PDEA completes the 2nd round elimination cast of UNTV Cup 6

UNTV News   •   December 12, 2017   •   4556

FILE PHOTO: PDEA Drug Busters is the only rookie team to advance to the 2nd round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)

Rookie team PDEA Drug Busters eases to the second round eliminations of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.

This, as the DOJ Justice Boosters toppled the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73 on Sunday’s triple header.

Based on the league’s point system, the DOJ, Ombudsman and DA Food Masters get eliminated from the league this season, while PDEA reaches the next round.

Meanwhile, Group A’s DOH Health Achievers, COA Enablers and BFP Firefighters also exit the games.

In the AFP-DOH hard court battle, the AFP Cavaliers defeated the DOH Health Achievers 92-71.

With this, the soldiers share the 5-1 win-loss standing with the Senate Defenders in Group A.

And in the GSIS-PNP match, the UNTV Cup crowd saw an impressive win by the GSIS Furies over defending champion PNP Responders 76-68.

GSIS Furies Head Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Ang will nila, talagang trinabaho nila nang husto. Kasi hindi namin inisip na we’re in sa second round. Sabi ko i-solidify pa natin, maka-tsamba tayo against defending champion PNP.”

(They willed it. They really worked hard for it. We didn’t think that we’re going to the second round. I said to them, “We must solidify ][our performnace]. Who knows, we may actually beat the defending champion, PNP.)

This win catapults the Furies to the third spot in Group A with four games won and two games lost, surpassing the Responders which now has a 3-3 win-loss standing.

PNP Responders Head Coach Erik Samson, “Nahirapan kami. Especially hindi kami gaanong nakadepensa nang maayos doon sa mga one-on-one nila, sa atake nila, at maaga kami nag-penalty.”

(We had a hard time beating them. Especially when we failed to guard them closely on their one-on-one plays, attack plays. And we got into penalty situation early in the game.)

Rene Boy Banzali and James Patrick Abugan were hailed as the best players of the game after bucketing 54 combined points.

The second round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6 kicks off on Thursday, December 14th. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES

GAME 1: DOJ Justice Boosters defeat Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73.

Quarter Scores: 20-16, 51-35, 70-53, 95-73

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 95
J. Lopez 20, C. Cruz 20, J. Polican 14, E. Mabazza 13, C. Borile 11, R. Tomas 7, G. Cole 6, C. Tagle 4

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 73
F. Palacio 13, E. Escudero 9, A. Sanchez 9, A. Lazo 8, C. Lasam 8, Q. Laure 7, F. Baldonado 4, W. Romero 2, A. Francisco 2, E. Elmido 2

GAME 2: GSIS Furies defeat PNP Responders, 76-68.

Quarter Scores: 13-17, 27-41, 49-54, 76-68

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 76
E. Banzali 32, J. Abugan 22, A. Sunga 8, D. Bunyi 7, M. Nuyana 6, T. Hernandez 1

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 68
R. Abaya 13, A. Tolentino 11, J. Criste 10, O. Omiping 9, J. Misola 6, J. Cabahug 5, A. Yanquiling 5, J. Saracho 3, H. Sta. Cruz 2, C. Cabrera 2, C. Elopre 2

GAME 3: AFP Cavaliers defeat DOH Health Achievers, 92-71.

Quarter Scores: 27-15, 31-25, 58-41, 92-71

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 92
L. Cabayao 21, B. Bautista 14, V. Evidor 11, J. Quiambao 10, P. Fernandez 8, J. Lumongsod 7, R. Araneta 6, R. Almerol 6, M. Mendoza 3, W. Casulla 2, R. Pascual 2, E. Tan 2

DOH Health Achievers
Box Scores: 71
L. Nidoy 21, D. Magat 9, G. Domingo 8, S. Mopera 8, J. Guevarra 8, R. Pingol 6, A. Saculinggan 6, R. Dabu 3, R. Herrera 2

 

Ombudsman probes 119 BOC employees for various anomalies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019

The Office of the Ombudsman is currently investigating 119 Bureau of Customs (BOC) employees due to various anomalies.

These employees are currently in floating status, according to BOC Commissioner Leonardo Guerrero.

“Ang instruction kasi ni President (The instruction of the president) is for them not to hold any position or office. So in the meantime, we have to account for them and the only way to account for them is to make sure we implement organizational mechanism that would make sure that they report daily for us to be able to know where they are in case they will be summoned for investigation,” he said.

Twenty-seven BOC employees were given a show cause order for their alleged involvement in corruption while the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of seven BOC executives.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires approved the dismissal of deputy collector for operations of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) Ramon Hernandez; Customs Operations Officer Lomonto Macabando; Customs Officers III Vanzandt Remonde and Vicente Gamboa; Customs Special Police assistant chief Jaybee Raul Cometa; BOC-Zamboanga Special Agent Oscar Farin and Customs security guard Renly Tiñana.

The administrative offenses committed by the officials include grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

One employee, meanwhile, was suspended due to gross insubordination.

Guerrero also admits the ‘Tara System’ in BOC still exists. He also said he still receives offers from various individuals.

“Ilang beses ko pa ba sasabihin na ako hindi ako tumatanggap, hindi ako tatanggap at never akong tumanggap (How many times do I have to tell you, I do not accept [bribes], have not accepted [bribes], and will never accept [bribes]),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOJ launches preliminary investigation into VP Robredo’s sedition case

Marje Pelayo   •   August 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched the preliminary investigation on the complaints of sedition filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and some members of the opposition.

Present in the investigation were respondents who belong to the free legal assistance group namely Atty. Erin Tañada; Atty. Chel.Diokno; Atty. Florin Hilbay; Atty. Philip Sawali and former Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te.

Also present was primary respondent and witness in the case, Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy.

Robredo and 35 others were being linked to the so-called ‘Project Sodoma’ or a plot by opposition groups to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Part of such plan was the release of the narco-video series ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist.’

Representing the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) was Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda which the opposition argued as questionable.

“Ang OSG (ay) tribune of the people ‘no. Hindi tuta ng Malacañang, (OSG is the tribune of the people not a puppet of Malacañang),” noted Atty. Rene Saguisag, the legal counsel of opposition senator Risa Hontiveros.

“It should not sandbag itself into becoming a defender of the attempt of the administration to eliminate all dissent and dissenters,” he added.

Other respondents also aired their disappointment over Miranda representing the police.

“Inamin naman nila na nakialam sila sa paggawa ng salaysay ni Advincula, (They admitted their part in writing Advincula’s statement),” Diokno, for his part, said.

“Iyon ay sa palagay ko isang lehitimong tanong. Sino ba talaga at bakit ba talaga ano ba talaga nasa likod nitong kasong ito? (The question now is: Who is behind this case, what is his reason and why?)” he added.

“Noong tayo po ay solicitor general, hindi ko naisip na makialam sa investigation ng criminal matters dahil iyong power ng OSG in criminal cases ay limited doon sa appeal na mawawala iyong independence ng opisina na iyon kung sa lebel pa lang ng imbestigasyon ay nakikialam na sila,” argued former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

(When I was solicitor general, I did not think of meddling with the investigation of criminal matters because the power of the OSG when it comes to criminal cases is limited only to the appeal. The independence of the office will be tainted if it will intervene with the investigation.)

Miranda refused to make a statement to the media but she did mention a provision written in Executive Order 292 which allows the OSG to “act and represent the Republic and/or the people before any court, tribunal, body or commission in any matter, action or proceeding which, in his opinion, affects the welfare of the people as the ends of justice may require.”

The respondents were supposed to submit their respective counter-affidavits but according to Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Olivia Torrevillas they have received 15 motions already from the respondents.

Torrevillas heads the DOJ Panel.

Most of the respondents, Torrevilas said, have been requesting for a suspension of the trial until the latter gathers evidence from the CIDG.

The DOJ Panel gave the CIDG 10 days to produce the evidence and comply such as video footages of contained in a USB.

In case the motions are resolved, the respondents have until September 6 to submit their counter-affidavits.

Meanwhile, supporters of Robredo were determined despite the heavy rains.

“Hindi sedisyon ang sabihin ang katotohanan kaya narito po ang mamamayan na magpahayag para sabihin sa (Telling the truth is not an act of sedition, that’s why we’re here to tell the) Department of Justice: Drop the charges,” argued former DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman. – MNP (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

Drug buy-bust op in Quiapo nabs mother, son

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (August 7) presented two drug personalities nabbed for drug trade.

The raid happened on Tuesday (August 6) around 6:00 p.m. inside a hotel in Quiapo, Manila.

Authorities seized from the mother-and-son tandem 100g of shabu estimated at P600,000, the buy-bust money and a cellular phone which they used in transacting illegal drugs.

The suspects are now under the custody of PDEA and are facing charges for violating R.A. 9165 or the comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.

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