Category Archives: SPORTS

COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT RESETS ANCAJAS FIGHT VS. JAP

 Jerwin Ancajas’ New Year’s Eve super flyweight unification with Kazuto Ioka has been postponed due to travel restrictions.  

Ancajas-Ioka unification bout postponed

Promoters were forced to shelve the fight scheduled on December 31 at the Ota-City General Stadium in Tokyo as Japan reimposes its entry restrictions for foreigners in response to the emergence of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

After three months of training in the United States, Ancajas, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) king, was set to fly out of Los Angeles on December 11.

Ioka, Japan’s lone four-division world champion and holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 115-pound belt, also just held his press conference last week announcing his fight with the Filipino southpaw.  

SAP GO advances Duterte’s 3-point campaign for youth development

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Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday, June 6, said that the Duterte administration’s three-point campaign against drugs, criminality and corruption would benefit the youth and those people who are in need in the country.

Secretary Go said in a press briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse that they are on a mission to encourage the youth to focus more on sports to instil in them values of discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

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Go, who is an avid basketball fan, has always been involved in various charity basketball events to spread this advocacy to the youth.
“Maraming gustong sumali sa three-point shootout. At ‘yung programa namin na three-point campaign laban sa droga, korapsyon, at saka sa kriminalidad, ay marami pong sumasali,” Go said.
“So sa lahat ng mga kahit na po may mga kapansanan, pwede kayong sumali sa mga three-point shootout namin,” he added.
Among the participants of the three-point shootout is a man who has been suffering from a cyst on his back since he was 17 years old.
Go said his office will be providing him medical assistance.
Meanwhile, Sec. Go tapped the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to assist an 11-year-old table tennis player in need of educational assistance and additional athletic training.
“He started playing table tennis at the age of eight years old. Sumali po siya sa recently concluded na World Championship of Ping Pong in London and sumali rin siya sa Philippine Super League Table Tennis Tournament. Sumali rin siya doon sa Naga for selection of players for Philippines team. Kaya lang po, kailangan niya ng konting tulong, uniporme, titirhan, at sa kanyang pagte-training po,” Go said. 
“Pinakiusapan po namin si Comm. Fernandez ng PSC kung papaano po namin siya matutulungan through PSC and through our office po,” he said. (PND)

BONG GO PRAISES BULACAN PEACE AND ORDER

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Advances PRRD’s 3-point campaign

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday advanced the Duterte administration’s three-point campaign against drugs, criminality and corruption in Malolos, Bulacan.

Speaking before residents of Malolos, in an event initiated by Malolos Mayor Christian Natividad, Go explained the current leadership’s advocacies and goals.

While urging Bulacan residents to be part of the movement against the three advocacies, particularly on illegal drugs, Go checked how they are perceiving the administration’s efforts and garnered positive reply from the crowd.

“I asked the people how are they, how is the peace and order here. They responded positively that there had been a decrease in the crime rate and at the very least, their children can walk safely even at night with less criminality in the area,” he said in Tagalog.

The top presidential aide said they are on a mission to encourage everyone to focus on sports.

“We are encouraging the youth to play basketball, like in Malolos, there are a number of people who participated,” Go said.


In a separate interview, Natividad assured that the people of Malolos and the local government’s programs are aligned with the programs of the administration.

On the three-point campaign, he said, “Yes, we fully support that, and you can check the statistics in Malolos City as regards the advocacy of President Rodrigo Duterte. We are in parallel with his programs,” he said.

Aside from the executives of Malolos, also present during the event were several government officials, including Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio, and ACTS OFW Party-list Rep. John Bertiz.

Before the basketball game, Go donated shoes and school supplies to Malolos kids. He also provided assistance for the medical needs of 6 individuals, one who required an artificial arm and a child who needed a wheelchair. Go also swapped his own shoes with 2 recipients during the said event.

No plans yet on Senate bid

Meanwhile, when asked by the local press, Go again reiterated that he does not have plans yet to run for the senatorial elections.

“As I’ve said, I don’t want to talk about elections yet as I work as the Special Assistant to the President. I’m just here to advance the three-point campaign of the president,” he said.

Although he dismissed as premature the talks on his plans next year, he thanked all his supporters urging him to run.

Unang-una siyempre, nagpapasalamat ako sa mga supporters at supporters ni Pangulong Duterte na gustong ituloy yung pagbabago (First of all, I thank all the supporters, the supporters of President Duterte who want to continue the change that has begun),” he said.

Ayaw ko pang pag-usapan at masyado pang maaga (I do not want to talk about it as it is still too early),” he added. (PNA)

DAVAO PREPS UP FOR IRONMAN 70.3

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Three local government units in Davao and the organizers of the Alveo Ironman 70.3 are firming up the final preparation for the smooth hosting of the international triathlon event on March 25.

Minor repairs of the roads, especially the route of the Bike and Run Challenge from Davao City to Panabo and Tagum, are almost done to ensure a smooth course. The swim challenge will be held at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City.
Minor kinks in the event are also being addressed, said Dionisio Abude, chief of the Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO). Close coordination for the flow of traffic is almost done, Abude said.
The CTTMO is ready to distribute flyers on the alternative routes and letters to establishments affected by the road closures will be sent next week.
The office is giving special attention to four Catholic churches along the route because the Ironman event falls on Palm Sunday and the port area in Sasa because cargo trucks will also be affected.
He said the stretch from the intersection of JP Laurel and R Castillo streets towards the north leading to Tagum City will be closed from 3 a.m. to 12:30 noon and the south bound lane from 3 a.m to 10:30 a.m.
Abude said the Carlos P. Garcia Highway or Diversion Road will remain open and vehicles can still use the Buhangin flyover towards the city center.
“We asked the understanding of the Dabawenyos. If they have no important business that day, just stay home during the time of the road closure,” he said.
Abude said the road closure will be closed for a total of 12 hours.
He said pedestrians are also advised to use available pedestrian overpasses while all other materials, parked cars will be removed at the owner’s expense.
Abude said coordination meetings were conducted with other stakeholders for the success of the event.
Ironman 70.3 is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corp. (WTC).
The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles (113 km.) covered in the race – including the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike race, and the 13.1-mile run.
Prior to the launch of the 70.3 series in 2005, the WTC races were then known as Half Ironman.
An executive committee was created by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who sits as chair with Wilfred Uytengsu of Sunrise Events, to oversee the staging of the event and ensure its success.
The mayor was hopeful that through the event, Davao City’s scenic sights, its people, and abundant culture will be on full display to the world for renewed appreciation as to the sustainable progress the city and the entire country have achieved despite some challenges.
The mayor said the event will boost Davao City’s tourism industry, considering that the event is expected to draw local and foreign athletes.
About 2,000 are expected to visit Davao during the event.
The Ironman event was previously held in Camarines Sur and Cebu.
The Ironman 70.3 Davao is a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ironman in the Philippines. (PNA)

Filipina boxer pays taxes for her championship belt?

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is looking into reports that a Filipina boxer and mixed martial arts fighter was told to pay Php 5,809 in taxes for her championship belt.

With this, Commissioner Alberto Lina ordered BOC Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) district collector Edgar Macabeo to submit a report on the incident involving Jujeath Nagaowa, 27, who was reportedly ordered to pay the said amount when she returned to the country recently after winning the international light flyweight title of the Women’s International Boxing Association (IBA).

“We would look into it. We would coordinate with the concerned people from the NAIA and get the facts,” he said.

At the same time, Lina asked Nagaowa to visit his or Macabeo’s office to be able to hear her side of the story.

The BOC would also check if proper coordination has been made with the Department of Finance (DOF).

“There is a policy that the rewards and trophies may be exempted from paying taxes if they are able to secure a tax exemption from the Department of Finance (DOF). If they failed to secure a tax exempt from the DOF, then they would have to pay the duties and taxes,” Lina explained.

Nagaowa, who hails from Benguet, said that a BOC-NAIA personnel told her that her belt had a dutiable value of Php 20,147.77, of which the customs’ duty was Php 3,027.13 while the value added tax was Php 2,782. She also reportedly paid a USD 30 for postage.

Last June 8, the Filipina won the international light flyweight title of the Women’s IBA in China. The belt was recently shipped to her. (PNA)