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APRIL 21 -MAYWEATHER, PACQIAO --Now that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are retired or at least for the time being, there is no clear welterweight ruler although four world champions are recognized in the 147-pound division. The four world championship claimants are the WBA’s Keith Thurman, IBF’s Kell Brook, WBC’s Danny Garcia and WBO’s Jessie Vargas. Thurman, Brook and Garcia are unbeaten so their seat on the throne has some legitimacy. Vargas can’t be considered a deserving titlist because he was beaten by Timothy Bradley last June and won the vacant WBO title by stopping Sadam Ali whose skill level is questionable for a No. 1 contender. Bradley was thrashed by Pacquiao last April 9 so he’s out of the equation. Vargas, who was in Macau to decision Antonio DeMarco in 2014, hired a new trainer Dewey Cooper for the Ali match. Cooper is Vargas’ sixth trainer over an eight-year career. Two of his previous trainers were former world champions Roy Jones Jr. and Morales. Cooper said his role is to introduce science in Vargas’ fightplan with an emphasis on his speed, explosiveness and power – which incidentally, are the same strengths as Pacquiao. But nobody dares to argue that Vargas comes close to what Pacquiao brings to the table. To untangle the four-way mess, the four champions should face off and determine one unified titleholder. Let’s face it, the integrity of boxing has been compromised by the greed of the sanctioning bodies so that only the fighters themselves can save the sport from sinking to the depths of unpopularity. The welterweight division could be the staging ground for a world boxing renaissance. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum rues 'terrible' PPV sales for Pacquiao-Bradley 3


APRIL 21 -Arum: Pacquiao-Bradley 3 PPV a flop Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said they lost money in promoting the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley last April 10 in Las Vegas. According to a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, the fight is expected to have sold between 400,000 and 500,000 pay-per-view units through HBO, a figure that Arum dubbed as “terrible”. "It will be somewhere between those numbers, 400,000 and 500,000. It's all being added up, but it will be closer to 400,000 than 500,000. Terrible," said the veteran promoter. In effect, Arum said the promotion lost money, with the main event costing a total of $24 million -- $20 million to Pacquiao and $4 million to Bradley. "Yes, it loses money. It was not one of our big successes,” Arum continued. The Top Rank boss cited two main reasons for the promotion’s financial failure – Pacquiao’s lackluster outing in a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year, and more significantly, the Filipino icon’s recent controversial remarks on same-sex relations. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao-Bradley III lost money, might not even reach 400,000 buys


APRIL 19 -Manny Pacquiao lands a jab on Timothy Bradley during their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Apil 10. | AP
It's no surprise that Manny Pacquiao's retirement fight vs. Timothy Bradley did not do well at the box office. There was little interest in this trilogy matchup, and while Pacquiao's fans cheered him throughout his eventual unanimous decision win on April 9th, Top Rank's Bob Arum admitted shortly thereafter that the PPV buys were "not good." 
As of yesterday, Arum downgraded "not good" to "terrible." (via ESPN.com) "It will be somewhere between those numbers, 400,000 and 500,000. It's all being added up, but it will be closer to 400,000 than 500,000. Terrible," Arum said. According to the ESPN article, some industry insiders believe that "the fight might not even reach 400,000."  Of course, considering that the fight purses alone cost $24 million, this was a financial bust. "Yes, it loses money," Arum said. "It was not one of our big successes. It happens. We're big boys. Do I feel good about it? No."  The paid attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was 13,046, with a total attendance of 14,665, making for a live gate of just $6,411,584. It's the worst live gate for a Pacquiao fight since he stopped David Diaz back in June 2008, back when he was not the mega-star that he would go on to become after beating Oscar De La Hoya. Pacquiao-Bradley I did just short of a $9 million gate, while the rematch did over $7.8 million. READ MORE...RELATED, Roach blasts prospect for calling out Pacquiao...

ALSO: Pacquiao cements loyalty to Binay, vows to boost VP’s bid


APRIL 19 -BINAY AND MANNY: SARANGANI—If there is one thing that binds them together, it is how they supposedly understand the plight of the poor, being men of power who climbed their way up from poverty.
This was what Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao underscored on Tuesday as he returned to the political arena after his victory against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last week and joined Vice President Jejomar Binay in campaigning in this province. Pacquiao, who is running for senator under the opposition slate of the Vice President’s United Nationalist Alliance, vowed to strengthen Binay’s presidential bid by telling the people of the latter’s record in public service. “Ang maitutulong ko sa ating mahal na VP na magiging presidente ay ipapaalam ko sa tao ang mga naging accomplishments niya, hindi lang yung mga issue na ibinabato sa kanya. ‘Yung mga accomplishments niya na nagawa nya sa pagseserbisyo sa gobyerno mula noon hanggang ngayon,” Pacquiao told reporters in a press conference at the Sarangani capitol before their campaign sortie. “‘Sinusuportahan ko si VP dahil naniniwala ako na nararamdaman nya yung puso ng mahihirap na tao dahil nanggaling siya sa hirap. Dumaan sya sa mahirap na buhay,” he said. Highlighting their rags-to-riches roots, Pacquiao reiterated his support for Binay’s candidacy despite being a friend of another presidential aspirant and fellow Mindanaoan, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. “Nagdesisyon na po ako dahil naniniwala ako sa kakayahan ng ating bise presidente. Pag pababago-bago ako ng desisyon, sinong maniniwala sa akin? Ang ine-establish ko dito ‘yung leadership. Desisyon mo ‘yan, panindigan mo,” he said. READMORE... ALSO, SC stops collection of P3-B tax bond from Pacquiao couple...

ALSO: Pacquiao calls Duterte a ‘close friend’ amid controversy


APRIL 19 -Philippine Vice President and now opposition presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, second from right front row, raises the hands of senatorial candidate Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, right, at the start of the official campaign period for the May 9, 2016 presidential elections at suburban Mandaluyong city east of Manila,Philippines Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Five presidential hopefuls are running for the one-term only position in the country.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate and Sarangani representative Manny Pacquiao refused to join the chorus of negative comments against Davao City Rodrigo Duterte, calling him his “close friend”. “Alam niyo hindi naman presidente ang tinatakbuhan ko, senador lang. So yung level na usapin na yan ay sa kanila, hindi kasali ang mga senador (You know I’m not running for president, only as a senator. So that level of discussion is for them and senators must not join),” the boxing icon said during a press conference at the Provincial Capitol in Alabel, Sarangani. Vice President Jejomar Binay, second from right front row, raises the hands of Manny Pacquiao, right, during a campaign rally in Mandaluyong City, Feb. 9, 2016. (MB file photo/AP) Sitting right beside Pacquiao during the presser was UNA standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay, who unlike the athlete-turned-politician didn’t pull his punches about his opinion on Duterte. The tough-talking 71-year-old Davao leader found himself in the center of controversy anew for his offensive comments regarding the rape and murder of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989. Hamil was one of five hostages who died during a bloody hostage-taking incident at the Davao City Jail when Duterte was still a newbie chief executive. In a viral video, Duterte was heard saying that he would’ve wanted to have the “beautiful” foreigner first before her rapist-killer. READ MORE...


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Welterweight merry-go-round


MAYWEATHER, PACQIAO --Now that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are retired or at least for the time being, there is no clear welterweight ruler although four world champions are recognized in the 147-pound division.

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 25, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson - April 21, 2016 - The four world championship claimants are the WBA’s Keith Thurman, IBF’s Kell Brook, WBC’s Danny Garcia and WBO’s Jessie Vargas. Thurman, Brook and Garcia are unbeaten so their seat on the throne has some legitimacy. Vargas can’t be considered a deserving titlist because he was beaten by Timothy Bradley last June and won the vacant WBO title by stopping Sadam Ali whose skill level is questionable for a No. 1 contender. Bradley was thrashed by Pacquiao last April 9 so he’s out of the equation.

Vargas, who was in Macau to decision Antonio DeMarco in 2014, hired a new trainer Dewey Cooper for the Ali match. Cooper is Vargas’ sixth trainer over an eight-year career. Two of his previous trainers were former world champions Roy Jones Jr. and Morales. Cooper said his role is to introduce science in Vargas’ fightplan with an emphasis on his speed, explosiveness and power – which incidentally, are the same strengths as Pacquiao. But nobody dares to argue that Vargas comes close to what Pacquiao brings to the table.

To untangle the four-way mess, the four champions should face off and determine one unified titleholder. Let’s face it, the integrity of boxing has been compromised by the greed of the sanctioning bodies so that only the fighters themselves can save the sport from sinking to the depths of unpopularity. The welterweight division could be the staging ground for a world boxing renaissance.

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It’s no secret that mixed martial arts has taken a huge bite from the boxing market. There appears to be more purity in the MMA competition. Even as more and more MMA organizations are sprouting out to take advantage of the sport’s rising profile, UFC is widely considered to be the major league. So fans aren’t confused by a slew of world champions claiming global supremacy unlike in boxing.

Fans are turned off by the greed that is evident in the way the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO conduct their affairs. Obviously, the more championship fights, the more the governing bodies earn in terms of collecting sanction fees. In 17 weight divisions, the WBA, for instance, recognizes over 40 world champions. How that’s possible defies logic but a little bit of business imagination has created different levels of world champions such as the super, regular, interim, unified and undisputed categories. The WBA even has a world champion in recess, for crying out loud.

If boxing’s pay-per-view numbers are declining, the blame is squarely on the governing bodies, not the promoters. That’s why fighters like Pacquiao and Mayweather don’t care to vie for world titles anymore. They’ve become bigger than the governing bodies. Unfortunately, they’ve also become bigger than the sport itself. It isn’t healthy for a sport to be dictated by the athletes because once the stars go away, the sport’s existence is endangered.

Boxing has to be put back on track if it is to regain the glory that was a tradition in the past. That means the four major governing bodies must get together and restore order, if not sanity, in the way world champions are determined. The ultimate objective should be to recognize one unified world champion for every division.

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The welterweight class could be a test case or a starting point because it’s been in the limelight over the last several years with Pacquiao and Mayweather drawing worldwide attention. Thurman, 27, and Garcia, 28, could face off in the first unification duel. That should be a heckuva brawl. Thurman has a 26-0 record, with 22 KOs, while Garcia’s mark is 32-0, with 18 KOs. Thurman is defending his WBA crown against former Pacquiao sparmate Shawn Porter in Brooklyn on June 25.

The other unification showdown will pit Brook against Vargas. Brook, 25, has a 36-0 slate, with 25 KO. Vargas, 26, is 27-1, with 10 KOs, and his only loss was to Bradley. The winners of both unification fights will then battle for the undisputed welterweight championship. Depending on availability, the matchups could also be Thurman against Brook and Garcia against Vargas or Thurman against Vargas and Brook against Garcia.

If Mayweather or Pacquiao decide to come back, they could fight each other in a rematch with the winner advancing to meet the unified welterweight titlist for the undisputed championship. That would put a legitimate stamp on whoever emerges to become the King of Kings. It could be a template for other divisions to follow.

“Mayweather and Pacquiao have retired if not at the top of their game then close to it,” wrote USA Today’s Bob Velin. “They were two of the biggest pay-per-view attractions ever in the sport and Pacquiao has perhaps the greatest global following since Muhammad Ali. Boxing can’t help but miss these superstars. Did they retire too early? Will they come back again like so many others have before them? Time will answer those questions and the question now is: Who is waiting in the wings to replace them?”


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Arum rues 'terrible' PPV sales for Pacquiao-Bradley 3 By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated April 21, 2016 - 12:18pm 10 2667 googleplus0 2


Arum: Pacquiao-Bradley 3 PPV a flop

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said they lost money in promoting the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley last April 10 in Las Vegas.

According to a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, the fight is expected to have sold between 400,000 and 500,000 pay-per-view units through HBO, a figure that Arum dubbed as “terrible”.

"It will be somewhere between those numbers, 400,000 and 500,000. It's all being added up, but it will be closer to 400,000 than 500,000. Terrible," said the veteran promoter.

In effect, Arum said the promotion lost money, with the main event costing a total of $24 million -- $20 million to Pacquiao and $4 million to Bradley.

"Yes, it loses money. It was not one of our big successes,” Arum continued.

The Top Rank boss cited two main reasons for the promotion’s financial failure – Pacquiao’s lackluster outing in a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year, and more significantly, the Filipino icon’s recent controversial remarks on same-sex relations.

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"Certainly the pushback from Manny's gay remarks killed us. It hurt us a lot. But I think it was also less a reaction to the match than a reaction to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight,” Arum explained.

Pacquiao announced his retirement after defeating Bradley via unanimous decision, although the boxer is non-committal whether he’ll indeed stay retired. Whether he’ll try to bounce back with a more marketable fight or stay contented with the poor figures of his last bout with Bradley remains to be seen.

Arum, for his part, said such financial setbacks are normal in the business of boxing promotion.

“It happens. We're big boys. Do I feel good about it? No," he said.


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Pacquiao-Bradley III lost money, might not even reach 400,000 buys By Mookie Alexander  @mookiealexander on Apr 21, 2016, 5:00p 16


Manny Pacquiao lands a jab on Timothy Bradley during their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Apil 10. | AP

It's no surprise that Manny Pacquiao's retirement fight vs. Timothy Bradley did not do well at the box office. There was little interest in this trilogy matchup, and while Pacquiao's fans cheered him throughout his eventual unanimous decision win on April 9th, Top Rank's Bob Arum admitted shortly thereafter that the PPV buys were "not good."

As of yesterday, Arum downgraded "not good" to "terrible." (via ESPN.com)

"It will be somewhere between those numbers, 400,000 and 500,000. It's all being added up, but it will be closer to 400,000 than 500,000. Terrible," Arum said.

According to the ESPN article, some industry insiders believe that "the fight might not even reach 400,000."

Of course, considering that the fight purses alone cost $24 million, this was a financial bust.

"Yes, it loses money," Arum said. "It was not one of our big successes. It happens. We're big boys. Do I feel good about it? No."

The paid attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was 13,046, with a total attendance of 14,665, making for a live gate of just $6,411,584. It's the worst live gate for a Pacquiao fight since he stopped David Diaz back in June 2008, back when he was not the mega-star that he would go on to become after beating Oscar De La Hoya. Pacquiao-Bradley I did just short of a $9 million gate, while the rematch did over $7.8 million.

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This fight follows Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto from last September, which reportedly also did around 400,000 buys, although it still generated a $10+ million gate. Pacquiao also failed to clear 500,000 buys for fights vs. Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri, with both fights taking place in Macau and after his 2012 KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Arum pins this particular PPV failure on a combination of the Mayweather-Pacquiao backlash, as well as the negative reaction to Pacquiao's anti-gay remarks, which also cost him his sponsorship with Nike.

"Certainly the pushback from Manny's gay remarks killed us," Arum said. "It hurt us a lot. But I think it was also less a reaction to the match than a reaction to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. It was a reaction like Mayweather got. Mayweather also got punished [by consumers]."

With Pacquiao and Mayweather essentially a thing of the past, boxing's US PPV torch is essentially carried exclusively by Canelo Alvarez, who fights Amir Khan in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the T-Mobile Arena, on May 7th. From there? IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua may be raking in big numbers for UK PPVs, but the US PPV market is likely in for a rough ride.

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Roach blasts prospect for calling out Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated April 20, 2016 - 12:19pm 14 607 googleplus0 0


Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao and Justin Fortune pose in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach has retorted to the boxing prospect who called out Manny Pacquiao the other day and even criticized the Filipino icon for “lacking fundamentals”.

Speaking to Steve Kim of boxingscene.com, Roach said Errol Spence Jr. is simply not in Pacquiao’s league at the moment.

“Errol Spence is a good fighter. I met him in the Olympic training center. He was one of the best fighters on the (2012) team,” Roach recalled of the 26-year-old Spence, who impressively stopped Chris Algieri in the fifth round over the weekend.

Algieri was the same fighter who went down six times against Pacquiao in 2014 in Macau but still lasted the distance.

Spence (20-0, with 17 knockouts), for his part, has been bragging about how he accomplished something Pacquiao and British star Amir Khan couldn’t.

“I put on a performance that Manny Pacquiao didn’t do and Amir Khan didn’t do. They didn’t stop Chris Algieri,” Spence stressed.

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But Roach said the young fighter is biting off more than he can chew.

“He (Spence) looked good against (Chris) Algieri the other night but he can't carry Manny Pacquiao's bags,” said Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman.

Pacquiao himself looked fresh in outgunning Timothy Bradley last April 12 in Las Vegas, scoring two knockdowns en route to a convincing victory. He later announced his retirement.

Spence, meanwhile, blasted Pacquiao for his inferior boxing skills.

“It goes back to what my coach said, ‘Manny Pacquiao – he’s a hard puncher. He’s quick but he lacks fundamentals,'” Spence said.

Roach, on the other hand, dared Spence to take on other fighters better than Algieri before positioning himself for Pacquiao.

“Manny's getting older, he's retired now and Errol's up and coming. He might have a little youth on Manny, Manny has a lot of experience and he has to just get in line. Fight a real fight first and then you can show me something,” Roach added.

Roach previously told reporters after the Bradley fight in Las Vegas that he prefers a showdown between Pacquiao and rising star Terence Crawford.


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Pacquiao cements loyalty to Binay, vows to boost VP’s bid SHARES: 1309 VIEW COMMENTS By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 05:50 PM April 19th, 2016



SARANGANI—If there is one thing that binds them together, it is how they supposedly understand the plight of the poor, being men of power who climbed their way up from poverty.

This was what Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao underscored on Tuesday as he returned to the political arena after his victory against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last week and joined Vice President Jejomar Binay in campaigning in this province.

Pacquiao, who is running for senator under the opposition slate of the Vice President’s United Nationalist Alliance, vowed to strengthen Binay’s presidential bid by telling the people of the latter’s record in public service.

“Ang maitutulong ko sa ating mahal na VP na magiging presidente ay ipapaalam ko sa tao ang mga naging accomplishments niya, hindi lang yung mga issue na ibinabato sa kanya. ‘Yung mga accomplishments niya na nagawa nya sa pagseserbisyo sa gobyerno mula noon hanggang ngayon,” Pacquiao told reporters in a press conference at the Sarangani capitol before their campaign sortie.

“‘Sinusuportahan ko si VP dahil naniniwala ako na nararamdaman nya yung puso ng mahihirap na tao dahil nanggaling siya sa hirap. Dumaan sya sa mahirap na buhay,” he said.

Highlighting their rags-to-riches roots, Pacquiao reiterated his support for Binay’s candidacy despite being a friend of another presidential aspirant and fellow Mindanaoan, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“Nagdesisyon na po ako dahil naniniwala ako sa kakayahan ng ating bise presidente. Pag pababago-bago ako ng desisyon, sinong maniniwala sa akin? Ang ine-establish ko dito ‘yung leadership. Desisyon mo ‘yan, panindigan mo,” he said.

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Binay also dismissed questions about Pacquiao’s loyalty to UNA, noting that they share the same advocacy in alleviating poverty. The Vice President earlier said he expects his ratings to improve with Pacquiao’s support.

Binay was trailing Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe in recent preference surveys, while Pacquiao was in the “Magic 12″ in the latest opinion poll.

The Sarangani Representative, fresh from a convincing win in what he said was his last fight as a professional boxer, said that he is now ready to serve the Filipino people on a higher ground.

“Ang experience ko sa pagiging mahirap ay hindi nawawala sa puso ko. Nararamdaman ko ‘yung bawat hinaing nila dahil doon ako nanggaling nga,” he said.

“Handa na po ako. Nung nag-start akong mag-boxing nangarap akong maging champion. I believe na tapos na ako sa isang ano ko, dito naman ako sa gusto kong ipakita sa tao… Ako ang nahihiya sa mga lumalabas na balita tungkol sa bansa natin. Gusto kong baguhin yan. Gusto kong i-correct. Ang government ay public service, hindi personal business,” Pacquiao added.

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Markie Sally huwag kang magalala manny pacquio hindi naman kita binoboto kahit taga mindanao ako... kung hindi ka sana makisawsaw kay binay baka marami pang sumuporta sa ayo.. Like · Reply · 3 · Apr 19, 2016 6:08am

Cromwell Arquita · Xavier University Manny okay ka sana...taga Mindanao ka at huling baraha na ito....tapos do on ka sa taga Luzon? Insulto yan sa taga Mindanao.....Think twice Manny....GOD BLESS TO ALL.... Like · Reply · 2 · Apr 19, 2016 6:23am

George Bandalan hahahahaha..meron word of honor si Manny..huli na si Duterte nag desisyon tatakbo...wagkang epal.. Like · Reply · 1 · Apr 19, 2016 11:55pm

Cromwell Arquita · Xavier University George Bandalan George hinde ako epal..and I don't know what epal means....at saka wala akong sinabe tongkul sa iyo...just be nice..thank you Geroge and GOD BLESS.... Like · Reply · Apr 20, 2016 12:00am

Benjamin Flores · University of Cebu George Bandalan hindi mo ata alam ang salitang epal, kaya better wag gumamit, para karing si Pacquiao isang dakilang NAIVE. Like · Reply · Apr 20, 2016 12:32am Show 1 more reply in this thread

Narding Orel we still missed the unassumming paquiao of old not this that has become , bordering to like the people he has befriended lately,binays problem is not where he come from but what he had done, which he only answered by his standard reply of its only politics.your enemy would do you harm but your friends and relatives would lead you to sin and corruption.a food for thought for paquiao. god bless Like · Reply · Apr 19, 2016 9:28am

Anybodybut Dutereandmarcos MGA KABABAYAN KONG PILIPINO, WAG PO TAYO PADADALA SA PANINIWALANG MABIBIGYAN SOLUSYON NG ATING IHAHALAL NA PANGULO ANG MGA PROBLEMA NG ATING BANSA. MARAMI SA ATIN ANG NAWAWALAN NA NG PASENSYA AT NAGHAHANAP NG MADALING SOLUSYON SA MGA PROBLEMA NG BANSA. PERO MAGHANAP PO KAYO KUNG ANONG BANSA ANG UMUNLAD SA MAIKLING PANAHON DAHIL SA PRESIDENTENG NAKAUPO - WALA!!!!!

ANG PAGUNLAD AY ISANG MAHABA AT MASAKIT NA PROSESO, KELANGAN NG MAHABANG PASENSYA NG LAHAT. AT WALA ITONG SHORTCUT, WALA ITO SA KAMAY NG PRESIDENTE, NASA KAMAY ITO NATING LAHAT. DISIPLINA NG BAWAT ISA, PAGPAPAHALAGA SA RESPONSABILIDA...See More Like · Reply · 3 · Apr 19, 2016 9:52am

Hub Yu Cornel · Works at Self-Employed kelan ka ba pinanganak iho, we are not born yesterday, now is the time.,, Like · Reply · Apr 19, 2016 10:36am

Tisa Tulawie Rodriguez · Works at Land Bank of the Philippines each of us have the responsibility to put in our share to help in the change that we clamor... yes Mayor Duterte got rid of Davao! the peddlers/addicts ( but not the Pushers) but it spread to other parts of Mindanao who does not have the iron hands of the Mayor/ making fat purse of our law enforcers.. We see young police/military officer's lives wasted when they are serious in the pursue against these drug syndicates. ...But prevention is supposed to be everyone's concern me and Every Bgy official who are supposed to take care of the day to day affairs of its bgy... but now we hear many of our bgy municipal city officials are caught in the drug trade everyone term Narcopolitics... common knowledge of Mayors/Congressman involved in the trade yet nothing is done about it. Like · Reply · Apr 19, 2016 10:49pm

Cheii Chey PEDE PA MARCOS DUTERTE ME SIRA ANG ULO ME TOPAK HAHAHAHAHA,.... Like · Reply · Apr 21, 2016 10:05pm

Jaime Basco After Dutertes very bad and ill mannered rape remarks No More Duterte. Now lets all vote for Vp Binay for President and cong Pacquiao for Senator Like · Reply · 1 · Apr 19, 2016 10:58am

Benjamin Flores · University of Cebu Nakadruga ka ata pre or magkano bayad mo, rape remarks?, bakit namatay kaba dahil sa remark, nagutom kaba dahil sa remarks, dahil kay binay nagugutom na, nakakamatay pa, sama sama kanalang sa senator mong polpol. Like · Reply · Apr 20, 2016 12:35am

Faiz Montilla alam ko naman jaime basco na dati kang di kay duterte wag mo nalang gamitin ang remarks ni digong magsama kayo ni BINAY at PAQUIAO si paquiao alam kung mananalo yan kahit sumama yan sa mag nanakaw pero bahala na sa kanya ang karma sabi nya releheyoso sya pero di sya marunong umamoy kung magnanakaw ang kasama nya o hindi! Like · Reply · Apr 20, 2016 9:13am

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SC stops collection of P3-B tax bond from Pacquiao couple SHARES: 1047 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer 05:40 AM April 21st, 2016


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SC spares Pacquiao, wife from P3-B cash bond Philippine Star April 20, 2016

The Supreme Court has stopped the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) from collecting from Sarangani Rep. and now senatorial aspirant Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee a cash bond of P3.298 billion, or a surety bond of P4.9 billion as a condition to suspend the collection of the couple’s supposed unpaid taxes to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

In a decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court’s Second Division partially granted the Pacquiao’s’ certiorari plea and issued a writ of preliminary injunction stopping the bond requirement until the CTA settles the question of whether such payment is necessary in the first place.

The writ extended the effect of the temporary restraining order (TRO) that the high court had issued in favor of the couple in 2014. The court said the writ “shall remain in effect until the issues are settled in a preliminary hearing to be conducted by the CTA.”

In its latest decision, the high court sent the case back to the CTA to determine whether to enforce or reduce the bond requirement.

“… [T]he cases is hereby remanded to the CTA First Division, which is ordered to conduct a preliminary hearing to determine whether the dispensation or reduction of the required cash deposit or bond provided under Sec. 11, Republic Act

No. 1125 is proper to restrain the collection of deficiency taxes assessed against the petitioners,” said the high court.

The cited law is the act creating the CTA.

“The court also found that in the event the CTA should find that the petitioners should provide the necessary security (bond payment), a recomputation of the amount thereof is in order,” the high court said.

The court noted that the CTA had not even determined whether BIR Commissioner Kim Henares had erred in determining the couple’s alleged tax deficiencies.


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Pacquiao calls Duterte a ‘close friend’ amid controversy by Ellson Quismorio April 19, 2016
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Philippine Vice President and now opposition presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, second from right front row, raises the hands of senatorial candidate Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, right, at the start of the official campaign period for the May 9, 2016 presidential elections at suburban Mandaluyong city east of Manila,Philippines Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Five presidential hopefuls are running for the one-term only position in the country.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate and Sarangani representative Manny Pacquiao refused to join the chorus of negative comments against Davao City Rodrigo Duterte, calling him his “close friend”.

“Alam niyo hindi naman presidente ang tinatakbuhan ko, senador lang. So yung level na usapin na yan ay sa kanila, hindi kasali ang mga senador (You know I’m not running for president, only as a senator. So that level of discussion is for them and senators must not join),” the boxing icon said during a press conference at the Provincial Capitol in Alabel, Sarangani.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, second from right front row, raises the hands of Manny Pacquiao, right, during a campaign rally in Mandaluyong City, Feb. 9, 2016. (MB file photo/AP)
Sitting right beside Pacquiao during the presser was UNA standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay, who unlike the athlete-turned-politician didn’t pull his punches about his opinion on Duterte.

The tough-talking 71-year-old Davao leader found himself in the center of controversy anew for his offensive comments regarding the rape and murder of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989.

Hamil was one of five hostages who died during a bloody hostage-taking incident at the Davao City Jail when Duterte was still a newbie chief executive.

In a viral video, Duterte was heard saying that he would’ve wanted to have the “beautiful” foreigner first before her rapist-killer.

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Pressed to give a message to the embattled presidential aspirant and fellow Mindanaoan, Pacman nicely declined.

“Isang kaibigan, close friend ko yan, kaibigan na kaibigan. Tumira din ako sa Davao. Besides that, siguro hindi na ako magbigay ng comment dahil sa amin na lang iyon (A friend, he’s my close friend, a true friend. I lived in Davao too. Aside from that I think I won’t comment anymore. It’s between the two of us),” Pacquiao said of Duterte.


DUTERTE -A GOOD FRIEND

Pacquiao, 37, a self-admitted womanizer and gambler who has since changed his ways as an Evangelical Protestant, hinted early on in the presser that he wasn’t one to sling mud at a fellow politician for the purpose of the elections.

“Ayoko mang-atake, hindi ko ugali yan. Para sa akin hindi dapat mag-away ang mga kandidato (I don’t want to launch attacks, I’m not like that. For me, candidates shouldn’t fight),” said Pacquiao.

The Sarangani solon, dubbed one of the six “original” UNA Senatorial ticket members, is in a good position to land in the Senate’s “magic 12″ based on the latest surveys.

Binay appealed to his countrymen not to let a “killer of the poor” and a man with no respect for women ascend to the presidency.

“Hindi dapat bigyan ng pagkakataon si Mister Duterte na maging pangulo (Mister Duterte shouldn’t be given an opportunity to become president.)

“Kailanman ay hindi mapapangalagaan ni Mister Duterte ang mga bata at kababaihan. Si Mister Duterte mismo ay umamin na siya ay pumapatay ng mga bata, nang-molestya ng kanilang kasambahay, at ginagawang katatawanan ang panggagahasa. (Children and women will never be safe under Mister Duterte. Mister Duterte himself admitted that he has killed children, molested house helpers, and made a joke out of rape),” Binay said.

As for Pacquiao, he said that he is willing to do whatever it takes to help Binay win the Palace seat on May 9.

“Ang maitulong ko sa ating mahal na Vice President na magiging ating President, ipalaam sa mga tao accomplishment niya, sa pagse-serbisyo sa gobyerno muna noon hanggang ngayon ( The help that I can give to our beloved Vice President, who will one day become President, is to tell the people about his accomplishments in public service, then and now),” Pacquiao said.

Expounding on why he has chosen to support Binay, the now-retired prizefighter said, “Sinusuportahan ko si Vice President dahil alam ko ang puso niya, nararamdaman niya ang mahihirap dahil galing siya sa hirap ng buhay (I support the Vice President because I know in his heart, he feels for the poor, because he also came from poverty).”


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