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Daily Archives: February 26, 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 www.PangasinanBlog.com):

“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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