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PASAY CITY (via PhilAmPress) — World boxing icon and senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao will be fighting Jeff Horn after all.
Pacquiao's business manager Eric Pineda confirmed to local reporters on Sunday night, April 10, that the eight-division world boxing champion will stake his WBO welterweight belt against the Australian pug at the Suncorp Stadium in the latter's hometown of Brisbane on July 2.
Pineda, who also acts as Mahindra's team manager, even said that Pacquiao has begun his training for the said match but, just like how he prepared for his match against Jessie Vargas, is staying in the Philippines to focus on his senatorial job.
"Araw-araw siya nagte-training. Nagsimula na siya. Pag nagsimula na ang session sa May 2, the training will be confined here," continued Pineda, who was present in the Floodbusters' PBA Commissioner's Cup match against the TNT KaTropa at the Mall of Asia Arena.
He also said that Coach Freddie Roach will fly in soon to join Pacquiao in training.
However, Pineda said that Pacquiao is still open to fight Amir Khan even as soon as the Horn fight is done.
"The deal with Abu Dhabi did not push through but maybe for his next fight. Hopefully [Manny will fight Amir] if [the fight negotiation] would push through again and the government of the UAE would still want Manny to fight. We're still working on it, because they really want the fight to happen in UAE," Pineda further said.
Heeding with the fans, Pacquiao's camp began negotiations with that of Khan for the said match with both sides even claiming twice that it was already a done deal.
But Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum, who has been insisting for the Pacquiao-Horn bout to happen, denied the claims. It was later revealed that the negotiations were stalled due to scheduling problems.
Looking forward to the Pacquiao-Horn match, Pineda said, "Hopefully this will be a good fight. Everybody is excited and wants to go to Australia now. It'll be good for everyone."
For his fearless forecast, Pineda simply said, "Siyempre Manny will win."
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MANILA — Retired policeman and Davao killings whistleblower Arthur B. Lascañas left the country on April 8 for Singapore.
It was gathered Lascanas may have flown later to the United States where his family has been residing.
Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang noted that the Lascañas presented himself at the Immigration counter of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga at around 5:01 pm last Saturday.
"Sa Clark (Airport) siya dumaan. Tiger Airways flight 2703 to Singapore," she said.
The BI official explained that Lascañas was allowed to depart since there are no orders to prevent him from leaving the country.
"He has no derogatory record. Wala siya hold departure order, immigration look out bulletin that could have delayed or prevented his departure," she added.
Mangrobang said that Lascañas was with his family.
"(Accompanied by) family. In their ticket parang 4 sila kasama siya," she added.
The BI official said that the passenger has a returning ticket dated April 22.
"Sa ticket sa Clark din ang pabalik niya (Lascañas)," Mangrobang said.
Lascañas, along with Edgar Matobato, is a self-confessed member of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).
Lascañas left the Philippines after he received threats that a lawsuit would be filed against him, and that people were looking for him as well.
In October 2016, Lascañas denied the existence of the Davao Death Squad and that he was the supposed "team leader" of the squad, as claimed by self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato.
In February, however, he said that the DDS indeed exists and that they were paid by then-Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo R. Duterte up to P100,000 depending on their target.
Lascañas recanted his earlier claims following kidney surgery.
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QUEZON CITY — Former President Benigno Aquino III has been ordered by the Office of the Ombudsman to reply to a motion asking that he be reinstated as a respondent in cases filed over the discredited Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
The complainants, led by Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, are asking the Ombudsman to reconsider its March 7 decision dropping the case against Aquino and approving charges of usurpation of legislative power only against former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for issuing National Budget Circular No. 541, which authorized the withdrawal of unobligated allotments of government agencies to implement the P72-billion DAP.
The controversial disbursement program, which critics had dubbed Aquino’s “presidential pork barrel,” was essentially declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court along with the Priority Development Assistance Fund, or congressional pork.
The Ombudsman said Abad had “unlawfully encroached” on Congress’ powers by modifying the provisions of savings of the 2012 General Appropriations Act.
It noted that Article 239 of the Revised Penal Code punishes the offense with of prision correccional, or six months, and temporary special disqualification.
The motion for reconsideration asks that Aquino be charged with graft and malversation.
The special panel of investigators of the Ombudsman has given all parties to the DAP cases 15 days from notice to file their comments.
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QUEZON CITY — The net satisfaction ratings of the government's top officials, other than that of President Rodrigo Duterte's and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's, declined during the first quarter of the year, according to a Social Weather Stations survey.
Vice President Maria Leonor Leni Robredo's net rating (percentage satisfied minus percentage dissatisfied) took the biggest dip, with 53 percent of respondents satisfied with Robredo, 27 percent dissatisfied, and 19% undecided.
This dropped the vice president's net satisfaction rating to a "moderate" +26, from the previous quarter's "good" +37.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”, +50 to +69 as “very good”, +30 to +49 is “good”, +10 to +29 is “moderate”, +9 to -9 is “neutral”, -10 to -29 is “poor”, -30 to -49 is “bad”, -50 to -69 is “very bad”, and -70 and below is “execrable.”
An impeachment complaint has been filed against Robredo over her recorded video message last March, where she revealed alleged police abuses, including the "palit-ulo" scheme and warrantless searches, in its campaign against illegal drugs.
A group of lawyers supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte had also announced that they were working on an impeachment complaint against the vice president.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III also saw his rating drop to a "moderate" from the previous quarter's "good". His +30 rating during 2016's fourth quarter lost a point, giving him +29 rating during 2017's first quarter.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's rating lost two points from the previous quarter's +16. Nevertheless, her +14 rating during 2017's first quarter kept her in "moderate" territory.
In contrast, Speaker Alvarez's rating posted a gain in the first quarter, climbing to a "moderate" +12 from the previous quarter's “moderate” +10.