CITY HALL EXECS takes Game 1 in Execs vs. ABC 5th Conference

City Hall Executives held their ground in the rough plays of Game 1 and eked out an 84 – 78 win over Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) as the 5th Conference kicked off on August 29, Friday night at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

The Executive Oldies overcame the rugged and rowdy plays in the opening game of the new series – marked with an ABC player being rushed to the hospital for check-up after the game – to take a 1 – 0 lead.

      Christopher “Bong” Go ignored the on-and-off side skirmishes as the conference scoring leader poured in 27 points, including 17 in the first half.

      Michael Peloton banked in 18 points as Joseph Felizarta dropped 14 for the Executives Oldies who extended its winning streak to seven after tasting their only defeat in 18 games.

      Glen Escandor was hit in the left eye in the third period where the spot-up shooter scored 8 of his total 12 points. The business-sportsman was clearly distracted by the hit in the eye as he went scoreless in the final period.

      Arnulfo Apostol top scored with 18 baskets for the village chiefs who lost the opening game of the series in all conferences.

      Rolando Bantayan, who was ABC’s scoring leader in the last five games, made 14 points.

      ABC forward G. Culaste and Barredo collided badly as they dashed for loose ball that left the former in a bloody nose.

      Culaste was rushed to the hospital after the game for a series of test on his sustained injury.

       The Executive Oldies were leading most of the game but the village chiefs stayed within the striking distance.

      Go, who converted nine points, and the rest of the gang took a 24 – 19 lead after the first period. (Rico Biliran)

THE ABU SAYYAF GROUP whose senior leader Isnilon Hapilon has pledged  allegiance to ISIS, in video uploaded on YouTube.

MILF: Abu Sayyaf, BIFF joining ISIS not a threat

luwaran.com editorial logoThe report that some 100 elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and so-called Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM) have travelled to the Middle East and joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is very unlikely.

The MILF has no verified report about it. In our view, there is more loss than gain for the two groups in joining the ISIS.

For us, the threat is not in the two groups’ joining the ISIS. Their number is too tiny to be felt and make a difference. The ISIS is overflowing with volunteers from all over the world, including those from the United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Australia.

The threat really comes from the extremism espoused by the ISIS. Ideas are contagious and infectious. Wild ideas are attractive to those who want adventures and pre-occupied with hatred and revenge. The ISIS, we suppose, is not short of people who are like those Europeans who joined the Crusades in the 13th century to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims, who were described as “infidels” by Christendom.

The MILF condemns barbarism and savagery whether done by other groups including the ISIS or even by its own members. Neither are we justifying the advent of the ISIS. That is not for the MILF to dip our fingers into. But it is a fact that the Arab countries suffered humiliatingly from the evil machinations of Western countries. Iraq was invaded to get rid of a dictator, Saddam Hussein, and to seize his nuclear weapons, which were not there. Nobody cried for the ouster and death of Saddam. But the real reasons for the invasion were concealed, i.e., to seize control of the Iraqi oil and as a protection for Israel, which is the spoiled brat of the Western world. What did the Iraqis get in return? Nothing, but bloodshed, destruction, anarchism. Who are at fault? The one that created the troubles now or those who planted the seeds of enmity and violence? The answer is, both, but who is the main culprit?

Relatedly, it is to be admitted that the process to make real the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is its defining moment. The BBL has already been submitted, not just to the Office of the President (OP), but on August 20 to President Benigno Aquino III, who is expected to review it in the light of the letter and spirit of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its four Annexes, plus the Addendum on the Bangsamoro Waters.

We don’t doubt the President will exercise his powers of review diligently, fairly, and fully conscious that the BBL should and must address a problem, the Moro Question, and put it to rest forever. This is our conviction.

In short, what we mean is that the BBL we envision is one that complies with the flexibility of the Constitution and, more importantly, one that will lead to the resolution of this question. Short of this, the road ahead is not easy to contemplate on.

It is this high hope for the passage of a good BBL and the fear for not being able to realize it for whatever reason that the ISIS’ virus is much to be feared. Surely, the current leadership of the MILF, which is matured, experienced, and reasonable — and has done and is doing everything feasible to succeed in this peace undertaking — will no longer be in control of everything. Frankly, it is the power, moderating line, and influence of the MILF that hinders the birth of a truly strong radical group in Mindanao. Without the MILF, it would be free-for-all in Mindanao. God forbid!

Execs grabs 4th Conference championship in Exec vs. ABC series

sir-bong1exec-vs-abcCity Hall Executive Oldies affirmed their supremacy over Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) with an 83 – 82 win in Game 4 to sweep the 4th Conference best of seven series 4 – 0 at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym on Tuesday night.

      The Executive Oldies proved to be the better team in crunch time, playing with great resolve, as they pulled off a down the wire victory to close the series with style.

Shooting-buddies Christopher “Bong” Go and Glen Escandor delivered the crucial blows down the stretch for the Executive Oldies who never loss a series against the ABC.

Go, who finished the game with 34 points, made the go ahead basket at the foul line, hitting two crucial free throws that gave the Executive Oldies an 83 – 82 lead with four seconds remaining.

      Roger Galido, who ironically fouled Go that sent the series leading scorer at the foul line, had the chance to turn the fortune of the village chiefs but his shot went off.

      The Executive Oldies closed out the series in the same way they did in the first and second conference where they went 4 – 0. Third conference was nearly alike which ended 4 – 1 with the ABC winning Game 3.

Rolando Bantayan paced with 23 points for the ABC who gave all out but once again fell short in the end.

      The village chiefs were in a good situation to extend the series as Notnot Yap converted a lay up to put the ABC at the driver seat, 82 – 81, under 10 seconds to go.

      But haplessly for them they fouled the penetrating Go that turned things around against their favor.

      Escandor banked in 21 points, including a late three pointer that gave Executive Oldies their first lead since midway of the second period at 81 – 80.

      The village chiefs were leading all throughout marked with a 66 – 58 advantage entering the pay off period.

ABC came out with a bang, taking a 26 – 16 lead, at the end of the opening period before the Executive Oldies rallied back to cut the deficit, 39 – 44, at the break. (Rico Biliran)





Davao edges Digos in Battle of the Executives

cmo_dvo-22BATTLE OF EXECUTIVESThe Davao City Executives turned back Digos City Executives, 97 – 84, in a friendly basketball match on Monday at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

      Christopher “Bong” Go put a brilliant game finishing with double-double as the sweet-shooting guard pumped in 35 points on top of 10 assists to lead the way for the Davao Executives.

      Go was on fire right from the opening tip, erupting for 17 with baskets from different variety- floaters, fall-away and   pull-up jumpers, running jump shots and from behind the arc.

      Davao Executives wrapped up the first period with a 16 points lead, 35 – 19, and dictated the tempo of the match en route to victory.

Glen Escandor backed Go up with 13 points as Gil Ciudadano joined the scoring bash with 12.

      By the time the third period ended, the Davao Executives were leading by 18, 78 – 60, and were never threatened anymore the rest of the way.

      Cabrera paced with 22 for the Digos Executive squad led by Mayor Joseph Peñas, Digos City Hall department heads, chief of police from various Digos police precincts and personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection

      Next friendly game is set on September 8 in Digos City. (Rico Biliran)


City Hall Execs snags win No. 33

BONG GO ESCANDORibpCity Hall Executives rolled to their 33rd win against IBP Davao with a big win, 72 – 58, on Monday night in the City Hall Executives-IBP Davao yearlong friendly series at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

Christopher “Bong” Go came through with 34 points as the Executives notched another win that came for the first time in a double-digit margin.

Most of the games in the series were close with the outcome frequently decided within the final two or three minutes remaining.

IBP Davao won nine times in 42 games in the series that aims to help the Davao lawyers prepare for the IBP Mindanao Convention Sports Palaro and for their title-retention bid in the IBP National Sports Palaro Men’s Basketball.

            The yearlong friendly series would rally round IBP Davao to fine-tune the kind of game it wants to play on defense formation and offensive execution on its quest for a back-to-back title.

The tight matches considerably would help out the Davao lawyers get their act together in clutch situations and develop their ability to close out games.

            On Monday, the IBP Davao was limited to 11 points in the final period way below to their usual output in the previous outings.

            Adrian Paguican, who scored a combined 14 baskets in the second and third period, made only 2 points in the final canto. Gil Ciudadano had 12 points with eight of which came in the first half.

            The imbalance offense of IBP Davao in the final half shut their chances out to turn things around.

Warren Cloribel and Mike Rosal contributed 12 points apiece for the Executives who got 10 from Joel Abillera. (Rico Biliran)

Oldies rout BJMP for 4th straight win

City Hall Executive Oldies bucked a slow start and the absence of their second leading scorer to whip BJMP, 102 – 91, in the ongoing 2014 IBP-CMO Basketball Tournament on Saturday, August 23, at the Hall of Justice Covered Court in Ecoland.

The Executive Oldies went into scoring surge bridging the second and third period behind their three points shooting to break loose en route to their fourth straight win and remain solo at the top of the standing.

Christopher “Bong” Go nailed six triples while Michael Peloton converted four in the third canto alone as the Executive Oldies took an 85 – 58 lead entering the pay off canto.

Go, the team’s leading scorer, wrapped the game up with 44 points, including 23 in the final half.

Peloton, who stepped up in the absence of spot-up shooter Glen Escandor, converted a total of five three pointers to finish the game with 19 for the Executive Oldies who got 14 from Eugene Labor and 10 from Warren Cloribel.

BJMP came out strong early, leading the entire first period which ended 19 – 17 on its favor.

     But the Executive Oldies erupted with barrage of baskets from all angles in the second period to take a 47 – 31 lead at the break.

     Go and the rest of the gang continued to pound in the third period to enter the final frame with a secure advantage.

Lanzuela paced with 20 points for the Jailmen who drew 17 from Eyao.

     In the other game, IBP Davao Oriental pulled off a shocker as it upset IBP Davao, 95 – 90, in the second game of the triple bill, that saw Team Judiciary defeating IBP Davao Del Norte in a high-scoring encounter, 113 – 106.



Impeach raps vs. Pnoy found ‘sufficient in form’

MULTI-SECTORAL. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz together with Makabayan bloc representatives signs one of the impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino before Congress. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler
MULTI-SECTORAL. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz together with Makabayan bloc representatives signs one of the impeachment complaints filed against President Aquino before Congress. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

All three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III have been declared sufficient in form by the House Committee on Justice.

The committee is set to tackle the sufficiency in substance of the complaints next week.

The first two complaints were about Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of the stimulus program declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The third is over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which seeks a greater US military presence in the country despite a constitutional ban on foreign bases.

The impeachment complaints were endorsed by Bayan Muna Representatives Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap, Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon, Act Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus.

A fourth impeachment complaint accused Aquino of sustaining the outlawed Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the 2014 budget. The high tribunal declared as unconstitutional the congressional pork at the height of a corruption scandal under the alleged scheme of Janet Lim-Napoles.

But the complaint failed to reach the floor in time for the committee referral of the first three complaints


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IBP says no to PNoy term extension

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) reiterated its “unequivocal” opposition against any move to amend the 1987 Constitution to clip the powers of the Supreme Court (SC) and extend the term of the President.

“The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is impelled to state for the record its official unequivocal opposition to amend the 1987 Constitution for the purpose of clipping the power of the Supreme Court and allowing Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to seek a 2nd term for the presidency of the country, ” the IBP said in a statement.

“The President should reexamine his position in seeking a second term and of tinkering with the Constitution through his allies in the Congress,” the statement read.

The IBP said the expanded judicial power vested in the Supreme Court by the very same Constitution adopted during the incumbency of Aquino’s mother, the late President Cory Aquino, has a specific and noble purpose.

The IBP called on Aquino to uphold the rule of law.

“The men and women who authored that Freedom Constitution, just freed from a dictatorship, had reason to expand judicial power and the concommitant power of judicial review. They were men and women of probity, competence and integrity.

“To cite the purported need to amend because he (Aquino) lost in the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) case where the program was declared unconstitutional, simply taxes our credulity, undermines and defies reason and puts to great doubt the ability of the President to govern under a rule of law,” the statement read.

The IBP also slammed threats to impeach justices of the high court on the heels of its rulings against the pork barrel system and DAP, adding that this undermined the separation of powers of the branches of government.

The high court, in separate decisions, declared the pork barrel system and DAP as unconstitutional.

The IBP said Aquino should listen to the lessons of the past and to the “memories of the sufferings and sacrifices of the Filipino people under the former dictatorship.”

“No way and never again, no, never!” the IBP said.

Aquino advised on term extension “Pahinga ka na!”

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 President Benigno Aquino has been advised against seeking a second term through Charter Change.

The advice comes no less than from the respected Jesuit constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution.

Bernas was part of the 1986 Constitutional Commission which drafted the Constitution during the administration of the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the sitting president’s mother.

Pahinga ka na (Take a rest),” Bernas said on ANC’s Beyond Politics.

      Bernas said Aquino would be stepping on the vision for democracy of his mother and the framers of the 1987 Constitution if he pursues his bid to seek another 6-year term through an amendment of the Constitution.

The Constitution currently prohibits a president from being re-elected after one 6-year term. But the President’s allies in Congress are moving to give Aquino an extended term.

Aquino has admitted he is open to a second term if it is the will of the people.

“The move now to have Aquino re-elected is very much against the spirit of the Constitutional Commission and very much against Cory herself,” he said, referring to the president’s mother and democracy icon, Corazon Aquino



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