year, while the operators with remaining PUJs would be required to put up a capital outlay of P7 million, P2 million of which would be for the maintenance and P5 million to be used to acquire at least 10 additional new units.

“The DOTC memorandum is unrealistic,” Gabatan said.

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Beermen eye 2-0 lead vs Gin Kings
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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel head coach Tim Cone said their Game 1 loss is a “real clunker” and his Gin Kings were embarrassed and frustrated with their 82-109 loss to San Miguel Beer in the series opener of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup finals last Friday.

Fortunately, the series is a best-of-seven affair and Ginebra gets another chance to prove that they are worthy opponents against the back-to-back All-Filipino champions.

Junmar Fajardo of SMB scores against Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance of Ginebra during Game 1 of the best-of-seven finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

The Gin Kings will try to restore their pride and get back in the series with a win in Game 2 versus the Beermen at 6:30 p.m. today as the finals travels to Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

“It was a real clunker last night. Certainly it was embarrassing and frustrating and thankfully it was Game 1 and not Game 7,” said Cone.

“Our guys have to understand that we have to be at the very top of our game to have a chance to beat San Miguel and needless to say we were far from it. But, as in life, it is not how hard you get knocked down, it is how you get back on your feet that counts,” the 19-time champion mentor added.

San Miguel started hot in Game 1, erecting a 17-2 early lead and led by as high as 36 points, 85-49, forcing Cone to pull out his starters in the final quarter.

Reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP) June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross led the Beermen’s lopsided victory with 17 points apiece while Alex Cabagnot and Gabby Espinas each had 16 markers for coach Leo Austria, who downplayed their Game 1 rout of Ginebra.

“Even though we beat them by a huge margin or just by one point, we just only won one game so the war is not over yet,” said Austria, who is eyeing his fourth PBA title.

“I’m very sure they are now preparing for Game 2 and they will come back strong. We all knew Lucena is more of a Ginebra country. But if we play just like what we did in Game 1, I think we can silence them,” he added.

Austria knows their rivals can recover from any adversity.

The Gin Kings erased Alaska’s twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals to reach the semis. They also rallied from a 0-2 deficit against the Star in their best-of-seven semifinals showdown.

That’s why Austria is very wary of Ginebra in the championship series.

“They can be down 0-1, 0-2 or 0-3. It doesn’t matter. There’s always a possibility that they can come back because they have proven that,” said Austria.

Ginebra’s top gunners misfired in Game 1 particularly LA Tenorio and Sol Mercado, who combined for just seven points. Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance were also slowed down in Game 1 with a combined eight-point output.

“Truly, that was a difficult loss to handle, but if anything our guys have proven is that they are resilient and tough-minded. We’ll bounce back,” said Cone.

This is the second time that the PBA will be playing a finals game in a venue in Lucena City. Last season, Alaska beat San Miguel in Game 3 of the Philippine Cup finals, 82-75, to take a commanding 3-0 lead that went down the drain as the Beermen won the next four games to shock Alaska.

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Luisita regains PAL seniors title
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DAVAO CITY: Luisita ended the two-year reign of Canlubang by completing a wire-to-wire victory Saturday at the close of the 31st Philippine Airlines Senior Interclub golf team championships.

The Tarlac-based squad, reinforced by four club champions, collected 594 points in the four-day event, beating Canlubang by 11.

Rodel Mangulabnan, one of Luisita’s four recruits, scored 50 points at the Apo Golf and Country Club, matching his first round output.

Members of Luisita team celebrate their winning moments after captures the title in the championship round seniors division of the 70th PAL Golf Interclub Tournament 2017 at the Apo Golf and Country, Davao City. They are, from left, Allan Aleare, Rodel Mangulabnan, Chito Laureta, Jeric Hechanova (team captain), Eddie Bagtas, Benjie Sumulong, Raffy Garcia, Jingy Tuazon, and Edmund Yee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The rest of the Luisita squad struggled, but had enough cushion to hold off Canlubang’s spirited rally.

Eddie Bagtas, Luisita’s top gunner, dropped six shots in the front nine on his way to 45 points while the 44 of either Jingy Tuason or Alan Alegre counted for 139 points.

Canlubang, which started the day 22 points behind Luisita, rallied behind a pair of 52s by Abe Rosal and Dave Hernandez, but managed to cut the lead to half after closing out with 150.

Rene Unson, Canlubang’s third scorer, finished bogey-bogey-double bogey for 48.

Del Monte, which trailed Luisita by 14, unravelled in the final round, limping home with 129 points.

Arsenio Mondilla led Del Monte with 46 followed by Erning Apas 44 and Virgilio Adag 39.

Eagle Ridge brought up the rear in the championship division with 524 following a final-round 113. Scoring for Eagle Ridge were Alfredo Pareja 39, Youn Hwan An 38 and Cesar Castro 36.

It was Luisita’s 16th title, reinforcing its status as the most successful club in the seniors’ event.

“This team will carry us in the next eight or 10 years,” said Luisita non-captain Jeric Hechanova who initiated the revamp after losing to Canlubang last year in Clark, Pampanga.

Aside from Mangulabnan, Luisita’s new recruits were Raffy Garcia, Edmund Yee and Alegre.

For all intents and purposes, Canlubang lost its title on the first round where it made its worst score ever – 124 points.

“I don’t know what happened. Everyone played badly that day,” said Canlubang team owner Luigi Yulo.

After that horrific first round, the Sugar Barons outscored Luisita by 10 points.

The 70th PAL Interclub Platinum sponsors are Mareco Broadcasting Network, A&E Networks Asia, RMN Networks, The Manila Standard, Fox Networks Group, Rolls-Royce, TV5, MasterCard, TFC and Business Mirror.

Major sponsors include Asian Air Safari, Airbus, Primax Broadcasting Network and Sabre Airline Solutions while Corporate sponsors are Baron Travel Corporation, Boeing, MX3, GE Aviation, Bombo Radyo Philippines, Asia Brewery, Tanduay Distillers, Sabre Airline Solutions and Tourism Promotions Board.

The donors are Shangri-La at The Fort, Trinity Insurance and Eton Properties.

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Palmer, Bryan share halfway lead at PGA National
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MIAMI: With things looking up on the home front, where his wife is rebounding from cancer, Ryan Palmer is eyeing a reversal of fortunes at PGA National as well.

The 40-year-old US PGA Tour veteran produced seven birdies in a five-under par 65 on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to seize a share of the halfway lead at the Honda Classic alongside rookie Wesley Bryan.

Ryan Palmer of the United States plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. AFP PHOTO

Overnight co-leader Bryan burst out of the blocks with birdies at his first three holes en route to a three-under par 67.

The leaders were at nine-under par 131, one stroke in front of American Rickie Fowler, who carded his second straight 66.

Palmer has had his share of struggles on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where in nine prior starts he was a cumulative 38-over par through the tough three-hole stretch of 15, 16 and 17 known as the “Bear Trap.”

“It’s a daunting task, those three holes,” said Palmer, who this year has twice played them in even par.

On Friday he teed off on 10 and hit the trap running after birdies at 13 and 14, picking up another stroke at 15 before parring 16 and bogeying the 17th.

“You get out of there in even par, you’ve made ground on the field,” said Palmer, who went on to birdie four of his last nine holes to move atop the leaderboard.

“I’m hitting the ball well and now that I’m comfortable with my putter and feeling good about it, it makes for a more enjoyable round,” Palmer said.

Comfort on the greens has been slow to come since he took four months off late in 2016 to be at home with his wife, Jennifer, as she underwent treatment for breast cancer, and with their two young children.

He returned this year at the Sony Open, but missed four straight cuts before seeking help with his putting and finishing equal 49th at Riviera Country Club last week.

“Felt like it was the best putting I’ve done in a year and a half, and it’s carried over to this week,” said Palmer, who goes into the weekend in position to challenge for a fourth PGA Tour title, and his first since 2010.

Bryan, who shared the overnight lead with fellow rookie Cody Gribble, kept a share of the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-five 18th.

Fowler capped his round with back-to-back birdies, while Lahiri, after parring his first nine holes, had three birdies and one bogey coming in.

Taiwan’s C.T. Pan and Canadian Graham DeLaet shared fifth, both carding 68s for 134. Germany’s Martin Kaymer headed a group of four players on 135 that also included England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Americans Morgan Hoffmann and Scott Stallings.

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Comeback man Le Bihan fires Nice to victory
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PARIS: Mickael Le Bihan enjoyed a dream return from 18 months out injured by coming on to score twice as Ligue 1 title hopefuls Nice came from behind to beat Montpellier 2-1 on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

Steve Mounie had given Mont­pellier an early lead at the Allianz Riviera but Le Bihan was introduced just before the hour mark and equalized in the 68th minute.

He then scored the winner with four minutes to go as Nice moved level on points with leaders Monaco, and three points clear of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain in third before the rest of the weekend’s games.

Mickael Le Bihan AFP PHOTO

Le Bihan, 26, had not played for Nice since September 2015 due to a series of injuries, most notably a broken leg.

Indeed, he had only made three top-flight appearances in his career but he came back at the perfect moment with Lucien Favre’s side missing leading scorers Alassane Plea and Mario Balotelli due to injury and suspension respectively.

“It’s mad, crazy,” Le Bihan told Canal Plus Sport. “Just coming on was beautiful and to score twice, there could be nothing better.

“When you are out for 18 months so many things go through your mind,” he added.

Balotelli was serving an automatic ban after being sent off in last week’s win at Lorient while Plea was ruled out for the rest of the season earlier this week due to a knee injury.

Between them they had scored 20 of Nice’s 42 league goals coming into this game and Favre’s side were up against it when they fell behind inside nine minutes.

Arnaud Souqet’s attempted clearance came off teammate Wylan Cyprien and fell for Mounie to smash in his 11th goal of the season at the back post.

Young Greek forward Anastasios Donis had been handed a first Ligue 1 start in attack for the hosts and he curled a shot just wide while Younes Belhanda dragged an attempt wide of the far post as Nice pushed for a leveller.

Nice were defending an unbeaten record at home in the league this season and they drew level midway through the second half when substitute Le Bihan fired home from just outside the box after good work from Valentin Eysseric.

Souquet then set up Le Bihan to net the winner and put the seal on a fairytale comeback, and Nice held on with Ryad Boudebouz hitting the post from a stoppage-time free-kick for Montpellier.

Monaco can go clear at the top again as they look to bounce back from their 5-3 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League in midweek when they go to Guingamp on Saturday afternoon.

PSG visit great rivals Marseille, who are sixth, in the ‘Classique’ on Sunday night.

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Ranieri’s dream shattered as Leicester owners take flak
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LEICESTER, United Kingdom: Claudio Ranieri admitted his dream had died after he was ruthlessly sacked as Leicester manager in a brutal move that brought the wrath of the football world down on the troubled champions’ Thai owners.

Ranieri was axed barely two weeks after the owners gave him their “unwavering support” despite disastrous results that have left Leicester just one point above the relegation zone.

Leading Premier League bosses including Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp expressed dismay at the move and backed Ranieri, who only last month was named FIFA’s coach of the year for scripting one of the most unbelievable stories in football.

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British media also aimed whithering criticism at Leicester’s Thai owners, King Power, who said they had no choice but to oust Ranieri.

The owners were “snakes”, “brutal”, “cruel”, commentators said amid reports Ranieri had lost the backing of senior players over his tactical tinkering.

‘My dream died’
The popular 65-year-old Italian admitted the decision was a huge blow as he had dreamt of staying in charge of Leicester for the rest of his career.

“Yesterday my dream died,” Ranieri said.

“After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be.”

Despite the pain of his abrupt exit, Ranieri was determined not to sound a bitter note.

“The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever,” he added.“My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved.

“It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to be a champion with all of you.”

Mourinho sympathised with Ranieri after being axed by Chelsea last season following a rift with star players and the Manchester United boss turned up for his press conference on Friday with the initials CR on his training gear in tribute to the Italian.

“It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League,” Mourinho said.

“Somebody that probably deserves the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri’ — and he is sacked.”

Liverpool manager Klopp was baffled by the decision, describing it as a seismic shock on the same level as Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as US president.

“For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time — obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this,” he told reporters on Friday.

“He is a really special person in this business, a really nice guy.”

Chelsea chief Antonio Conte, a compatriot and close friend of Ranieri, said: “I’m very, very sad. He’s a really good man. For sure I’ll call him.”

Former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker, now a television pundit, added: “I shed a tear last night — I shed a tear for Claudio, I shed a tear for football and I shed a tear for my club.”

But Leicester insisted they had to act to save the club from the threat of an unprecedented relegation one year after winning the title.

Leicester have won just five of their 25 league games this term and are yet to score a league goal in 2017, having also been knocked out of the FA Cup by third-tier Millwall.

‘Hurt and frustrated’
Relegation could cost Leicester more than £100 million (118 million euros, $125 million).

Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who bought the club seven years ago, went onto Instagram to defend his actions.

“We have done our best as a management,” he said in a statement before closing his account on the site. “We do not have only one problem to solve but there are a million things to do to make our club survive.”

Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will take caretaker charge ahead of Monday’s match against Liverpool.

Amid reports England striker Jamie Vardy, who has failed to recapture the prolific form that fired Leicester to the title, and Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel were among the players most unhappy with Ranieri, it was notable that the Foxes squad didn’t take to social media to support their departed boss.

However, when Shakespeare faced the media on Friday, he slammed claims key players had told the owners the club would be relegated if Ranieri stayed.

“I’m not aware of any senior players going to the owners so that’s news to me,” he said.

“They are very hurt and very frustrated.”

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who had a brief spell as a Leicester player in 2001, was among names mentioned as a possible successor.

Guus Hiddink, who helped arrest Chelsea’s decline last season, and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill are also possible candidates.

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FIFA chief Infantino meets Zimbabwe’s Mugabe
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HARARE: FIFA president Gianni Infantino met Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on Friday (Saturday in Manila) a day after he attended a birthday party for the country’s football chief, an official said.

Zimbabwe Football Association spokesman Xolisani Gwesela confirmed to AFP that Infantino had paid a courtesy call on Mugabe at State House, but gave no details.

The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian jetted into Harare from Johannesburg on Thursday to attend the birthday party of Zimbabwe football chief Philip Chiyangwa.

“It’s really a pleasure to be here, I feel at home, away from home,” Infantino, who was the guest of honour at the birthday, said in a speech in which he refered to Chiyangwa as “my dear friend and brother.

“My presence here is to celebrate a man whose love for the beautiful game I do not doubt,” he said, adding he first met Chiyangwa on a bus in South Africa in the run up to the FIFA presidential election.

There they discussed football, “our love for the game and desire to see it develop in Africa and across the world”.

Gwesela said 12 football association presidents from across Africa, politicians and other high-profile personalities attended the party at a five-star hotel where Chiyangwa wore a light pink suit and pink shoes.

The party was to jointly celebrate Chiyangwa’s 58th birthday and his election as COSAFA president.

Chiyangwa, recently elected head of southern Africa football umbrella football body COSAFA, has come under fire over his birthday celebrations.

CAF president Issa Hayatou has condemned the Zimbabwean for inviting to the party various non-COSAFA African officials.

Chiyangwa is campaign manager for Ahmad Ahmad, a former Malagasy government minister who is challenging Hayatou on March 16 for the CAF presidency.

Hayatou, who has ruled CAF for 29 years, reportedly believed the party was a front and the real purpose was to rally support for Ahmad.

The Cameroonian, who is seeking an eighth four-year term as head of the Cairo-based organization, has been challenged for the post only twice.

CAF did not support Infantino in the 2016 FIFA elections, publicly backing Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa instead.

Nigerian Football Association president Amaju Pinnick described Chiyangwa as “an astute leader and the future of African football.”

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Sepak takraw group opposes proposed selling of RMSC
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Members of the Philippine Amateur Sepaktakraw Association (PASTA), led by its president Karen Caballero, made public their opposition to the proposed selling of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC).

In her consultation with the sepak takraw community, Caballero said the historic RMSC has played a pivotal role in their success and mentioned several reasons why they don’t agree to the selling of the 83-year old sports complex in Vito Cruz in Manila.

A sepak takraw match between Cebu and Olongapo during the 2016 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte. Sepak takraw is a popular Asian sport that uses a rattan ball and is played like volleyball with players using only feet and head to hit the ball. PSC PHOTO

“In transforming the game from a mere backyard sport to a world class standard, sepak takraw will continue to need a playing venue of international standards. This is where the RMSC comes to light,” Caballero told The Manila Times.

According to Caballero, the RMSC has served as the practice and billeting venue of the national team players and has immensely contributed to their gold-medal finish in the World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand last October.

“This is a major reason for the gold medal finish since there is enough space to conduct all sepak takraw drills required of a world class athlete as learned by PASTA,” she added.

Caballero said the Ninoy Aquino Indoor Arena inside the RMSC is still at par with the international standards of sepak takraw.

“All those interested groups know where to pour in their help since they know where the national team is located for both practice and billeting,” said Caballero.

She mentioned that in order to reach out to the Filipino audience and boost the morale of the national team, PASTA should establish link with an identified “home,” which is the RMSC, where fans can show their support.

“While our sepak takraw family is proud to say that the PASTA platform is progressing on all fronts, from one year to another and from one tournament to another, still this will not create demand from fans around the country and the world, clamoring to witness matches, practices, fun games, [and]fan interactive exchange if there is no specific destination they will go called ‘home’ by sepak taraw,” Caballero ended.

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Lady Tams tame Lady Bulldogs
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Far Eastern University downed National University (NU), 25-20, 25-13, 22-25, 25-20, to grab a share of the third spot in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Lady Tamaraws denied the Lady Bulldogs of sending the game to a fifth set to create a two-way tie for No. 3 with 3-2 win-loss mark.

“We are hoping that with this win, we can play more good games,” said FEU coach Shaq delos Santos.

Toni Basas notched 20 points, 17 coming off spikes, while Bernadeth Pons had 18 points from 15 attacks, one block and two aces for FEU.

After a dismal first two sets, NU showed some life in the third set with a 25-22 win to avoid getting swept in the game.

The Lady Bulldogs were bent on sending the match into a deciding fifth set after erecting a 9-5 lead before Pons took charge and tied the game at 9-all.

The game was still tied at 19-all until Pons scored back to back for the Lady Tams to take a 22-19 lead. Kyle Negrito delivered the match point for FEU.

Jaja Santiago had 20 points on 16 spikes and four blocks to lead the Lady Bulldogs. No other NU player managed to score in double figures.

In the first game, University of Santo Tomas (UST) swept Adamson University, 25-13, 25-12, 25-9, in straight sets to improve its record to 2-3.

The Lady Tigresses got back to winning form following a setback against the University of Fighting Maroons, 22-25, 22-25, 31-29, 19-25, in their game last Sunday.

Team captain Cherry Ann Rondina delivered 15 points, 11 coming off attacks, and had four excellent non-scoring receptions.

The one-sided contest enabled the España-based squad to post 14 service points and took advantage of Adamson’s 23 errors.

Alina Bicar and Ej Laure had six points each while Pamela Lastimosa contributed five points including two blocks for UST.

“How we played today gives us more confidence. We really focused on our service department and maybe we were less pressured that we keep the intensity and consistency of our services,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes.

No Adamson player was able to reach double figures with Jessica Galanza finishing with a team-high seven points on six spikes and one block.

The Lady Falcons absorbed their six straight defeat and remained at the bottom of standings with 0-6.

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