SPECIAL FEATURE: WHY THIS PINOY CHAMP QUIT BOXING TO WORK AS DOMESTIC HELP IN HONG KONG    

Jay Solmiano rose from working as a humble janitor to become a Philippine lightweight champion and a World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim Asia Pacific light-welterweight champion. But after failing in his bid to win the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation light-welterweight title last April, Solmiano has abruptly quit boxing to join the ranks of millions of Overseas Filipino Workers. "I got tired of the politics involved in Philippine boxing. It's tough," said the 27-year-old Solmiano (17-3-1, 13KOs), who now works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong.

The tale of the southpaw from San Andres, Catanduanes is a familiar one. Solmiano was born to a family of seven and was forced to drop out of school due to poverty after much discouragement from his parents. "My father told me not to go to school anymore, because I'm not capable of making money even as a kundoktor (bus assistant)," said Solmiano, who only managed to reach third-year high school. "My parents were a young couple back then, they only saw us as a burden. My upbringing taught me how to be tough." At 17, he traveled to Manila along to try to make a living. He found himself at a boxing gym, where he soon found work — not as a fighter, but as a janitor. Self-taught boxer  ---* READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman visits Revilla, Estrada in Camp Crame   

Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao dropped by Camp Crame on Sunday to visit Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., both of whom are detained there on plunder and graft charges.  According to a report on "24 Oras" aired Sunday evening, Pacquiao was at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center for a Christian fellowship with Revilla. Estrada attended the activity, the report said. Pacquiao and Estrada are both members of the United Nationalist Alliance while Revilla is chairman of the Lakas-CMD party. The champion boxer and lawmaker has yet to issue a statement on the visit. — JDS, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: SEN. JINGGOY AT SEN. BONG, DINALAW NI PACQUIAO   

TAMA ang talent manager na si Lolit Solis. Malaking bagay ang pag-ulan-ulan na nararanasan sa Metro Manila para bahagyang lumamig at maging maaliwalas ang paligid ng detention cell nina Senators Jinggoy Estrada at Bong Revilla sa Crame. Madalas dumalaw si ’Nay Lolit sa dalawang kaibigan na halos dalawang buwan nang nakakulong sa PNP Custodial Center kaya knows niya ang dusa ng mga ito sa tindi ng init doon, lalo na nu’ng mga nakaraang buwan. Ilan pang kaibigan sa showbiz ang dumalaw kina Sen. Jinggoy at Bong nu’ng Linggo, na labis namang ikinatuwa ng mga ito. Pinangunahan ni Cong. Manny Pacquiao ang mga bisita’t maaga itong dumating para sa fellowship/worship na parte na ng buhay ng dalawang senador every Sunday.

Nagbabad si Pacman sa Custodial Center at halos lahat, bumilib sa confidence niya sa pagsi-share ng kaalaman sa Bibliya. Maging ang actor na si Tirso Cruz III, humanga kay Manny bilang lay pastor. Kasamang dumalaw ni Pip (palayaw ni Tirso) ang misis na si Lyn Cruz at anak na si Dyanin. Bago umalis, naitsika ni Pip na papasok siya sa Hawak Kamay ni Piolo Pascual matapos ang memorable performance niya bilang tatay ni Coco Martin sa Ikaw Lamang ng ABS-CBN. Naroon din ang mga kapatid ni Sen. Bong na sina Andeng, Rowena, Marlon at Strike, pati na ang asawang si Cong. Lani Mercado’t mga anak na sina Bryan, Jolo (kasama ang GF na si Jodi Santamaria), Luigi at Inah, na karay-karay ang kanyang baby girl. Siyempre, hindi mawawala ang best friend ng dalawa na si Phillip Salvador, na regular ding bisita sa kampo. Present din ang ever-supportive wife ni Sen. Jinggoy na si Precy at mga anak na pinangunahan naman ni Councilor Janella. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Chris Algieri promises 'perfect game plan' to beat Manny Pacquiao 

PHOTO: Pacquiao's next foe Chris Algieri challenges Manny... to ice bucket dareThe ice bucket
challenge is a viral meme designed to raise awareness and donations about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease after the New York Yankees great, ALS is a neurogenerative disorder similar to Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Earlier, Filipino-American wrestler and actor Batista also took the challenge and dared world boxing champion Nonito Donaire. — JST, GMA NewsUnfazed by his growing number of doubters and underdog status, Chris Algieri vows to be a handful when he faces Manny Pacquiao at Cotai Arena in Macau, on November 22.

"I'm gonna be an entirely different fighter when I fight Manny Pacquiao," said Algieri in an interview with HBO's Jim Lampley. "I'm different every time I fight and I train specifically for my opponent so we're gonna have a perfect game plan for Manny." Early odds have pegged Algieri as a 14 to 1 underdog against Pacquiao despite an unbeaten record in 20 fights. Algieri also enjoys height and reach advantage against the Filipino fight icon. In his six years as a professional boxer, the 30-year-old from New York has earned a reputation of being in top shape each time he fights. Though Algieri won't disclose his entire strategy against Pacquiao, he gave a tip of what to expect come fight night. "I will use my conditioning to push the pace, the pace that he's not used to at this point of his career and look to dominate down the stretch" says Algieri. — JST, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: SC stops tax court from collecting P3-B cash bond from Pacquiao couple 

The Supreme Court stopped the Court of Tax Appeals from collecting P3 billion cash bond to P4 billion surety bond from boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee in exchange for lifting of warrant of distraint and levy and garnishment by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. “Now, therefore, extending indefinitely and until further orders from this Court (1) respondent CTA (first division) its agents, representatives or persons acting in its place and stead, are hereby enjoined from implementing its April 22 resolution and the July 11 resolution insofar as it requires petitioners to either deposit a cash bond in the amount of P3,298,514,894.35 or to post a surety bond in the amount of P4,947,772,341.53 as a condition for the suspension of collection of deficiency income taxes,” the high court third division said.

The high court, meanwhile ordered the Tax Court to proceed with dispatch resolving Pacquiao’s petition questioning the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s tax collection action against him. The same ruling also stopped the BIR from implementing the warrant of distraint and levy against Pacquiao. The couple has until August 17 to post a cash bond worth P3,298, 514,894.35 or a surety bond in the amount of P4,947,772,341.53. Otherwise, the CTA will set aside its April 22 resolution, which ordered the suspension of collection of the Pacquiaos’ alleged tax liabilities worth P3.29 billion.* READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao couple asks SC to stop tax court from collecting P3B cash bond 

PHOTO: Ang bagong panumpang Sarangani Vice Governor Hon. Jinkee J. Pacquiao (kaliwa) sa kanyang privilege speech bilang bagong halal na opisyal ng kanilang bayan. Ito ay sinaksihan nina outgoing Governor Hon. Miguel Rene A. Dominguez (center) at si Sarangani Lone District Representative Hon. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao (right).–Boxing superstar and Saranggani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, asked the Supreme Court to reverse the resolution of the Court of Tax Appeals ordering them to post over P3 billion cash bond or almost P5 billion surety bond, which was issued after they sought to stop the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from collecting P2-billion taxes from them.

In their petition for certiorari, the Pacquiao couple also asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the Tax Court’s July 11 resolution denying their motion for partial reconsideration. The Tax Court’s July 11 resolution dismissed the appeal of the couple for lack of merit and gave them 30 days to post a cash bond worth P3,298,514,894.35 or a GSIS bond or a bond from any reputable surety company accredited by the Supreme Court, in the amount equivalent to one and one half of the amount being collected, or P 4,947,772,341.53.* READ MORE...


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SPECIAL FEATURE Why this Pinoy champ quit boxing to work as domestic helper in HK


Photo from Jay Solmiano's Facebook page

MANILA, AUGUST 25, 2014 (GMA NEWS) By JM SIASAT - Jay Solmiano rose from working as a humble janitor to become a Philippine lightweight champion and a World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim Asia Pacific light-welterweight champion.

But after failing in his bid to win the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation light-welterweight title last April, Solmiano has abruptly quit boxing to join the ranks of millions of Overseas Filipino Workers.

"I got tired of the politics involved in Philippine boxing. It's tough," said the 27-year-old Solmiano (17-3-1, 13KOs), who now works as a domestic helper in Hong Kong.

The tale of the southpaw from San Andres, Catanduanes is a familiar one. Solmiano was born to a family of seven and was forced to drop out of school due to poverty after much discouragement from his parents.

"My father told me not to go to school anymore, because I'm not capable of making money even as a kundoktor (bus assistant)," said Solmiano, who only managed to reach third-year high school.

"My parents were a young couple back then, they only saw us as a burden. My upbringing taught me how to be tough."

At 17, he traveled to Manila along to try to make a living. He found himself at a boxing gym, where he soon found work — not as a fighter, but as a janitor.

Self-taught boxer

* He was an athlete back in school, competing in track and field events. While working at the gym, he found himself imitating the professional boxers who trained there. Soon enough, despite being a self-taught boxer, he found himself entering the ring as a professional fighter, when he was handpicked as a late replacement against Michael Rosal at an event in Parañaque in 2007.

"I never thought I'll be a boxer," said Solmiano. "All I wanted was to know the feeling of how it is to be a professional boxer."

He managed to win his first fight by split decision, and that put him on a path to becoming a boxing champion. He quit his job as a janitor, living with nine other boxers and a trainer in a small studio apartment.

He proved to have a knack for the sweet science, and four year later, he got a chance at the OPBF lightweight title in Japan against Nihito Arakawa.

Solmiano dominated Arakawa over 12 rounds, and he went into his corner after the final bell thinking that he'd won the fight. But he got a rude awakening when the verdict was announced.

"I lost a lot of respect in professional boxing when I lost that fight," said Solmiano of his first professional defeat.

"I got robbed in Japan. I reviewed the tape over and over and told myself, how could I have lost that fight? I can accept defeat if I was truly defeated. What I can't accept is a loss when I know I won."

Carrying on

Solmiano carried on fighting, even winning championships. Last April, he was booked for another OPBF title fight again in Japan, the site of his bitter first loss.

Against light-welterweight champion Keita Obara (10-1, 9 knockouts), Solmiano was determined to give it his all. After back and forth action in the first three rounds, Solmiano managed to drop his Japanese foe in round three with a straight left.

But once again, Solmiano got the raw end of the deal after the referee ruled that Obara had slipped.

Obara boxed and timed Solmiano cautiously in round four. Solmiano targeted the Japanese fighter's body with a one-two combination, but was left open for a left-hook counter.

That punch dropped the Filipino face first on the canvas.

Solmiano would beat the count, but was obviously hurt and ready for the taking. Solmiano fought on but eventually got caught again with a straight right. He dropped a second time and was counted out for good with 1:50 in round four.

Rear view mirror

Just four months later, Solmiano is settled into his job in Hong Kong, and he talks about boxing like it's in the rear view mirror.

"I don't know if I would ever fight again. What's important to me is to have a living and save up for my future," said Solmiano. "I can still make a living even without boxing anyway."

For now, the only battles he wages are against the pangs of loneliness being away from his wife and his kid.

There's a little part of him, however, that thinks that he hasn't done everything he can in the ring.

"I still believe that I can still be a world champion. I leave my fate to the Lord," he said.

JM Siasat is a sports journalist based in Manila, Philippines. He can be reached at jmsiasat@ymail.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmsiasat

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Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao dropped by Camp Crame on Sunday to visit Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., both of whom are detained there on plunder and graft charges.

According to a report on "24 Oras" aired Sunday evening, Pacquiao was at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center for a Christian fellowship with Revilla. Estrada attended the activity, the report said.

Pacquiao and Estrada are both members of the United Nationalist Alliance while Revilla is chairman of the Lakas-CMD party.

The champion boxer and lawmaker has yet to issue a statement on the visit. — JDS, GMA News

FROM JOURNAL.COM.PH

SEN. JINGGOY AT SEN. BONG, DINALAW NI PACQUIAO August 18, 2014Written by Ian FariñasPublished in Showbiz


Manny Pacquiao holds bible study

TAMA ang talent manager na si Lolit Solis. Malaking bagay ang pag-ulan-ulan na nararanasan sa Metro Manila para bahagyang lumamig at maging maaliwalas ang paligid ng detention cell nina Senators Jinggoy Estrada at Bong Revilla sa Crame.

Madalas dumalaw si ’Nay Lolit sa dalawang kaibigan na halos dalawang buwan nang nakakulong sa PNP Custodial Center kaya knows niya ang dusa ng mga ito sa tindi ng init doon, lalo na nu’ng mga nakaraang buwan.

Ilan pang kaibigan sa showbiz ang dumalaw kina Sen. Jinggoy at Bong nu’ng Linggo, na labis namang ikinatuwa ng mga ito. Pinangunahan ni Cong. Manny Pacquiao ang mga bisita’t maaga itong dumating para sa fellowship/worship na parte na ng buhay ng dalawang senador every Sunday.

Nagbabad si Pacman sa Custodial Center at halos lahat, bumilib sa confidence niya sa pagsi-share ng kaalaman sa Bibliya. Maging ang actor na si Tirso Cruz III, humanga kay Manny bilang lay pastor.

Kasamang dumalaw ni Pip (palayaw ni Tirso) ang misis na si Lyn Cruz at anak na si Dyanin.

Bago umalis, naitsika ni Pip na papasok siya sa Hawak Kamay ni Piolo Pascual matapos ang memorable performance niya bilang tatay ni Coco Martin sa Ikaw Lamang ng ABS-CBN.

Naroon din ang mga kapatid ni Sen. Bong na sina Andeng, Rowena, Marlon at Strike, pati na ang asawang si Cong. Lani Mercado’t mga anak na sina Bryan, Jolo (kasama ang GF na si Jodi Santamaria), Luigi at Inah, na karay-karay ang kanyang baby girl.

Siyempre, hindi mawawala ang best friend ng dalawa na si Phillip Salvador, na regular ding bisita sa kampo. Present din ang ever-supportive wife ni Sen. Jinggoy na si Precy at mga anak na pinangunahan naman ni Councilor Janella.

* From the looks of it, mukhang solid na talaga ang relasyong Jolo-Jodi. Obserbasyon ng mga nandu’n, in love nga ang aktres sa actor-politiko dahil talagang nagtagal din ito sa pagdalaw at umalis lang bandang hapon para sa shooting umano ng bagong pelikulang Maria Leonora Teresa.

Malungkot namang ibinalita ng panganay na anak ni Lorna Tolentino na si Rap Fernandez ang pagkakadulas ng ina sa Greenhills kamakailan.

Itinakbo raw si LT sa ospital dahil nakasama sa likod niya ang pagkaka-dulas. Kwento pa ni Rap, nagrekomenda ng ope-rasyon ang doctor ng mommy niya, pero as of Sunday, hindi pa sure kung itutuloy, lalo pa nga’t common knowledge na may scoliosis ang aktres.

Malamang, mag-settle na lang sila sa isa pang treatment na sinasabi ng doctor para malunasan ang tinamong injury sa likod ni LT.

Napag-usapan din ng mga bisita ang kalalabas na Pulse Asia survey, kung saan 53 percent ng mga Pinoy ang nagsabing unfair para kina Senators Jinggoy, Bong at Juan Ponce Enrile ang ginaga-wang imbestigasyon ng Senado sa pork barrel scam.

Base sa survey, nagtatanong daw ang mga Pinoy kung bakit pulos taga-oposisyon ang pinag-iinitan ng naturang imbestigasyon.

Positibo naman si Cong. Lani na lalabas din ang katotohanan at isa sa mga araw na ito, maaayos din ang lahat para kina Sen. Bong at Sen. Jinggoy.

* * *

NGAYONG Martes ang birthday ng Regal produ na si Mother Lily Monteverde. May bonggang selebrasyon siya sa 38 Valencia ngayong gabi, na siguradong dadaluhan ng mga bigating artista, director at mga kaibigan sa showbiz press.

Bukas naman ipalalabas sa mga sinehan ang birthday presentation niyang romantic comedy na Somebody to Love, starring Iza Calzado, Matteo Guidicelli, Carla Abellana, Jason Abalos at marami pang iba sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Joey Reyes.

Chris Algieri promises 'perfect game plan' to beat Manny Pacquiao By JM SIASATAugust 15, 2014 2:59pm 301 38 0 3649 Tags: Manny Pacquiao


Pacquiao's next foe Chris Algieri challenges Manny... to ice bucket dareThe ice bucket challenge is a viral meme designed to raise awareness and donations about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease after the New York Yankees great, ALS is a neurogenerative disorder similar to Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Earlier, Filipino-American wrestler and actor Batista also took the challenge and dared world boxing champion Nonito Donaire. — JST, GMA News

Unfazed by his growing number of doubters and underdog status, Chris Algieri vows to be a handful when he faces Manny Pacquiao at Cotai Arena in Macau, on November 22.

"I'm gonna be an entirely different fighter when I fight Manny Pacquiao," said Algieri in an interview with HBO's Jim Lampley. "I'm different every time I fight and I train specifically for my opponent so we're gonna have a perfect game plan for Manny."

Early odds have pegged Algieri as a 14 to 1 underdog against Pacquiao despite an unbeaten record in 20 fights. Algieri also enjoys height and reach advantage against the Filipino fight icon.

In his six years as a professional boxer, the 30-year-old from New York has earned a reputation of being in top shape each time he fights.

Though Algieri won't disclose his entire strategy against Pacquiao, he gave a tip of what to expect come fight night.

"I will use my conditioning to push the pace, the pace that he's not used to at this point of his career and look to dominate down the stretch" says Algieri. — JST, GMA News

FROM THE INQUIRER

SC stops tax court from collecting P3-B cash bond from Pacquiao couple By Tetch Torres-Tupas |INQUIRER.net5:39 pm | Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


REP. MANNY PACQUIAO

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court stopped the Court of Tax Appeals from collecting P3 billion cash bond to P4 billion surety bond from boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee in exchange for lifting of warrant of distraint and levy and garnishment by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

“Now, therefore, extending indefinitely and until further orders from this Court (1) respondent CTA (first division) its agents, representatives or persons acting in its place and stead, are hereby enjoined from implementing its April 22 resolution and the July 11 resolution insofar as it requires petitioners to either deposit a cash bond in the amount of P3,298,514,894.35 or to post a surety bond in the amount of P4,947,772,341.53 as a condition for the suspension of collection of deficiency income taxes,” the high court third division said.

The high court, meanwhile ordered the Tax Court to proceed with dispatch resolving Pacquiao’s petition questioning the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s tax collection action against him.

The same ruling also stopped the BIR from implementing the warrant of distraint and levy against Pacquiao. The couple has until August 17 to post a cash bond worth P3,298, 514,894.35 or a surety bond in the amount of P4,947,772,341.53.

Otherwise, the CTA will set aside its April 22 resolution, which ordered the suspension of collection of the Pacquiaos’ alleged tax liabilities worth P3.29 billion.

* The tax court in its April 22 ruling granted the urgent motion filed by Pacquiao to lift the warrant of distraint and levy and garnishment as well as the collection of taxes.

However, the Tax Court ordered Pacquiao and his wife to deposit a cash bond worth P3,298,514,894.35 or post a GSIS bond or a bond from other reputable surety company accredited by the Supreme Court, in the amount equivalent to one and one half (1 ½) of the amount being collected or P 4,947,772,341.53 within 10 days upon receipt of the resolution. The 10th day is May 2.

Pacquiao did not post a bond, instead, he filed a partial motion for reconsideration last Tuesday telling the tax court that the condition is “impossible.”

The boxing champ’s camp urged the Tax Court to either remove the bond payment condition or at least reduce the amount.
His tax liability was P2.2 billion. According to the BIR, the bond was based on the updated amount including surcharges and penalties.

 


Ang bagong panumpang Sarangani Vice Governor Hon. Jinkee J. Pacquiao (kaliwa) sa kanyang privilege speech bilang bagong halal na opisyal ng kanilang bayan. Ito ay sinaksihan nina outgoing Governor Hon. Miguel Rene A. Dominguez (center) at si Sarangani Lone District Representative Hon. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao (right). (DARWIN DEE / Photoville International)

Pacquiao couple asks SC to stop tax court from collecting P3B cash bond By Tetch Torres-Tupas |INQUIRER.net9:58 am | Friday, August 15th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines–Boxing superstar and Saranggani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, asked the Supreme Court to reverse the resolution of the Court of Tax Appeals ordering them to post over P3 billion cash bond or almost P5 billion surety bond, which was issued after they sought to stop the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from collecting P2-billion taxes from them.
In their petition for certiorari, the Pacquiao couple also asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the Tax Court’s July 11 resolution denying their motion for partial reconsideration.
The Tax Court’s July 11 resolution dismissed the appeal of the couple for lack of merit and gave them 30 days to post a cash bond worth P3,298,514,894.35 or a GSIS bond or a bond from any reputable surety company accredited by the Supreme Court, in the amount equivalent to one and one half of the amount being collected, or P 4,947,772,341.53.
* Pacquiao’s motion for partial reconsideration asked the tax court to reduce the bond and extend the deadline for the posting of the bond.
Originally, the Pacquiaos were given 10 days to post a bond.
In 2013, Pacquiao filed a petition with the tax court to lift the warrant of distrain and levy and garnishment as well as the collection of taxes by the BIR.
However, the tax court ordered Pacquiao and his wife to deposit a cash or surety bond.
Instead of posting a bond, however, they filed a partial motion for reconsideration, telling the tax court that the condition was “impossible.”
Pacquiao’s tax liability was P2.2 billion. According to the BIR, the bond was based on the updated amount including surcharges and penalties.


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