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WBO review rules Horn beat Pacquiao

Agence France-Presse

Photo: Bloodied till the end. Manny Pacquiao (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia,July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision that the Filipino legend protested. On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the WBO said Horn clearly won the match after it reviewed the fight. AP

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian Jeff Horn’s shock welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao was confirmed Tuesday after a scoring review by the World Boxing Organization declared him the clear winner.

The WBO took a close look at the fight after Pacquiao, backed by the Philippine government’s sports regulatory body, criticized the referee and the judges and demanded a review after losing in Brisbane on July 2.

Horn stunned the Filipino legend — who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions — with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.

 

The WBO — which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven — set up a panel of independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.

The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement.

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A similar method has been used to review WBO title fights before.

“Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent,” the WBO said in a statement.

“Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent.

“From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout.”

Horn welcomed the review when it was announced, and said he was ready for a rematch, an option specified in the Brisbane fight contract.

“Let them review it,” the 29-year-old told Queensland’s Courier Mail newspaper.

“They will see it on a TV screen and probably see the same thing everyone else saw — me winning the fight.”

Both the Philippine board and Pacquiao had criticised American referee Mark Nelson for supposedly allowing the underdog Australian to get away with illegal tactics without giving him warnings or point deductions.

The loss sparked calls in the Philippines for the 38-year-old Pacquiao, a national icon after rising from poverty, to retire and concentrate on politics.

Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing last year to pursue his long-held political ambitions and was elected senator. But he quickly made a successful comeback against Jessie Vargas in November, saying he still felt like a youngster. CBB/rga

 

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CJ Perez powers Pirates

Mapua stuns Letran; NCAA forfeits Perpetual win
By: Cedelf P. Tupas - Reporter / @cedelfptINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer 

Photo: CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net

Lyceum brandished its newfound depth even as Mapua showed it can survive without that same amount of firepower.

With CJ Perez dishing out an all-around game in his first NCAA game in three seasons, the Pirates justified the preseason hype with a 96-75 beating of contender Jose Rizal U Tuesday in the Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates’ firepower was on display with seven players scoring at least seven points, including Perez, a former San Sebastian standout, who presided over a second half blitz to roll past one of the teams tipped to challenge San Beda for the title.

Lyceum outscored JRU, 53-38, in the second half where the Pirates swarmed at the Heavy Bombers at every opportunity, forcing turnovers and translating them to easy baskets on the other end.

Lyceum coach Topex Robinson refused to get carried away by the performance, saying the Pirates are far from a championship team.

“Obviously it’s a good output, but you don’t win a championship in the first game,” said Robinson, whose squad faces defending champion San Beda in an early clash of favorites on Friday.

“We try to stay in the moment. You always try to get better. We’re gonna be up against the number one team after this game. We’re just excited and glad that we got this win.”

Perez, who transferred to Ateneo in 2015 before moving to Lyceum last year, pumped in 22 points and 10 rebounds, but committed seven of the Pirates’ 21 turnovers, which remained a concern for Robinson.

“I got too excited and too eager,” said Perez, referring to his errors.

While there was no shortage in manpower for Lyceum, the Mapua Cardinals squeezed the best out of the nine players who suited up before leaning on clutch plays from Andoy Estrella to subdue Letran, 78-75.

Emerging as Mapua’s go-to-guy following the decision of two-time Most Valuable Player Allwell Oraeme to sit out the season, Estrella buried a step back triple with 5.2 seconds remaining for the marginal basket.

Meanwhile, the NCAA Management Committee immediately overturned Perpetual Help’s 69-65 victory over St. Benilde after the Altas showed up with the wrong uniform in their season debut.

Tipoff for the noontime clash was delayed for close to an hour before the league decided to push through with the game since both teams wore dark jerseys, which was only designated for the Blazers.

Perpetual Help also forfeited its game in the juniors division to St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, which still won the game, 64-60.

 

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Trillanes pushes plunder probe after Duterte ‘admitted’ corruption


By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQINQUIRER.net

Photo: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (left) and President Rodrigo Duterte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said President Rodrigo Duterte had already admitted stealing government money so the investigation on his plunder case should be expedited.

The office of Trillanes sent to the media on Tuesday an excerpt of Duterte’s speech before the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association last June, where the President admitted in jest that he had committed corruption.

Duterte said: “I hate corruption. Hindi ako nagmamalinis. Marami rin akong nanakaw pero naubos na, so wala na (I don’t pretend to be clean. I have also stolen a lot but I’ve already spent it all, so it’s all gone).”

Trillanes said Duterte’s admission bolsters allegations of corruption against the Chief Executive.

“This admission confirms my corruption allegation against Duterte,” Trillanes said in a statement.

Palace twits Trillanes: He lacks sense of humorNews

Responding to Trillanes, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella chided the senator for lacking a sense of humor for taking seriously the jest of Duterte.

“I have filed a case against him before the Ombudsman, along with the necessary evidence to support the case. This admission should be a reason to expedite the investigation,” Trillanes said.

At the height of the presidential campaign in May last year, he filed a plunder case against Duterte before the Office of the Ombudsman due to the latter’s alleged unexplained wealth.

The senator, as well as the camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, accused Duterte and his family of maintaining secret bank accounts.

Trillanes showed documents of P2.4 billion that purportedly flowed into Duterte’s bank accounts, which is not declared in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Duterte has denied the claims of Trillanes.

When he was Davao mayor, Duterte was accused of hiring 11,000 ghost employees which Trillanes said could be one of his sources of unexplained wealth. CBB/rga

 

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‘Don’t blame Maranao for destruction of Marawi City’


By: Allan Nawal - Correspondent / @inqmindanaoPhilippine Daily Inquirer

MARAWI CITY — A Lanao del Sur official has rejected the assignment of blame to the Maranao for the destruction of Marawi City in the fighting between government forces and Islamic State-inspired local terrorists.

Now in its seventh week, the fighting has displaced most of Marawi’s more than 200,000 residents and reduced much of the beautiful, lakeside city into rubble.

People blame the Maranao for the devastation, saying they allowed the terrorists to come to the city.

 

Even President Rodrigo Duterte, in public speeches, has said he is angry because the people of the city allowed the Maute terror group to set up base in the city and stock up on weapons and munitions.

But Zia Alonto Adiong, speaking for the Lanao provincial government on Sunday, said it was “preposterous” to blame the people of Marawi and the Maranao in general for the crisis, which started on May 23.

“We are the victims here. We are the ones suffering and to say that we did not do anything about it is like saying we picked up a hammer and hit our heads with it,” Adiong said.

But even if the residents were armed, he said, they could not have engaged and thwarted the attack of the Maute group, as it was “well coordinated, well planned” and carried out by “terrorists who had the support of international terror networks.”

At least eight of the 379 terrorists killed in the fighting were foreigners, including fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia, Libya and Chechnya, according to the military.

The Maute terrorists and their allies from the Abu Sayyaf bandit group stormed Marawi on May 23 to establish an enclave of the Middle East-based Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Southeast Asia.

Adiong said the attack happened when the people of Marawi were not in fighting mood, as they were busy preparing for the start of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Adiong lamented that the Maranao were being blamed for the attack on Marawi while residents of other areas previously targeted by terrorists had not been faulted at all.

“We have witnessed the Zamboanga siege and the Ipil siege. Nobody blamed the civilians of Zamboanga, nobody blamed the residents of Ipil,” he said.

 

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Marawi City Hall reopens for business

By: Jeoffrey Maitem - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer

MARAWI CITY— The City Hall here reopened for business on Monday even as government forces pressed an operation to dislodge Islamic State-linked terrorists holed up in the city’s commercial district.

The ground and some structures shook from the impact of airstrikes and artillery bombardment as Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra led his staff and employees in a flag-raising ceremony at the City Hall premises.

Gandamra said City Hall would be open for business only on Mondays and Wednesdays.

“Despite the threat, we have to operate even on a limited basis. It’s not every day but as much as possible, we will be holding office Mondays and Wednesdays so that we can make resolutions in support to our humanitarian efforts,” he said.

Gandamra said members of the city council would also report for work.

He said the military had been provided with a list of government employees who would report for work twice a week.

“The bulk of our operation to address the needs of our constituents is in our command center in Iligan City because most of our displaced people are staying there,” he said.

Lt. Col. Christopher Tampus, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Battalion assigned to secure the City Hall, told reporters that the building was within range of sniper fire. —With a report from Christine O. Avendaño in Manila

 

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Social media drives volunteers to climb, clean PH mountains

By: Maricar Cinco - Correspondent / @maricarcincoINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer

Photo: Volunteers trek through the Buhisan watershed forest reserve in Cebu City in search of trash left by visitors. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna — Over a thousand volunteer hikers collected close to a ton of garbage during a recent simultaneous mountain cleanup driven by an online event.

Mountaineering groups cleaned up at least 60 mountains across the country during the National Mountain Cleanup Day (NMCD) last week. This was the fourth event since medical anthropologist Gideon Lasco put out the idea on his blog, “Pinoy Mountaineer.”

The blog was created in 2007 as a trekking guide, but it eventually promoted ethical hiking and environmental protection.

Lasco, who became a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)- Philippines “influencer” (a person who has attracted a following in social media) in 2015, led a team of 20 up Mt. Makiling here on Sunday. With him were WWF celebrity ambassadors Iza Calzado and television host Rovilson Fernandez.

Juancho Misa, WWF’s digital and social media officer, said this could be a start of their group’s shift from cleaning up beaches and oceans to the mountains.

Wider reach
“The power of social media is that I don’t even have to organize (the climbs). All I do is set the date, make the (NMCD) logo and they do it, they (groups) organize their own hikes,” said Lasco, also a Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist.

Misa said combining the online reach of Pinoy Mountaineer, with 250,000 followers on Facebook, with WWF’s would allow them to “amplify” the campaign.

Aside from mountaineering groups, some local governments and Scouting organizations join the national cleanup day, which usually happens on a weekend after summer and before the onset of the rainy season.

Larger volumes of trash left on the mountains are expected during summer as it is the most preferred hiking season.
Pinoy Mountaineer encourages participating groups to fill out and submit a “trash data form,” which it submits to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Carlo Cunanan, who manages Pinoy Mountaineer’s Facebook page, on Monday said the biggest volume of trash collected this year came from the Magarwak and Masagana waterfalls in Palawan province.
‘Symbolic’

He said there were less participants from Visayas this year, following the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit the region last week, while none from Mindanao joined because of security issues due to the conflict in Marawi City.

 

“This is symbolic (in a way that) we want to use the activity to raise awareness beyond the trash that we pick up. I guess, it’s getting people talking,” Lasco said.

He said with hiking and traveling becoming more affordable these days, the campaign promoted “responsible travel” and encouraged people to explore lesser-known destinations in the country.

“People are usually after the ‘Instagrammable’ mountains— those with sceneries (like) Mt. Pulag (in Benguet province) with like 500 people going up there every week,” Lasco said.

“Don’t just go to the ‘blockbusters,’” he said, noting the Philippines has a lot of different and unique experiences to offer.

 

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PET kicks off discussion on Marcos poll protest, Robredo counter-protest

By: Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQINQUIRER.net 

Photo: Former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo. FILE PHOTOS

The Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has started the ball rolling on the electoral protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and the counter-protest of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Eight Justices led by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno were present during the preliminary conference on Tuesday.

The camps of Marcos and Robredo faced each other for the first time as the PET discussed the issues to be resolved in the protest and counter-protest in a closed-door hearing.

 

Marcos, who was present during the preliminary conference, said he was pleased that the process on his protest has been moving.

“What is clear with the justices is that they are very interested in proceeding to the arguments and finally to the revision of the counting of votes. We are thankful that the justices are also interested on how to speed up the process so that our people will really know the real count of votes,” Marcos said at a press conference Tuesday.

Atty. George Erwin Garcia accused the Robredo camp of attempting to delay the process by raising issues that should have not been part of the case.

“Good thing the tribunal really wanted to open the ballot boxes because they really wanted to find out the truth,” Garcia said.

“The Tribunal is hell-bent in proceeding with the case…It’s good that the Tribunal disregarded the issues raised by the other parties,” he added.

Robredo’s camp, on the other hand, said the PET has not resolved yet pending motions filed by both camps.

Atty. Maria Bernadette Sardillo said some justices raised concerns on the feasibility and practicability of the Marcos’ bid for recount and revision of voting results.

“One of the justices said it would be logistically hard for the tribunal to conduct the recount,” Sardillo said.


The lawyer also cited the comment made by another justice that it might be hard to reexamine the results in the vice presidential contest without considering the implications on the results in other key positions given that the elections were automated.

She explained that the justice asked the Marcos camp if they are willing to accept the result of the automated election system because, quoting the high court justice, she said “one cannot surgically remove the result of the vice president on the result for other positions from President to councilor.”

According to Sardillo, the Marcos camp said they are willing to accept it.

Shen said their camp, however, is against reexamining only the result of the vice presidential post in the AES.

“There is only one certificate of canvass for President and Vice President. If you will tell us that you cannot trust that one COC, it means you are also doubting the result of the Presidential post and the position will become vacant,” she explained.

She also added that the justices wanted to limit the witness to three per contested clustered precinct.

After the preliminary conference attended by eight justices, the tribunal is expected to issue ruling on the pending motions of the parties.

Marcos filed the protest on June 29 last year, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated in the automated polls in May also last year. He sought annulment of about a million votes cast in three provinces – Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.

In his protest, Marcos contested the poll results from 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.

In his preliminary conference brief, Marcos also sought the recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

Robredo filed her answer in August last year and also filed counter-protest and questioned the poll results from over 30,000 precincts in several provinces where Marcos won.

She also sought the dismissal of the protest for lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET.

But the tribunal, in a ruling earlier this year, junked Robredo’s plea and proceeded with the case after finding of sufficiency in form and substance in the protest.

Robredo won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos who got 14,155,344 votes.

 

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2 senators buck 5-year extension of martial law

By: Julliane Love De Jesus - Reporter / @JLDejesusINQINQUIRER.net

Extending martial law in Mindanao up to five years will be a big blow to the tourism industry, as well as the economy of the country, said some senators.

This was in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s plan to push for the extension of martial rule in Mindanao until 2022.

“There’s no basis for extending it for five years because we want to get this over as fast as we can and we want to have a sense of normalcy in Mindanao and the whole country,” Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said in an ambush interview on Tuesday.

Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, said a prolonged military rule in Mindanao would only shoo away potential investors.

“Martial law sends out a different connotation to other countries. Even though they say that marital law is different from the previous martial law, or martial law from the other countries, martial law is still martial law and serious investors will not come to Mindanao if they know martial law is being operated in that area,” he said.

“If you have a five-year martial law, potential investors will now hesitate and will think twice before going in Mindanao. Again, it sends the wrong signal to the business community,” he said.

Senator Nancy Binay also believes that the imposition of martial law for five more years will have a negative impact on the tourism industry.

Binay heads the Senate committee on tourism.

“Napakalaki ng kontribusyon ng turismo sa GNP (gross national product) natin. Talagang naapektuhan (ng martial law); maraming nagrereklamo ngayon,” Binay told reporters.

The senator she had heard stories of taxi drivers complaining about the decreasing number of tourists, thus affecting their business.

Binay said she plans to call for a hearing once the session resumes to tackle the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s alternative plans to address the problem while a martial law is in effect in Mindanao.

 

The senators will have a briefing with the security sector to discuss whether an extension of martial rule in Mindanao is needed to quell Maute terrorists in Marawi City.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel II said the security briefing might be scheduled within the week or any time before the 60-day martial law period lapses.

 

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Four explosive lines in Trump Jr emails

Anthony Zurcher
North America reporter/BBC

Photo: Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner at an inauguration ball Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES


The word "explosive" doesn't do justice to the details of the emails Donald Trump tweeted out on Tuesday morning.


Calamitous, perhaps? Seismic? Twitterdammerung?
The president's eldest son probably revealed this correspondence because the New York Times was about to publish it, a fourth devastating journalistic wave that was poised to crash on the White House at any moment.
If that's the case Trump Jr's act, while committed in the name of being "totally transparent", was akin to shooting oneself in the head to avoid getting shot. He certainly didn't do it to save his own skin.
Here are four of the most remarkable passages of the email chain that will live in infamy - and what it all means.
"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr Trump"
Trump Jr originally tweeted out the first three pages, leaving out page four, which has all the juiciest bits. It was like Beethoven's Ninth Symphony without Ode to Joy or the 1812 Overture without the cannons.
The above line is clearly the highlight of the page. Rob Goldstone, the music publicist turned international man of mystery, is straight-up telling the presidential son that Russia wants to help his dad.
In the prior paragraph, he details exactly what he says is being offered - "official documents and information" about Democrat Hillary Clinton. Several lines later he floats the possibility of sending the incriminating material to Donald Trump the Elder, via his personal assistant, Rhona. (Rhona should probably get her own lawyer, by the way.)
"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer"
Setting aside the glaring lack of punctuation, this line in Trump Jr's response to Goldstone's email shows he knows exactly what he's getting himself into.
He's practically drooling at the possibility of being handed documents from the Russian government that incriminate the one person standing between his father and the White House.
What's more, those last few words seem to indicate that Trump Jr also is thinking about when such information could be revealed.
The meeting took place in early June. "Later in the summer", the general election campaign was in full swing.
It's when both parties held their national conventions. It is also, incidentally, when the most damaging emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee server - at the behest of the Russian government, according to the US intelligence community - went public via Wikileaks.
"Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday."
The lawyer in question - Natalia Veselnitskaya - has asserted that she is not connected to the Russian government, but Goldstone is presenting her to Trump Jr here as a "government attorney".
There's always the possibility that Goldstone is blowing smoke Trump Jr's way, trying to make it seem like he's setting up a super-secret meeting that will upend the presidential campaign when actually he's just saying whatever he thinks is necessary to get a meeting that his client, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, has requested.
In the music business, I suppose, anything goes.
That may not exonerate Trump Jr, but it would relieve the Russian government of culpability, at least in this regard.

"To: Jared Kushner; Paul Manafort"
At the very top of the email chain are two names that should be of particular concern to the White House - Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Trump Jr had told the New York Times that he had asked the two men to attend the Trump Tower meeting but had not told them what was to be discussed.
This seems to undercut that, because both men probably had the full email chain, including the earlier correspondents discussing the promise of incriminating "documents and information" sitting in their in-boxes the day before they attended the meeting.

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