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OUT OF ICU: MIRIAM RETHINKS 'SOUL-DEVASTATING' POLITICAL LIFE


JUNE 3 -Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago attends the Mindanao leg of the Commission on Elections-initiated presidential debates at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file
— Sen. Miriam-Defensor said that she fully intends to recover from cancer and rethink her political life after suffering complications earlier this week. "I was buoyed by the Facebook messages. I fully intend to recover, and I am rethinking the political life. It is very soul-devastating," Santiago said in a statement released on Friday. Related Stories Miriam moved out of intensive care unit Euro 2016 security concerns grow after French Cup incidents Miriam suffers complication, placed in intensive care unit The veteran senator was rushed to the Makati Medical Center on Monday after developing pneumonia due to complications of lung cancer. On Tuesday evening, she was transferred from her private room to the intensive care unit (ICU). "Thousands of supporters immediately flooded Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s official Facebook and Twitter pages with prayers and well-wishes when the news broke that she was in the Intensive Care Unit," the statement read. Santiago was transferred from the ICU to a regular private room on Thursday. Her staff reported that she is in stable condition. The senator, who placed fifth in the presidential race last May 9, earlier said that she will spend the remaining days of her term in the Senate on medical leave. — Patricia Lourdes Viray FULL REPORT

ALSO: China says it will ignore South China Sea lawsuit decision


JUNE 4 -In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, the USS William P. Lawrence guided missile destroyer, foreground, awaits refueling from a tanker, top left, in the waters off Coronado, Calif. The U.S. has upset China by sending the destroyer close to China's largest man-made island in disputed South China Sea waters. Beijing responded by saying it will step up its own patrols. The USS William P. Lawrence made “innocent passage” on Wednesday, May 11, within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Fiery Cross Reef, the limit of what international law regards as an island's territorial sea. The likely election of Rodrigo Duterte in the new Philippines could undermine his predecessor’s policy that was unusually hostile to Beijing and relied on U.S. military backing. AP/Gregory Bull, File
SINGAPORE — China said Saturday that it will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in a Philippine lawsuit against Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea. "To put it simply, the arbitration case actually has gone beyond the jurisdiction" of a U.N. arbitration panel, said Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, director of the foreign affairs office of China's National Defense Ministry. Related Stories Mayor of the Philippines The Philippines has filed a case in the United Nations under the U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea, questioning China's territorial claim in the South China Sea. An arbitration panel is expected to rule on the case soon. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last year that it has jurisdiction over the case despite China's rejection. "Because the territorial and sovereignty disputes have not been subjected to the arbitration, we think the arbitration is illegal," Guan told reporters on the sidelines of an international security conference here. "Therefore, we do not participate in it not accept it." Guan's statement is a reiteration of China's longstanding position that it wants to settle its disputes with various countries on a bilateral basis and that it will not accept international mediation. READ MORE...

ALSO: Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dies


JUNE 3 -In this Sept. 18, 1975, file photo, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, left, applauds as challenger Joe Frazier, right, makes some remarks about world champion Muhammad Ali, second from left, during their call on Marcos at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. AP/Jess Tan, File He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He was The Greatest. Related Stories HBO analysts ecstatic for Mayweather-Pacquiao bout Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country. A funeral will be held Wednesday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The city plans a memorial service Saturday. "It's a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die," Don King, who promoted some of Ali's biggest fights, told The Associated Press early Saturday. "Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world." With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's Syndrome, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981. He won and defended the heavyweight championship in epic fights in exotic locations, spoke loudly on behalf of blacks, and famously refused to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs. READ MORE...RELATED, Ali’s funeral open to everybody...

ALSO: Pacquiao mourns Muhammad Ali’s death - ‘We lost a giant today’


JUNE 4 -Manny Pacquiao and Muhammad Ali
Manny Pacquiao on Saturday joined the rest of the world in mourning the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, saying the world “lost a giant.”  “We lost a giant today,” the recently retired Pacquiao said in a statement. Related Stories Ali reiterates: I am the greatest Himself a philanthropist, Pacquiao stressed how Ali’s displayed greatness both inside and outside the boxing ring. “Boxing benefitted from Muhammad Ali's talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefitted from his humanity,” added the former boxer, now a Philippine senator. Ali died Saturday afternoon at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country. With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's disease, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981. He won and defended the heavyweight championship in epic fights in exotic locations, spoke loudly on behalf of blacks, and famously refused to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs. Despite his debilitating illness, he traveled the world to rapturous receptions even after his once-bellowing voice was quieted and he was left to communicate with a wink or a weak smile. "He was the greatest fighter of all time but his boxing career is secondary to his contribution to the world," promoter Bob Arum told the AP early Saturday. "He's the most transforming figure of my time certainly." READ MORE...

ALSO: PeopleAsia bares list of ‘Men Who Matter’ 2016


JUNE 4 -(PeopleAsia’s June-July 2016 issue) On the cover is actor, family man and licensed pilot Ian Veneracion, who leads the 11th edition of the magazine’s “Men Who Matter” awardees.
Business leaders further buttress PeopleAsia’s “Men Who Matter” 2016 list, namely The French Baker and Van Laack’s Johnlu Koa, Rustan Marketing Corp. and SSI Group’s Michael Huang, Empire East Land Holdings Inc.’s Charlemagne Yu and systems integration firm Fritz & Macziol’s Lutz Kunack. Also on the “Men Who Matter” list are world-class Filipinos such as BBC news anchor Rico Hizon, public relations guru Edd Fuentes, renowned fashion designer Ito Curata, celebrity chef Claude Tayag and award-winning basketball player Terrence Romeo. The tourism industry also captures the limelight with the inclusion of City of Dreams Manila property president Geoff Andres and Henann Resort’s vice president for marketing Karl Chusuey on the roster. PeopleAsia’s June-July 2016 issue comes with a feature on President Benigno S. Aquino III, whose term (which ends on noon of June 30, 2016) was marked with unparalleled economic growth, among others. The magazine also gives a sneak peek at new presidential son Sebastian Duterte’s first magazine shoot – a prelude to a highly anticipated special issue, which PeopleAsia will release later this month. PeopleAsia magazine is now available in leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide, and will be available on Magzter, the Apple Store and Google Play on June 15. For more information, please call Bong at 892-1854 and 0922-877-6556 or visit the Stargate PeopleAsia Facebook page. FULL REPORT


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Miriam rethinks 'soul-devastating' political life


Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago attends the Mindanao leg of the Commission on Elections-initiated presidential debates at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

MANILA, JUNE 6, 2016 (PHILSTAR) June 3, 2016 - 4:11pm  — Sen. Miriam-Defensor said that she fully intends to recover from cancer and rethink her political life after suffering complications earlier this week.

"I was buoyed by the Facebook messages. I fully intend to recover, and I am rethinking the political life. It is very soul-devastating," Santiago said in a statement released on Friday.

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The veteran senator was rushed to the Makati Medical Center on Monday after developing pneumonia due to complications of lung cancer.

On Tuesday evening, she was transferred from her private room to the intensive care unit (ICU).

"Thousands of supporters immediately flooded Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s official Facebook and Twitter pages with prayers and well-wishes when the news broke that she was in the Intensive Care Unit," the statement read.

Santiago was transferred from the ICU to a regular private room on Thursday. Her staff reported that she is in stable condition.

The senator, who placed fifth in the presidential race last May 9, earlier said that she will spend the remaining days of her term in the Senate on medical leave. — Patricia Lourdes Viray


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China says it will ignore South China Sea lawsuit decision Share (Associated Press) - June 4, 2016 - 7:14pm


In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, the USS William P. Lawrence guided missile destroyer, foreground, awaits refueling from a tanker, top left, in the waters off Coronado, Calif. The U.S. has upset China by sending the destroyer close to China's largest man-made island in disputed South China Sea waters. Beijing responded by saying it will step up its own patrols. The USS William P. Lawrence made “innocent passage” on Wednesday, May 11, within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Fiery Cross Reef, the limit of what international law regards as an island's territorial sea. The likely election of Rodrigo Duterte in the new Philippines could undermine his predecessor’s policy that was unusually hostile to Beijing and relied on U.S. military backing. AP/Gregory Bull, File

SINGAPORE — China said Saturday that it will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in a Philippine lawsuit against Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea.

"To put it simply, the arbitration case actually has gone beyond the jurisdiction" of a U.N. arbitration panel, said Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, director of the foreign affairs office of China's National Defense Ministry.

Related Stories Mayor of the Philippines The Philippines has filed a case in the United Nations under the U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea, questioning China's territorial claim in the South China Sea. An arbitration panel is expected to rule on the case soon. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last year that it has jurisdiction over the case despite China's rejection.

"Because the territorial and sovereignty disputes have not been subjected to the arbitration, we think the arbitration is illegal," Guan told reporters on the sidelines of an international security conference here. "Therefore, we do not participate in it not accept it."

Guan's statement is a reiteration of China's longstanding position that it wants to settle its disputes with various countries on a bilateral basis and that it will not accept international mediation.

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Still, it gains significance because of the overtures made by Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who said recently that he is open to bilateral negotiations with China. This has given Beijing an opening that it hopes to leverage in the event the panel rules in favor of the Philippines. China also has conflicting claims in the sea with Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brunei, who all are looking for U.S. help, much to Beijing's chagrin.

"The new Philippine leader also said that the Philippines hopes to conduct a dialogue with China," Guan said. "We hope the Philippines could get back on to the track of dialogue. The door to dialogue is always open."

Earlier Saturday, India's defense minister told the conference, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, that it is in China's economic interest to reduce tensions in the South China Sea.

"It is ultimately economics," Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said. "If you have an unstable region like what we have in the Middle East, I don't think economics and prosperity will really (be) enhanced."

Although India is not a party to the South China Sea disputes, China is its traditional adversary. They fought a war in 1962, in which India lost land to China.

Parrikar said that however small or "however powerful" a country may be, "no commerce or commercial activity takes place in a highly tense (region). And I think it is in the interest of everyone, including China, to ensure that the peace remains in this region."

Separately, Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said it was "getting increasingly important for all nations in the region to establish the order based on the rule of the law."

Indirectly referring to China, he said that "powerful nations are required to act with self-restraint so as to avoid contingency."

China claims virtually the entire South China Sea as its own, overlapping with territory claimed by other Southeast Asian governments. It has also started building airstrips on artificial islands it built on once-submerged reefs, much to the chagrin of the United States, which worries the buildup will impede freedom of navigation in the busy area.

The three-day Shangri-La Dialogue, which is being attended by defense ministers and experts from 25 countries, ends Sunday and covers topics that also include terrorism, cybercrime and North Korea's nuclear ambitions. - Vijay Joshi and Annabelle Liang

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Associated Press writer Jim Gomez in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.


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Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dies Share Tim Dahlberg (Associated Press) - June 3, 2016 - 1:24pm


In this Sept. 18, 1975, file photo, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, left, applauds as challenger Joe Frazier, right, makes some remarks about world champion Muhammad Ali, second from left, during their call on Marcos at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. AP/Jess Tan, File

He was fast of fist and foot — lip, too — a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper.

He was The Greatest.

Related Stories HBO analysts ecstatic for Mayweather-Pacquiao bout Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country.

A funeral will be held Wednesday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The city plans a memorial service Saturday.

"It's a sad day for life, man. I loved Muhammad Ali, he was my friend. Ali will never die," Don King, who promoted some of Ali's biggest fights, told The Associated Press early Saturday. "Like Martin Luther King his spirit will live on, he stood for the world."


FILE - In this Feb. 25, 1968, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali speaks at a Black Muslim convention in Chicago. Seated behind Ali is Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/file)

With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's Syndrome, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981.

He won and defended the heavyweight championship in epic fights in exotic locations, spoke loudly on behalf of blacks, and famously refused to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs.

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"He was the greatest fighter of all time but his boxing career is secondary to his contribution to the world," promoter Bob Arum told the AP Saturday. "He's the most transforming figure of my time certainly. He did more to change race relations and the views of people than even Martin Luther King."

Despite his debilitating illness, Ali traveled the world to rapturous receptions even after his once-bellowing voice was quieted and he was left to communicate with a wink or a weak smile.


Muhammad Ali lighting first torch of Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay. GOOGLENEWS.CA

Revered by millions worldwide and reviled by millions more, Ali cut quite a figure, 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds in his prime. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," his cornermen exhorted, and he did just that in a way no heavyweight had ever fought before.

He fought in three different decades, finished with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts and was the first man to win heavyweight titles three times.

He whipped the fearsome Sonny Liston twice, toppled the mighty George Foreman with the rope-a-dope in Zaire, and nearly fought to the death with Joe Frazier in the Philippines. Through it all, he was trailed by a colorful entourage who merely added to his growing legend.

"Rumble, young man, rumble," cornerman Bundini Brown would yell to him.

And rumble Ali did. He fought anyone who meant anything and made millions of dollars with his lightning-quick jab. His fights were so memorable that they had names — "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Thrilla in Manila."

But it was as much his antics — and his mouth — outside the ring that transformed the man born Cassius Clay into a household name as Muhammad Ali.

"I am the greatest," Ali thundered again and again.

Few would disagree.

Ali spurned white America when he joined the Black Muslims and changed his name. He defied the draft at the height of the Vietnam war — "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong" — and lost 3 1/2 years from the prime of his career. He entertained world leaders, once telling Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos: "I saw your wife. You're not as dumb as you look."

He later embarked on a second career as a missionary for Islam.

"Boxing was my field mission, the first part of my life," he said in 1990, adding with typical braggadocio, "I will be the greatest evangelist ever."

Ali couldn't fulfill that goal because Parkinson's robbed him of his speech. It took such a toll on his body that the sight of him in his later years — trembling, his face frozen, the man who invented the Ali Shuffle now barely able to walk — shocked and saddened those who remembered him in his prime.

"People naturally are going to be sad to see the effects of his disease," Hana, one of his daughters, said, when he turned 65. "But if they could really see him in the calm of his everyday life, they would not be sorry for him. He's at complete peace, and he's here learning a greater lesson."

The quiet of Ali's later life was in contrast to the roar of a career that had breathtaking highs as well as terrible lows. He exploded on the public scene with a series of nationally televised fights that gave the public an exciting new champion, and he entertained millions as he sparred verbally with the likes of bombastic sportscaster Howard Cosell.

Ali once calculated he had taken 29,000 punches to the head and made $57 million in his pro career, but the effect of the punches lingered long after most of the money was gone. That didn't stop him from traveling tirelessly to promote Islam, meet with world leaders and champion legislation dubbed the Muhammad AliBoxing Reform Act. While slowed in recent years, he still managed to make numerous appearances, including a trip to the 2012 London Olympics.

Despised by some for his outspoken beliefs and refusal to serve in the U.S. Army in the 1960s, an aging Alibecame a poignant figure whose mere presence at a sporting event would draw long standing ovations.

With his hands trembling so uncontrollably that the world held its breath, he lit the Olympic torch for the 1996 Atlanta Games in a performance as riveting as some of his fights.

A few years after that, he sat mute in a committee room in Washington, his mere presence enough to convince lawmakers to pass the boxing reform bill that bore his name.

Members of his inner circle weren't surprised. They had long known Ali as a humanitarian who once wouldn't think twice about getting in his car and driving hours to visit a terminally ill child. They saw him as a man who seemed to like everyone he met — even his archrival Frazier.

"I consider myself one of the luckiest guys in the world just to call him my friend," former business manager Gene Kilroy said. "If I was to die today and go to heaven it would be a step down. My heaven was being withAli."

One of his biggest opponents would later become a big fan, too. On the eve of the 35th anniversary of their "Rumble in the Jungle," Foreman paid tribute to the man who so famously stopped him in the eighth round of their 1974 heavyweight title fight, the first ever held in Africa.

"I don't call him the best boxer of all time, but he's the greatest human being I ever met," Foreman said. "To this day he's the most exciting person I ever met in my life."

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali began boxing at age 12 after his new bicycle was stolen and he vowed to policeman Joe Martin that he would "whup" the person who took it.

He was only 89 pounds at the time, but Martin began training him at his boxing gym, the beginning of a six-year amateur career that ended with the light heavyweight Olympic gold medal in 1960.

Ali had already encountered racism. On boxing trips, he and his amateur teammates would have to stay in the car while Martin bought them hamburgers. When he returned to Louisville with his gold medal, the Chamber of Commerce presented him a citation but said it didn't have time to co-sponsor a dinner.

In his autobiography, "The Greatest," Ali wrote that he tossed the medal into the Ohio River after a fight with a white motorcycle gang, which started when he and a friend were refused service at a Louisville restaurant.

The story may be apocryphal, and Ali later told friends he simply misplaced the medal. Regardless, he had made his point.

After he beat Liston to win the heavyweight title in 1964, Ali shocked the boxing world by announcing he was a member of the Black Muslims — the Nation of Islam — and was rejecting his "slave name."

As a Baptist youth he spent much of his time outside the ring reading the Bible. From now on, he would be known as Muhammad Ali and his book of choice would be the Koran.

Ali's affiliation with the Nation of Islam outraged and disturbed many white Americans, but it was his refusal to be inducted into the Army that angered them most.

That happened on April 28, 1967, a month after he knocked out Zora Folley in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York for his eighth title defense.

He was convicted of draft evasion, stripped of his title and banned from boxing.

Ali appealed the conviction on grounds he was a Muslim minister. He married 17-year-old Belinda Boyd, the second of his four wives, a month after his conviction, and had four children with her. He had two more with his third wife, Veronica Porsche, and he and his fourth wife, Lonnie Williams, adopted a son.

During his banishment, Ali spoke at colleges and briefly appeared in a Broadway musical called "Big Time Buck White." Still facing a prison term, he was allowed to resume boxing three years later, and he came back to stop Jerry Quarry in three rounds on Oct. 26, 1970, in Atlanta despite efforts by Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox to block the bout.

He was still facing a possible prison sentence when he fought Frazier for the first time on March 8, 1971, in what was labeled "The Fight of the Century."

A few months later the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction on an 8-0 vote.

"I've done my celebrating already," Ali said after being informed of the decision. "I said a prayer to Allah."

Many in boxing believe Ali was never the same fighter after his lengthy layoff, even though he won the heavyweight championship two more times and fought for another decade.

Perhaps his most memorable fight was the "Rumble in the Jungle," when he upset a brooding Foreman to become heavyweight champion once again at age 32.

Many worried that Ali could be seriously hurt by the powerful Foreman, who had knocked Frazier down six times in a second round TKO.

But while his peak fighting days may have been over, he was still in fine form verbally. He promoted the fight relentlessly, as only he could.

"You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned," he said. "Wait till I whup George Foreman's behind."

Ali won over a country before he won the fight, mingling with people as he trained and displaying the kind of playful charm the rest of the world had already seen. On the plane into the former Congo he asked what the citizens of Zaire disliked most. He was told it was Belgians because they had once colonized the country.

"George Foreman is a Belgian," Ali cried out to the huge crowd that greeted him at the airport. By the time the fight finally went off in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 1974, Zaire was his.


ALI VS FOREMAN

"Ali booma-ya (Ali kill him)," many of the 60,000 fans screamed as the fight began in Kinshasa.

Ali pulled out a huge upset to win the heavyweight title for a second time, allowing Foreman to punch himself out. He used what he would later call the "rope-a-dope" strategy — something even trainer Angelo Dundee knew nothing about.

Finally, he knocked out an exhausted Foreman in the eighth round, touching off wild celebrations among his African fans.

"I told you I was the greatest," Ali said.

That might have been argued by followers of Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano or Sugar Ray Robinson, but there was no doubt that Ali was just what boxing needed in the early 1960s.

He spouted poetry and brash predictions. After the sullen and frightening Liston, he was a fresh and entertaining face in a sport that struggled for respectability.

At the weigh-in before his Feb. 25, 1964, fight with Liston, Ali carried on so much that some observers thought he was scared stiff and suggested the fight in Miami Beach be called off.

"The crowd did not dream when they lay down their money that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny,"Ali said.

Ali went on to punch Liston's face lumpy and became champion for the first time when Liston quit on his stool after the sixth round.

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," became Ali's rallying cry.

His talent for talking earned him the nickname "The Louisville Lip," but he had a new name of his own in mind: Muhammad Ali.

"I don't have to be what you want me to be," he told reporters the morning after beating Liston. "I'm free to be who I want."

Frazier refused to call Ali by his new name, insisting he was still Cassius Clay. So did Ernie Terrell in their Feb. 6, 1967, fight, a mistake he would come to regret through 15 long rounds.

"What's my name?" Ali demanded as he repeatedly punched Terrell in the face. "What's my name?"

By the time Ali was able to return to the ring following his forced layoff, he was bigger than ever. Soon he was in the ring for his first of three epic fights against Frazier, with each fighter guaranteed $2.5 million.

Before the fight, Ali called Frazier an "Uncle Tom" and said he was "too ugly to be the champ." His gamesmanship could have a cruel edge, especially when it was directed toward Frazier.


Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier's “Thrilla in Manila”

In the first fight, though, Frazier had the upper hand. He relentlessly wore Ali down, flooring him with a crushing left hook in the 15th round and winning a decision.

It was the first defeat for Ali, but the boxing world had not seen the last of him and Frazier in the ring. Ali won a second fight, and then came the "Thrilla in Manila" on Oct. 1, 1975, in the Philippines, a brutal bout that Alisaid afterward was "the closest thing to dying" he had experienced.

Ali won that third fight but took a terrific beating from the relentless Frazier before trainer Eddie Futch kept Frazier from answering the bell for the 15th round.

"They told me Joe Frazier was through," Ali told Frazier at one point during the fight.

"They lied," Frazier said, before hitting Ali with a left hook.

The fight — which most in boxing agree was Ali's last great performance — was part of a 16-month period on the mid-1970s when Ali took his show on the road, fighting Foreman in Zaire, Frazier in the Philippines, Joe Bugner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jean Pierre Coopman in Puerto Rico.

The world got a taste of Ali in splendid form with both his fists and his mouth.

In Malaysia, a member of the commission in charge of the gloves the fighters would wear told Ali they would be held in a prison for safekeeping before the fight.

"My gloves are going to jail," shouted a wide-eyed Ali. "They ain't done nothing — yet!"

Ali would go on to lose the title to Leon Spinks, then come back to win it a third time on Sept. 15, 1978, when he scored a decision over Spinks in a rematch before 70,000 people at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Ali retired, only to come back and try to win the title for a fourth time against Larry Holmes on Oct. 2, 1980, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Ali grew a mustache, pronounced himself "Dark Gable" and got down to a svelte 217 1/2 pounds to beat Father Time. But Holmes, his former sparring partner, mercifully toyed with him until Dundee refused to let Ali answer the bell for the 11th round.

"He was like a little baby after the first round," Holmes said. "I was throwing punches and missing just for the hell of it. I kept saying, 'Ali, why are you taking this?'

"He said, 'Shut up and fight, I'm going to knock you out.'"

When the fight was over, Holmes and his wife went upstairs to pay their respects to Ali. In a darkened room, Holmes told Ali that he loved him.

"Then why did you whip my ass like that?" Ali replied.

A few years later, Ali said he would not have fought Holmes if he didn't think he could have won.


PHOTO COURTESY OF PHOENIX (AP) - Associated Press -Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family. He was 74. Ali suffered for years from Parkinson's disease, which ravaged his body but could never dim his larger-than-life presence. He was hospitalized earlier this week.

"If I had known Holmes was going to whip me and damage my brain, I would not have fought him," Ali said. "But losing to Holmes and being sick are not important in God's world."

It was that world that Ali retreated to, fighting just once more, losing a 10-round decision to Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas.

With his fourth wife, Lonnie, at his side, Ali traveled the world for Islam and other causes. In 1990, he went to Iraq on his own initiative to meet with Saddam Hussein and returned to the United States with 15 Americans who had been held hostage.

One of the hostages recounted meeting Ali in Thomas Hauser's 1990 biography "Muhammad Ali — His Life and Times."

"I've always known that Muhammad Ali was a super sportsman; but during those hours that we were together, inside that enormous body I saw an angel," hostage Harry Brill-Edwards said.

For his part, Ali didn't complain about the price he had paid in the ring.

"What I suffered physically was worth what I've accomplished in life," he said in 1984. "A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life."

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Ali’s funeral open to everybody posted June 05, 2016 at 09:01 pm by AFP


Boxing gloves and a message sit among flowers at a makeshift memorial to Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center, Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74. The world is invited to the funeral of Muhammad Ali in his hometown on Friday where the boxing legend's life will be celebrated with a public funeral procession and memorial service, a family spokesman said. (AP Photo)

LOUISVILLE—The world is invited to the funeral of Muhammad Ali in his hometown on Friday where the boxing legend’s life will be celebrated with a public funeral procession and memorial service, a family spokesman said.

Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion and civil rights activist who was an iconic figure of the 20th century, died Friday aged 74 after health problems complicated by a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The official cause of death was septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.

The dazzling fighter—whose words, often delivered in catchy rhymes, were as devastating as his punches—had been admitted to an Arizona hospital earlier in the week.

Political leaders, sports figures, celebrities and fans around the world paused to remember “The Greatest,” whose career spanned three decades.

On Sunday, Ali’s relatives will accompany his body from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Louisville, his hometown in the southern state of Kentucky.

After a private family funeral on Thursday, Ali’s coffin will be transported through the streets of Louisville on Friday, before a public memorial service at an arena, with former president Bill Clinton among celebrities expected to offer eulogies.

The procession has been organized to “allow anyone that is there from the world to say goodbye,” family spokesman Bob Gunnell told reporters.

ouisville lowered flags to half-staff in his honor, as fans flocked to the boxer’s modest childhood home, now a museum, to pay their respects.

“Our hearts are literally hurting. But we are happy daddy is free now,” Ali’s daughter Hana Ali wrote on Twitter.

President Barack Obama led the tributes for Ali, issuing an unusually personal statement in which he said he keeps a pair of Ali’s boxing gloves and a photo in his private study.


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“Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period,” Obama said.

“His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground,” Obama said.

Obama later called Ali’s widow Lonnie to offer condolences, the White House said.

In a possible preview of Bill Clinton’s eulogy, he and his wife Hillary, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said Ali was “a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again.”

Ali was hospitalized in the Phoenix area early this week, but his condition quickly deteriorated.

“His final hours were spent with just immediate family,” Gunnell said. “He did not suffer.”

Ali had been living in the Phoenix area with Lonnie, his fourth wife whom he married in 1986. He was survived by nine children -- seven daughters and two sons.

The fighter himself planned much of the memorial events, Gunnell said.

The interfaith service is to be conducted at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center in accordance with “Muslim tradition” and in the presence of an imam.

Ali will be buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, where he was born in 1942.

Outside the family home in Louisville and the hospital in Scottsdale, fans left flowers, letters and mementos.

“He just represents everything that was good about mankind and it’s sad to see him go,” said James Brice.

Fans also gathered in Los Angeles to snap photos and leave flowers at Ali’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ali had been hospitalized multiple times in recent years.

His Parkinson’s had limited his public speaking, but Ali continued to make appearances and statements via his entourage.

Ali’s career stretched from 1960 to 1981 and he retired with a record of 56-5, including such historic bouts as the “Rumble in the Jungle” against George Foreman.

Don King promoted that watershed bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974, in which Ali used his “Rope a Dope” strategy to best Foreman and become just the second fighter ever to regain the heavyweight world title.

“He hit me with a quick one-two, knocked me down to the canvas and my whole life changed,” Foreman told CNN of the epic “Rumble.”

“I was devastated,” he said. “Little did I know I would make the best friend I ever had in my life.”

Other defining moments of Ali’s career included two knockouts of Sonny Liston and his rivalry with Joe Frazier.

King said that Ali’s “spirit will go on forever. He represents what every athlete and sports person tries to do, an attitude of getting it done, success.”

Ali―born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942―dazzled fans with slick moves in the ring and his wit and engaging persona outside it.

He famously said he could he “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in the ring.

He took the name of Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam in 1964, soon after he had stunned the sport by claiming the world title with a monumental upset of Liston.

Ali’s refusal to serve in the Vietnam War saw him prosecuted for draft evasion, and led to him being effectively banned for boxing for three years of his prime. The US Supreme Court overturned his conviction for draft dodging in 1971.

Ali held firm to his beliefs and eventually earned accolades as a civil rights activist.

He received the highest US civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2005 and was chosen to light the Olympic torch in 1996, his hands trembling due to Parkinson’s―a poignant moment for the sports world.

Celebrities, politicians, athletes and reporters who covered his career praised Ali for his superb work in and out of the ring.

Floyd Mayweather, who retired from boxing last year with a perfect 49-0 record, was in awe when met Ali in 1996.

Twenty years on, Mayweather summarized Ali’s legacy.

“Never be afraid,” Mayweather said. “Never stop believing. And never settle for less.”

Mayweather’s great rival Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines said the world had lost “a giant.”

“Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s talents, but not as much as mankind benefited from his humanity,” Pacquiao said.


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Pacquiao mourns Muhammad Ali’s death: ‘We lost a giant today’ Share (philstar.com) - June 4, 2016 - 1:47pm


Manny Pacquiao and Muhammad Ali

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao on Saturday joined the rest of the world in mourning the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, saying the world “lost a giant.”

“We lost a giant today,” the recently retired Pacquiao said in a statement.

Related Stories Ali reiterates: I am the greatest Himself a philanthropist, Pacquiao stressed how Ali’s displayed greatness both inside and outside the boxing ring.

“Boxing benefitted from Muhammad Ali's talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefitted from his humanity,” added the former boxer, now a Philippine senator.

Ali died Saturday afternoon at age 74, according to a statement from the family. He was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, and his children had flown in from around the country.

With a wit as sharp as the punches he used to "whup" opponents, Ali dominated sports for two decades before time and Parkinson's disease, triggered by thousands of blows to the head, ravaged his magnificent body, muted his majestic voice and ended his storied career in 1981.

He won and defended the heavyweight championship in epic fights in exotic locations, spoke loudly on behalf of blacks, and famously refused to be drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War because of his Muslim beliefs.

Despite his debilitating illness, he traveled the world to rapturous receptions even after his once-bellowing voice was quieted and he was left to communicate with a wink or a weak smile.

"He was the greatest fighter of all time but his boxing career is secondary to his contribution to the world," promoter Bob Arum told the AP early Saturday. "He's the most transforming figure of my time certainly."

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Revered by millions worldwide and reviled by millions more, Ali cut quite a figure, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds in his prime. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," his cornermen exhorted, and he did just that in a way no heavyweight had ever fought before.

He fought in three different decades, finished with a record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts — 26 of those bouts promoted by Arum — and was the first man to win heavyweight titles three times.

He whipped the fearsome Sonny Liston twice, toppled the mighty George Foreman with the rope-a-dope in Zaire, and nearly fought to the death with Joe Frazier in the Philippines. Through it all, he was trailed by a colorful entourage who merely added to his growing legend.

"Rumble, young man, rumble," cornerman Bundini Brown would yell to him.

And rumble Ali did. He fought anyone who meant anything and made millions of dollars with his lightning-quick jab. His fights were so memorable that they had names — "Rumble in the Jungle" and "Thrilla in Manila."

But it was as much his antics — and his mouth — outside the ring that transformed the man born Cassius Clay into a household name as Muhammad Ali.

"I am the greatest," Ali thundered again and again.

A funeral will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The city plans a memorial service Saturday. – With report from Tim Dahlberg, AP


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PeopleAsia bares list of ‘Men Who Matter’ 2016 Share (The Philippine Star) - June 5, 2016 - 12:00am


PeopleAsia trains the spotlight on fourteen extraordinary gentlemen with its recently released June-July 2016 Issue. On the cover is actor, family man and licensed pilot Ian Veneracion, who leads the 11th edition of the magazine’s “Men Who Matter” awardees.

MANILA, Philippines – • PeopleAsia trains the spotlight on “man power” with its recently released June-July 2016 issue. On the cover is actor, painter and licensed pilot Ian Veneracion, who leads the magazine’s “Men Who Matter” awardees.

Photographed in the City of Dreams, the Pangako Sa ‘Yo star talks about the renaissance of his dreamboat status at age 41, after he played the role of Eduardo Buenavista in the reboot of ABS-CBN’s iconic teleserye. Having gone a long way from being Joey de Leon’s onscreen son from their Joey & Son days, Ian reveals that the key to his staying power is his professionalism and discipline.

Related Stories Philanthropist Imelda Cojuangco passes away Joining Ian on the list are US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, whose tenure in the Philippines was marked by historic milestones such as the state visit of US President Barack Obama; and Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, who is widely credited for the orderly conduct and credibility of the recent national and local elections.


(PeopleAsia’s June-July 2016 issue) On the cover is actor, family man and licensed pilot Ian Veneracion, who leads the 11th edition of the magazine’s “Men Who Matter” awardees.

Business leaders further buttress PeopleAsia’s “Men Who Matter” 2016 list, namely The French Baker and Van Laack’s Johnlu Koa, Rustan Marketing Corp. and SSI Group’s Michael Huang, Empire East Land Holdings Inc.’s Charlemagne Yu and systems integration firm Fritz & Macziol’s Lutz Kunack.

Also on the “Men Who Matter” list are world-class Filipinos such as BBC news anchor Rico Hizon, public relations guru Edd Fuentes, renowned fashion designer Ito Curata, celebrity chef Claude Tayag and award-winning basketball player Terrence Romeo.

The tourism industry also captures the limelight with the inclusion of City of Dreams Manila property president Geoff Andres and Henann Resort’s vice president for marketing Karl Chusuey on the roster.

PeopleAsia’s June-July 2016 issue comes with a feature on President Benigno S. Aquino III, whose term (which ends on noon of June 30, 2016) was marked with unparalleled economic growth, among others.

The magazine also gives a sneak peek at new presidential son Sebastian Duterte’s first magazine shoot – a prelude to a highly anticipated special issue, which PeopleAsia will release later this month.

PeopleAsia magazine is now available in leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide, and will be available on Magzter, the Apple Store and Google Play on June 15. For more information, please call Bong at 892-1854 and 0922-877-6556 or visit the Stargate PeopleAsia Facebook page.


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