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PNP takes on BFP at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016

PNP Responders gather around Coach Ernie Sta. Cruz on a time-out in plotting a play. On Sunday, they will face the BFP Firefighters. (Frederick Alvior / Photoville International)

MAKATI CITY, Philippines — With a record of five games won and two games lost, the PNP Responders will take on the BFP Firefighters in Sunday’s first game at the UNTV Cup Season 5 happening at the University of Makati Gymnasium.

After capping the winning momentum of the league’s defending champion, the AFP Cavaliers, last Sunday, the Responders are confident in adding another victory on the list.

RELATED: Judiciary, MMDA, PNP defeat respective opponents in 2nd round elims of UNTV Cup 5 

For this, Responders Head Coach Ernie Sta. Cruz plans on bolstering the team’s performance in the defense department.

“Definitely sa next game naming doon pa rin kami babalik sa depensa.”

(Definitely in our next game, we will still go back to defense.)

RELATED: UNTV Cup 5: AFP Cavaliers vs. PNP Responders- Q1 

On the other hand BFP Firefighters Head Coach Ramon Garcia plans on preparing his team harder as they take on the league’s three time runner up team.

“First, we will watch our game, i-assess namin what went wrong. maybe paghahandaan pa naming yung defense namin sa next game.”

(First, we will watch our game, assess what went wrong, and prepare our defense for our next game perhaps.)

The Firefighters now possesses a 4-3 win-loss record and definitely aims to retaliate as the second round elimination of the league of public servant continues.

The match between the improved BFP Firefighters and the powerhouse PNP Responders will be aired live on Sunday at 2 PM on UNTV with live streaming via www.untvweb.com.

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

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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

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

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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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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