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AFP Cavaliers stun Senate Defenders

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Senate Defenders’ Sen. Joel Villanueva (#3) looks to attack the basket after his teammate Michael Dan Omega (#9) gave a screen to Alvin Zuniga during their game against the AFP Cavaliers on UNTV Cup Season 6 elimination round on October 22, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Mark Oliver Santillan / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The first round of eliminations continues on the league of public servants, the UNTV Cup.

In the main game of Sunday’s triple-header at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders surrendered to the AFP Cavaliers as the two-time champion made it to a one-point win, 72 – 71.

Coach Sonny Manucat of the Cavaliers said defense was a key to the soldiers’ victory on Sunday.

“Number one, defense. Kasi alam ko talaga malakas yung Senate eh, so sabi ko sa kanila we have to contain all players inside lalo na yung Mangaran, Sevilla, saka si Jeff Sanders, kaya sabi ko walang magre-relax. Focus lagi sa game, kaya breaks of the game.”

(Number one, defense. I know that Senate Defenders is a really strong team, so I said to them we have to contain all players inside specially James Ryan Mangaran, Garry Sevilla, and Jeffry Sanders.  So I told them we shouldn’t relax. We need to focus on the game all the time — breaks of the game.)

Sir Romero Almerol Jr. with 17 points and Rolando Pascual with 13, led the Cavaliers in the scoring department.

While Rommel Balboa with 17 points and Jeffrey Sanders with 14 points led the Defenders. Senator Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, contributed 12 points.

In the second game, Malacañan-PSC Kamao knocked down PDEA Drug Busters, 91-85.

Coach Louie Gonzales admitted the Drug Busters posed a great challenge overconfidence was out of the question.

“We don’t have to be overconfident sa laban na to kasi, I watched their games, alam ko hindi pa nagka-come together, it’s a brand new team. Pero alam mo mga matured na yan eh, mga marurunong na yan, mag-aadjust na din yan. Now, kung bibigyan pa natin sila ng fighting chance, maglalaro ng maganda yan and which happened. Buti na lang nakalusot kami.”

(We don’t have to be overconfident in this game. I watched their games, I know they have not yet come together, it’s a brand new team. But you know, they are matured already, they are skilled, they will adjust. Now, if we will give them a fighting chance, they will play good, which actually happened. Good thing we made it through.)

And in the PNP-COA match, the Responders eased to victory over the Enablers, 112-72.

The Responders stays on the top spot in Group A with three games won and no game lost while COA has a 0-3 win-loss standing. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

The Scores:
Game 1
PNP Responders (112) — A. Yanquiling 18, A. Bayabao 17, J. Cabahug 14, O. Omiping 11, H. Decena 8, A. Tolentino 7, J. Saracho 6, R. Abaya 6, R. Ongutan 6, R. Cabrera 5, C. Elopre 4, J. Tacsay 4, H. Sta. Cruz 3, J. Misola 2, J. Criste 1
COA Enablers (71) — A. Gamboa 31, E. Ballestos 18, J. Angel 6, W. Paquera 5, R. Villanueva 4, J. Balgua 2, R. Garin 2, C. Sulay 2, P. Carpina 1
Quarter Scores: 31-11, 54-29, 80-50, 112-71
GAME 2:
Malacanang-PSC Kamao (91) — V. Javier 20, J. Besa 17, C. Luanzon 14, E. Dela Cuesta 13, I. Garrido 10, J. Jimenez 8, G. Gadong 4, M. Ignario 2, N. Javier 2, R. Abalos 1
PDEA Drug Busters (85) — M. Basco 32, R. Rizon 19, J. Perante 18, R. Sanz 12, C. Santiago 2, D. Dejarme 2
Quarter Scores: 24-20, 51-45, 76-65, 91-85
GAME 3:
AFP Cavaliers (72) — R. Almerol 17, R. Pascual 13, W. Casulla 10, A. Zuniga 8, B. Bautista 8, J. Lumonsod 6, W. Sergio 3, J. Quiambao 2, P. Fernandez 2, R. Araneta, E. Tan 1
Senate Defenders (71) — R. Balboa 17, J. Sanders 14, E. Villanueva 12, J. Mangaran 9, M. Omega 8, S. Marata 6, H. Ng 3, J. Flaminiano 2
Quarter Scores: 16-24, 47-39, 56-54, 72-71

 

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Ex-AFP chief Carlito Galvez is the new presidential peace adviser

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Former AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.

MANILA, Philippines — Former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez who just retired, has yet another role to play in the Duterte government.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Tuesday (December 12) at the AFP’s 83rd Anniversary and Change of Command ceremony that Galvez will be replacing former presidential peace adviser, Jess Dureza who previously resigned after two of his subordinates were accused of being involved in corruption.

“By the way, before I forget, si General Galvez will join the Cabinet next week as the Secretary of the Peace Process Office,” Duterte said to the audience.

The President added that Galvez is the 9th military man to be appointed under his administration.

His most notable accomplishment as the 50th AFP chief of staff is the strengthening of internal security operations.

“Upon assuming command, he supervised our internal security operations and the implementation of martial law in Mindanao. This led to the neutralization of more than two thousand terrorists, the recovery of thousands of firearms, and the clearing of seven guerrilla fronts,” the President said.

Replacing Galvez as AFP chief of staff is the current head of Eastern Mindanao Command, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal.

Madrigal’s appointment coincides with the establishment of a new division of the Philippine Army in Jolo, Sulu and the formation of a national task force that will combat the armed insurgency of the communist rebels.

“We now shift to a new civilian-led approach that will tap other government agencies and other private sectors in bringing basic services and other development interventions that will address the root cause of the communist movement,” the President said during his speech.

Duterte has ordered Madrigal to continue the good work that his predecessors have started in achieving lasting peace for the country.

“General Madrigal, you are now tasked with the responsibility of preserving peace and ensuring order as we shift to this new approach. Sustain the progress of those who came before you and create a legacy that will cause ripples of positive change in the years to come,” President Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang-PSC frustrates PITC at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC Kamao flexed muscle as they overcome the power of the uprising rookie team PITC Global Traders. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)

The Malacañang-PSC Kamao team is tightly clinging onto the second spot after narrowly pounding the PITC Global Traders, 69-64 at Thursday’s match.

Michael Ignario and ‘Bigman’ Martin Lloyd Antonio shared the Best Player of the Game title after firing 15 and 16 points, respectively.

The Kamao team now holds six wins and one loss under its belt while the global traders fell to the sixth rank after absorbing defeat for the fourth time.

Meanwhile,  the AFP Cavaliers are still the top team to beat as the end of the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup 7th edition draws closer.

The AFP maintained their lead after routing the DA Food Masters, 79-73, in a match held last Sunday.

Darwin Cordero was hailed as the Best Player of the Game after firing 24 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Cavaliers now hold seven wins and one loss record while the Food Masters were pushed down to the bottom of the standings after absorbing six losses and winning only three of their games.

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders, on the other hand, spoiled the hopes of the NHA Builders to take home the crown this season after their explosive match last Sunday.

The NHA lost to the Senate in overtime, 98-97, with Marlon Legaspi and Harly Ng scoring the game-winning shots after firing 22 and 24 points, respectively.

Legaspi and Ng were hailed as the Best Players of the Game. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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Police accused by Sagay massacre survivors of compelling to testify vs. NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

 

Survivors of Sagay massacre

MANILA, Philippines — Covering themselves with a malong and wearing a face mask are mother and son who survived the Sagay massacre where 9 farmers, four women, and two minors were killed by armed men at Hacienda Nene, Purok Pine Tree, Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City on October 20.

The mother who survived the massacre is accusing authorities of compelling her son, Lester, to testify against the New People’s Army (NPA) and prove that the group was behind the Sagay massacre.

Lester’s mom fears that police will use his son to pinpoint innocent individuals.

“Kahit military nagsasabi rin na, the child can pinpoint na NPA daw ang gumawa nung massacre,” said Atty. Kathy Panguban, legal counsel of the survivors.

“Kaya lumayo iyong mag-ina sa Negros at nag-seek talaga sila ng sanctuary dahil patuloy silang hinahabol ng mga pulis, pinipilit na gawing star witness sa Sagay massacre,” she said.

The Sagay Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and two of his personnel are facing violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, an allegation denied by the Sagay police.

“Wala kaming ginawang ganoon, ‘yung pinipilit. Wala kaming pinipilit na tao. ‘Yung allegation na iyan is actually fabricated iyan. Bakit naman namin pipilitin iyong bata? Tapos iyong bata po noong ininterview, pagsubscribe sa affidavit, nandoon iyong mismong prosecutor. Nandoon iyong ama at saka iyong DSWD na nagpasubscribe ng statement niya. Doon pa lang mismo malalaman na namin. May video kami niyan,” said Sagay City police chief PCI Robert Mansueto via phonepatch.

“Yung statement na NPA ang gumawa ng Sagay massacre, that came from the army infantry brigade,” said Panguban.

Lester’s biological father meantime is facing charges of violation of Republic Act 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children over the alleged abuse and harassment against his child and for forcing them to cooperate with the police.

“Nagpapatuloy iyong pananakot niya sa kliyente namin sa kanilang ina at pinipilit niyang makuha iyong anak; mabawi iyong anak at tinakot din niya na kakasuhan din daw niya pati iyong nanay ni Lester,” said Panguban.

As of now, the survivors are in a safe place.

The victims in the massacre were members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NSFW) who were participating in a campaign to occupy the idle lands which are not yet distributed to the beneficiaries. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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