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Duterte: Bato not criminally liable for free Pacquiao trip

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Philippine National Police Chief PDG. Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa

Philippine National Police Chief PDG. Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa

 

The new WBO Welterweight Champion, Senator Manny Pacquiao, paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace on Monday after a successful fight against American boxer Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 6.

The president congratulated the “pambansang kamao” who gave honor to the country once again.

Pacquiao gave a black and gold shirt to Duterte who in turn commended the boxer for defending PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa regarding the free boxing tickets and all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas that he received from the people’s champ.

“You were right in defending Bato. What you donated [was] your skill. It is a donation…And you can afford to pay the expenses, it is commensurate with your wealth. There is no criminal liability,” Duterte told Pacquiao.  — UNTV News and Rescue

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Boxing official Bruce McTavish is now officially a Filipino citizen

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

International boxing referee Bruce McTavish with Sen. JV Ejercito | Photo via Sen. JV Ejercito Twitter account

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the Philippines on Monday, October 1, granted boxing official and philanthropist Bruce McTavish his long-overdue Filipino citizenship “with all the rights and corresponding obligations appurtenant thereto as a natural-born Filipino citizen.”

Sponsored by Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights chair Sen. Richard Gordon, House Bill 7388 grants Philippine citizenship to McTavish in recognition of his “exemplary contributions as a sportsman, entrepreneur, civic leader, devout Catholic and philanthropist.”

McTavish has applied for a Filipino citizenship by naturalization as early as 2010.

Originally from Auckland, New-Zealand, the respected veteran boxing referee has been residing in Angeles City, Pampanga since 1967. He has been married to Filipina Carmen Tayag for over 35 years with whom he has two daughters.

Known for officiating several world title fights and some previous matches of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, McTavish is also noted for his philanthropic projects for street children in the country. — Yssa Jalmasco

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Revived Pacquiao stuns Matthysse to claim welterweight crown

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Boxing – WBA Welterweight Title Fight – Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse – Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 15, 2018 Manny Pacquiao in action against Lucas Matthysse REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Filipino legend looked focused and busy from the opening bell and had the 15,000 fans at the Axiata Arena on their feet when he sent his Argentine opponent to the canvas three times in total with an array of clubbing blows.

The southpaw dropped his opponent for the final time with a brutal uppercut and the win, his first inside the distance since 2009, improves the eight-division world champion’s record to 60-7-2.

“I’m surprised. Matthysse is a very tough opponent,” Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview following a performance in which he showed glimpses of the spectacular form that catapulted him to the top of global boxing over a decade ago.

“I knocked him down and that’s a bonus for being patient in the fight, and working hard in training.”

Pacquiao set the pace early, probing for openings and moving menacingly around the ring as he dropped Matthysse for a first time in the third round with an uppercut after a flurry of punches had forced the Argentine onto the defensive.

Unable to gain a foothold against Pacquiao’s swarming attacks, Matthysse (39-5-1) looked to land on the counter but was forced to take a knee towards the end of the fifth round when he was visibly shaken by a right hook to the temple.

Referee Kenny Bayless called off the fight after two minutes and 43 seconds of the seventh round when Matthysse buckled following another stiff uppercut and spat out his mouthguard as he was being counted.

The win, in his first bout since losing the WBO welterweight title to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane a year ago, gives Pacquiao his 11th world title in an incredible career that has made him a national hero in his native Philippines.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by John O’Brien

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Ronald Dela Rosa to go after smugglers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former Police Chief now Director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald Dela Rosa has an additional task after being chosen as president of the newly formed Anti-Crime Council of the Philippines (ACCP.)

A multi-sectoral council composed of law enforcement agencies, businessmen and other non-governmental organizations, ACCP aims to fight crimes and illicit trades particularly smuggling which is highly rampant in the country.

Dela Rosa said they are considering the adoption of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Oplan Tokhang in pursuing smugglers in the country.

“Kung ano iyong pinaka objective ng organisasyon which is to fight illicit trade iyon ang ating tutukan ngayon how to help the government fight illicit trade to particularly iyon smuggling,” said Dela Rosa.

Reports show that the government is losing P200 billion in revenue annually due to smuggling. Jess Arranza, the president of the Federation of Philippine Industries said one factor that contributes to the proliferation of smuggling activities in the country is the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. He cited as an example the rampant smuggling of cigarettes which is being blamed on the high excise tax imposed on tobacco products.

“Ikaw ba kapag bagsak ang presyo sa isang country pupunta ka? Ikaw smuggler ka, hindi ka pupunta sayang lang ang pagod mo, tutubuin mo centavo ang hinahanap nilang tutubuin piso, limang piso, sampung piso, dollar pa,” Arranza said.

(If you were a smuggler, would you go to a country where prices of goods are low? You’d be wasting your efforts earning a few centavos. Smugglers look to earn one peso, five pesos, 10 pesos, even in dollars.)

Meanwhile, the PNP expressed its support to Dela Rosa and vowed to join the agency in the conduct of Oplan Tokhang to smugglers.

“Probably ang suporta natin dito ay sa security side kung talagang mangangailangan sila ng security or enforcement coming from the Philippine National Police,” said PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

The agency encourages businessmen to report to them incidents of smuggling and ACCP will call the attention of police to launch Oplan Tokhang. ACCP vows to file appropriate charges against personalities who are involved in such illegal activity – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo

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