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BOC Transformers takes on MMDA Black Wolves on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016

FILE PHOTO: Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon at the bench together with the whole BOC Transformers basketball team, players and staff enjoying a play in one of their games at UNTV Cup Season 5 Round 1 elimination. (Madz Milana / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs Transformers aim to maintain their no-games-lost record at the UNTV Cup this season; a tour de force by the team after toppling every opponent in the first round elimination.

For this, the Transformers, headed by Coach Kenneth Duremdes are preparing rigidly for their upcoming match against the ferocious MMDA Black Wolves, who are known for their run-and-gun play on the UNTV Cup hard court.

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“We will prepare hard kasi sayang itong record namin… hardwork  and kailangan namin ituloy. Itong laban ng Bureau of Customs para sa transformations,” Coach Kenneth Duremedes said.

(We will prepare hard because we don’t want to waste our record. Hard work and we need to continue this fight of the Bureau of Customs for the transformations.)

Although the BOC have proved to be the team to beat this season, they admit that the road to finals is no cakewalk.

Assistant Coach Bong dela Cruz added, “Every team dito sa UNTV Cup very tough, lahat sila naka-prepare, lahat sila magagaling so kailangan ready kami every game. Yung conditioning namin, yung stamina namin and yung strength namin kailangan mag-double effort kami.”

Every team here at UNTV Cup is very tough. They are all prepared. They are all good. So we need to be ready in every game. The team’s conditioning, the stamina, and strength, we need to make double effort because we are going into the second round.”

On the other hand, the MMDA Black Wolves, who now possess a 4-3 win-loss record, are gearing up before taking on the Transformers.

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MMDA Head Coach Mandeville Martires expressed, “Number one sa kabilang bracket yan, hopefully kumonekta yung defense namin, yun ang hinahabol ko sa game na yun.”

(They are number 1 in the other bracket. Hopefully, our defense connects. That’s what we are after in that game.)

Meanwhile, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon calls on other government agencies to take part in the league of public servants.

“Second round na tayo, pasalamat kami nakapasok kami dun. Hindi kami natalo sa first round… I also encourage the other government agencies to participate para mas masaya, 13 pa lang tayo gawin nating 20 yan mas maganda.”

“Of course, sa mga supporters ng UNTV Cup, please continue to support it this is a very nice public service.”

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(We are thankful that we are able to enter the second round. We did not experience loss in the first round. I also encourage the other government agencies to participate to be merrier. We have only 13 teams. Let’s make it 20. That’s better.)

(Of course, to UNTV Cup supporters, please continue to support it. This is a very nice public service.)

Watch out for the faceoff between the BOC Transformers and the MMDA Black Wolves on Sunday, December 18, 3:30 PM, at the University of Makati Gymnasium.

Half time entertainment on Sunday’s triple-header will be provided by Kath Loria,  Sam Mangubat of Tawag Ng Tanghalan and Tim Pavino.

Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

GAMES ON SUNDAY:

2 p.m. PNP Responders vs BFP Firefighters

3:30 p.m. BOC Transformers vs MMDA Black Wolves

5 p.m. Judiciary Magis vs Malacañang Kamao

VENUE: University of Makati Gym

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Malacañang-PSC, Senate force do-or-die semifinal matches

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The tough defense employed by the Malacañang-PSC to the NHA Builders was a big factor to force a game 2 in the semifinals as the main men of the Builders were partially shut down in the final quarter. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — In the Kamao-Builders match, first-time semi-finalist NHA Builders dominated the first to third quarters and kept Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the run.

But the Season 5 runner-up team did not lose heart and battled hard stealing the lead in the first three minutes of the last quarter, 63-62.

With the red shirt’s tough offense, the NHA was locked with only four points in the fifth minute of the quarter, and Kamao’s lead rose to nine points, 64-73.

But the Builders did not allow this turn of events, with Marvin Ladia and Alvin Vitug firing successive three’s to tie the score at 76-all.

And the buzzer went off to mark an overtime.

With several key players from both sides put out of the court, NHA’s Antonio Lustestica Jr and Marvin Mercado and Kamao’s Eric Dela Cuesta the ball game got even more intense.

Palace ballers Ian Garrido and Christian Luanzon were also fouled out early in the overtime period.

But Kamao Assistant Coach Raffy Gonzales remained confident his team could make it through.

“Nandoon pa rin talaga ang bawat isa, sa sistema namin at ang puso nila, hindi talaga sila bumitaw hanggang sa huli,” Coach Raffy Gonzales said.

(Everybody was still sticking on our system, their heart, they really did not give up until the end.)

Narayan Das Javier led the Kamao to the overtime with 19 points, including two from beyond the arc, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“Hindi kami naglalaro para sa pangalan namin sa likod, kundi sa charity namin, yung mga batang may cancer,” Javier said.

(We don’t just play for the name on our backs. We play for our chosen charity, the children with cancer.)

And in the Defenders-Cavaliers battle, the Senate team surprised the two-time champion AFP Cavaliers early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead, 29-15.

The Defenders maintained a double-digit lead until the final quarter of the match through a run-and-gun offense.

The Senate also hustled on their defense and prevented the soldiers’ main gunners from making shots.

Jeffrey Sanders and Garri Sevilla led the Defenders to the 74-64 win.

Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said: “Credit goes to the players. Maganda ang preparation namin going to this game. Maganda ang outcome ng attendance namin. Sina Senator Sonny and Senator Joel, and ang ibang executives namin, maganda participation sa practices. Very vocal sila. Ang ganda, ang sarap mag-ensayo kapag ganoon. Magaan ang pakiramdam ng mga bata going to this game.”

(Credit goes to the players. We had a good preparation going to this game. Our attendance had a good outcome. Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva along with other Senate officials participated well during our practices. They were very vocal. It’s nice to practice with that environment. Our players feel good going to this game.)

With the Kamao’s and Defenders’ wins, the four teams will meet again on Sunday for the deciding games on who will win the slots to the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES

GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC defeat NHA in overtime, 86-82.

Quarter Scores: 20-28, 32-45, 52-60, 76-76, 86-82

Malacañang-PSC Kamao (86) — N.Javier 19, V. Javier 18, E. Dela Questa 9, J. Jimenez 9, J. Besa 9, R. Abalos 8, I. Garrido 6, C. Luanzon 4, G. Gadong 2, M. Ignario 2

NHA Builders (82) — A. Vitug 24, W. Tibay 17, A. Lustestica 11, M. Mercado 8, J. Alastoy 8, J. Dizon 7, M. Ladia 6, A. Palad 1

GAME 2: Senate defeat AFP, 74-64.

Quarter Scores: 29-15, 51-31, 67-45, 74-64

Senate Defenders (74) — G. Sevilla 14, M. Legaspi 13, J. Sanders 11, J. Mangaran 9, M. Omega 8, H. Ng 6, M. Malaga 5, E. Villanueva 5, C. Andaya 3

AFP Cavaliers (64) — R. Almerol 15, J. Lumongsod 13, B. Bautista 12, W. Sergio 7, J. Quiambao 6, R. Araneta 6, W. Casulla 5

 

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UNTV Cup Semifinals kick off

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

UNTV Cup Final 4

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup Season 6 semifinal round kicks off on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders and Malacañang-PSC Kamao are set to battle the top 2 seeded teams AFP Cavaliers and NHA Builders.

According to league rules, the AFP and NHA hold the twice-to-beat advantage.

This necessitates the lawmakers and the Presidents’ men to win two straights to grab the two championship tickets.

The younger team NHA Builders will battle the former two-time championship contender Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the first game (3pm) of the doubleheader while former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers will face the Senate Defenders on the main game (4:30pm).

But should the AFP and NHA emerge victorious on Sunday, the will outrightly proceed to the Best of Three Finals match, while the Senate and Malacañang-PSC will set a knockout battle for third.

The AFP Cavaliers with a mixture of old and young gunners is expected to flex their vintage champion form while the Senate Defenders will stick to their chemistry and tough defense.

On the other hand, the question of who is more hungrier will be the story of NHA-Malacañang-PSC saga as both teams had already frequented to the final 4 seats but failed to get the Cup.

This epic battles can be watched live at the venue for free as well as on the UNTV channel and website. — UNTV New Media

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Court resets arraignment of Customs broker Mark Taguba

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines —Friday’s arraignment of Customs broker Mark Taguba over his drug smuggling case was canceled.

His lawyer asked the court for a postponement due to a pending petition before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 Presiding Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa reset the arraignment to February 23.

Taguba’s lawyer insisted that his client is innocent in the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“All the way until it was delivered, Mark did not know what the content of that container was. So it’s a pity the DOJ indicted him in this case though his role is very minimal,” said Atty. Raymond fortune, legal counsel of Taguba.

The Department of Justice is directed to comment on Taguba’s appeal for continued detention at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

His lawyer explained that it could not be denied there are people who would want to harm Taguba once he is transferred to the Manila City jail due to his testimony before the Senate hearings.

He noted that some of the persons whom Taguba implicated in drug smuggling and anomalies in the customs bureau have already lost their positions.

“It’s not a secret at all, it’s actually pretty well known it’s to easy to get a person, pay him, from inside the jail to harm a fellow detainee,” said Fortun.

Taguba remains under NBI custody but the chief of the NBI detention cell has been directed by the court to explain the failure to deliver him to the city jail as ordered since last Friday.

Judge Montesa said that this sends a wrong message to the public because it would appear that court orders can be defied and high-profile accused is given special treatments.

Meanwhile, the court has also directed the transfer of alleged shabu shipment consignee Eirene Mae Tatad to the Manila City jail.

Tatad is also under NBI custody after she was arrested while on a vacation in Iloilo. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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