by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
The awarding of trophy and P1-M check to the AFP Cavaliers, the champion of the UNTV Cup Executive Face-Off. Receiving the award is AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Narciso A. Vingson Jr. (in white polo shirt) from Dr. Daniel S. Razon, President & CEO of UNTV-BMPI. Their chosen beneficiary is the AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO). (RODEL LUMIARES / Photoville International)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Before the main game on Monday, the crowd was entertained by a selection of artists who helped build up the excitement inside the Araneta Coliseum.
The fans came to life upon seeing their favorite former basketball professionals paraded to the hardcourt for the exhibition game against the executive selections.
One million pesos was given to the newly-established Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Baskebolista sa Pilipinas Foundation for the benefit of former basketball professionals in need of medical assistance.
Meanwhile, off-season game champion AFP Cavaliers received P1-million for the AFP’s Educational Benefit System Office (EBSO) which grants scholarship to orphans and children of soldiers killed and wounded in action.
Cavaliers head coach Sonny Manucat said, “Emotional yung usapan namin iaalaya natin ito doon sa mga kasama nating sundalo na namatay sa Marawi, pamilya nila. Kaya pursigido talaga yung team.” (We’re emotional because we offer this to our comrades who were killed in Marawi, to their families. So our team was really determined.)
Meanwhile, runner up PNP Responders also offered their P500,000 prize to the families of policemen killed and wounded in action in Marawii City.
And for securing the third spot, the DOJ Justice Boosters received P250,000.
Fourth placer Judiciary Magis received P200,000 while the fifth and sixth placers, Senate Sentinels and BOC Transformers received P100,000 respectively.
UNTV Cup founder Kuya Daniel Razon said, “Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa palagiang pagsuporta ng ating mga kasama sa Church of God International, ang palaging pagsuporta ni Brother Eli Soriano sa atin pong mga ginagawa at sa lahat ng mga tumatangkilik at tumangkilik at patuloy na tumatangkilik sa ating ginagawang liga ng mga public servants ang UNTV Cup.”
(As always we are thankful for the support of our brethren in Members, Church of God International (MCGI), for the unrelenting support of Bro. Eli Soriano, and to all who supported us and will continuously support our league of public servants, the UNTV Cup)
Kuya Daniel is pleased to know that the league is now being imitated, a proof that it has inspired others to do good as well.
“Nabanggit nga nila mayroon daw magpapasimula rin na isang liga ng mga public servants, sabi ko salamat naman at nagbubunga ang ating ginawa at meron ng gumagaya. Sabi ko nga sa kanila sa doon sa mga gumagaya sa ating konsepto, gayahin na rin nila pati yung mga pa-premyo na ibinibigay natin para mas maraming magbenipisyo sapagkat itong ating ginagawa na liga na ito ay nakatungkol pa rin sa paglilingkod sa ating mga kababayan.”
(I understand that a certain group is also organizing their version of the league. Well, I’m thankful that our endeavor is bearing fruit and there are people who are inspired to do a similar concept. But I ask them to give the same amount of prize that we give so that more people will benefit, because this league is intended to serve our compatriots.)
MCGI Over-all Servant Bro. Eli Soriano said, “Alam ko po na mayroon kayong puso na makatulong sa kapwa, diwa po yan ng Panginoon. Doon sa Galacia kapitulo 6 bersikulo 10, “Samantalang tayo’y may pagkakataon, ay magsigawa tayo ng mabuti sa lahat,” pati sa kaaway nga “ibigin mo ang iyong kaibigan.”
(I know that you have the heart to help others. That’s a spirit from the Lord. In Galatians 6:10, it says, “as we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men,” even to enemies and love your friend.)
Meanwhile, fans are invited to support the upcoming regular season of UNTV Cup as it enters its six season.
Four million pesos cash prize awaits the next champion. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
UNTV Cup Off Season: Executive Face Off Finals (July 10, 2017)
GAME 1: Ex Professional players defeat UNTV Cup Selection, 117-85.
Quarter Scores: 39-17, 57-42, 85-63, 117-85
EX PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS Box Scores: 117 K. Duremdes 31, V. Hizon 25, A. Dela Cruz 18, A. Caidic 12, J. Codinera 12, N. Locsin 8, O. Racela 5, J. Lastimosa 3, B. Dela Cruz 3
UNTV CUP SELECTION Box Scores: 85 J. Marquez 18, E. Sorongon 10, G. Gambala 10, J. Angara 9, R. Munsayac 9, M. Tomacruz 6, C. Garvida 6, G. Cruz 6, J. Montesa 5, R. Dela Rosa 4, A. Suarez 2, J. Catalan 0, R. Golding 0
GAME 2: AFP Cavaliers defeat PNP Responders, 75-71 (OT).
AFP CAVALIERS Box Scores: 75 W. Gonzales 16, D. Macasaet 16, E. Abutin 14, G. Del Rosario 7, J. Paulo 7, C. Catubigan 6, M. Feliciano 6, K. Grajo 3, A. Agpalo 0, N. Clement 0, A. Devinagracia 0, O. Vesliño 0, L. Caranto 0, V. Bayani 0
PNP RESPONDERS Box Scores: 71 A. Padua 24, P. Limbauan 15, I. Dalogdog 9, D. Vitug 7, C. Empiso 4, J. Chua 4, P. Phillipps 3, A. Sintin 3, I. Dickson 2, R. Aspera 0, J. Aguillon 0, N. Quinsay 0, J. Ramos 0
MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo is confident that the hostilities in Marawi City have ended, now that all the leaders of the Maute terror group have already died and they no longer have an organizational structure, war can be considered over.
“Yes, we can say that the crisis in Marawi is over,” said Col. Arevalo.
He added that the remaining Maute fighters holed up in the city are now in hiding, while the others have mixed in with the rescued hostages.
“That’s what we are doing. We are physically going after them, and to rescue the remaining hostages,” said the official.
Meanwhile, the military has yet to find the area where the remains of Malaysian terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad is buried. The former university lecturer was the alleged financier of the Maute terror group.
According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, the military can find the remains of Ahmad once they locate the person who buried him.
“We have to find the right people that buried him. There’s an ongoing assault now, later on, we are able to capture some Maute fighters. He can be the one who can reveal where Dr. Mahmud was buried,” said Gen. Año.
Año also noted that they are now conducting an assessment of the rescued hostages as many Maute fighters have mixed in with them to avoid being captured by the military. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.
However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.
“Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.
According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.
She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.
“Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.
However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.
Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.
Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.
“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Authorities believe the responsibility of ensuring the security of each community in the country not only rests on the government as the threat of terrorism remains.
This has been the statement of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson MGen. Restituto Padilla following the end of the clashes in Marawi City.
Padilla said the government and the public should continue to cooperate with each other.
“We need the public as well. It’s not just the cops or soldiers or anyone in uniform who should monitor the surroundings,” said the AFP spokesperson.
Padilla added that with the public’s cooperation, the government can stop or prevent any attempts by terrorists or rebels to invade in any part of the country.
“When you see someone new who is acting suspiciously, or individuals who left things in a particular place, who seems to cause violence we can prevent them and prevent a massive chaos from happening,” said Padilla.
The military official also explains attempts to sow violence would never happen if the public can report to authorities everyone they see acting suspiciously.
“Cutting and pre-empting an attempted disturbance in any area is a joint responsibility of every citizen in our country,” said the official.
It can be recalled President Rodrigo Duterte had expressed dismay over some Maranaos for not immediately informing the military about the armed men who entered Marawi City.
The president also warned of holding liable officials of the local government unit who would be proven to be involved in the Marawi siege and neglected their duties in protecting the city against terrorism. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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