Pamulak sa Kadayawan 2013 ‘peaceful’

IT WAS a “successful and peaceful” holding of Pamulak sa Kadayawan amid security threats that earlier made Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte think twice whether to call for the cancellation of the festival’s major events.

City Tourism Office (CTO) officer-in-charge Lisette Marques said Sunday that the parade went well, although the number of contingents decreased to 64 this year from 89 in 2012.

“When the participation is low, it is perceived na medyo hindi maganda. We’re very happy successful and peaceful and Pamulak,” she added.  [Read more]

DBTC kids in UK trip

FOUR talented Cebuano footballers will get a football experience of a lifetime with a three-week educational and training camp in Longborough, United Kingdom.

Right winger Josh Rupert Asignar, defender Tristan Karl Enad, midfielder Yuan Josemari Reña and left winger Charles Unabia, all from Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC), earned a slot in the 22-member Philippine Under-11 squad that will travel to UK. (READ MORE)

Cebuanos bag 3rd in Dubai tourney

DUBAI—A team of former college standouts and weekend warriors from Cebu won third place in the Pinoy Futbol Club (PFC) Regional Tournament, which concluded last Friday at the International Football Academy in Dubai, UAE. Team Cebu scored a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Luzon in a knockout match to end its roller-coaster ride in the seven-a-side tournament on a high note.

Ashley Soquena broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 23rd minute to ensure a podium finish for the Cebuanos. Reynante Esparcia earlier equalized for Cebu two minutes after Don Batang gave Luzon the lead in the ninth minute. (READ  MORE)

Villagracia steals show

EDDIE Jer Villagracia was the last player on the mind of coach Erning Remedio, but the coach was forced to field the unassuming guard after his reliables fouled out of the game or became a liability.

However, Villagracia proved to be the coup de grace for the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers, who survived a thrilling match to beat the University of Cebu Baby Webmasters, 85-83, in overtime of the 2013 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school basketball match last night at the Cebu Coliseum. (READ MORE)

Quijano: Chael Sonnen’s vengeance

CHAEL Sonnen is a beast. He reeks and radiates toughness and that gristly exterior was on full display at UFC Fight Night 26 against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last Sunday.

The celebrated Brazilian fighter was favored by most to defeat Sonnen, even if he was coming off a decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson. After all, Sonnen himself was coming off back to back losses against Jon “Bones’ Jones and Anderson Silva. (READ MORE)

Aquino’s 30th death anniversary commemorated

DESPITE the heavy rain caused by storm-enhanced monsoon, the City of Manila pushed through with its commemoration of the 30th death anniversary of martyred former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on Wednesday.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno led the wreath-laying rites at the Aquino monument along Katigbak and Bonifacio Drive. No member of the Aquino family was present in the program.

President Benigno Aquino III, son of the former senator, was checking the condition of flood victims in evacuation centers in Laguna and Mandaluyong City. Read more

Aquino: No ‘pork’ until NBI probe finished

President Benigno Aquino III has suspended the release of priority development assistance funds (PDAF) pending the investigation conducted by government authorities on the P10-billion pork barrel scam involving members of Congress.

In an exclusive television report aired by GMA 7′s news program, Aquino said no PDAF or pork barrel funds will be released for the second half of this year until the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) finish its probe and the loopholes on the release of funds are addressed.

Aquino however said his administration has no plans of abolishing the PDAF system wherein each senator receives a yearly allocation of P200 million and congressmen get P70 million each. Read more

Aquino: 2 establishments to be charged for blocking waterways

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday that two big establishments will face civil and criminal charges for blocking waterways in Metro Manila.

The Chief Executive disclosed this when he visited the evacuees in Mandaluyong Elementary School after he also went to two evacuation centers in Binan and San Pedro, both in Laguna.

He said that the recent calamity only gives his administration the “impetus to do what should be done.” Read more

Aquino vows to punish people behind pork barrel scam

WHILE investigation is still ongoing on the alleged P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, President Benigno Aquino III acknowledged Wednesday that there were really people who pocketed the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

Aquino, who expressed his disgust over the alleged corruption, vowed that this kind of anomaly would no longer be repeated by ensuring penalties for those who would be found guilty.

“There were really people who really took advantage (of the pork barrel). They pocketed the fund. They did not even try to share it with those in need. Who won’t be disgusted on that?” he said in an interview in Mandaluyong City where he distributed relief goods to the families displaced by flooding. Read more