Nietes, Donaire to invade Philippine capital

Longest reigning Filipino World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and  five-division World Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will highlight the double main event of ALA Boxing Promotion’s “Pinoy Pride 30”. Expected to take place this coming March 28 “Pinoy Pride 30, D-Day”, also features undefeated super bantamweight IBF Intercontinental champion Prince Albert Pagara. The three Filipino fighters vowed to give fans an exciting night of non-stop action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines.

 Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs), who at the age of 20 started his career as a professional boxer is now the longest reigning Filipino Champion surpassing the record held by Filipino Boxing Hall of Famer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. Elorde reigned in the junior lightweight division for seven years and three months in the 1960’s while Nietes still holds his WBO title at 105 pounds since 2007. Come March 28, Nietes will make his next title defense against Mexican challenger Gilberto Parra (19-1, 17 KOs) who is ranked no. 13.  Nietes fights to extend his legacy in the WBO world light flyweight division by keeping the winning streak as long as he can.
It’s not over yet! That’s what Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire  (33-3, 21 KOs) wants the world to know. Coming from a devastating loss to WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, the Filipino Flash is back and returns to his home country to fight at 122 pounds. His loss to the Jamaican power puncher prompted him to go back a division weight lower where he once ruled before losing to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. Vying for super bantamweight weight championship title, Donaire will face Brazillian William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs). Nonito earned 2012 Fighter of the Year Award and has won world titles at 112, 118, 122 and 12 pounds as well as interim belt at 115 pounds. Although he grew up in the United states, he shares the same hometown with Filipino boxing icon and Fighter of the Decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in General Santos City, south of the Philippines. This will be his fourth time to fight in his native land Philippines and for the first time since 2009. Asked whether he is thinking about retirement in the near future, he said a loss to this fight might prompt him to hang his gloves for good and that there is no reason to go on with his career if he can’t even keep up with this level of a fight. However, report says, an impressive win would possibly secure him a ticket to a title fight  in Macau, China in July where he will be the main event as promised by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
A fight also to be considered a highlight will be exhibited by the reigning International Boxing Federation Intercontinental super bantamweight champion Prince Albert Pagara against Mexico’s Rodolfo Hernandez (26-5-1, 24 KOs). Prince Albert Pagara (22-0-0 15 KO), a crowd favorite, is a hardhitting boxer from ALA stable who is currently the no. 1 fighter in the Philippines for the super bantamweight division and is quickly rising up in status in the international boxing scene. He is one of the sparring mates of Nonito Donaire during the latter’s two-week training at the ALA Gym in Cebu in preparation for the March 28 match. According to Donaire, Albert Pagara hits hard and fights well as a sparring mate and with the impressive skills, is set for a promising career ahead of him. Meantime, Rodolfo Hernandez is no easy prey with 24 out of 26 wins coming by way of knockout. This is certainly a kind of fight that will put boxing fans at the edge of their seats.
One defends legacy, one fights for redemption, and one strives to be the next star. “D-Day” initiates On March 28, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines.
Undercard fights feature Ryo Akaho of Japan vs Prosper Ankrah of Ghana and AJ “Bazooka” Banal of Philippines vs Junior Bajawa of Indonesia.

Pinoy Pride 30 is promoted by ALA Boxing Promotions, the Philippines’ premier boxing outfit.

See 8CountNews story here.
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PNoy won’t say sorry over Mamasapano incident’

Political analyst Edmund Tayao believes President Benigno Aquino III will not say sorry over the bloody Mamasapano operation even following the release of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) of its report on the incident.

“I don’t think that the President would even consider that,” Tayao said, explaining that the word “sorry” has already been associated with the previous administration.

The BOI, in its report, said the chain of command in the PNP was violated when the President, former PNP chief Alan Purisima, and former Special Action Force (SAF) director Getulio Napeñas “kept information” on the January 25 anti-terror operation “to themselves.”

The BOI said Aquino, who “gave the go-signal” for Oplan Exodus, “allowed the participation” of Purisima in the planning and execution despite his suspension.

He also “bypassed” the PNP chain of command when he directly dealt with Napeñas, instead of PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina.

“And even if it (saying sorry) happens right now, it becomes stale or if not useless. Perhaps what we can expect is at least for the President to really pinpoint to who or what is the culpability of his good friend, the former chief PNP,” Tayao said.

See ABS-CBN story here.

— ANC Dateline Philippines, March 14, 2015

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Ateneo Lady Eagles rip La Salle for 2nd straight UAAP crown

The UAAP season 77 women’s volleyball tournament champions, the Ateneo De Manila University. Photo by Mark Cristino for
By Camille B. Naredo,
MANILA – The Ateneo Lady Eagles completed one of the most dominant campaigns in recent UAAP women’s volleyball history by sweeping rivals De La Salle Lady Spikers in Game 2 of the Season 77 Finals to secure a second straight championship Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

In front of a crowd of 20,705 fans, Ateneo weathered a tough challenge from the Lady Spikers to take Game 2, 25-22, 25-17, and 25-23 to finish the UAAP Season 77 women’s volleyball tournament with a perfect 16-0 win-loss record.

The last UAAP team to finish with a perfect record was La Salle in 2004, who finished 14-0 and was awarded the outright championship.

Two-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez was again the rock for Ateneo, scoring 20 points on 19 attacks, but she got plenty of help from her teammates as Michelle Morente, Bea de Leon, and Amy Ahomiro all scored 10 points.

“Every championship since high school, sobrang iba ‘yung feeling, sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam, but this championship, iba talaga,” said Valdez.

Ahomiro anchored the Lady Eagles’ net defense and was later named Finals MVP.

“I’m pretty much speechless. I’m so shocked and I’m so blessed to have this opportunity,” said Ahomiro, who credited Ateneo’s charismatic head coach Tai Bundit for giving them the confidence and strength throughout the season.

“Last year, he just gave us confidence, and this year, we were as one. We were on the same page the whole time,” she said.

View ABS-CBN story here.

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Zab Judah to spar with Floyd Mayweather starting Monday


“Come Monday, we’re going to work,” stated two-division former world champion Zab Judah, who confirmed that he’ll be reporting to training camp to spar with undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather as he prepares for his upcoming May 2 mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao. Although Judah hasn’t fought since December of 2013, the fast handed southpaw has continued to train in hopes of making an eventual return to the ring.
Judah and Mayweather shared the ring back in April of 2006. There were many who had Judah winning the first four rounds of that fight until Mayweather was able to adjust and dominate down the stretch. There’s no doubt that Judah will provide good work for Mayweather.
Read Fighthype’s story here.
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La Salle loses Galang to injury


The De La Salle Lady Spikers suffered a blow when their star player Ara Galang sustained an injury during their do-or-die game against the National University Lady Bulldogs on Saturday.

The Lady Spikers were leading the fourth set, 23-20, when Galang suffered an awkward landing following a hit against the Lady Bulldogs.

The 5’9” outside hitter was crying in pain while she was stretchered off the court.

This, however, did not dampen La Salle’s spirit as it went on to beat NU, 3 sets to 1, to advance into the UAAP women’s volleyball finals against the Ateneo Lady Eagles.

View ABS-CBN’s original story here.

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Ateneo wins first-ever UAAP men’s volley crown

The UAAP 77 men’s volleyball champion, the Ateneo Blue Spikers, celebrate after their 4-set win over the NU Bulldogs. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles closed out the National University (NU) Bulldogs in four sets during Game 2 of their best-of-three finals to win their first-ever UAAP men’s volleyball title on Saturday.

After dropping the first set, 23-25, the Eagles fought back in the next three sets 25-23, 25-23 and 25-15 to dethrone the defending champions.

It was Ateneo’s first men’s volleyball title since joining the league in 1978.

Season MVP Marck Espejo, who steered the Eagles to a Game 1 victory over three-peat seeking Bulldogs, had 33 points for Ateneo.

Ish Polvorosa, meanwhile, was named Finals MVP after averaging 46.5 excellent sets in the title series.

The Eagles hacked out a 25-19, 30-28, 20-25, 25-22 victory over three-peat seeking Bulldogs in the Finals opener last Wednesday.

NU could not find a way to stop Espejo, who fired a personal season-high 31 hits while giving the Eagles the upper hand in the Finals. (

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PMA Cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia ‘di makaka-graduate matapos ma-late ng dalawang minuto?


By Annavee Cudia
Balita ko po 2 MILLION PESOS ang ginagastos ng gobyerno para sa mga kadete ng PMA pero bakit basta-basta na lang sila pinapa-alis? Ang kapatid ko ay si Aldrin Jeff Cudia na NUMBER 2 sa Class 2014, top sa Navy Class, ang Deputy Baron. Tiniis ang pahirap sa PMA upang makatapos ng pag-aaral ngunit ngayon dahil lamang nahuli ng DALAWANG MINUTO sa isang klase ay hindi siya papayagang mag-graduate? 

Ang pamilya namin ay taga Arayat, Pampanga, maralita lamang kami ngunit iginapang ng aking magulang ang aming pag-aaral. Napakatindi ng hirap ng buhay kolehiyo naming apat na magkakapatid. 

Kami po yung mga estudyante na pumapasok sa eskwelahan na walang laman ang tiyan pero pumapasok pa din. Dahil gusto namin matuto at makapagtapos. 

Kami po yung bente pesos lang ang baon (dose pesos na pamasahe, otso pesos pambili ng kendi. Wag na magpaxerox, isulat na lang ng buo ang pahina.). 

Kami po ung rumaraket magkapera lang pansuporta sa pa xerox at project na kelangan sa eskwelahan. Tubig lang baon ni pambili ng biskwit eh wala. 

Pero nakatapos na po ang dalawa sa amin, naging dean’s lister pa at nakapasa sa board exam. Salamat sa magulang namin na ginapang kami, binenta ang mga alahas at lupa ultimo wedding ring at college ring makapagtapos lamang kami. 

Salamat sa mga taong nagpautang sa amin at sa Diyos Ama na binigyan kmi ng MATIBAY NA PAGPAPAHALAGA SA EDUKASYON.

Si Aldrin Jeff na aking kapatid ay unang pumasok sa PUP bilang iskolar ng BS Accountancy. Alam nyo po ba na kahit P666 lang ang tution fee ni Aldrin sa PUP ay muntikan na syang matigil sa pagaaral? Nilalakad nya lang ang PUP mula sa tinutuluyan namin sa Balic-Balic, Sampaloc. 

Dahil pangarap ni Aldrin Jeff ang magsilbi sa bayan bilang sundalo (kagaya ng aming tatay) siya ay pumasok sa PMA. Nabawasan na rin ang pabigat sa aking magulang dahil libre duon, 
Dinanas ni Aldrin ang lahat ng pahirap. Sa pagsikikap nya sa pag-aaaral ay nasira ang kanyang mga mata at kailangan manalamin. Sabi ko sa kanya, kung ayaw na nya sabihin nya lang. Ang sagot nya ay ganito : “Ate, ok naman ako dito. May sarili akong kama na malambot.” Natutulog lang kasi sya sa upuan na mahaba buong buhay nya sa kolehiyo. Nais din niyang makatapos sa PMA upang maipagamot ang libre ang nanay namin sa VLuna Hospital. 

Pinagsabihan ko siya na huwag na siya magsikap na maging top student dahil alam kong mapapansin siya at maaaring pag-initan.Pero hindi mapigilan ang ang pagmamahal nya sa pag aaral kaya siya ay dapat magtapos bilang TOP 2 sa class 2014 ng PMA. 

Kilala siyang matulungin. Hindi agad agad umuuwi kapag bakasyon upang tulungan ang iba na kailangan mag-removals. Lima na sa kanyang propesor ang nagsasabi na isa siya sa mga kakaunting huwaran sa academic excellence. Magaling pa siya magsulat. Wala silang masasabing pandaraya na kanyang ginawa. 

Ngayon ay isang buwan na syang nakakulong sa holding center… Pinapag resign na sya… Pinapaalis… Pero ayaw nya dahil NILALABAN nya ANG TAMA, DANGAL AT PRINSIPYO NYA. Daig pa nya si Napoles. Bawal ang bisita kahit kadete o pati chaplain ng PMA. Inanunsiyo na ng kanilang Commandant na dismissed na siya. At ito ay dahil lamang NAHULI SIYA NG 2 MINUTO SA KLASE. 

Nang nangyari ito, binigyan siya ng 11 demerits at 13 hours of touring at ginawa niya ito. Nilapitan ng kapatid ko ang kanyang tactical officer upang mag-appeal dahil ito ay karapatan nila at dahil hindi naman niya kasalanan ang nangyari. Sinabihan kasi siya at iba pang kadete ng kanilang propesor na maghintay sandali at may ibibigay na papel. Nang tinanong si Aldrin bakit siya nahuli, sabi niya sila ay nahuli ng pagdismiss ang propesor nila. 

Sabi ng Honor Committee ay kasinungalingan daw yun at dapat daw ay sinabi niya “pinahintay kami ng propesor pagkatapos ng klase.” Hindi ba pareho lang naman yun? 

Dahil ang kasinungalingan daw ay violation ng honor code, dismissal agad ang recommendation ng Honor Committee. Hindi nila pinansin ang written affidavit ng propesor na nagsasabi na tama ang sabi ni Aldrin Jeff na nahuli ang pagdismiss sa kanila. At bakit naman magsisinungaling ang kapatid ko at gagawa ng bagay na ikahahadlang ng kanyang graduation at makamtan ang matangal na niyang pangarap na magsilbi sa bayan bilang sundalo? 

Kung sinasabi nyo na nagsisinungaling ang kapatid ko, pati ba yung PROPESOR nila nagsabi na tama ang sabi ni Aldrin ay nagsisinungaling din? Siya ay pinatawan ng 13 oras ng touring at 11 demerits dahil sa late samantalang yung ibang kadete na nahuli din sa klase ay 8 demerits at 8 hours of touring lang. Swerte nila dahil nakita nila ang ginawa kay Aldrin kaya isinulat nila ang gustong marinig ng Honor Committee. 

Kasalanan ba ng kapatid ko na hindi sya articulate sa pagpapaliwanag at hindi niya nahulaan ang gustong marinig ng Honor Committee? 

Napag-initan si Aldrin ng kanyang tactical officer kaya naging makitid ang kanyang pag-iisip sa pagpataw ng kaparusahan. Siya lang ang titser na nagbigay ng mababang grado sa kapatid ko dahil matanong siya sa klase. Bata pa lamang si Aldrin ay palatanong na at palabasa pa. Masama na po pala ang magtanong. Ang masaklap ay HINDI SYA KINAUSAP ng mga matataas na opisyal sa PMA at nakinig lamang sa tactical officer at sa Honor Committee. 

Isa pang di namin MATANGGAP, bakit ayaw nyong buksan muli ang kaso? Ano ang tinatakpan nyo? Bakit minamadali nyong paalisin ang kapatid ko kahit nalaman na hindi pala unanimous ang boto ng Honor Committee? Hindi ba nasa honor code na dapat ay lahat boboto ng guilty upang magpataw ng verdict na dismissal? 

Ang nangyari pala sa botohan ay may isang botong tumutol. Ang ginawa ay pinagkaisahan siya para mapilitan nyang palitan ang boto. At hindi ito sinulat sa minutes ng meeting at sinabing 9-0 ang botohan. 

Nasa Academy pa lang corrupt na at marunong nang magdagdag-bawas! 

Lahat ng nakabasa ng APPEAL ng kapatid ko, tingin nila TAMA AT WALANG GINAWA ANG KAPATID KO. Di ba nga kasi ang turo nyo ay SUMUNOD SA UTOS NG NAKAKATAAS? Hindi ba nakakataas ung propesor na nagutos sa kanya? 

BUKAS, iaannounce na ang mga TOP 10 NG pma. Sa February 20, simula na ng OJT nila. Pero lahat ng yon at ang mga pinaghirapan nya ng 4 na taon mawawala ng parang bula. 

ASAN NA ANG TUWID NA LANDAS NI PNOY? Sya pa naman ang speaker nyo sa pagtatapos. Kung nasa PMA pa lang ay baluktot na ang hustisiya at hinahayaan ang kasinungalingan, paano pa kung nasa labas na ang mga PMA graduates? Nasaan ang dangal dito? 

Lalaban kami… Fight the good fight of faith… Nagpapalakas sa amin ang MADAMING TAONG tumutulong at nagdadasal para samin. Kung matalo man kami, madaming tao na ang nakakaalam ng nangyari. 

Kung gayon, hindi lang ang kinabukasan ng kapatid at pamilya ko ang NINAKAW NYO. Pati pagpapagamot ng NANAY KO! 

Naniniwala po ako sa hustisya. Kung di man namin makuha sa INYO yun, pag dating ng panahon na haharap na tayo sa LUMIKHA, Sana masabi nyo pa rin na TAMA ANG GINAWA NYO. 

Sa DIYOS na ang hustisya. 

Makarating sana po toh sa kinauukulan ng PMA, AFP at sa buong bayan. 

Saloobin ko po ito bilang pamilya ni Aldrin. 
Salamat po. 

Lubos na gumagalang; 
(c) Annavee Cudia



Ang orihinal na post ni Ms. Cudia sa Facebook

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