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Pacquiao-Amir Khan duel in Las Vegas next year?

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MANILA/LAS VEGAS  Don’t look now but newspapers in London are awashed with reports that British figher Amir Khan has agreed to duel with his forther sparring mate, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on April 9.


Reports from London Mail, The Guardian and other British media, in fact, indicated that Khan has signed an agreement for the big-money showdown.

There was no immediate confirmation of the deal from the camp of the fighting congressman and Top Rank's Bob Arum.

Later, Arum denied the fight has been finalized.

Arum said Pacquiao was still in the process of selecting who he will fight next.

A Pacquiao spokesman also said "wala pa (nothing yet)" in a text to Philippines Today and PhilAm Press.
Later, Pacquiao, in an interview in Dubai where he played basketball with his team, said there are proposals for him to stage his next fight in Dubai.

The proposal is being studied, he said, even as he disclosed that others want to have his last fight in Manila. 

Khan's revelation surprised many in the boxing world considering an earlier announcement that he has pulled out of the negotiations with the Pacquiao camp because it was allegedly sleeping on their proposed contract.

"I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao," Khan said then according to Omar Al Raisi of the Dubai-based paper the National. "I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather. I need to fight and if they don’t want to fight then that’s fine, I have other targets."

Other experts remain skeptical about the Pacquiao-Khan fight, but others believe it could happen.

Pacquiao earlier announced negotiations for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was under way, hoping to be his last fight before hanging up his gloves.

But Mayweather immediately shot down the report, denying that there was negotiation with Pacquiao and his eam.

Before the British newspapers flashed the latest on the fight, Amir Khan was reported to have insisted that negotiations with Pacquiao’s camp was alive contrary to reports that the Filipino world boxing icon’s team has been negotiating with world champion Floyd Mayweather for a rematch.

Pacquiao, who is running for senator in the 2016 elections under the ticket of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Surveys showed he is in contention being in the winning column in separate surveys.

According to Pacquiao, who is serving his final months as congressman of the lone district of Sarangani, his next fight in April will be his “one last fight” before retiring to devote his time to being senator in 2016.

The revelation of Khan’s signing an agreement to fight Pacquiao was made no less by his father, Shah, according to the British papers.

 It was revealed byShah that his son’s confirmation of his fight with Pacquiao has been sent by his lawyers to Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“Our paperwork went off to Arum on Friday and every point is covered," Shah was reported to have told the London Mail.

“The location is definitely the US. The date in April may vary by a week or so but April is the month," Shah added as reported by London Mail.

According to The Guardian, Khan and Pacquiao were sparring partners when they were working with American trainer Freddie Roach in his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

Khan last fought last May when he beat American Chris Algieri. Khan is reported due to return to Bolton next month to work with his team.


QUEZON CITY/MAKATI CITY  A pale of gloom set in in the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday, October 9, after the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman)  ordered on that day the dismissal and perpetual disqualification from service of suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay in connection with the alleged "overpriced" construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.


The decision, although still appealable before the Office of the Ombudsman, the Court of Appeals and later the Supreme Court, was described by Binay's camp as another attempt to discredit him and withdraw his candidacy for president in 2016.


The ruling could result in the disqualification of the young Binay to seek another term as mayor of Makati City and in case this happens, it will be Rep. Mar-Len Abigail Binay Campos of the second district of Makati who would run for mayor as she is concluding her third three-year term as congresswoman.


The Vice President himself and his wife Dr. Elenita Binay, a former mayor of Makati, expressed fears that their detractors could even unjust put the young Binay to jail.


Interviewed in Cebu by ABS-CBN, the Vice President said  he has been anticipating an unfavorable decision.


"We are expecting continuation ng demolition by perception, eh. Ipa-paaresto tapos ipapakulong. Second part of that, ipapakulong si Mayor Junjun," said the vice-president.


Binay said it was "ridiculous" that his son received last week a correspondence from the Commission on Audit (COA), directing the suspended mayor to reply within 15 days, while it was impossible for Junjun to produce documents because he had no access since his suspension.


"Nakakatawa dito, bakit naman sina Butch Abad ang tagal-tagal na ilang taon na eh andun pa lang sa imbestigasyon. Si Junjun dismissal na kaagad. Eh ngayon may pending case pa sa Court of Appeals, same case sa Supreme Court. Ayoko naman sabihing mahina ang utak ng Ombudsman pero yun nga sinasabi napaka-elementary ngayon, kahit first year maipapaliwanag 'yan," he said.



Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales explained to reporters the dismissal from the service of the suspended Makati City mayor.


In its 103-page joint decision on 6 docketed complaints, the Ombudsman said "flagrant anomalies were found to have been committed by Binay, Jr. et. al. in the design and construction of the building consisting of 6 phases."


Morales said that Binay, son of Vice President Jejomar Binay, was dismissed for his dishonesty from service, among others.


Aside from Binay, the Ombudsman also ordered the dismissal from service of his co-respondents, namely: Marjorie De Veyra, Pio Kenneth Dasal, Lorenza Amores, Virginia Hernandez, Line Dela Peña, Mario Badillo, Leonila Querijero, Raydes Pestaño, Nelia Barlis, Cecilio Lim III, Arnel Cadangan, Emerito Magat, Connie Consulta, Ulysses Orienza, Giovanni Condes, Manolito Uyaco, Gerardo San Gabriel, Eleno Mendoza Jr., and Rodel Nayve.


Last March, the Ombudsman suspended Binay over the alleged "overpricing" in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.


Binay has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and claimed that the allegations against him are just part of a smear campaign against his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for president next year.


Atty. Claro Certeza, Binay's legal counsel, said that they were set to file motion for reconsideration (MR) but they have not yet received the Ombudsman directive.

Carpio-Morales confirmed that Binay may still appeal the ruling, saying his (Binay's) perpetual disqualification from service was “immediately executory.”


”Merong mga procedure na binibigay depende kung ano ang maggiging…ating appeal. Pwede tayong mag MR, pwede rin tayong umakyat either to the CA (Court of Appeal or to the SC (Supreme Court). Kaya lang kailangang pagaralan ko muna…babasahin ko,” Certeza said.


Asked if Mayor Binay can still file Certificate of Candidacy for 2016 election which scheduled next week, Certeza said “pag’aaralan natin yan at ikokonsulta natin yan sa ating election lawyer, hinahawakan ko dito mga kaso lamang. Ngunit akoy naniniwala na dapat hindi ito maging hadlang kung siya talaga ang hinirang ng tao.”


Joey Salgado, spokesperson of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said the order of the Ombudsman was obvious and coincident with the filing of COCs on Monday, October 12.


Salgado cried foul over what he called "bias and selective justice" and "conspiracy" among the Ombudsman, Senate, and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLAC) to destroy the reputation of the Binay family.


Last March, the Ombudsman suspended Binay over the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II. The Court of Appeals, however, issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against its implementation. -


The suspension stems from the plunder and graft complaint filed in July last year by lawyer Renato Bondal, a political rival of the Binays'.


In his complaint, Bondal claimed the construction of the building was overpriced by P 862 million.


Bondal said VP Binay, who was Makati mayor when the building was constructed in 2007, conspired with his son, Junjun, then a city councilor, some former and current Makati officials, and 10 executives of Hilmarc's Construction Corp. over the building’s construction.


Salgado's statement in Filipino follows --


Si Secretary Butch Abad na taga-LP higit P72 bilyon ang involved na amount sa DAP ni hindi sinuspinde habang may preliminary investigation.


Si Mayor Junjun Binay na taga-oposisyon, suspendido agad at ngayon pinatatanggal pa nila sa serbisyo. Kahit na noong isang linggo pa lang siya pinasasagot ng COA sa initial findings ng Special Audit nila sa City Hall Building 2. Kahit na nag-issue ng injunction ang Court of Appeals na pinipigilan ang suspension ni Mayor Junjun. At kahit na dinidinig pa ng Supreme Court ang isyu.


Bistado na ang Ombudsman. Minadali nito ang order dahil sa Lunes ay magsisimula na ang filing ng CoCs para sa 2016 election. Ni wala pang kopya ng order na natanggap si Mayor. Dismissal by press release ang ginawa ng Ombudsman.


Gusto nilang pigilan ang pagtakbo ni Mayor Junjun. Pero nagkakamali sila dahil hanggang walang final judgement sa kaso, pwedeng tumakbo sa eleksyon si Mayor Junjun Binay.


Klarong-klaro ang panggigipit sa pamilyang Binay. Malinaw ang bias at selective justice ng Ombudsman na bahagi ng conspiracy ng mga government agencies kasama ang Senado at ang AMLAC na siraan at gipitin si VP Binay at ang kanyang pamilya dahil lang sa hangad n’ya na maglingkod sa mahihirap.


Haharapin ito ni Mayor Junjun at dudulog s’ya sa hukuman para matigil ang pang-aabuso at panggigipit ng Administrasyon. Hindi mapipigilan ng order ng Ombudsman ang pagtakbo ni Mayor Junjun Binay sa 2016 at maglingkod muli sa mga taga-Makati.

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