Monthly Archives: February 2014

Rain or Shine walks out during Game 6

The entire Rain or Shine Elasto Painters briefly walked out its finals game against the San Mig Coffee Mixers Wednesday night.  The walkout happened with still 11:39 left in second quarter and with SMC ahead, 31 – 17.

ROS Coach Yeng Guiao said they made the move in protest of what he described as biased officiating by the referees. According to GMA News, Guiao was particularly irked by a foul called on JR Quinahan when he attempted to block a shot by Mixers forward Marc Pingris.

The Elasto Painters was given 15 minutes to return to action, otherwise they’ll forfeit the game. Guiao and his players eventually returned. The team eventually received a warning for delaying the game,  a decision that can be regarded as too light.

UPDATE: SMC leads ROS at halftime, 49 to 43.

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San Mig Coffee Super Mixers

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Mysterious flesh eating disease in Pangasinan?

ABS-CBN news program Bandila alarmed many Filipinos Monday night when it reported that a girl from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan is suffering from what it described as a “mysterious flesh-eating disease.” It created so much buzz among netizens that several hours after the report aired, the hashtag #PrayForPangasinan became  a trending topic in microblogging site Twitter.

The report also featured a bizarre angle to this story: is the “disease” a fulfillment of what a certain Indian prophet supposedly predicted early last year? According to some websites, a self-proclaimed prophet named Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj predicted last year that the aforementioned Northern Luzon province will be the epicenter of a deadly plague. Below are excerpts of what Selvarajav said (credits to

“The Lord says there is a place called PANGASINAN.” The Lord says it is in the northernmost part in your land. From there, a grievous disease will spread all over the world that will consume the flesh of men; all their upper (outer) skin will begin to decay, it will pierce through the bones. The fear of this disease will spread all over the world. The Lord said that this disease will begin from the Philippines.

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A flesh eating disease in Pangasinan? (Credits: Wanna Fact? Facebook page)

ABS-CBN’s report swiftly fell apart the following day. Interviewed by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pangasinan provincial health officer Dr. Anna De Guzman flatly described the story as not true. She said that the two patients who were assumed to be suffering from the flesh-eating disease were in fact undergoing treatment for leprosy and psoriasis.

“Sometimes, the media attempts to exaggerate to make the news sensational. They just want to connect it to the prophecy,” De Guzman was quoted to have said. Instead of being able to stir attention because of their attention-grabbing report, the folks behind Bandila are now embroiled in embarrassment. As of early Wednesday morning, ABS-CBN has already taken down the article from its website.

(Note: Late last year, krokodil, a powerful sedative, gained attention especially in the United States and Russia because of the drug’s corrosive effect on the skin of its users. Time Magazine in fact described it as “the world’s deadliest drug“.)

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San Mig Coffee vs Rain or Shine Game 5 live score update

The Rain or Shine Elastopainters held off a late rally from the San Mig Coffee Mixers to win Game 5, 81-74, and live another day in their best of seven finals series. The Mixers is still ahead of the series, 3-2. Jeff Chan led the Elastopainters with 24 points (23 in the second half) and 4 assists. Game 6 is on Wednesday, 8PM.

6:54 PM: ROS ahead, 79-74. 22 seconds left. SMC ball

6:47 PM: ROS leads SMC, 77-72. 52 seconds left

6:30 PM: ROS lead SMC, 66-60. 8:20 left in Q4.

6:22 PM: ROS now lead SMC, 59-54, end of Q3. They outscored the Mixers 24-11.

6:04 PM: Score tied, 46-all. Halfway through Q3.

5:57 PM: ROS begins Q3 on a 7-1 blast, now only down 42-44. 8 minutes remaining

5:31 PM: SMC still ahead, 43-35. End of first half

5:19 PM: SMC leads ROS, 33-29. Second quarter

5:10 PM: SMC leads ROS, 20-14. End of first quarter.

5:03 PM: SMC leads ROS, 20-13. Two minutes left in Q1.

#FlashbackSunday – SMC and ROS first crossed paths during the 2012 Governor’s Cup. The Elastopainters zoomed ahead 3-1 but the Mixers won Games 5 and 6 handily. ROS avoided being only the second team since 1991 to squander a 3-1 finals series lead when it prevailed in Game 7, 83-76. It remains the team’s first and only championship to date.

4:52 PM: SMC ahead of ROS, 13-9. Midway through first quarter.

Update, 4:40 PM – Game 5 has begun.

San Mig Coffee starters: Simon, Yap, Reavis, Pingris, Devance

Rain or Shine starters: Lee, Arana, Quinahan, Cruz, Norwood

Pregame – The San Mig Coffee Mixers will try to close out its 2013-2014 PBA Philippine Cup finals series against the Rain or Shine Elastopainters this Sunday afternoon. The Mixers lead the best of-seven series 3 games to 1 after winning Game 4 last Friday, 93-90.

Only one team in PBA history has been able to recover from a 3-1 deficit during a finals series. During the 1991 First Conference, the Ginebra San Miguel squad led by playing coach Robert Jaworski won three consecutive games to defeat Shell Rimula X for the championship. Rudy Distrito’s jumper with only five seconds left in regulation sealed the win for them.

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San Mig Coffee Super Mixers

Roxanne Cabanero photo scandal?

The saga involving TV personality Vhong Navarro on one side and businessman Cedric Lee and freelance model Deniece Cornejo on the other took a wild turn Thursday when a one-time beauty queen aspirant appeared and accused the popular comedian of rape.

The woman, identified as Roxanne Cabanero (also Roxanne Acosta), claimed that Navarro raped her four years ago. Her lawyer Virgilio Batalla told local reporters that his client was inspired by Cornejo to come out publicly. He has refused to give details about the case  so far since he does not have a “clearance” to do so.

According to Bombo Radyo, Cabanero joined Binibining Pilipinas back in 2011 but was disqualified after nude photos of her spread online. Some of those compromising images are once more circulating through social networking sites. Entertainment website EnterVRexWorld uploaded one of those.

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Roxanne Cabanero has accused Vhong Navarro of rape

Alma Mallonga, Navarro’s attorney, confirmed the case in an interview with Aquino and Abunda Tonight two days ago. Watch excerpts of the interview here. Lee, for his part, has denied that he has something to do with Cabanero’s decision to pursue a case against the It’s Showtime host.

The latest case against Navarro comes at a time when the camp of Lee and Cornejo appears to be losing ground. Cornejo’s claim that Navarro tried to rape her was seriously undercut when a series of CCTV footages taken from her condominium unit was released showing that Lee’s group came just a few minutes after Navarro arrived.

Late last week, another CCTV clip was released where Lee can be seen affectionately kissing Cornejo on both her cheeks – which put a spotlight on the true relationship between them. Compounding these troubles is the fact that Lee’s designated case spokesperson, lawyer Raymond Fortun, suddenly quit his job since “he couldn’t do the work anymore.”

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Workers and employees based in Cebu City will have a three-day weekend before February comes to an end.  The famous “Queen City of the South” will be marking its 77th annual charter day anniversary on February 24, Monday.

This is stipulated in Republic Act (RA) 7287, which took effect in 1992, during the time of then-President Corazon Aquino. Read the full text of RA 7257 here.

The charter of Cebu City is also known as Commonwealth Act No. 58 (click here to read it). CA No. 58 was approved October 20, 1936 while the city’s formal inauguration happened February 24, 1937 (hence, the selected date for the festivities).

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The City Hall of Cebu City (photo by Mark Madrona)

According to a post in the official website of the Cebu City government, then-Interior Secretary Elpidio Quirino represented President Manuel L. Quezon during the event. Quirino also went on to serve as president from 1948 to 1953.

The following day, February 25, is a special holiday for schools nationwide. The day marks the 28th anniversary of the 1986 People Power protests.

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Obama to visit Philippines on April

United States (US) President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines in late April, the White House said in a statement released early Thursday morning (Manila time). Obama’s Asian itinerary also includes Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.

The White House noted that the Philippines will be fifth Asian treaty ally Obama will have visited during his presidency.  Obama, according to the statement, will meet with President Aquino “to highlight economic and security cooperation,modernization of the two countries’ defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and (strengthening) deep and enduring people-to-people ties.”

As Associated Press reported, Obama was supposed to visit parts of Asia last October but the plan was eventually aborted after the United States government was forced to shutdown its operations when its House of Representatives failed to pass a national budget for over two weeks.

Retired SC Justice Serafin Cuevas dies at 85

Serafin Cuevas, former Supreme Court magistrate and justice secretary, has passed away. He was 85.

The Supreme Court Public Information Office noted in a statement released Monday morning that Cuevas died Sunday night. The cause remains unspecified.

Serafin Cuevas (1928 to 2014)

Serafin Cuevas (1928 to 2014)

“Former SC Justice Serafin Cuevas passed away last night, February 9, 2014. Details to follow. Flag at SC quadrangle at half mast,” said the SC PIO

A Bacoor, Cavite native, Cuevas served as a magistrate during the term of former President Ferdinand Marcos. He left his position shortly after the dictator’s ouster. He resurfaced a decade later when then-President Joseph Estrada appointed him as justice secretary.

More recently, he stood as the spokesperson of resigned Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez (her impeachment trial did not proceed because of her resignation). Cuevas also notably served as the lead defense lawyer of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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