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PHILIPPINES TO SEEK MARY JANE'S RETURN


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- The Philippine government is exploring options to extend the temporary reprieve granted by Indonesia to Filipina death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday. De Lima said they would look into the possibility of asking the Indonesian government to allow Veloso to return home to testify in the human trafficking, illegal recruitment and swindling cases filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against her alleged illegal recruiters Ma. Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao. “We will discuss that option. A special task force is looking into that possibility under the context of Indonesian laws and the application of the ASEAN-MLAT (Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty),” she said. De Lima said she had informed her counterparts in Indonesia, Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo and Minister for Justice and Human Rights Amir Syamsuddin, in a letter hours before the scheduled execution of Veloso on April 28 of the need for Veloso’s participation in the cases against Sergio and Lacanilao. “We told them of the need to make Veloso available during the preliminary investigation and possible trial as required under Philippine laws,” she said. READ MORE...

ALSO FLOYD CLAIMS 3 BELTS: Mayweather ends Pacman’s great journey


 Floyd Mayweather danced his way to a unanimous decision over a frustrated Manny Pacquiao on Saturday to win the richest fight in history and cement his place in the pantheon of boxing greats. Boos rang out from a pro-Pacquiao Las Vegas crowd as Mayweather’s emphatic victory was confirmed by all three scorecards after 12 rounds of cat and mouse action. Mayweather comfortably outboxed his Filipino rival to snuff out any chance of the full-blooded slugfest that the more aggressive Pacquiao was hoping to ignite. The win extended Mayweather’s remarkable 19-year unbeaten record to 48-0, putting him within one fight of equalling Rocky Marciano's legendary milestone of 49-0. The 38-year-old Mayweather retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight titles and seized Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt by winning the fight on all three of the judges' scorecards. "He's a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close," Mayweather said. "All 47 fights before I got to this fight played a major role in my career. "Manny Pacquiao is a true champion and we both did our best tonight. When the history books are written, this fight will have been worth the wait." The fight is widely believed to be the most lucrative in boxing history with revenues of $400 million.
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ALSO: Pacquiao’s shoulder injury kept secret from public


rainer Freddie Roach, left, checks on Manny Pacquiao during his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER 
Now, it can be told: Manny Pacquiao sustained an injury to his right shoulder entering the last three weeks of training camp at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
That was the reason for the secret training sessions. Bob Arum, head honcho of Top Rank Promotions, made the disclosure on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in the postfight news conference of Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. held in the ring where the two welterweights battled for 12 rounds less than two hours earlier. Though the injury, hidden from the media and the public alike, was healing, it was still bothering Pacquiao, Arum said. This prompted Bruce Trampler, Top Rank matchmaker, to approach the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), at 7 p.m. on Saturday to ask if Pacquiao could take painkillers under the supervision of team doctors. Request for painkiller denied NAC commissioner Francisco Aguilar, however, declined the request because the fight was but two hours away and it would be difficult to ascertain the possible effects of the drugs (Lidocaine, Celeston and Bupivacaine) on the performance of Pacquiao against Mayweather. For another, Aguilar noted that the request was made verbally, not in writing. READ MORE...

ALSO COLOMA: Pacquiao can still be proud, says President


COLOMA 
MALACANANG said Sunday that Filipinos can still be proud despite the l boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s loss to American boxer Floyd Mayweather.
“Filipinos can hold their heads up high: our national pride, congressman Manny Pacquiao, did us all proud when he stood his ground against one of the best boxers of our time, Floyd Mayweather,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a statement issued after the Pacquioa-Mayweather fight in Las Vegas, USA. “President Aquino reiterates his thanks to Manny for serving as an inspiration to every Filipino in overcoming the daily challenges in the pursuit of a better life and future,” Coloma said. “We will continue to be proud that we have a People’s Champ in Manny Pacquiao who exemplifies skill, strength and courage. He is a worthy exemplar that the Filipino is able to compete in the global arena --- for as long as there is a level playing field,” he added. Coloma expressed the hope that Pacquiao would now be able to spend more time with his family and maintain his health. READ MORE...

ALSO: Fugitive terrorist Usman killed by MILF; AFP still validating report


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MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – Fugitive terrorist bomber Abdul Basit Usman was killed yesterday in an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Maguindanao, according to reports. Mayor Antao Midtimbang of Guindulungan town confirmed Usman’s death yesterday. An MILF band under a Commander Marlboro killed Usman at 11:30 a.m. at the adjoining towns of Guindulungan and Datu Saudi, said senior officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), quoting elected officials in the second district of Maguindanao. Marlboro’s men carried Usman’s body to the MILF’s Camp Afgan in Barangay Muti in Guindulungan for documentation, said an ARMM official born and raised in the same barangay where Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) founder Imam Ameril Umbra Kato grew up. “Most likely,” said MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, when The STAR asked him to confirm the reported death of Usman. “Not yet fully confirmed,” Iqbal said at 1:30 p.m. yesterday when asked to give details. READ MORE...


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Philippines to seek Mary Jane’s return


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MANILA, MAY 4, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Edu Punay - The Philippine government is exploring options to extend the temporary reprieve granted by Indonesia to Filipina death row convict Mary Jane Veloso, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday.

De Lima said they would look into the possibility of asking the Indonesian government to allow Veloso to return home to testify in the human trafficking, illegal recruitment and swindling cases filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against her alleged illegal recruiters Ma. Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao.

“We will discuss that option. A special task force is looking into that possibility under the context of Indonesian laws and the application of the ASEAN-MLAT (Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty),” she said.

De Lima said she had informed her counterparts in Indonesia, Attorney-General H.M. Prasetyo and Minister for Justice and Human Rights Amir Syamsuddin, in a letter hours before the scheduled execution of Veloso on April 28 of the need for Veloso’s participation in the cases against Sergio and Lacanilao.

“We told them of the need to make Veloso available during the preliminary investigation and possible trial as required under Philippine laws,” she said.

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The justice secretary explained that in making Veloso available for the preliminary investigation, her execution could be suspended until all legal proceedings in the country are completed, which could take several months.

As a complainant and witness in the cases, De Lima said Veloso needs to personally subscribe to her statements before a panel of prosecutors during the preliminary investigation.

De Lima earlier invoked the ASEAN-MLAT in securing a reprieve for Veloso.

Although she admitted that the reprieve was temporary, the government would pursue options to spare Veloso from death.

“If her claims are validated in the result of the preliminary probe, then that would be good for her. It could lead to other remedies because remember, drug smuggling and human trafficking are considered transnational crimes,” De Lima said.

She said the Philippine government could still pursue its plea for executive clemency for Veloso despite earlier rejection by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. – With Delon Porcalla


TRIBUNE

FLOYD CLAIMS 3 BELTS: Mayweather ends Pacman’s great journey Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather danced his way to a unanimous decision over a frustrated Manny Pacquiao on Saturday to win the richest fight in history and cement his place in the pantheon of boxing greats.

Boos rang out from a pro-Pacquiao Las Vegas crowd as Mayweather’s emphatic victory was confirmed by all three scorecards after 12 rounds of cat and mouse action.

Mayweather comfortably outboxed his Filipino rival to snuff out any chance of the full-blooded slugfest that the more aggressive Pacquiao was hoping to ignite.

The win extended Mayweather’s remarkable 19-year unbeaten record to 48-0, putting him within one fight of equalling Rocky Marciano's legendary milestone of 49-0.

The 38-year-old Mayweather retained his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight titles and seized Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt by winning the fight on all three of the judges' scorecards.

"He's a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close," Mayweather said. "All 47 fights before I got to this fight played a major role in my career.

"Manny Pacquiao is a true champion and we both did our best tonight. When the history books are written, this fight will have been worth the wait."

The fight is widely believed to be the most lucrative in boxing history with revenues of $400 million.

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Ringside judge Dave Moretti scored the bout 118-110 for Mayweather, while judges Glenn Feldman and Bert Clements both scored it 116-112 for the American.

But when the results were announced the pro-Pacquiao crowd booed lustily and tried to drown out Mayweather's post-fight comments over the public address system.

Their Filipino star Pacquiao suffered the sixth loss of his career to go with 57 victories and two draws.

There is no denying that the 36-year-old Pacquiao made Mayweather work for the victory and hit the American with some thundering lefts.

He was the aggressor, pressing the action from the first round and was able to land some right-left combinations on Mayweather's head, especially on the ropes and in the final seconds of the early rounds.

But ultimately Pacquiao wasn't able to keep up his frenzied early pace for all 12 rounds and Mayweather, who was the bigger of the two fighters, managed to slip in counterpunches and hard right hands that kept the Filipino southpaw at bay.

Even so, Pacquiao said he thought he did enough to earn the victory.

"I thought I won the fight," he said. "He didn't do nothing."

September finale?

Mayweather reiterated afterwards that he plans to retire after his next fight in September which will fulfil his six-fight contract to Showtime Sports.

"My last fight is in September. I'll do that and I will hang it up," said Mayweather, estimated to have earned $200 million for one night's work. Pacquiao will receive well over $100 million in a 60-40 purse split the fighters agreed to beforehand.

The entrance of the fighters to the ring was delayed about 45 minutes because of problems with the heavy demand for pay-per-view telecast and the providers ability to distribute it.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood, entertainment and sports were in attendance, including director Clint Eastwood, actors Robert De Niro, Jon Voight, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper, musician Sting, former National Basketball Association star Magic Johnson and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who visited Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight.

Only a lucky few had tickets to the bout but thousands more milled around the outside of the Grand Garden arena and in the hotel's casino.

Mayweather made a grand entrance befitting of his superstar status. He was accompanied by his "The Money Team" which includes his father/trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.

But Pacquiao arrived first to the ring, smiling relentlessly and even taking a selfie with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his entrance.

The atmosphere was electric inside the Grand Garden Arena as the crowd got into the fight, cheering every early exchange and urging the boxers to throw more punches.

The tension in the ring was also intense as the fighters exchanged words and even traded low blows in the third round.

Mayweather hit Pacquiao first, prompting Pacquiao to look at referee Kenny Bayless as if to say, "did you see that."

The Filipino returned the favor when they got together on the ropes moments later.

In the fourth round Pacquiao landed his best punch of the fight so far, hitting Mayweather with an overhand right that knocked him back to the ropes.

He then added a flurry of punches for good measure as the crowd screamed like crazy for him to end the fight.

A couple of times Pacquiao had Mayweather on the ropes but the superbly-fit American took everything he could dish out and still had enough energy in the later rounds to jab, connect with some overhand rights.

He deftly moved out of harm's way each time Pacquiao came in close for the knockout punch.

Mayweather was so confident of winning by the 12-round that he raised one arm in triumph while the two were still trading punches.

"He is a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to him," Mayweather said.

Mayweather threw 435 total punches compared to 429 for Pacquiao and he connected on 34 percent of those to Pacquiao's 19 percent.

Mayweather also had his jab working in precision fashion as he landed 48 percent to Pacquiao's 27 percent ratio.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao’s shoulder injury kept secret from public Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:15 AM| May 4th, 2015


Trainer Freddie Roach, left, checks on Manny Pacquiao during his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER

LAS VEGAS—Now, it can be told: Manny Pacquiao sustained an injury to his right shoulder entering the last three weeks of training camp at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood.

That was the reason for the secret training sessions.

Bob Arum, head honcho of Top Rank Promotions, made the disclosure on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in the postfight news conference of Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. held in the ring where the two welterweights battled for 12 rounds less than two hours earlier.

Though the injury, hidden from the media and the public alike, was healing, it was still bothering Pacquiao, Arum said.

This prompted Bruce Trampler, Top Rank matchmaker, to approach the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), at 7 p.m. on Saturday to ask if Pacquiao could take painkillers under the supervision of team doctors.

Request for painkiller denied

NAC commissioner Francisco Aguilar, however, declined the request because the fight was but two hours away and it would be difficult to ascertain the possible effects of the drugs (Lidocaine, Celeston and Bupivacaine) on the performance of Pacquiao against Mayweather.

For another, Aguilar noted that the request was made verbally, not in writing.

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Arum claimed, however, that they actually asked the NAC for approval of the drugs to be administered to Pacquiao’s shoulders five days before the fight.

Trainer Freddie Roach, left, checks on Manny Pacquiao during his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER Trainer Freddie Roach, left, checks on Manny Pacquiao during his welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO/JOHN LOCHER

Unlike in the early stages, when the Philippine media, especially the television networks, were granted access to Pacquiao’s training, chief trainer Freddie Roach ordered a total lock-down of Wild Card.

In one stretch, Pacquiao even missed three straight sparring days, the first time it had happened in the Filipino icon’s training camps.

Reasons given that time were that Pacquiao was approaching peak form too fast and Roach had to grant him a training break, and that Pacquiao did not need too many sparring rounds anymore.

Hurting again in 3rd round

According to Roach, Pacquiao complained about his shoulder hurting again in the third round of the 12-round battle for the unified world welterweight crown.

Arum said the injury was similar to what Kobe Bryant suffered once.

“Athletes always fight hurt. We were disappointed the injury popped again in the third round. He re-injured it in the game. It happens in every store,” said Arum.

Unfortunately, it happened on Saturday night in the fight against Mayweather.


MANILA STANDARD

Pacquiao can still be proud, says President By Macon Ramos-Araneta, Sandy Araneta | May. 04, 2015 at 12:01am


COLOMA

MALACANANG said Sunday that Filipinos can still be proud despite the l boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s loss to American boxer Floyd Mayweather.

“Filipinos can hold their heads up high: our national pride, congressman Manny Pacquiao, did us all proud when he stood his ground against one of the best boxers of our time, Floyd Mayweather,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a statement issued after the Pacquioa-Mayweather fight in Las Vegas, USA.

“President Aquino reiterates his thanks to Manny for serving as an inspiration to every Filipino in overcoming the daily challenges in the pursuit of a better life and future,” Coloma said.

“We will continue to be proud that we have a People’s Champ in Manny Pacquiao who exemplifies skill, strength and courage. He is a worthy exemplar that the Filipino is able to compete in the global arena --- for as long as there is a level playing field,” he added.

Coloma expressed the hope that Pacquiao would now be able to spend more time with his family and maintain his health.

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Before the fight, Coloma said President Benigno Aquino III was one with the Filipino nation in praying for a Pacquiao victory.

In going into the ring, Pacquiao carried the “unified goal and hope of the Filipino people in all corners of the world” to win the greatest fight of his career, and exemplify the refusal of Filipinos to surrender in any fight, he said.

“In every punch that Manny throws, the Filipinos will shout out for him,” he said, thanking Pacquiao for being an inspiration to all his countrymen.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said the life of Pacquiao lifts the spirit of every Filipino who struggles daily to rise from adversity.

“His humility and faith is an inspiration to all of us,” Binay said.

“On this day, he showed that we, Filipinos, are ready to face and rise from any challenges,” he added.

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara said despite his loss in Las Vegas, Pacquiao would always be the people’s champ, and that his rise from poverty had brought much inspiration, pride and honor to the nation.

“He is indeed a testament to the world the of unrelenting spirit of every Filipino to face with ardor and dignity all challenges that come their way. Congressman Manny will undoubtedly continue to represent the indomitable spirit of Filipinos that allows us all to aspire for greatness, he added.


PHILSTAR

Fugitive terrorist Usman killed by MILF By John Unson (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 4, 2015 - 12:00am


Usman

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines – Fugitive terrorist bomber Abdul Basit Usman was killed yesterday in an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Maguindanao, according to reports.

Mayor Antao Midtimbang of Guindulungan town confirmed Usman’s death yesterday.

An MILF band under a Commander Marlboro killed Usman at 11:30 a.m. at the adjoining towns of Guindulungan and Datu Saudi, said senior officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), quoting elected officials in the second district of Maguindanao.

Marlboro’s men carried Usman’s body to the MILF’s Camp Afgan in Barangay Muti in Guindulungan for documentation, said an ARMM official born and raised in the same barangay where Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) founder Imam Ameril Umbra Kato grew up.

“Most likely,” said MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, when The STAR asked him to confirm the reported death of Usman.

“Not yet fully confirmed,” Iqbal said at 1:30 p.m. yesterday when asked to give details.

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Iqbal could be keeping information due to restrained communication protocol governing dissemination of accomplishments in bilateral law enforcement activities in areas covered by the July 1997 Agreement on General Cessation of Hostilities, according to sources from the joint government-MILF ceasefire committee.

“That’s understandable,” said a local official, who belongs to a big Moro noble clan in Guindulungan.

Barangay leaders have relayed to him that the MILF killed Usman, the official added.

In a text message, Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. said they are still validating the reported death of Usman.

“We will make an announcement in due time,” he said.

Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said they are verifying information that two followers of Usman were also killed in the shootout with the MILF.

Spokesman Chief Supt. Bartolome Tobias said the Philippine National Police (PNP) is verifying reports that Usman has been killed.

However, other reports said Usman was wounded in an encounter with Marines.

Gen. Rustico Guerrero, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said government troops are scouring the Lanao provinces for the whereabouts of Usman.

Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela, Westmincom spokesperson, said the military has been hunting down Usman since he fled the Mamasapano operation that killed Malaysian bombmaker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, last Jan. 25. – With Cecille Suerte Felipe, Roel Pareño, Alexis Romero


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