Village chief shot dead

A barangay captain was shot dead by a motorcycle-riding assailant in Ibaan, Batangas on Friday......»»

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DID YOU KNOW? NU almost didn t have Aroga for UAAP 77 title run

Alfred Aroga was a perfect piece to the puzzle that was National University's historic championship in UAAP 77. "Malaking bagay talaga si Alfred nun kasi parang, he fits right into the puzzle nung team," head coach Eric Altamirano said in The Prospects Pod last Friday. "Doon sa identity namin which is defense, he fits right into it. You know, Alfred might say he's an offensive player, pero ang strength talaga niya is defense - blocking shots, his timing, his intimidation." The Cameroonian powerhouse was a ready-made replacement to impact foreign student-athlete Jean Mbe. And for the Bulldogs, Aroga wasted no time proving his worth. "Nung games namin, si Kiefer, makikita mong open na siya, nakalagpas na siya kay Pao [Javelona], pero pagdating niya doon, makikita niya yung kamay ni Alfred, makikita mong nagche-change yung shot niya e," coach Eric said. He then continued, "Minsan, wala na nga doon si Alfred, hindi na nga napalpal ni Alfred, pero sa mind ni Kiefer, parang nandun si Alfred." Apparently, however, the 6-foot-7 big man almost did not make the cut for the tournament. "I got told to play because I needed a 'red ribbon,'" he said. "Of course, they had to wait for a couple of months before the UAAP to tell us that." Less than a month before the season started, Aroga still lacked a requirement for eligibility. And so, National U moved heaven and earth to make something happen. "At least, (team management) got a ticket. It wasn't easy. I think, I had to take five to get to Nigeria," the gentle giant shared. Even worse, as fate would have it, there was a death in his family at that point in time as well. "That same period, my dad passed away so I had a choice to make to stay like a week with my family or bring my ass straight to the Philippines for practice," he shared. He then continued, "I did a deal that I was staying, but for 24 hours only. My mom was pissed, but I don't know, for some reason, man, I had to put my family aside and rush and go and meet the team for practice." With that, Aroga made sure to not let the Bulldogs down - and in the process, make sure that his family's hurt was not all for naught. "It was a painful experience, but it paid off, man. Thankfully," he said. Throughout the tournament, Alfred Aroga left his heart on the floor - for his father, for his family, for his school, for his squad - and it was even he who had the iconic moment in what turned out to be a special season for them. Aroga's resounding rejection of Ravena's layup in the UAAP 77 Final Four thrust National University to a historic championship and thwarted Ateneo de Manila University's grand plans of redemption. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PJ: ‘I cannot stand letting ABS-CBN resume operations’

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu third district Representative and Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia maintains that mass media giant, ABS-CBN, has committed violations prompting him to vote against the network’s franchise renewal last Friday, July 10, 2020. Garcia took to his Facebook page his explanations of why he supported the denial of the franchise application […] The post PJ: ‘I cannot stand letting ABS-CBN resume operations’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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30-year-old man dies after attending ‘COVID-19 party’: ‘I made a mistake’

A 30-year-old man, who thought the coronavirus was a hoax, died after attending a “COVID-19 party” in Texas, United States. The said parties are held by young people diagnosed with the disease to see if they and their friends can beat the virus, as per ABC-affiliate KSAT last Friday, July 10. However, the man later […] The post 30-year-old man dies after attending ‘COVID-19 party’: ‘I made a mistake’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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PBA teams to shoulder expenses for COVID-positive players

PBA teams will undergo a strict health protocol as the league hopes to return to action this year. As such, players will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing three days before practice resumes, followed by another round of testing every 10 days. Should any player test positive for COVID-19, the PBA said that teams will cover the expenses for their respective players. "Sasagutin ng teams lahat ng hospital expenses pag nagka-COVID ang players," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said as the PBA Board agreed upon such policy during their weekend meeting. "Just like when the players get injured, so there's no need for insurance," the Commissioner added. All COVID-19 testing for the PBA will be via swab tests, as per recommendation of Ginebra Governor Alfrancis Chua. San Miguel Corporation's laboratory will handle all the testing. The PBA recently gained approval from the IATF to start practices and on Friday, Marcial met with PBA coaches and team managers to discuss the protocols. Aside from the "no test, no practice" policy, players are to observe a "closed circuit" method that limits their travel from their homes to the practice facility and back. [Related: PBA coaches OK with league protocol and guidelines as practice resumes] "I think the PBA has put up an effective guideline to safeguard the players. It's just a matter of attitude from the players to maintain it," said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. The PBA season was officially shut down last March 11 after only playing one game in the 2020 Philippine Cup. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Indeed, defense won NU s first championship since 1954

National University won its first championship since 1954 at the expense of Far Eastern University. The iconic moment in that special season, however, was Alfred Aroga's big-time block on Kiefer Ravena. Aroga's rejection of Ravena's layup in the UAAP 77 Final Four thrust National University to a historic championship and thwarted Ateneo de Manila University's grand plans of redemption. That resounding rejection thrust the Bulldogs to a historic championship while also thwarting Ateneo de Manila University's grand plans of redemption. That wasn't the only defensive highlight the blue and gold had throughout that title run, though. In fact, their Season 77 was just one big defensive highlight. "Nung offseason, kasi nga, umalis si Ray, hindi namin alam identity namin tapos lahat, gustong mag-score kasi siyempre, gusto magpakita," pesky guard Pao Javelona said in last Friday's The Prospects Pod. "Pero nung patapos na yung preseason, doon namin nalaman na yung strength namin is yung defense. Kahit hindi kami maka-score, basta yung kalaban, hindi rin maka-score." That year, National U played without top gun Ray Parks Jr. for the first time in four seasons. Of course, the offense would take a step back. With that, head coach Eric Altamirano turned their full focus at the other end. "Tamang-tama yung sinabi ni Pao e. When the team started to embrace yung identity na mananalo kami sa depensa at hindi sa offense, doon nagsimula e," he said. One of the keys to do just that was making Troy Rosario and Glenn Khobuntin their starters at forward instead of substitutes for each other. "Sa akin, as a coach, ang pinaka-pivotal na ginawa kong decision was to put Glenn at 3 since when he started with us, lagi siyang 4. Nung ginawa na namin siyang 3, lumaki kami, naging defensive team kami, we can switch-all," the always amiable mentor said. From there, both Rosario and Khobuntin emerged as end-to-end players with Alfred Aroga protecting the rim and Javelona placing himself right at the grill of opposing guards. Steady Gelo Alolino completed the first five and, without a doubt, that first five was dominant on defense. Even Ravena himself could only acknowledge that fact. As he put it, "Kay Pao naman talaga ako hirap na hirap, pero what's harder is pag maiwan ko na si Pao, ang sasalubong sa akin, si Troy, si Glenn, tsaka si Alfred. Ang hirap talaga and minsan nga, nung mga panahong yun, tinitignan ko na lang sina (NU assistant) coach Joey [Guano] tsaka coach Vic [Ycasiano], sabi ko, 'Pashoot-in niyo naman ako, coach.'" He then continued, "Ang hirap talaga e. Parang nakikipagbiruan na lang ako sa kanila and that's a testament to how they really prepare." Indeed, so stout was that Bulldog defense that they won all four of their matchups that year opposite the Phenom-led Blue Eagles. And indeed, so stout was that Bulldog defense that up until now, Aroga is tattooed on the mind of Ravena. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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4 ‘CPP-NPA officials’ arrested in Kabankalan, NegOcc

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Four high-ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were arrested by the 15th infantry battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Sitio Mamposo, Barangay Magballo, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Major Cenon Pancito III of the Central Command […] The post 4 ‘CPP-NPA officials’ arrested in Kabankalan, NegOcc appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Talisay City Hall closed for disinfection on July 14-17

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Stringent disinfection and contact tracing will be conducted in Talisay City Hall starting next week after one of its employees succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Talisay City Hall will be closed from the public starting Tuesday, July 14 until Friday, July 17, 2020, to give way for the disinfection […] The post Talisay City Hall closed for disinfection on July 14-17 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

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Another PNPA cadet dies; plebe activities suspended

All activities for plebes at the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite have been suspended following the death of another cadet on Friday......»»

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P10.2 million shabu seized in Laguna

More than P10 million worth of shabu was seized in stings in Laguna on Friday......»»

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Cop beaten to death in Cagayan

A police officer died after he was allegedly beaten up when he confronted a group of men drinking liquor in Barangay Bagay in this city on Friday......»»

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4 NPA leaders nabbed in Negros

Four ranking members of the New People’s Army were arrested in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on Friday......»»

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Cops probe missing 400-yr-old Sto. Ni& ntilde;o

Manila Police District investigators are now investigating if the 400-year-old image of the Sto. Niño at the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish in Pandacan, Manila was stolen or consumed by the fire that gutted the church Friday afternoon......»»

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CHR: Franchise denial has & rsquo;chilling effect& rsquo; on media

The Commission on Human Rights said Saturday the House of Representatives’ denial on Friday of ABS-CBN’s franchise application “gives a chilling effect on the freedom of the press.”.....»»

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That Alfred Aroga block on Kiefer Ravena was a long time coming

Alfred Aroga is tattooed on the mind of Kiefer Ravena. "You were that person to me, Alfred," Ravena told Aroga in The Prospects Pod last Friday which the former hosts and the latter was a guest in. "You were that person to me." Aroga's resounding rejection of Ravena's layup in the UAAP 77 Final Four thrust National University to a historic championship and thwarted Ateneo de Manila University's grand plans of redemption. Then, the Bulldogs were up by two points on the Blue Eagles with 9.3 ticks to go in the do-or-die game between the two teams with a Finals berth on the line. Of course, the blue and white went to Ravena who breezed by Pao Javelona and then Gelo Alolino. Right at the rim, however, he was met by Aroga who swatted the ball away, sealing the deal for the blue and gold's date in the championship round with Far Eastern University. After three games there, National U celebrated its first championship since 1954. For the Cameroonian, though, that defensive stop on Ravena was something to celebrate as well. "I remember, when I got to the Philippines, I went to the arena and NU was playing against Ateneo," he said. "I was observing Kiefer the whole time and because I'm a good observer, I observed he was professional-ready already by that time. When they whipped the ass of NU, I told myself, every time I'm gonna play against Ateneo and Kiefer, they're gonna suffer." Yes, one of Aroga's first memories when he came to the Philippines was that of "The Phenom" having his way against the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-7 big man did not forget. Years later, at long last, he made Ravena feel his own personal revenge. As he put it, remembering his thoughts right after that block, "I was so happy, man. I was like, finally, I got that guy! But it was in a good way, man." He then continued, "Playing against you, it was a really good test because you're the kind of player you don't stop, you just slow down. We can't stop you, man." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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NU s marching orders in UAAP 77 title run: Kapalan ang mukha

National University transformed into a legitimate contender with the arrival of Ray Parks Jr. After two MVPs and two Final Four berths, Parks Jr. decided to move on from the Bulldogs in UAAP 77. And so, the blue and gold legitimate contender was, all of a sudden, without a main man. That was very much evident from their very first practice sans the Filipino-American guard. "First practice namin before nung season, hindi namin alam yung identity namin. Hindi namin alam kung sino yung i-score e," Troy Rosario recalled on last Friday's The Prospects Pod. He then continued, "Minsan, napuputukan na kami ng 24-second shot clock sa practice, wala pa ring tumitira. Hindi kami sanay eh." Make no mistake, even without Parks Jr., National U remained loaded with Rosario, Gelo Alolino, Glenn Khobuntin, Cameroonian powerhouse Alfred Aroga, and up-and-comers J-Jay Alejandro and Pao Javelona. Without a doubt, all of them had the capability to step up. Only, none of them had the confidence to do so. Slowly, but surely, though, that all changed. "Yung mga players, out to prove something. Lahat yan, lahat sila, eager sila to prove themselves na, you know, this is not a Bobby Ray Parks team, this is NU," head coach Eric Altamirano said. He then continued, "Ang maganda naman sa team na yun, lahat ng naiwan, talagang capable of really helping the team get the championship." Indeed, throughout the tournament, Coach Eric just kept getting the best out of his players - each and every one of them who had to come through for them to continue their contention. "Si Coach Eric, laging sinasabi sa amin na yung mga naiwan, kailangan nang kapalan yung mukha. Wala eh, wala nang ibang aasahan kundi yung mga beterano," Rosario recalled. He then continued, "Sinasabi ni coach Eric na kung ikaw, parang mediocre lang nung mga nakaraang season, ngayon, kailangan mo nang kapalan yung mukha mo. Doon ako nagising eh." And on the back of a dominant defense anchored by versatile Rosario and Cameroonian powerhouse Alfred Aroga, the Bulldogs just made enough on offense to will their way into a historic championship. As it turned out, Sampaloc did not have a ready-made replacement for Parks Jr. For that, it had to take total team effort. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Amazon tells workers to take TikTok app off phones: report

San Francisco | Amazon workers were given a Friday deadline to dump the TikTok mobile application because of unspecified security concerns, according to a Wall Street Journal report......»»

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Slaughter signs up with BeoBasket, eyes G League

Former Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter on Friday announced his signing with international basketball agency BeoBasket to take care of his professional career......»»

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Morikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Among the lessons Collin Morikawa took away from missing his first cut as a pro was that his reliable cut shot had left him. He found at it Muirfield Village, and suddenly looks as though he'll be tough to catch at the Workday Charity Open. Morikawa ran off four straight birdies after making the turn Friday, finished with another birdie and shot 6-under 66 to build a four-shot lead over Sam Burns (66) in the storm-delayed tournament. His 13-under 131 was one shot off the course record set by Jason Dufner in 2017 at the Memorial. The Workday Charity Open, which replaces the canceled John Deere Classic for this year only, has been set up a little easier than it will be for the Memorial next year, with slightly slower greens and rough that isn't quite as high or thick. Morikawa is still playing a different brand of golf than anyone else. Through two rounds, he has 15 birdies and an eagle. His four bogeys have come from silly mistakes that are bound to happen. Ian Poulter, back at Muirfield Village for the first time since 2009 because of a reconfigured schedule brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, had a 69 and joined Chase Seiffert (69) at 7-under 137. The second round had a pair of 75-minute delays because of the rumbling thunder and lightning that seems to appear whenever the PGA Tour is at Muirfield Village. “Who knows who's going to take it deep today?” Morikawa said. “Whether I have the lead or not, I've got to go into the weekend feeling like I've got to make the same amount of birdies I have the past two days. I feel like there’s a lot of birdies out there for me especially, the way I’ve been hitting it.” Morikawa, who turned pro just over a year ago after graduating from Cal, is making his debut at the course Jack Nicklaus built, and perhaps it's no coincidence that Nicklaus was famous for hitting a cut. “I had heard from a lot of people before, this course was going to suit a left-to-right shot, anyway,” Morikawa said. “Obviously, Jack hit that, and I think it does. But I’ve been able to leave myself some really good numbers into approach shots. I’ve been keeping myself in the fairway for the most part, and that obviously helps.” Among those playing in the afternoon, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka first had to worry about making the cut after sluggish starts. Koepka started at 2 over. Rahm was at even par. Phil Mickelson had another exciting day, minus the meltdown at the end of his round. He opened by chipping in for birdie and making a 12-foot eagle putt. With the tee moved forward on the 14th hole, the par 4 guarded by a pond right of the green, he hit driver to 10 feet and had to settle for birdie. And right before the first batch of storms arrived, Mickelson felt the wind shift and get stronger, so he took driver on the par-5 fifth and whaled away over the trees and just inside backyard fences. It settled in the rough, but it left him only 114 yards away and a pitching wedge to the green. The speed of the greens fooled him, and he repeatedly left putts short. Even so, he managed to post a reasonable number. Jordan Spieth wasn't as fortunate. He took double bogey on his 17th hole, the par-3 eighth, and was likely to miss the cut. Morikawa had made 22 cuts in a row to start his pro career, a streak that ended two weeks ago at the Travelers Championship. That was three short of the streak Tiger Woods put together when he turned pro. But the 23-year-old Californian was more interested in low scores than simply getting in four rounds and a pay check. “At the end of the day, you’re out there to win tournaments,” he said. “If you miss the cut, make it by whatever, you just want to learn from each week. And like I said, I learned a lot from those two days missing the cut than I have in a lot of events so far when I’ve been finishing whatever." This one caused him to take a closer look at what was lacking in his game, instead of being reasonably content with a solid finish. “I think sometimes when something really doesn’t go your way, like missing a cut, it just stands out a little more,” he said. Somewhere along the way, he couldn't rely on his cut shot, allowing him to aim some 6 yards left of his target and fade it toward the pin, no matter where it was located. It was after his practice round Wednesday that he figured out what was missing, and he went back to an old drill of sticking his glove under his left arm. It's a rotational drill, and it paid off. He had to wait until the storms to see if anyone could catch him, with the second round not likely to end until Saturday......»»

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Meralco consumers gain relief

Consumers will have slightly lower power rates in July after Manila Electric Co. announced Friday that the overall rate for a typical household went down by P0.0286 per kilowatt hour, to P8.6966 from P8.7252, last month......»»

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