2 Former PBA players and a former PBL player lead the Ombudsman Graft Busters

admin   •   September 4, 2015   •   6292

MANILA, Philippines — The newest addition to the league of public servants, the Ombudsman Graft Busters is now excited to hit the hardcourt.

Despite being the tournament’s neophyte team and with only limited time training, the Graft Busters aim to give to the expectations of the viewing fans.

“It will be very hard for us to compete with the other teams but we will do our best”, said Ombudsman Graft Buster head coach Ryan Rey Quilala.

On his part, Assistant Special Prosecutor Ryan Rey Quilala says he is confident that Team Graftbusters is ready to face the challenge especially having two former PBA players, Bernzon Franco and Ej Feihl plus a former PBL player in the person of Edsel Del Rosario

“With the presence of Ej, Bernz and Edsel, we believe that we will be very competitive compared to older teams who have been participating with UNTV. We promise to give to the expectations of the public,” added Quilala.

Since the team is still getting to know each of their team mates, they do more than just training and conditioning.

“We are trying to have a bonding among our team players. We are doing a ‘getting- to- know- each- other’ type of play. So from there we are trying to be competitive,” said Ombudsman Graft Buster Team Captain Armando Sanchez.

Ej Feil is thrilled to join his colleagues again in the hardcourt. He feels overjoyed to play with former professional basketball players on UNTV Cup and most especially for the beneficiaries of the game.

“Yung mga ex-pro nagkaroon ulit ng trabaho, nagkaroon ulit ng laro , lalo na ngayon simula ng mawala yung ibang liga na malalaki after ng PBA. After ng ibang ano wala na eh, nawalan ng opportunity. Nagkaroon ng chance ang ibang players na magkaroon ulit ng laro. Exposure talaga maganda; UNTV pa.” Feil said.

(Ex-professionals were able to have a job again, to play again, especially now that professional leagues have rested already. After PBA, the opportunity was lost also. So this time, former players are given chance to play again and this is one good exposure and with UNTV nonetheless.)

Meanwhile, the Ombudsman Graft Busters is supporting “cancer awareness campaign” under the supervision of team manager Humberto Morales, the current chief of staff and son of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. (UNTV News)

Ombudsman Graft Busters. A white ribbon on the upper part of their jersey indicates support for the campaign against cancer.

Ombudsman Graft Busters. A white ribbon on the upper part of their jersey indicates support for the campaign against cancer.


IATF allows opening of new PBA season; hosting of Asian volleyball tournament

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has allowed the holding of two major sports events in the country.

According to IATF and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the task force on Thursday (July 15) approved the restart of the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the hosting the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, July 15, 2021, approved the request of the Philippine Basketball Association to restart their 46th season,” he said.

The Palace official, however, said that this is still subject to the strict compliance of the health and safety protocols as provided for under the guidelines of the Games and Amusement Board.

The PBA is set to begin the season on July 16 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City after being delayed for several months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The IATF also gave the go signal for the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) to host the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Roque said the IATF also reminded the PNVF regarding the strict implementation of health protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. —/mbmf

IATF OKs request for hosting of FIBA qualifiers; PBA practices in GCQ, MGCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has green-lighted the request of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to hold scrimmages and team practices in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, stressed that this is subject to health and safety protocols and vetting of Games and Amusement Board.

“Pinayagan ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) ang mga scrimmages at practices ng Philippine Basketball Association sa mga lugar na general community quarantine at MGCQ subject to the health and safety protocols na pag-aaralan muna ng Games and Amusement Board,” Roque said in an online briefing.

The local government of Batangas City earlier agreed to host the team practices of the Philippine Basketball Association in certain local venues. Batangas City is under GCQ until May 31.

Roque also announced that the IATF likewise approved the request of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to host the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers in June 2021 in Clark, Pampanga.

Roque said this activity will be held under a “bubble-type” setting and subject to health and safety protocols.

“The testing and quarantine protocols of arriving foreign participants shall be subject to the FIBA-required protocols as presented, to the extent applicable, without prejudice to the entry travel restrictions,” stated Resolution 114 issued by the IATF-EID on Thursday.

The resolution also said that all non-player participants not covered by FIBA rules are mandated to self-isolate upon arrival in the venue and undertake RT-PCR testing on the sixth day before their release.

“The designated hotels within the bubble shall not accept other guests outside of the FIBA participants,” the resolution read.

As the national government agency with the visitorial and supervisory authority, the Philippine Sports Commission has been directed by the IATF to “assume responsibility for monitoring and supervising the compliance of the health and safety protocols of the event.

Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas: Photographers collected over P55,000 for charity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

After rallying together to to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’, photographers are now selling pieces of their work to collect enough funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

READ: Photographers launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’ to help quake victims

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As of April 4, the contributions and donations for Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas have reached Php 57,400.

According to the group, their main goal is to be able to raise funds to help their fellowmen in times of calamities.

“We all know that a pandemic infection namely COVID-19 is affecting millions of lives all over the world. In the Philippines, the virus is spreading fast and our healthcare workers/frontliners lack the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves,” the group said. AAC


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