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PBA: SMC's ANG CONFIRMS CONE'S TRANSFER TO GINEBRA


JULY 20 --Tim Cone
– San Miguel Corp. chairman Ramon S. Ang has confirmed in a sports portal that Tim Cone, PBA’s most winningest coach with 18 titles under his belt, is bringing his coaching talent over to Barangay Ginebra. “Yes, Tim Cone is moving to Ginebra,” Ang was quoted as saying by Spin.ph. “He’ll get his memo upon his return to the country.” Major changes in the coaching staff of the Star Hotshots and the Barangay Ginebra Kings had been hot topics in the PBA circle the past couples of days or since the end of their 2014-15 PBA season. Cone himself had hinted his transfer to the Gin Kings, saying: “I serve at the pleasure of the (SMC) president, Mr. Ang, and I’ll follow whatever direction he chooses.” As Cone moves over to Ginebra, assistant coach Jason Webb will reportedly be tapped to handle the rein at Star. Frankie Lim, who is apparently guaranteed of a one-year contract with Ginebra, may be left in a floating status. READ MORE...

ALSO: Fajardo accepts Baldwin's challenge to become next Gilas centerpiece


JULY 22 --Two-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo accepts the challenge to become the centerpiece of the next Gilas team. File Photo
New Gilas coach Tab Baldwin made it no secret that he will make the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo the centerpiece of the FIBA Asia-bound national team.
The reiging PBA two-time MVP, who was used as back-up during his Gilas debut, welcomed the challenge. "Nakakatuwa naman ('yung sinabi ni coach Tab). Malaking responsibilidad at nakaka-pressure rin pero, why not? Opportunity 'yun eh," Fajardo told Philstar.com. Fajardo has improved by leaps and bounds since his debut in the international stage and he wants to repay the trust of Baldwin and the Filipino fans. READ MORE...

ALSO NCAA 91: Unbeaten Knights, Altas dispute solo lead


JULY 22 ---Knights rally past Stags, share NCAA lead Joey Villar | Updated Wednesday July 22, 2015 - 12:00am ---San Beda’s Mochole Sorela (right) attacks the basket against Lyceum’s Guy Mbida during their NCAA match at The Arena, San Juan. Joey Mendoza Jr. PHOTO -Letran charged back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter then went to Mark Cruz in the closing minute to hack out a come-from-behind 82-76 victory over San Sebastian and re-join Perpetual Help in the lead in the 91st NCAA men's basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday. Cruz came through with a clutch four-point play in the last 55.1 seconds, capping the Knights' fiery windup that saw them claw from a 53-66 deficit and into the victory, their fourth straight for the squad's best start in seven years. After four games, Perpetual Help and Letran have emerged the early title favorites in the 91st NCAA basketball tournament. But when the Altas and the Knights collide Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City in a duel of unbeaten teams, only one will be considered a legitimate title threat and the other one unmasked as mere pretenders. "We consider it our first biggest test and we need to hurdle it if we want to be taken seriously as a title contender," said Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario in Filipino. Perpetual Help is on its best start in recent memory after winning its first four games this season, including an 84-70 victory over San Sebastian last week. READ MORE...

ALSO FIBA: Pangilinan cites Philippines' ‘heartware’ key to World Cup bid


JULY 23 ---SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan stresses the Filipino fans’passion for basketball as vital factor on the Philippines’ World Cup hosting bid. He had earlier met with international consultants Sean Nicholls (left photo), Octagon president, and Ian Rumsby (right photo), Weber Shandwick chief strategy officer. JUN MENDOZA
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan said the country, with its “pure and undeniable love for basketball,” has what it takes to host the prestigious Fiba World Cup in 2019.
Pangilinan, together with international consultants Sean Nicholls and Ian Rumsby, underscored the Filipinos’ extraordinary passion for the game and strong presence in social media as vital cogs in the final push for the coveted staging rights against rival bidder China. “I must say that China is a formidable competitor in this bid, at least from one perspective, which is the hardware of the event. Someone commented that this will be both a sporting event and a media event. From the perspective of the sporting event, it’s a question basically of facilities, infrastructure, organization, the ability to put it together. We believe we can do it,” Pangilinan said yesterday in a round-table chat with media. China may enjoy a slight edge in this aspect, having hosted the Olympics in 2008 and the Asian Games in 2010, but for the SBP top brass, the Pinoys’ capabilities go beyond just staging a successful event. “China has done it on the scale that has never been done in the country with the Olympics and Asian Games....We do have to meet the certain and basic minimum requirements of Fiba with respect to facilities, and I think we can meet those basic requirements. “Beyond that qualitative consideration, it’s a media event as well. I don’t have a window of how Fiba will actually decide the matter of the bids. They will certainly look at the hardware of the bids, but as well as what we call ‘heartware’, which is entirely in the Filipinos themselves – their pure, undeniable love for basketball. I don’t think China has that because I think the most popular sport in China is football, not basketball, whereas in the Philippines, the No. 1 sport is still basketball.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao downplays Arum criticism, says in ‘self-rehab’


JULY 20 ---Manny Pacquiao. REM ZAMORA/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao downplayed criticism from promoter Bob Arum on Monday after the injured Philippine boxing hero missed a doctor’s visit for a shoulder injury, saying he was carrying out his own rehabilitation. Arum hit out at his own boxer last weekend for missing a rehab visit and said he has no idea when “Pacman” might fight again after his right shoulder was hurt fighting Floyd Mayweather in May. “I respect Bob Arum. He’s just like a father to me. I believe he’s just voicing out his concern (for) me and I appreciate it. I don’t take it negatively,” Pacquiao said in a statement. “But he has nothing to worry about (regarding) my injury. I’m doing the rehab myself. I’m recovering faster than expected.” Pacquiao had surgery on May 7 to repair a tear to his right rotator cuff sustained in the unanimous points defeat against Mayweather in the richest fight of all time in Las Vegas. He cancelled a scheduled check-up with his surgeon Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on July 4, prompting sharp criticism from the 83-year-old head of Top Rank promotions, who said “he’s not acting very professionally.” Pacquiao did not say if he was receiving medical advice or treatment from another doctor but said his situation was improving, adding: “I can now raise my right arm.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao pulls out his kids from int’l school for life in GenSan


JULY 19 -TOGETHER The Pacquiaos oblige photographers after a Sunday Bible service at Shepherd’s Church in Los Angeles before his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The kids are Israel, Michael Stephen, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Divine Grace and Emmanuel Jimuel. Aquiles Z. Zonio/Inquirer Mindanao
MAASIM, Sarangani—The Pacquiaos have pulled out their four children from an international school to enroll them in a private school in General Santos City. The two older sons have been overheard to speak English with a British accent. The boxing champion himself said he wanted his children to experience what he went through as a poverty-stricken youth in General Santos. They love the simplicity of their rural surroundings now and do not miss the noise and chaos of life in the big city, said Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao. Her four children are doing really well after she and her husband, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, transferred them.  “They’re doing fine. They’re not having any difficulties and they have adjusted easily,” Jinkee said. Emmanuel Jimuel Jr. 14, Michael Stephen, 13, Mary Divine Grace, 8, and Queen Elizabeth, 6, used to attend Brent International School in Laguna province. They are now enrolled at Hope Christian School in General Santos City. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather’s uncle stresses need for Pacquiao comeback


JULY 22-- Jeff Mayweather is a member of the famous Mayweather family. The uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jeff had a successful pro career where he was able to capture the WBO featherweight title. After his boxing days were over, Jeff went on to become an even more successful trainer. He has worked with such notable champions as Sultan Ibragimov and the current WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero. FROM WIKIPEDIA
For Jeff Mayweather, now isn’t the time for Manny Pacquiao to retire. The uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently urged Pacquiao to fight on and bounce back from a loss to the undefeated American last May. And Jeff Mayweather believes that is exactly what Pacquiao will do. “Pacquiao should be set forever. That kind of money over there (Philippines), it’s not 160 million, it’s probably like 80 billion. This dude should never have to fight ever again in his life if he doesn’t want to,” he told host Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing Radio.


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SMC's Ang confirms Cone's transfer to Ginebra


Tim Cone

MANILA
, JULY 27, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Nelson Beltran - July 20, 2015 – San Miguel Corp. chairman Ramon S. Ang has confirmed in a sports portal that Tim Cone, PBA’s most winningest coach with 18 titles under his belt, is bringing his coaching talent over to Barangay Ginebra.

“Yes, Tim Cone is moving to Ginebra,” Ang was quoted as saying by Spin.ph. “He’ll get his memo upon his return to the country.”

Major changes in the coaching staff of the Star Hotshots and the Barangay Ginebra Kings had been hot topics in the PBA circle the past couples of days or since the end of their 2014-15 PBA season.

Cone himself had hinted his transfer to the Gin Kings, saying: “I serve at the pleasure of the (SMC) president, Mr. Ang, and I’ll follow whatever direction he chooses.”

As Cone moves over to Ginebra, assistant coach Jason Webb will reportedly be tapped to handle the rein at Star.

Frankie Lim, who is apparently guaranteed of a one-year contract with Ginebra, may be left in a floating status.

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The latest coaching rigodon at SMC was obviously triggered by the poor showing of both the Hotshots and the Gin Kings in the just-concluded season, particularly in the season-ending Governors Cup.

The Gin Kings barely made the playoffs. And in their first game in the post-elims play, the Kings squandered a huge lead after a commotion that saw the involvement of the Ginebra coach.

The Hotshots, meanwhile, failed to defend any championship from their grand slam run in the previous season.

Cone and his troops were booted out by the Meralco Bolts in the quarters in the Philippine Cup and were swept by the Alaska Milk Aces in their playoff face-offs in the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup.

A projected San Miguel Beer-Star finale in the third conference didn’t materialize as the Aces swept the Hotshots, 3-0, in a best-of-five semis duel.

Cone’s consolation is a chance to chase a record shared by Chot Reyes, Yeng Guiao and Norman Black – champion coaches with three different PBA ball clubs

Reyes bagged crowns with Purefoods, Coca-Cola and Talk n Text, Guiao with Swift, Red Bull and Rain or Shine while Black with San Miguel, Sta. Lucia and Talk n Text.

Cone is the league’s most decorated coach with 13 titles with Alaska Milk and five with Purefoods/Star. He’s had grand slam championships with both teams.

Ginebra has been without a title since the 2007-08 season, a slump that has gone unabated under coaches Siot Tanquingcen, Alfrancis Chua, Ato Agustin, Juno Sauler, Jeff Cariaso and Lim.


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Fajardo accepts Baldwin's challenge to become next Gilas centerpiece By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated July 22, 2015 - 3:28pm 80 466 googleplus0 0


Two-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo accepts the challenge to become the centerpiece of the next Gilas team. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- New Gilas coach Tab Baldwin made it no secret that he will make the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo the centerpiece of the FIBA Asia-bound national team.

The reiging PBA two-time MVP, who was used as back-up during his Gilas debut, welcomed the challenge.

"Nakakatuwa naman ('yung sinabi ni coach Tab). Malaking responsibilidad at nakaka-pressure rin pero, why not? Opportunity 'yun eh," Fajardo told Philstar.com.

Fajardo has improved by leaps and bounds since his debut in the international stage and he wants to repay the trust of Baldwin and the Filipino fans.

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The Cebuano big man will be using the short break to rest his injury (plantar fasciitis) on both feet before returning for the Gilas training camp. San Miguel management gave them a six-week break but Fajardo is expected to only use a couple of weeks of that as he will plunge back to training with the Gilas pool starting August.

"Uuwi ako sa Cebu baka this Friday then saka na ako babalik kapag na-announce na ang (Gilas) pool, " Fajardo said.

Baldwin has already submitted his list of candidates for Gilas pool to the PBA. The PBA and SBP will be announcing the names in a joint press conference before this month ends.

Fajardo, who averaged 17.4 points and 12.9 rebounds this season on his way to his second straight league MVP, knows he has to re-calibrate his game to adjust to the much tougher FIBA Asia competition.

"Kailangan ko pang itaas ang confidence ko kasi ibang level na dun sa FIBA Asia. Malalaki at mabibilis ang kalaban dun," Fajardo said.

Baldwin has already envisioned Fajardo to play alongside naturalized center Andray Blatche in most stretches giving them enough ceiling to counter the bigger teams in Asia.


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NCAA 91: Unbeaten Knights, Altas dispute solo lead Joey Villar | Updated Wednesday July 22, 2015 - 4:01pm 1 7 Google +0 0 Games Thursday: (The Arena, San Juan) 10 a.m. - St. Benilde vs San Beda (jrs) 12 nn. - Perpetual Help vs Letran (jrs) 2 p.m. - St. Benilde vs San Beda (srs) 4 p.m. - Perpetual Help vs. Letran (srs)


Knights rally past Stags, share NCAA lead Joey Villar | Updated Wednesday July 22, 2015 - 12:00am ---San Beda’s Mochole Sorela (right) attacks the basket against Lyceum’s Guy Mbida during their NCAA match at The Arena, San Juan. Joey Mendoza Jr. MANILA, Philippines - Letran charged back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter then went to Mark Cruz in the closing minute to hack out a come-from-behind 82-76 victory over San Sebastian and re-join Perpetual Help in the lead in the 91st NCAA men's basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday. Cruz came through with a clutch four-point play in the last 55.1 seconds, capping the Knights' fiery windup that saw them claw from a 53-66 deficit and into the victory, their fourth straight for the squad's best start in seven years.

MANILA, Philippines - After four games, Perpetual Help and Letran have emerged the early title favorites in the 91st NCAA basketball tournament. But when the Altas and the Knights collide Thursday at The Arena in San Juan City in a duel of unbeaten teams, only one will be considered a legitimate title threat and the other one unmasked as mere pretenders.

"We consider it our first biggest test and we need to hurdle it if we want to be taken seriously as a title contender," said Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario in Filipino. Perpetual Help is on its best start in recent memory after winning its first four games this season, including an 84-70 victory over San Sebastian last week.

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A win over a dangerous Letran team at 4 p.m. would further establish its status as a genuine title-threat. Earl Scottie Thompson, the reigning MVP, and Nigerian rookie Bright Akhuetie are expected to draw most of the attention as the dynamic duo has been spearheading the Las Pinas-based school's attack.

Thompson registered a second triple-double of the season and fifth overall after a 21-point, 15-rebound and 14-assists effort in their last game while Akhuetie has been a beast inside and his 20 points and a league-best 23 boards last time were proof his scary ability.

Perpetual, however, is set to face a Letran team boasting of a league-best defense as the latter holds its opponents to an average of 67.75 points a game. The Knights' penchant for creating points out of their full-court pressure defense was evident in come-from-behind 82-76 win over the San Sebastian Stags Tuesday in a game where they scored 42 points off the latter's league-worst 43 turnovers.

And Del Rosario thinks beating Letran's press would be key. "If we can find ways to beat their press, we'll have a chance," he said. For Letran coach Aldin Ayo, they would need to slow the tempo a bit after they played out of character by allowing San Sebastian to run. "We were forced to run, it was not us," said Ayo.

While Perpetual and Letran for the lead, San Beda, seeking a sixth straight title, aims to move up to a share of second as it faces off with St. Benilde at 2 p.m. The Lions, playing minus Baser Amer due to a dislocated shoulder, routed the Lyceum Pirates, 97-73, to improve to 3-1 and make up for an embarrassing 80-93 setback to the Knights last week. A win over the Blazers (1-3) would catapult San Beda to a share of second with the loser of the Perpetual-Letran showdown.


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MVP cites Philippines' ‘heartware’ key to World Cup bid By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 23, 2015 - 12:00am 2 35 googleplus0 0


SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan stresses the Filipino fans’passion for basketball as vital factor on the Philippines’ World Cup hosting bid. He had earlier met with international consultants Sean Nicholls (left photo), Octagon president, and Ian Rumsby (right photo), Weber Shandwick chief strategy officer. JUN MENDOZA

MANILA, Philippines - Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manuel V. Pangilinan said the country, with its “pure and undeniable love for basketball,” has what it takes to host the prestigious Fiba World Cup in 2019.

Pangilinan, together with international consultants Sean Nicholls and Ian Rumsby, underscored the Filipinos’ extraordinary passion for the game and strong presence in social media as vital cogs in the final push for the coveted staging rights against rival bidder China.

“I must say that China is a formidable competitor in this bid, at least from one perspective, which is the hardware of the event. Someone commented that this will be both a sporting event and a media event. From the perspective of the sporting event, it’s a question basically of facilities, infrastructure, organization, the ability to put it together. We believe we can do it,” Pangilinan said yesterday in a round-table chat with media.

China may enjoy a slight edge in this aspect, having hosted the Olympics in 2008 and the Asian Games in 2010, but for the SBP top brass, the Pinoys’ capabilities go beyond just staging a successful event.

“China has done it on the scale that has never been done in the country with the Olympics and Asian Games....We do have to meet the certain and basic minimum requirements of Fiba with respect to facilities, and I think we can meet those basic requirements.

“Beyond that qualitative consideration, it’s a media event as well. I don’t have a window of how Fiba will actually decide the matter of the bids. They will certainly look at the hardware of the bids, but as well as what we call ‘heartware’, which is entirely in the Filipinos themselves – their pure, undeniable love for basketball. I don’t think China has that because I think the most popular sport in China is football, not basketball, whereas in the Philippines, the No. 1 sport is still basketball.”

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Rumsby, chief strategy officer for Asia Pacific of Weber Shandwick, said the Philippines has proven itself capable of organizing huge international events like the Visit of Pope Francis early this year and the coming Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) meeting in November.

At the same time, he said Phl’s “extraordinary level of passion in basketball and the strength to host the event” are well complemented by Pinoys’ hyper-active status on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking sites, This he said, could help the spread the love of basketball worldwide.

“It’s important for the FIBA World Cup. Yes, the Philippines is acknowledged and recognized as the social media capital of the world. In our view, when you look at the 100-million people in this country, 80-million are diehard fans; you add to that the 10-million Filipinos living outside the country. If you combine that with the social media, you’re bringing a very powerful means of telling basketball story globally, not just in the nation,” said Rumsby.

“A Fiba World Cup in the Philippines will create noise, energy, buzz, attention that will flow out and create ripple around the world,” said Nicholls, president of the Asia Pacific division of renowned sports marketing group Octagon, adding it will bring “a unique experience, something that will touch the heart of everybody who will be here.”

Pangilinan and the representatives of the sports marketing and strategic groups tapped to help prepare the bid likewise stressed the “collaboration between private and public sectors” in this endeavor.

“I must say we in the basketball community, through the SBP, is grateful for the support of the government. They stand behind the effort,” said MVP, recalling how easy the presentation they made before government officials a few months ago went.

“A number of the folks there are basketball fans so it was not a difficult presentation. The message of being able to host such a great event here in our shores really resonated well on the officials. That’s also important from the bid perspective,” he further said, adding the support from local governments of the various venues eyed for the hosting.

The SBP entourage, which will likely include yet-to-be-named famous personalities, will leave for Tokyo on Aug. 5. It will have two rehearsals before presenting the final bid to the Fiba Central Board on Aug. 7.

“The Fiba wants a quantum leap in global basketball as a result of this event and we’ll make sure that our bid will demonstrate that,” said Pangilinan.


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Pacquiao downplays Arum criticism, says in ‘self-rehab’ @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse 04:38 PM July 20th, 2015


Manny Pacquiao. REM ZAMORA/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao downplayed criticism from promoter Bob Arum on Monday after the injured Philippine boxing hero missed a doctor’s visit for a shoulder injury, saying he was carrying out his own rehabilitation.

Arum hit out at his own boxer last weekend for missing a rehab visit and said he has no idea when “Pacman” might fight again after his right shoulder was hurt fighting Floyd Mayweather in May.

“I respect Bob Arum. He’s just like a father to me. I believe he’s just voicing out his concern (for) me and I appreciate it. I don’t take it negatively,” Pacquiao said in a statement.

“But he has nothing to worry about (regarding) my injury. I’m doing the rehab myself. I’m recovering faster than expected.”

Pacquiao had surgery on May 7 to repair a tear to his right rotator cuff sustained in the unanimous points defeat against Mayweather in the richest fight of all time in Las Vegas.

He cancelled a scheduled check-up with his surgeon Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on July 4, prompting sharp criticism from the 83-year-old head of Top Rank promotions, who said “he’s not acting very professionally.”

Pacquiao did not say if he was receiving medical advice or treatment from another doctor but said his situation was improving, adding: “I can now raise my right arm.”

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The Filipino, winner of an unprecedented eight world titles in separate weight divisions, did not respond to his American promoter’s remark that as far as he was concerned the boxer is “not an active fighter.”

Just days after missing the July 4 appointment, Pacquiao travelled to Indonesia in a much-publicized trip to film a television advertisement and visit a Filipina on death row who is seeking clemency.

Arum insisted that Pacquiao’s first priority should have been his appointment with his LA surgeon to decide on his rehabilitation program.

“When you have an operation like that you’ve got to get into rehab. You’ve got to get the doctor to look at it and to guide you as to the kind of rehab that you’ve got to do,” Arum told AFP.

Pacquiao is regarded as a national hero in the Philippines and has parlayed his fame into a career in film, commercial endorsements and even election as a congressman.

He has also used his boxing renown to pursue other interests, becoming a Christian preacher and professional basketball coach and player despite criticism that he is devoting himself to too many projects.


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Pacquiao pulls out kids from int’l school to experience life in GenSan By: Aquiles Z. Zonio @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 12:38 AM July 19th, 2015


TOGETHER The Pacquiaos oblige photographers after a Sunday Bible service at Shepherd’s Church in Los Angeles before his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The kids are Israel, Michael Stephen, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Divine Grace and Emmanuel Jimuel. Aquiles Z. Zonio/Inquirer Mindanao

MAASIM, Sarangani—The Pacquiaos have pulled out their four children from an international school to enroll them in a private school in General Santos City.

The two older sons have been overheard to speak English with a British accent.

The boxing champion himself said he wanted his children to experience what he went through as a poverty-stricken youth in General Santos.

They love the simplicity of their rural surroundings now and do not miss the noise and chaos of life in the big city, said Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee Pacquiao. Her four children are doing really well after she and her husband, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, transferred them.

“They’re doing fine. They’re not having any difficulties and they have adjusted easily,” Jinkee said.

Emmanuel Jimuel Jr. 14, Michael Stephen, 13, Mary Divine Grace, 8, and Queen Elizabeth, 6, used to attend Brent International School in Laguna province. They are now enrolled at Hope Christian School in General Santos City.

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Family stays together

The vice governor said that when they informed the children they were being transferred to General Santos City, there was no fuss or outcry.

“They are God-fearing, obedient and respectful,” she said.

The best thing about the decision to transfer the children was “we are always together now unlike before,” Jinkee said.

Living away from their children was not conducive to nurturing a happy family, she said.

“It is a must that we are always there to supervise our children. We need this to strengthen our relationships and to provide them guidance and support, especially when they need it,” she said.

According to Jinkee, the children have been enjoying their life in General Santos, having found new friends, although they recently went to visit their friends in Manila and Laguna.

“Last summer, they visited their friends in Manila after arriving from the United States,” she said.

Pacquiao credits Jinkee with raising their children well.

“I’m always away from the family because of my job, especially during the training camp. She takes good care of our children and I can’t thank her enough for that,” he said.

Leaving politics for good

Jinkee said she would be quitting politics after her term ends next year to focus on her family and business.

“I will no longer be seeking any political position in next year’s elections. I’d like to devote my time and energy to my family and our business,” she said.

“My husband is the congressman of the province. To me, having one member of the family actively involved in politics is already enough. Let’s give others a chance,” Jinkee said.

She said she was leaving politics with her track record unsoiled. Since becoming vice governor in 2013, Jinkee has not claimed her government salary.

“It goes to the solicitations flooding my office,” she said.

According to Jinkee, she is neither hooked on politics nor obsessed with political positions.

“My role was just to maintain the unity and stability of the party. I’ve done my part so I’m leaving politics for good,” she said.

Beautiful and dutiful

In 2013, her husband chose Jinkee to be the vice-gubernatorial candidate of his party, the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), to put a stop to the bitter rivalry between two close political allies in the province.

Pacquiao’s decision was deemed Solomonic as it prevented the breakup of the PCM party.

Pacquiao said he was also crediting Jinkee for his success as a boxer and politician.

“She’s not only beautiful but also dutiful. I owe her all my success in life,” Pacman said in Visayan.

He said he would have wanted Jinkee to continue with her political career but she had made up her mind.

“She’s doing good as vice governor. She was able to help many people in the province because of her livelihood projects. I wanted her to stay in politics. But I also respect her decision,” he said.

Loves the simple life

Pacquiao said he also wanted a simple life and would grab every opportunity to experience it.

He likes staying at his beach resort in Barangay Tinoto whenever he’s in the province. He said he could not stand the traffic congestion in Manila.

“Here, the air and food are fresh. Most of all, I get to mingle with simple people,” he added.

The boxing champion stays in a small hut where he sleeps and entertains clients, visitors, friends and constituents.

“This is what I want. It’s simple. On Saturdays, I go home to General Santos City because on Sundays, we go to church as a family,” he said.

Family values

The couple’s eldest son, Emmanuel Jimuel Jr., said this was what their parents had instilled in them over the years: “To fear God and to remain humble and respectful to all people.”

“Our dad has been so loving and good to us. He loves our mom so much. We thank them both for showing a good example to us,” said Mary Divine Grace, also known as Princess.

She said the family prayed a lot—about three to four times a day.

“Praying makes us stronger and brings us closer to each other,” she said.


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Mayweather’s uncle stresses need for Pacquiao comeback (philstar.com) | Updated July 22, 2015 - 1:39pm
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Jeff Mayweather is a member of the famous Mayweather family. The uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jeff had a successful pro career where he was able to capture the WBO featherweight title. After his boxing days were over, Jeff went on to become an even more successful trainer. He has worked with such notable champions as Sultan Ibragimov and the current WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero. FROM WIKIPEDIA

MANILA, Philippines – For Jeff Mayweather, now isn’t the time for Manny Pacquiao to retire.

The uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently urged Pacquiao to fight on and bounce back from a loss to the undefeated American last May.

And Jeff Mayweather believes that is exactly what Pacquiao will do.

“Pacquiao should be set forever. That kind of money over there (Philippines), it’s not 160 million, it’s probably like 80 billion. This dude should never have to fight ever again in his life if he doesn’t want to,” he told host Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

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“But I’m sure he’s going to fight basically because he feels he has something to prove to his fans,” he added.

Pacquiao surrendered his WBO welterweight title to Mayweather in boxing’s richest fight ever. It was revealed afterwards that the fighting congressman entered the ring with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which he sustained in training.

Pacquiao will sit out the rest of the year to recover, but some observers are urging him to consider retirement. Mayweather, for his part, is expected to return to the ring this year, reportedly against Andre Berto.

But for Jeff Mayweather, Pacquiao should not hang up his gloves yet, saying the boxer needs to leave the sport on a positive note.

“The one thing that he was supposed to prove to his fans, he disappointed them. He’s gotta come back, even if it’s just to leave the sport with dignity,” he said. - Dino Maragay


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