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Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch in Manila?

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(Photo from Manila Bulletin)


MANILA  World boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is insisting he will not give Filipino fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao a rematch.

But even as the American champion completely shot down the possibility of a rematch with Pacquiao, big businessmen in Manila expressed their intention to convince the two great boxers to do their fight in Manila.

The businessmen, in fact, would be willing to build a big arena south of Manila where the rematch could be staged.

There are big businessmen and corporations in the Philippines who could pool their resources to make the "dream fight" a reality in the Philippines, according to those close to the negotiators.

"We would be willing to put up the big prize for the two fighters," the businessmen said.

"We want another dream fight like the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight dubbed the Thrilla in Manila which was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City," they added.

"We know with the right prizes for the two fighters, we might be able to convince them to have their rematch in Manila," they added.

In a wire report, Mayweather was quoted as saying that Pacquiao is simply using his name to draw interest in his future fight.

Mayweather has already announced his retirement while Pacquiao wanted to do his one last fight, presumably in Las Vegas onApril 9, 2016 before the May elections in the Philippines. Pacquiao is a candidate for senator in that election.

Pacquiao was also quoted in Dubai that if it would be feasible, he wanted his last fight in Manila. 


Mayweather defeated Pacquiao during their fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas last May 2, in what was billed as the "Fight of the Century." 

Although it failed to live up to the considerable hype, the bout nevertheless became the richest in the history of the sport. Mayweather reportedly pocketed $200 million while Pacquiao got $100 million from that fight.


"I dissected this fighter, the so-called 'best fighter of our generation.' I dissected him, probably 10 (rounds) to two, really 11 to one, but it's safe to say 10 to two," Mayweather said in an interview with Fight Hype.


"'Mayweather is so boring, he's this, he's that!' I'm boring enough to do the biggest and best numbers in pay-per-view history," he declared.


Mayweather retired in September after beating Andre Berto for a 49-0 win-loss record. Pacquiao, meanwhile, is still recovering from surgery done to his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff, which he sustained while training for the Mayweather fight.


The Filipino boxer intends to return to the ring in early 2016, possibly in April. In a recent Facebook chat with fans, he said they are "still negotiating… about the rematch with Floyd Mayweather." He also told CNN that a rematch against Mayweather remains "possible."


Mayweather, however, denied that any such negotiations were happening.


"It's all bullsh*t," he told Fight Hype. "What they're doing is this – once again, piggy-backing off my name to sell pay-per-view numbers when he does go out there and fight again."


This is not the first time that Mayweather accused Pacquiao of "piggybacking" off him. After the Filipino's loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, Mayweather said Pacquiao was able to "piggyback off my name and get a bunch of endorsement deals and make a good living."

Yolanda victims’ sufferings

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Super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) with sustained winds at 285 km/h (180 mph) was the most powerful typhoon recorded in recent history. It was also the deadliest as it caused the death over 6,300 people (and the number is still rising as more than 1,000 were still missing) or more people than the tragic Twin Towers 9/11 incident in New York, and those of the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese. Typhoon Yolanda also destroyed houses, infrastructures and crops worth billions of pesos and rendering thousands of people homeless.The massive typhoon affected millions in nine regions, 44 provinces, and more than 12,000 barangays. Nine in 10 of those affected were from Western, Central, and Eastern Visayas (Regions 6, 7, and 8).

Immediately, in the aftermath of the typhoon, the United States brought in aid and other countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, Japan and many others followed sending troops, medical equipment, food and relief items and billions of dollars in aid. But two years hence, thousands, if not the majority of the typhoon victims are still in sorry state, with aid not reaching them and are still homeless without the promised temporary or permanent homes. In Tacloban City alone, only 500 housing units have been built but without clean water. Then the Commission on Audit made public with its findings that millions of pesos of aid received from foreign countries have been impounded in banks and not being touched to help the victims. Even President Aquino’s appointed rehabilitation czar, former Senator Panfilo Lacson admitted that there was lack of focus, some government agencies are not doing their jobs, and so the “nightmare” of Super Typhoon Yolanda “continues to haunt us.” Lacson lamented that despite President Aquino’s commitment to speed up rehabilitation and recovery in Yolanda-devastated areas, some of the programs were not being implemented. 


“If not for the non-government sector and the bilateral and multilateral agencies from foreign countries which responded and assisted beyond anyone’s expectations, I cannot imagine how things shall have been accomplished as we see it two years after Yolanda. The nightmare of Nov. 8, 2013 continues to haunt us,” he said.

Former Budget Secretary and UP professor Benjamin Diokno said of the situation “Epic incompetence and callousness. The failure to address the needs of disaster victims after two years is unacceptable.” To Vice President Jejomar Binay, who led the commemoration of the second anniversary of the typhoon (Presideng Aquino ignored the invitation to be there as he attended a wedding of a billionaire’s son, that of Megaworld’s Andrew Tan), said it was a crime to allow the victims to continue to suffer and wallow from wanton disregard from government due to many factors like the ugly head of politics. Even the United Nations earlier aired its concerned on the resettlement and rehabilitation efforts.

Two years hence, many mistakes have been exposed. It is clear for one that many people still needs assistance and that rehabilitation and resettlement have been too slow and, therefore, must be sped up. At the same time, the government, and also the private groups which are recipients as conduits of cash donations, must be transparent with the work that they are doing and the handling of funds. Super typhoon Yolanda also showed the importance of preparedness. The country being an archipelago there are many areas which are exceptionally vulnerable to storm surges and efforts such as planting of mangroves in the shores and moving communities to higher levels must be institutionalized to protect these regions and the people. At the rate things are going, no time should be wasted for blaming each other for the mistakes that typhoon Yolanda has brought to light. Everybody – government and the private sector - must come to their senses, make good plans, orchestrate the work well and act immediately before we lose entirely the country’s credibility from the international donor community.


San Miguel's 9-month profit hits P26.8B

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MANDALUYONG CITY — Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) reported its profit surged by seven percent to P26.8 billion in first nine months of 2015, driven mainly by its beverage and food businesses. 


Its January to September revenues, however, declined 15 percent to P504.5 billion amid falling oil prices and lower generation volumes from scheduled maintenance shutdown of Malampaya facilities, Ilijan and Sual power plants.

Sustained growth in domestic operations boosted San Miguel Brewery Inc.’s consolidated sales revenues by 4 percent to P58.8 billion.

San Miguel Pure Foods Company Inc. posted a 3-percent growth in consolidated revenues to P76.6 billion, helped by the solid performance of its feeds and branded value-added businesses. 

SMC said growth of Ginebra San Miguel Inc. remained on track, with revenues posting an 8-percent growth to P11.5 billion.

Revenues of San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Group grew 5 percent to P18.2 billion, buoyed by a 27-percent growth in its glass business and strong contributions from its Australian operations. 

Consolidated revenues for the power generation unit was at P 59 billion while operating income ended at P19.3 billion for the period. 

Power generation unit SMC Global Power’s consolidated revenues declined to P59 billion in the first three quarters of 2015 from P65.52 billion last year.

Its offtake volumes dropped 5 percent to 12,345 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from January to September due to lower bilateral volumes resulting from the scheduled maintenance outage of the Malampaya gas facilities and annual maintenance of the Ilijan and Sual power plants, coupled with gas supply restrictions at the Ilijan power plant. 

The lower crude prices brought consolidated revenues of Petron Corp. to P278.3 billion, 27 percent lower than in the same period last year. 

San Miguel Holdings Corp. delivered P9 billion in revenues and P5.1 billion in operating income following the consolidation of the Skyway 1 and 2 and the South Luzon Expressway in March 2015. 

The company said ongoing projects such as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway and Skyway Stage 3 were set for completion in 2016 and 2017, respectively.


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Comelec opens hearing on one case, Senate election tribunal readies ruling


MANILA (PHLTODAYUSA) — Senator Grace Poe is facing another disqualification case at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), this time filed by former University of the East College of Law dean and renowned constitutionalist Amado Valdez.


In the 33-page petition, Valdez asked the Comelec to deny due course to Poe’s Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) to run for president in the May 2016 polls.

Valdez, who was also former chairman of the Board of Regents of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, told the poll body that the neophyte senator failed to meet the Constitutional requirements of being a natural-born Filipino citizen and 10-year residency in the country.

The new case was filed as the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) readied its decision on a disqualification case against the lady senator for Nov. 17 promulgation.

Poe, who is the leading presidentiable based on surveys, however, remains unfazed by another disqualification case, saying she is ready to face the fifth attempt to derail her presidential bid in 2016.

”I hope our load in our mobile phone is like cases, unlimited,” Poe added in reaction to the disqualification cases filed against her.
Poe’s camp said the neophyte senator has met all the requirements to run for president in the 2016 elections. 
The lady senator advised Dean Valdez to also give attention to the country’s pressing problems such as overpricing, traffic and even the Metro Rail Transit (MRT).

In questioning Poe’s certificate of candidacy, Valdez said the lady senator has “lost forever” her natural-born status.

”That’s the opinion of Dean Amado. He can file it but we have problems in our society that need attention like overpricing and MRT problems,” Poe said when asked for comment on the case filed by Valdez.

Poe expressed readiness to face all the disqualification cases “even today.”

”Perhaps, they said it is a matter of principle, but I will face it even today. So they can file the case. I just want them to also think of other issues. Dean Amado is an intelligent, perhaps he can look other cases of our countrymen,” Poe said.

Aside from Valdez, disqualification cases were also filed at the Comelec by former Government Service Insurance System lawyer Estrella Elamparo, former senator Francisco Tatad and De La Salle University political science professor Antonio Contreras.

The first disqualification case was filed by 2013 losing senatorial candidate Rizalito David at the Senatorial Electoral Tribunal (SET) with regards to the 2013 senatorial elections.

“This Petition argues that respondent failed to comply with the citizenship and residency requirements under Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines,” Valdez stated in his petition.

“Premises considered, it is most respectfully prayed that the Certificate of Candidacy of respondent, Mary Grace Sonora Poe-Llamanzares, be cancelled and denied due course and that she be declared disqualified to file COC for any other elective public office requiring as qualification the status of a natural-born Filipino citizen,” he stated.

The 1987 Constitution provides that “no person may be elected President unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least 40 years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately preceding such election”.

Valdez noted that in the event Poe can prove that she is a natural-born citizen despite being a foundling, there is still no denying that she became a citizen of the United States of America (USA) while renouncing her allegiance and fidelity to the Republic of the Philippines in October 2001.

He added that Poe’s re-acquisition of her Philippine citizenship in July 2006 under the Republic No. 9225 or the Dual Citizenship Act of 2003 did not allow her to regain her natural-born status.

“The fact that respondent has to perform an overt act to re-acquire her citizenship by filing a Petition for Re-Acquisition of Philippine citizenship under RA9225 does not qualify her as natural-born citizen in conformity with the provisions of Article IV, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution,” Valdez said.

Under Article IV, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution, natural-born citizens are those who are Citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship shall be deemed natural-born citizens.

“In the language of RA 9225, respondent was deemed as having re-acquired Philippine citizenship but not natural-born citizenship,” said Valdez.

On the issue on her Philippine residency, the petitioner is convinced that she did not meet the 10-year period based on all three dates being pointed as the possible start of the count of her residence in the country.

Valdez cited the dates, July 7, 2006, when she took her oath as Filipino citizen; November 2006, as she claimed in her COC to run for senator in the May 2013 elections; and October 20, 2010, when she renounced her American citizenship are able to disprove her failure in meeting the residency requirement.


“In sum, her residency amounts to four years, six months and 15 days on the day of the election on May 2016, short of the 10 years required by the 1987 Constitution. Nonetheless, counting the years from any of the above dates, respondent will still come short of the 10-year requirement,” he said.

The hearing on the case filed by Elamparo will started under the Second Division which is chaired by Commissioner Al Parreno with Commissioners Arthur Lim and Sheriff Abas as members.

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