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August 28, 2015, Friday
  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. about 1 hour ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. about 1 hour ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. about 1 hour ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. about 1 hour ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. about 1 hour ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. about 1 hour ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. about 1 hour ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. about 1 hour ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. about 1 hour ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. about 1 hour ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. about 1 hour ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. about 1 hour ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. about 1 hour ago |
  • Gunmen shot and killed a Chinese tourist who was on board a taxi in Vito Cruz, Manila. 4 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna says cops are looking at his job as a media man as possible motive behind the shooting incident at his coffee shop. 4 hours ago |
  • 2 men seen on CCTV firing at the coffee shop of ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna in Visayas Ave., QC. 4 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura St. in Manila still closed to traffic on Friday morning due to INC rally in front of DOJ. 4 hours ago |
  • Some INC members continue their vigil in front of DOJ for the second day. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tells court that part of his privilege as senator includes giving statements on subjects of senate probes. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asks Makati RTC to dismiss the P 200-million damage suit filed against him by VP Binay. 4 hours ago |
  • BOC Chief Bert Lina shows at a press conference how prohibited items are being smuggled into PH using balikbayan boxes. 4 hours ago |
  • Customs Commissioner Bert Lina says he is listening to the sentiments of OFWs. 4 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina holds a press conference explaining how BOC is handling and inspecting balikbayan boxes. 4 hours ago |
  • Some INC members blocked the convoy of Justice Sec. Leila de Lima as she was leaving the DOJ before 5 pm Thursday. 19 hours ago |
  • Expelled INC minister Samson’s camp says INC’s rally wants to force gov’t to favor INC leaders facing illegal detention & other charges. 19 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura Street in Manila rendered impassable by INC members holding protest at DOJ. 19 hours ago |
  • Police exercise maximum tolerance as hundreds of INC members hold protest in front of DOJ. 19 hours ago |
  • Some INC members accuse DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima of meddling in INC’s internal affairs. 19 hours ago |
  • Hundreds of Iglesia ni Cristo members hold protest in front of Department of Justice along Padre Faura St. in Manila. 19 hours ago |

Air21 to adopt FIBA brand of play in tune-up vs Gilas

By Dennis Principe | Jul. 19, 2013 at 12:01am
AIR21 head coach Franz Pumaren said they will try their best to simulate the FIBA brand of play when they face the Gilas Pilipinas squad in a tune-up game next week.

Once the Gilas squad returns from their New Zealand training, the Nationals will play two tune-up games. They will play the PBA selection on July 24 before facing the Kazakhstan national squad on July 26.

According to Pumaren, the only thing going in their mind right now is how to give the Nationals the kind of opposition they badly need.

“We’re not doing this for us or for the fans. We’re doing this for the Gilas team so I guess the players being professionals, I think they will try to really play well and push the Gilas.”

Pumaren believes they can, in some ways, play the FIBA style of play even though they will be having only two practice sessions before the game.

“FIBA is not the typical American or PBA style. We will try to spread the floor move around, quick movements and everything. We will try and make the most out of it,” said Pumaren.

APOLINARIO UPRISING Two-time world title challenger John Mark Apolinario left for Japan Wednesday afternoon where he will get another shot at a world crown.

The 23-year-old Apolinario will meet Japan’s most popular fighter Koki Kameda in a 12-round title fight on July 23 in Tokyo.

Apolinario said he is able to prepare well-enough for this fight as compared to his two previous title attempts which ended in controversial draws.

For his last two fights, Apolinario settled for even scores opposite Panamanian Roberto Vazquez in November 2012 and March 2013 both in Panama.

For his twin bouts against Vazquez, Apolinario said he was able to train for only one month while against Kameda, he has logged two months of training.

“Kulang talaga ako sa ensayo noon kasi kailangang kong umuwi sa probinsiya. Pero ngayon talagang wala nang putol ensayo ko ngayon,” said Apolinario.

Apolinario adds Kameda is a much easier target as compared to Vazquez.

“Si Vazquez kasi pasok ng pasok kaya nahirapan din ako nun. Si Kameda kasi, tumatakbo tapos nagpapahinga din minsan. Ganun gusto kong kalaban,” said Apolinario.

Should he win, Apolinario will become the country’s fourth world champion.

The three current kingpins are WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo, WBO lightflyweight ruler Donnie Nietes and IBF 108-lb king Johnriel Casimero.

BERNABE STALLED The return of former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion hit a snag after the Bicolano fighter suffered a shoulder injury while in training.

After a forgettable last few fights in the United States, Concepcion returned to the country and fought twice, winning on both instances.

“I have been receiving numerous offers from International promoters but I took my time and made sure my next deal will be very ideal for me and my potential promoter,” said Concepcion.

The 25-year-old Concepcion was set to take an acid test in WBC Asian Boxing Council superbantamweight champion Richard Betos in supposed 10-round non-title fight on July 27 at the Barangay San Dionisio Covered Court in Parañaque City.

However, promoter Anson Co disclosed that Concepcion hurt his right shoulder while sparring at the Alliance Boxing Club in Pasay City.

“The doctor won’t let him fight on the 27th but we are still waiting to see the x-ray result before confirming his diagnosis,” said Co.

Late last year, Concepcion hooked up with Co, owner of Baguio City’s most popular sweatshop, the Shape Up boxing gym where Pacquiao sets up his camp when training up North.

Co however said the card will still push through with the women’s Philippine minimumweight championship between titleholder Jessebelle Pagaduan and challenger Carleans Rivas taking center stage.

“Although there is that compassion among viewers when they see them hurt, women’s boxing are as engaging as men’s,” said Co.

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