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Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero's inclusion in Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers is not just solely geared towards their development. National team head coach Yeng Guiao bared that the two promising young stars have a chance to secure a ........»»

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Sotto welcomes physicality, ready to fight for slot

Kai Sotto may be the youngest among the 20-man Team Pilipinas pool but the Ateneo de Manila University high school center knows that his ‘kuyas’ won’t go easy on him. The towering 16-year old cager boldly said that he welcomes the challenge of going up against experienced pros. Even if it means absorbing the physical nature of their game. “Sana ibigay nila ang lahat nila,” said the lanky 7-foot-1 Sotto. “Dahil siyempre kaya naman ako nandito para maramdaman ‘yung mga bagay na yun. Para ma-experience din kung paano talaga maglaro ‘yung players sa ganitong klaseng level.”      Sotto was one of the 12 players who attended the first practice session of Team Pilipinas, which is preparing for the two home games against Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the 2019 World Cup Asia Qualifiers. “Sobrang happy and sobrang excited ko na mag-practice rito and makilala yung mga teammates ko rito and looking forward na maraming matutunan sa kanila,” said Sotto, who already donned the national colors under the Batang Gilas banner. Sotto was joined another young player in University of the Philippines Ricci Rivero. Also in attendance were Talk ‘N Text’s Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Blackwater’s Poy Erram. Included in the pool are Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee. The six though skipped practice with their teams clashing in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Game 2.    SMB’s Christian Standhardinger and NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle have yet to arrive for practice as of posting time. Head coach Yeng Guiao said that Sotto and Rivero have the same equal chance as the pros to secure a spot in the final 12-man lineup. “Meron, meron (chance). Actually, the reason they’re here is they’re one of the guys with the opportunity to fight for a slot in the 12-man lineup,” said Guiao. “So kahit na sabihin natin na ang basic purpose natin is for their development, who knows?” “Hindi natin alam baka magpakita sila,” he added. “So I’m not discounting that possibility. It might be a little bit remote but it’s still a possibility.” For Sotto, getting a call up for the pool is already an honor. Whatever the decision of Guiao come the final cut, the experience will definitely improve Sotto’s game for the future.   “Dream ko na makasama sa talagang team and itong pagsama sa pool. Pero kahit ano man ang kalabasan positive lang ako dahil kahit papaano 16 pa lang naman ako,” said Sotto. “Kahit anong mangyari dito alam ko naman na magandang bagay yun para sa akin. Mag-pray lang ako na kahit anong mangyari magiging successful itong Team Pilipinas.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas resumed its preparation for the Asian Qualifiers of the 2019 FIBA World Cup with arguably the best roster assembled in recent memory.  Reigning 4-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and 7-foot-1 wunderkind Kai Sotto were in attendance as the national team's buildup for the fifth ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Sotto eyes caucus on TRAIN 2

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he might call for a caucus with the majority bloc to discuss the second tax reform package or the TRAIN 2 which some senators believe has no chance of passing in the Senate. Sotto eyes caucus on TRAIN 2 Source link: Sotto eyes caucus on TRAIN 2.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 12th, 2018Related News

Dream come true as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

    MANILA, Philippines – Among the 20-strong Gilas Pilipinas pool  chosen by new head coach Yeng Guiao, 16-year-old rising star Kai Sotto stands out above the rest. Well, for one, he’s the youngest pool member by at least 4 years next to pool mate Ricci Rivero. And of course, in case anyone still needs ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 11th, 2018Related News

6 senators pass drug test

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and five other senators tested negative for drugs based on results released by the upper chamber yesterday......»»

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Sandiganbayan verdict: Imelda Marcos guilty of graft | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Guilty verdict: Imelda Marcos of graft, Jeane Napoles of tax deficiency Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours' Marine combat veteran kills 12 in crowded California bar {module 3998}.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2018Related News

Senators expect silent workhorse Honasan to do well in DICT

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Friday, November 9, expressed support for the appointment of their colleague Gregorio Honasan II to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Senate President Vicente Sotto II expressed confidence that Honasan would be valuable to the DICT, the agency tasked to fix ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2018Related News

EJKs committed by drug dealers; not sponsored by State& shy;& mdash;Sotto

EJKs committed by drug dealers; not sponsored by State­—Sotto Source link link: EJKs committed by drug dealers; not sponsored by State­—Sotto.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 9th, 2018Related News

What is Sotto’s plan for 2022?

The last time he joined us in our Kapihan sa Manila Bay breakfast forum was last March 21 when Senator Vicente “Tito Sen” Sotto III was then the Senate majority leader......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2018Related News

The year of the modern Filipiniana

  Considered to be the biggest event showcasing and celebrating the beauty of the terno, the Ternocon organized by Bench and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will showcase the designs of 30 participants and those of JC Buendia, Len Cabili and Cary Santiago.   This will be on Nov. 11 at CCP.   Thirty participants from 17 provinces designed a daytime cotton terno and formal terno for the competition. These participants were mentored by the country's foremost designers, Buendia, Cabili, Sotto and Santiago, on the modern methods of terno making.   "I wanted to make the terno appealing to the younger generation," Buendia said.  ...Keep on reading: The year of the modern Filipiniana.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 9th, 2018Related News

EJKs committed by drug dealers; not sponsored by State& shy;& mdash;Sotto

EJKs committed by drug dealers; not sponsored by State& shy;& mdash;Sotto.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao wants to test 'big boy' Kai against Gilas 'old boys'

In a loaded 20-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the new FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers window, one name stood out the most. Young Kai Sotto was easily the most surprising name in head coach Yeng Guiao's lineup announced Tuesday and while the 7'2" high school phenom is a long shot to make the final 12, it wouldn't hurt for him to be included in the senior team as early as now. Former head coach Chot Reyes actually teased about the possibility of Kai joining the senior team as early as 2017 but this year, it's no longer just a possibility. [Related: Chot considered including Kai Sotto to Gilas' SEA Games lineup] It's happening. "With Kai kasi, we have nothing to lose [and] we have everything to gain," Guiao said on why he included Sotto in his new pool that also includes June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Christian Standhardinger, and Japeth Aguilar. "I'd like to see him play against the big boys and be able to accelerate his development. Who knows? Baka gulatin tao, baka makakuha siya ng spot sa top 12," he added. As the undisputed future of Philippine basketball, many are clamoring for Kai to improve his competition. The junior ranks in the Philippines are not exactly challenging for Sotto. At 7'2" and still growing, no one can match up to Kai's size and improving skill set. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Castro and Tenorio make Gilas return in new 20-man pool] With plans to train abroad shelved for the moment, joining the senior team of Gilas Pilipinas is the next best thing for the Ateneo star. "I think Kai is our future, and we're just trying to make use of the opportunity for him to be developed and be able to upgrade the competition he's been playing in kasi dominado niya masyado yung high school, dominado niya rin yung Under-18, so now maybe it's time for him to try the big boys," Guiao said of Kai. "Or the old bots kasi big boy din siya," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Pressure mounts for Guiao with 'best Philippine team ever'

Upon the announcement of Gilas Pilipinas' new 20-man pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have surfaced as well. And with good reason. The lineup currently looks like this, for those who missed it: Jayson Castro Paul Lee Stanley Pringle Alex Cabagnot LA Tenorio Matthew Wright Marcio Lassiter Ricci Rivero Scottie Thompson Gabe Norwood Troy Rosario Arwind Santos Japeth Aguilar Greg Slaughter June Mar Fajardo Beau Belga Christian Standhardinger JP Erram Ian Sangalang Kai Sotto It's certainly the tallest, most imposing, and perhaps most balanced pool in the whole of Gilas Pilipinas, and this is without regulars Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and RR Pogoy. So talks about how this is the best Philippine team ever assembled have some traction and members of the team are feeling it now even before their first practice session. Because if this is truly the Avengers version of Gilas Pilipinas, they have no reason not to impress. There's no Thanos in the Asian Qualifiers. "You know, you feel a little bit of pressure. Dapat malakas yung team na ito," head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. "On paper, it looks lke that [best Philippine team ever] but on paper is always different sa actual so nadadagdagan yung pressure sa akin pag ganoon. Though sabi ko nga, nandiyan naman parati yan [pressure], but we'll try to whip it into the best team that people expect it to be," he added. The best Gilas team ever can prove itself soon as the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the 5th window of the Asian Qualifiers. It's imperative for Gilas to score a sweep for a number of reasons. First, a sweep protects home court and second, beating Kazakhstan and Iran likely clinches Gilas' spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Finally, it's a chance to showcase what a unified national team can do. "Ang importante naman dito is manalo tayo sa Kazakhstan at sa Iran eh. Yun lang muna kasi I think pag nangyari yun, malaki na chance natin sa World Cup which is the ultimate objective anyway," Guiao added. With full support of the PBA and SBP, Gilas Pilipinas can form the ultimate team everytime. Now, it's just time to win. "Naniniwala ako na the strength of the national team is proportional to the strength of your professional league eh. Pag malakas ang professional league mo sa isang bansa, lumalakas ang national team mo because your pool really comes from your professional players, so it’s going to be a reflection of the PBA," Guiao said. "That responsibility is on our shoulders and we hope we can live up to it," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2018Related News

Senate leaders find nothing wrong with Chinese trader Yang as Duterte consultant

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri find nothing wrong with the appointment of Chinese national Michael Yang as economic consultant of President Rodrigo Duterte. Source link link: Senate leaders find nothing wrong with Chinese trader Yang as Duterte consultant.....»»

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Gringo to breeze thru CA as new DICT chief& mdash;Sotto

Gringo to breeze thru CA as new DICT chief—Sotto Source link link: Gringo to breeze thru CA as new DICT chief—Sotto.....»»

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Sotto: Burden on Comelec to fix party-list system

Senate President Vicente Sotto III agrees that the country's party-list system has been "abused," amid reports that groups seeking representation in the House of Representatives are filled with members of political clans and people who do not belong to marginalized sectors.   But Sotto put the onus of cleaning up the system on the Commission on Elections (Comelec), as a new law reforming it could be a long shot.   "The ball is now in the hands of the Comelec," he said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum on Wednesday.   According to Sotto, the Comelec could disqualify any candidate or party-list group on its own initiative.   Through legislation ...Keep on reading: Sotto: Burden on Comelec to fix party-list system.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 7th, 2018Related News

Gringo to breeze thru CA as new DICT chief& mdash;Sotto

Gringo to breeze thru CA as new DICT chief& mdash;Sotto.....»»

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Sotto believes govt knows about China weather stations in Spratlys | News

Senate President Vicente Sotto III believes that the government somehow has knowledge about the three weather observation stations reportedly constructed by China in three contested areas in the South.....»»

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Sotto: Honasan heading to DICT

Sotto: Honasan heading to DICT.....»»

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