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Sandigan orders arrest of Misuari over P115-M alleged anomalous purchase of education materials

Philstar file photo of MNLF founder and former ARMM governor Nur Misuari
MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan Third Division has ordered the arrest of Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari in connection with the graft and malversation charges that were filed against the former governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In a text message to media on Wednesday, Sept. 6, Dennis Pulma, the division’s clerk of court, said the warrant had already been sent to the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group that will carry out the order.

“It is confirmed that Warrant Of Arrest dated August 31, 2017 (has) already (been) delivered for its service on accused Misuari,” Pulma said.

The court set the bail at P460,000.

Last March, the Office of the Ombudsman filed a case against Misuari over the alleged anomalous procurement of educational materials worth P115.2 million from 2000 to 2001, when he was still ARMM governor.

The office accused Misuari and his co-accused of giving “unwarranted benefits, advantage and privilege” to the following firms for the procurement of the said materials:

–MBJ Learning Tools for an Information Technology package worth P31 million

–CPR Publishing for a Multi-media Information Technology package worth P46.26 million

–White Orchids Printing and Publishing House for educational materials worth P37.59 million

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‘NAPAKABOBO’ | Duterte hits Risa Hontiveros over admin’s alleged policy to kill drug suspects

Reuters file photo of President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte described as stupid the claim by Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros that the administration appeared to be implementing a policy of killing suspected drug users and traders.

In a media interview on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Duterte said it was brainless to conclude that two killings — apparently referring to the cases of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos and 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz, who were both killed by Caloocan policemen — meant that the government already had a policy to kill.

“Do you think two killings, even if it’s illegal, makes a policy? Dalawang patay, palagay lang natin pinatay, murder [Two dead, let’s just say they were murdered]. I ask Hontiveros, is that already the policy? Is that the baseline of the policy? Napakabobo naman n‘yan [That’s so stupid],” the President said.

The chief executive made the pronouncement after Hontiveros, during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Public Order’s inquiry into the death of Delos Santos and Arnaiz, quizzed Philippine National Police chief Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa about the supposed policy.

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Duterte further assailed Hontiveros and the Liberal party for allegedly politicizing the issue, adding that the LP senator only displayed “pretended grief” when she attended Delos Santos’ wake.

“Ang problema sa inyo, ‘yong pinapakialaman n’yo ‘yong patayan, ‘yong magamit n’yo sa pulitika [The problem with you is that you interfere with killings that you can use in politics],” the President said.

“Why, the five who were killed in Bulacan, including a one-year-old, I do not hear them crying or even complaining that the police are not doing enough?” added Duterte, referring to the June 27 massacre in San Jose del Monte town of five members of a family, including three children, by suspects allegedly high on drugs.

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14-year-old boy last seen with Carl Arnaiz found dead in Nueva Ecija with 30 stab wounds

File photo of the missing 14-year-old Grade 5 student Reynaldo de Guzman


(UPDATE 4 – 4:04 p.m.) GAPAN CITY, Philippines – Reynaldo de Guzman, the 14-year-old boy last seen with 19-year-old former University of the Philippines student Carl Angelo Arnaiz, was found dead by his father at a funeral parlor in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.

Authorities were at first stumped as to the identity of the boy, estimated to be between 12 and 14 years old, whose body was found Tuesday morning in Kabayo Creek, Purok Gitna in Barangay San Roque in this city in Nueva Ecija.

His entire face was covered with masking tape when residents first noticed his body floating in the creek.

There was no identification on him, except for the word “Batman” on his red orange shorts.

His body bore stab wounds – at least 30 in all, according to initial examination done on the body.

Radio reports said earlier the child’s father, Ed de Guzman, was able to positively identify De Guzman through a mark on his leg and a wart on his knee.

His parents reportedly were able to find out where he was based on a tip from a social media friend, who had a picture of a child believed to be De Guzman.

De Guzman, a Grade 5 pupil at the Maybunga Elementary School in Pasig City, was eating in their house in Brgy. San Andres, Cainta, Rizal around 10 p.m. of August 16 when he suddenly disappeared after running and saying that he would get his clothes and slippers, according to his mother Lina Gabriel.

Gabriel said she was told by the friends of her son that they saw De Guzman go out with Arnaiz around 1 a.m. of August 17 to buy food.

Arnaiz also died in an alleged August 18 shootout with Caloocan police after he supposedly robbed at gunpoint 54-year-old taxi driver Tomas Bagcal. His remains were found by his parents on August 28 at a morgue in the city.

Arnaiz and De Guzman’s deaths happened after the killing of another teenager, Grade 11 student Kian Loyd delos Santos, during a police anti-drug operation in Caloocan City last August 16.

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Opinions: Apparently, it’s illegal to laugh at Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Justice Department. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Did you hear the one about Jeff Sessions?

I’d like to tell you, but I can’t. You see, it’s illegal to laugh at the attorney general, the man who on Tuesday morning announced that the 800,000 “dreamers” — immigrants brought here illegally as children — could soon be deported. If you were to find my Sessions jest funny, I would be an accessory to mirth.

This is no joke, because liberal activist Desiree Fairooz is now being put on trial a second time by the Justice Department — Jeff Sessions’s Justice Department — because she laughed at Sessions during his confirmation hearing. Specifically, she laughed at a line about Sessions “treating all Americans equally under the law” (which is, objectively, kind of funny).


Police asked her to leave the hearing because of her laugh. She protested and was charged. In May, a jury of her peers found her guilty of disorderly conduct and another offense (“first-degree chuckling with intent to titter” was Stephen Colbert’s sentence at the time). The judge threw out the verdict, objecting to prosecutors’ closing argument claiming that laughter alone was enough to convict her.

But at a hearing Friday, the Justice Department said it would continue to prosecute her. A new trial is scheduled for November. Maybe Sessions, repeatedly and publicly criticized by Trump, thinks Justice’s anti-laughing crackdown will protect whatever dignity he has left.

If Justice Department prosecutors are determined to go after those who laugh at Sessions, they are going to need an awfully big dragnet. Sessions’s mannerisms, the things he says and the way he says them dare you to laugh. It’s practically entrapment!

Sessions is a wiry man whose eyebrows soar and eyes bug out when he speaks. He often pecks his head forward, like a pigeon. His Alabama twang causes snobbish elites from outside the Deep South to snigger (thereby risking 30 days in prison). And some of what he says is so absurd the comedy must be deliberate.

At Tuesday’s announcement about the DACA program, Sessions explained that the protections would be rescinded after a delay (of six months) “to create a time period for Congress to act” on the dreamers. Congress acting on immigration in six months? Hilarious! You could give Congress six months to affirm that there are 13 stripes in the American flag, and Ted Cruz and the Freedom Caucus would insist on an amendment reducing the stripes to 11 to reduce the size of government. Nothing would pass.

Likewise, how do Trump and Sessions suppose they are going to deport 800,000 dreamers, many of whom have no memory of the lands they were brought from as children? Cull them in a big game of DACA, DACA, goose? Sorry, that wasn’t funny. Please don’t laugh, for your own protection.

I went to the Justice Department on Tuesday to watch the Sessions announcement, and it took strength not to commit misdemeanor mirth. Sessions had no fewer than five bodyguards — earpieces, lapel pins and menacing looks — to protect him from the credentialed press corps, more than the president uses in similar settings. He put his reading glasses on the tip of his nose, pecked his way through his written statement, mispronouncing various words, and turned to go.

NBC’s Kristen Welker and Politico’s Josh Gerstein shouted questions. Sessions didn’t answer, instead giving an awkward wave to the cameras and hastily deporting himself from the room.

It was darkly funny that Sessions thought he could banish 800,000 people, Americans in all ways but on paper, and then refuse to answer questions — just as it’s funny that he thinks people who laugh at him should be prosecuted.

But I bit my tongue. Sessions likes to prosecute journalists as well as people who laugh at his expense. To commit both crimes simultaneously might be a capital offense.

If the attorney general is going to continue doing laughable things and the Justice Department is going to keep making laughing at him a crime, we are going to need some new guidelines about which laughter is illegal (Fairooz claims her offense was “involuntary,” “reflexive” and at most a “chortle of disdain,” while others have described it as “two snorts” and a “giggle”) and a schedule of penalties.

A misdemeanor chuckle at the attorney general’s expense, for example, could be punished with up to 30 days in prison for first-time offenders. An aggravated guffaw would get you a year, and if you were to confront Sessions with a premeditated ROFLMAO, you’d be looking at 10 years, some of that in solitary listening to Sessions’s old Senate speeches. If you split your sides when you laughed at Sessions, your trial would be postponed until you were medically fit.

Of course, Sessions, as the victim of the crime, must recuse himself, and a special prosecutor for laughter must be appointed. I suggest James Comey, just for giggles.

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Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act

 

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As President Trump moves to end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, listen to a few of the 800,000 affected by the program. By A.J. CHAVAR on 
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling it an “amnesty-first approach” and urging Congress to pass a replacement before he begins phasing out its protections in six months.

As early as March, officials said, some of the 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally as children who qualify for the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will become eligible for deportation. The five-year-old policy allows them to remain without fear of immediate removal from the country and gives them the right to work legally.

Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced the change at the Justice Department, both used the aggrieved language of anti-immigrant activists, arguing that those in the country illegally are lawbreakers who hurt native-born Americans by usurping their jobs and pushing down wages.

Mr. Trump said in a statement that he was driven by a concern for “the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system.” Mr. Sessions said the program had “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.”

Protests broke out in front of the White House and the Justice Department and in cities across the country soon after Mr. Sessions’s announcement. Democrats and some Republicans, business executives, college presidents and immigration activists condemned the move as a coldhearted and shortsighted effort that was unfair to the young immigrants and could harm the economy.

“This is a sad day for our country,” Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, wrote on his personal page. “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”

Former President Barack Obama, who had warned that any threat to the program would prompt him to speak out, called his successor’s decision “wrong,” “self-defeating” and “cruel.”

“Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us,” Mr. Obama wrote on Facebook.

Both he and Mr. Trump said the onus was now on lawmakers to protect the young immigrants as part of a broader overhaul of the immigration system that would also toughen enforcement.

But despite broad and longstanding bipartisan support for measures to legalize unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children, the odds of a sweeping immigration deal in a deeply divided Congress appeared long. Legislation to protect the “dreamers” has also repeatedly died in Congress.

Just hours after the angry reaction to Mr. Trump’s decision, the president appeared to have second thoughts. In a late-evening tweet, Mr. Trump specifically called on Congress to “legalize DACA,” something his administration’s officials had declined to do earlier in the day.

Mr. Trump also warned lawmakers that if they do not legislate a program similar to the one Mr. Obama created through executive authority, he will “revisit this issue!” — a statement sure to inject more uncertainty into the ultimate fate of the young, undocumented immigrants who have been benefiting from the program since 2012.

Conservatives praised Mr. Trump’s move, though some expressed frustration that he had taken so long to rescind the program and that the gradual phaseout could mean that some immigrants retained protection from deportation until October 2019.

The White House portrayed the decision as a matter of legal necessity, given that nine Republican state attorneys general had threatened to sue to halt the program immediately if Mr. Trump did not act.

Months of internal White House debate preceded the move, as did the president’s public display of his own conflicted feelings. He once referred to DACA recipients as “incredible kids.”

The president’s wavering was reflected in a day of conflicting messages from him and his team. Hours after his statement was released, Mr. Trump told reporters that he had “great love” for the beneficiaries of the program he had just ended.

“I have a love for these people, and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly,” he said. But he notably did not endorse bipartisan legislation to codify the program’s protections, leaving it unclear whether he would back such a solution.

Mr. Trump’s aides were negotiating late into Monday evening with one another about precisely how the plan to wind down the program would be executed. Until Tuesday morning, some aides believed the president had settled on a plan that would be more generous, giving more of the program’s recipients the option to renew their protections.

But even taking into account Mr. Trump’s contradictory language, the rollout of his decision was smoother than his early moves to crack down on immigration, particularly the botched execution in January of his ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In addition to the public statement from Mr. Sessions and a White House question-and-answer session, the president was ready on Tuesday with the lengthy written statement, and officials at the Justice and Homeland Security Departments provided detailed briefings and distributed information to reporters in advance.

Mr. Trump sought to portray his move as a compassionate effort to head off the expected legal challenge that White House officials said would have forced an immediate and highly disruptive end to the program. But he also denounced the policy, saying it helped spark a “massive surge” of immigrants from Central America, some of whom went on to become members of violent gangs like MS-13. Some immigration critics contend that programs like DACA, started under Mr. Obama, encouraged Central Americans to enter the United States, hoping to stay permanently. Tens of thousands of migrants surged across America’s southern border in the summer of 2014, many of them children fleeing dangerous gangs.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, indicated that Mr. Trump would support legislation to “fix” the DACA program, as long as Congress passed it as part of a broader immigration overhaul to strengthen the border, protect American jobs and enhance enforcement.

“The president wants to see responsible immigration reform, and he wants that to be part of it,” Ms. Sanders said, referring to a permanent solution for the young immigrants. “Something needs to be done. It’s Congress’s job to do that. And we want to be part of that process.”

Later on Tuesday, Marc Short, Mr. Trump’s top legislative official, told reporters on Capitol Hill that the White House would release principles for such a plan in the coming days, input that at least one key member of Congress indicated would be crucial.

“It is important that the White House clearly outline what kind of legislation the president is willing to sign,” Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, said in a statement. “We have no time to waste on ideas that do not have the votes to pass or that the president won’t sign.”

The announcement was an effort by Mr. Trump to honor the law-and-order message of his campaign, which included a repeated pledge to end Mr. Obama’s immigration policy, while seeking to avoid the emotionally charged and politically perilous consequences of targeting a sympathetic group of immigrants.

Mr. Trump’s decision came less than two weeks after he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who drew intense criticism for his aggressive pursuit of unauthorized immigrants, which earned him a criminal contempt conviction.

The blame-averse president told a confidante over the past few days that he realized that he had gotten himself into a politically untenable position. As late as one hour before the decision was to be announced, administration officials privately expressed concern that Mr. Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, and when he discovered their full impact, would change his mind, according to a person familiar with their thinking who was not authorized to comment on it and spoke on condition of anonymity.


But ultimately, the president followed through on his campaign pledge at the urging of Mr. Sessions and other hard-line members inside his White House, including Stephen Miller, his top domestic policy adviser.

The announcement started the clock on revoking legal status from those protected under the program.

Officials said DACA recipients whose legal status expires on or before March 5 would be able to renew their two-year period of legal status as long as they apply by Oct. 5. But the announcement means that if Congress fails to act, immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children could face deportation as early as March 6 to countries where many left at such young ages that they have no memory of them.

Immigration officials said they did not intend to actively target the young immigrants as priorities for deportation, though without the program’s protection, they would be considered subject to removal from the United States and would no longer be able to work legally.

Officials said some of the young immigrants could be prevented from returning to the United States if they traveled abroad.

Immigration advocates took little comfort from the administration’s assurances, describing the president’s decision as deeply disturbing and vowing to shift their demands for protections to Capitol Hill.

Marielena Hincapié, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, called Mr. Trump’s decision “nothing short of hypocrisy, cruelty and cowardice.” Maria Praeli, a recipient of protection under the program, criticized Mr. Sessions and Mr. Trump for talking “about us as if we don’t matter and as if this isn’t our home.”

The Mexican foreign ministry issued a statement saying the “Mexican government deeply regrets” Mr. Trump’s decision.


As recently as July, Mr. Trump expressed skepticism about the prospect of a broad legislative deal.

“What I’d like to do is a comprehensive immigration plan,” he told reporters. “But our country and political forces are not ready yet.”

As for DACA, he said: “There are two sides of a story. It’s always tough.”

Maggie Haberman contributed reporting from New York.

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Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane, Heads for Puerto Rico

Ellis Cerda hangs storm shutters at Boutique Chrisnelia, a clothing shop, on Tuesday in San Juan, P.R. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Hurricane-force winds from Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, started to pummel the first Caribbean islands in its path early Wednesday morning as the mammoth Category 5 hurricane took aim at Puerto Rico and other islands.

Wind gusts around 50 miles per hour arrived in Antigua and Barbuda late Tuesday but picked up significant strength as the center of the storm swirled several dozen miles off its shores. The authorities cut off power on those islands before midnight, forcing residents to listen to the latest forecasts on transistor radios in the darkness.

Residents throughout the Caribbean scrambled on Tuesday to rush out of flood zones, stock up on the last available water, food and gas, shutter their homes and brace for what is now, and could remain, a mammoth Category 5 hurricane. On Antigua, many residents were spending the night in nearly 40 shelters set up before the storm because of concerns that their homes, even when boarded up, would topple in the destructive winds.

“We have to prepare for an event that we have never experienced here,” Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico said at a news conference earlier on Tuesday, calling the hurricane’s arrival imminent and its potential catastrophic.

Packing winds of up to 185 miles an hour, Irma threatened havoc and widespread destruction across Puerto Rico, a United States territory of 3.4 million people, the nearby island of Hispaniola (home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the United States Virgin Islands, among others. Cuba is also threatened. The storm is expected to rake or sideswipe Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

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President Trump declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, Florida and the United States Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center and Bryan Norcross, the hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel. The hurricane center said Irma had winds of up to 185 mph as it approached the Leeward Islands. There have been other storms with comparable winds in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, where the warm waters fuel particularly dangerous hurricanes.

With Harvey’s destruction still fresh on people’s minds, Florida hustled into action. Gov. Rick Scott activated the state National Guard to help with hurricane preparations and suspended tolls. The governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and spoke with President Trump, who offered “the full resources of the federal government,” Mr. Scott wrote on Twitter.

Most of the latest projections have Irma slamming into the state by Sunday, although it’s unclear where it may make landfall.

The Florida Keys, an especially vulnerable chain of islands, moved quickly to prepare for the crushing wind and its expected tidal inundation. On Wednesday, schools will be closed and mandatory evacuations will begin, county officials said. The Keys’ three hospitals started to evacuate patients on Tuesday.

Miami-Dade, the state’s largest county, announced that schools would close Thursday as officials kicked emergency plans into gear.

But it is Puerto Rico and the nearby northern Leeward islands that are expected to face Irma’s potentially catastrophic winds first. It has been nearly a century since Puerto Rico was hit by a Category 5 storm, Mr. Norcross said.

Puerto Rican officials have warned that the island’s fragile electrical grid could be shut down for days, weeks or even months in some areas. In his news conference, Mr. Rosselló and emergency officials warned that with such powerful winds expected to thrash the island, infrastructure, houses and the phone system will inevitably be damaged.

For Puerto Rico, the hurricane could not have come at a worse time. The island is deep in the throes of an economic crisis and does not have money for the long process of rebuilding.

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Shoppers stocked up on supplies at Walmart in San Juan on Tuesday. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times
“This is not going to be easy,” said Héctor Pesquera, the superintendent of public security in Puerto Rico.

Abner Gómez Cortés, the head of Puerto Rico’s emergency agency, warned that coastal zones were particular vulnerable — not so much because of rain, as with Harvey — but because of high storm surges of up to 20 feet.

On Tuesday, the lines for fast-dwindling gas, food, water and hardware were interminable and anxiety mounted. One hardware store in San Juan had been nearly picked clean by afternoon.

“This has been like this for the last three days,” said Juan Carlos Ramirez, the store manager. “We’ve sold all of the most necessary items — flashlight, batteries, plywood.”

People standing in line said one their biggest worries was the expected loss of electricity for long periods. “The infrastructure can’t cope with a hurricane,” Ashley Albelo, a shopper, said.

Outside a Sears, Maria Ruiz could not help but remember Hurricanes Hugo and George, which badly damaged Puerto Rico. “Destruction,” she said. “That is what we can expect based on past experiences, and it’s already a Category 5.’’

Similar frantic scenes played out on other nearby islands. In Antigua, southeast of Puerto Rico, many businesses were closed. Supermarkets were overrun and gas stations were packed.

Some island residents sounded stoic and battle-tested. In Guadeloupe, Coralice Line, who was attending the front desk at the Le Creole Beach Hotel & Spa, said she was not particularly distressed. “We are not too worried because we are accustomed to it,” she said by phone from the hotel. “Hurricanes are part of life in the Caribbean islands.”

At the Sugar Bay Club hotel in St. Kitts and Nevis, Ophelia Gardiner, the front-desk supervisor, said that while some guests had fled the island on an American Airlines flight, others had decided to stay and ride out the storm.

“Everything is boarded up and put away and all we have to do is wait and see what happens,” Ms. Gardiner said. She laughed nervously. “I don’t know how you can prepare for a hurricane of that magnitude but we’re doing our best.”

In Miami-Dade County, which is still haunted by the ferocity and wreckage of Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm, residents worried and began to prepare earlier than usual. For some, a sense of panic began to set in. Many hotels across Florida had already been booked for the weekend by hurricane-wary residents. Most stores had run out of water, flashlights and other key supplies. Gas stations ran out of fuel.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas also weighed heavily on people’s minds.

“I think because of Texas, people are freaking out,” said Yoseyn Ramos, 24, a Miami resident who said she was worried because she could not find gas anywhere.

In Brickell, a Miami neighborhood that abuts both the Atlantic and the Miami River, Lucas Mattout, 22, was dashing around Publix supermarket looking for water. “They are all sold out,” he said. “Of course, with Harvey, no one wants to take a chance.”

Every storm, though, has its rebels. Jose Fonseca, 52, a Coral Gables resident who works at the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key, said he had not done or bought anything to prepare for the storm.

“I think people are panicking because of the news from Texas day after day,” he said. “I will buy some water.” Then, he added, “And some beer of course.”

Ivelisse Rivera reported from San Juan, and Lizette Alvarez from Miami. Reporting was contributed by Marc Santora and Frances Robles from Miami, Kirk Semple and Paulina Villegas from Mexico City, Carl Joseph in Antigua, and Niraj Chokshi and Matthew Haag from New York.

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Tour of Alberta: Huffman wins the overall as Wippert takes final stage

After a chaotic and dramatic day of racing in Edmonton, Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) finished safely in the bunch to seal the overall victory at the 2017 Tour of Alberta, while Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac) took his second stage win of the week and the third win for the green argyle team.

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Wippert, who also won the stage 2 sprint in Spruce Grove, took out the bunch sprint in downtown Edmonton ahead of Holowesko-Citadel's John Murphy and Rally's Colin Joyce after the peloton caught final breakaway rider Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally) inside the final kilometre.

"When we started the last lap it looked like the break was done, then he attacked and got a pretty big gap," Wippert said in the post-race press conference. "We heard on the radio, 'Go, go, go – it's now or you're going to be too late.'

"We started with the team going pretty full gas," Wippert continued. "I was a little bit worried that we would run out of people, but everyone did 300 or 400 metres more than they were suppose to do, and that’s how we ended up pretty comfortable with three guys in the last 500 metres."

Kristijan Koren led Wippert through the final right-hand corner with about 500 metres to go, and then stage 3 winner Alex Howes took over as the last man, dropping off Wippert with a head of steam at 300 metres and finishing fourth himself.

"When you get dropped off with that much speed in the last 300 metres – you still have to sprint, but it makes it a lot easier with such good teamwork," said Cannondale's Dutch fastman.

For Huffman, the overall win was the crescendo of a season that has seen unparalleled success for himself and for his team.

"I don't know what's better, two wins in California or the overall here," said Huffman, who won stages 4 and 7 at the WorldTour Amgen Tour of California in May. "I guess I'll let someone else be the judge of that. But this is the biggest GC win, for sure. Earlier this year Tour of the Gila was the biggest before this, so I've just really shown a lot of progression in a short amount of time over the last two years with this team."

How it unfolded

Monday's 124.1km final stage in Edmonton consisted of 11 laps around a 11.3km urban circuit in the city centre. The route has been used for the final day of the race since 2014, when Daryl Impey used a 10-second time bonus at the finish to jump past Tom Dumoulin by one second to take the overall win.

Time bonuses were up for grabs again on Monday, with two intermediate sprints at the end of laps four and eight offering bonuses of three, two and one second to the top three. Bonuses of 10, six and four seconds were up for grabs at the finish. The Hilly, technical route also included three KOMs on laps three, six and nine.

A group of six readers slipped away from the field on the opening lap, with Ty Magner (Holowesko-Citadel), Alex Cowan (Silber Pro Cycling), Nigel Ellsay (Silber Pro Cycling), Connor Brown (Elevate-KHS), Felix Cote-Bouvette (Garneau-Quebecor) and Oliver Evans (H&R Block) gaining a slight advantage.

A chase group of six riders escaped the field on lap 2 and was able to bridge to the leaders just before the end of the loop. Rob Britton (Rally Cycling), Joe Lewis (Holowesko-Citadel), Lachlan Norris (UnitedHealthcare), Josh Berry (Jelly Belly-Maxxis), Taylor Shelden (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) and Weimer Alfanso Roldan (Medellin-Inder) joined the initial escapees to form a new lead group of 12.

Britton, who started the day eighth overall at 42 seconds, was the best-placed rider in the group, and when the advantage went up to 1:05 on lap three, he was the virtual leader on the road.

With a newly comprised group up the road, another chase formed during lap three that consisted of four riders. The new chase group included Robigzon Oyola (Medellin-Inder), Olivier Brisebois (Garneau-Quebecor), Laurent Gervais (Aevolo) and Zeke Mostov (Aevolo).

The chase hung out in no-man's land for most of the third and fourth laps, and then connected with the leaders to form a new front group of 16 with a 1:05 gap on the field, where Huffman's team was on patrol. Huffman's teammate Britton was still the highest-placed rider in the move and continued to be the virtual race leader.

The gap came down to less than a minute during the seventh lap as Rally, followed in the field by Cannondale, Unitedhealthcare and Holowesko, kept the breakaway in check.

Chaos struck the peloton on lap eight when Kuss touched wheels with a teammate and hit the deck on a slight incline. The disruption allowed another group of six to peel away from the field, although by that time the breakaway's advantage was down to just 20 seconds. Kuss quickly remounted and was back in the field, but the crash and subsequent disruption caused chaos all over the course.

As the field inched closer and close to the breakaway, the new chase of six closed in the leaders. In the new chase were Travis McCabe (UnitedHealthcare), Matteo Dal-Cin (Rally Cycling), Adam Roberge (Silber), Cesar Parades (Medellin-Inder) and James Piccoli (Elevate-KHS).

Meanwhile in the breakaway, Britton joined UnitedHealthcare's Norris in attacking the move and gaining a small gap. Magner, Shelden and Ellsay bridged to the lead duo to form a lead group of five. The remnants of the former break continued to chase in no-man's land, while the field was one minute back.

The new lead group had four riders within a minute of Huffman's overall lead, with Britton starting the day 42 seconds back, Ellsay at 47, Norris at 55 and Shelden at 55.

The first chase group, which now consisted of 14 riders, caught the leaders to make a front group of 19, while the field lingered 45 seconds back with two laps remaining. With its podium places in danger, Cannondale started contributing to the chase. Riders began dropping out of the breakaway until the front group was down to 14, while the field had whittled their lead down to 25 seconds.

Elevate's Piccoli, who started the day just 44 seconds down, attacked the breakaway and was joined by Dal-Cin, who was 50 seconds down. The duo opened a slight lead over their former breakaway companions, while the field continued to close down the gap.

All the drama of the stage was nullified on the final lap when the field caught the breakaway. Dal-Cin wasn't finished adventuring off the front, however, as the Canadian road champion attacked again and took a small gap. Cannondale recognised the threat to their GC podium spots, and took to the front to reel in Dal-Cin, who had 15 seconds midway through the final lap.

Dal-Cin had 10 seconds over the field with 2km to go, and Cannondale brought five riders to the front to pick up the chase. The gap was quickly cut in half, and Dal-Cin succumbed just inside 1km to go.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 2:46:27
2 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
3 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
4 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
5 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
6 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo
7 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
8 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
9 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
10 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
11 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
12 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling
13 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Medellin-Inder
14 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
15 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo
16 Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo
17 Christopher Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
18 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling
19 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
20 Luis Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) Aevolo
21 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
22 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Medellin-Inder
23 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling
24 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
25 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
26 César Nicolas Paredes Avellaneda (Col) Medellin-Inder
27 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau - Québecor
28 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
29 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
30 Ryan MacAnally (Aus) H&R Block Pro Cycling
31 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
32 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
33 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac
34 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
35 Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau - Québecor
36 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
37 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
38 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
39 Brendam Rhim (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
40 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau - Québecor
41 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:10
42 Émile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:14
43 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:00:16
44 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
45 Cyrus Monk (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:26
46 Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:00:30
47 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:00:40
48 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:47
49 Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) Medellin-Inder
50 Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:00:51
51 Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:00:56
52 Eduardo Estrada Celis (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:01:50
53 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:02:06
54 Brian McCulloch (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
55 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor
56 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:02:08
57 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:02:11
58 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
59 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:02:33
60 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:05:04
61 TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
62 Jason Saltzman (USA) Aevolo 0:05:20
63 Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
64 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
65 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:05:39
66 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:05:50
67 Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling 0:06:15
68 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling
69 Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling
70 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
71 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
72 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 0:07:06
73 Zeke Mostov (USA) Aevolo
74 Jokin Etxabe Leturia (Spa) Aevolo
75 Joe Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:08:01
76 Tyler Magner (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
DNF Nicholas Torraca (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
DNF Felix Coté Bouvette (Can) Garneau - Québecor
DNF Jean Simon D'Anjou (Can) Garneau - Québecor
Sprint 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5 pts
2 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 3
3 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 1
Sprint 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 5 pts
2 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 3
3 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 1
KOM 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 10 pts
2 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 9
3 Joe Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 7
4 Tyler Magner (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 6
5 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5
6 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 4
7 Felix Coté Bouvette (Can) Garneau - Québecor 2
KOM 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 10 pts
2 Felix Coté Bouvette (Can) Garneau - Québecor 9
3 Zeke Mostov (USA) Aevolo 7
4 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6
5 Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) Medellin-Inder 5
6 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 4
7 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 2
KOM 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tyler Magner (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 10 pts
2 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 9
3 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7
4 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 6
5 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 5
6 Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) Medellin-Inder 4
7 Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Medellin-Inder 2
Young riders
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 2:46:27
2 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo
3 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo
4 Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo
5 Luis Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) Aevolo
6 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
7 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
8 Brendam Rhim (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear
9 Cyrus Monk (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:26
10 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:47
11 Eduardo Estrada Celis (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:01:50
12 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:02:06
13 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor
14 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:02:11
15 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:05:04
16 Jason Saltzman (USA) Aevolo 0:05:20
17 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
18 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:05:50
19 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:06:15
20 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 0:07:06
21 Zeke Mostov (USA) Aevolo
Canadian riders
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 2:46:27
2 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo
3 Christopher Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling
4 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling
5 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau - Québecor
6 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
7 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
8 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling
9 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
10 Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau - Québecor
11 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
12 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau - Québecor
13 Émile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:14
14 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:00:40
15 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:47
16 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:02:06
17 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor
18 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:02:11
19 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
20 Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:05:20
21 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
22 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:05:50
23 Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 0:06:15
24 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling
25 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 0:07:06
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cannondale-Drapac 8:19:21
2 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
3 Rally Cycling
4 Aevolo
5 Medellin - Inder
6 Elevate - Khs Pro Cycling
7 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
8 Garneau Québecor
9 Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:14
10 Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:00:16
11 H&R Block Pro Cycling Team 0:00:40
Final General Classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 12:00:55
2 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:18
3 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:31
4 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
5 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:00:33
6 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo 0:00:35
7 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:36
8 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 0:00:41
9 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:00:50
10 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:51
11 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling 0:00:53
12 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
13 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Medellin-Inder 0:00:56
14 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:58
15 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team
16 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:01:01
17 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:01:04
18 César Nicolas Paredes Avellaneda (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:01:10
19 Luis Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) Aevolo 0:01:12
20 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:02:27
21 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac 0:03:03
22 Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:03:13
23 Christopher Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:03:16
24 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:03:26
25 Brendam Rhim (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:03:31
26 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:03:41
27 Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:05:09
28 Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:05:33
29 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:05:50
30 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:06:10
31 Janier Acevedo (Col) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:06:37
32 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:07:28
33 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:07:36
34 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:07:48
35 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:08:11
36 TJ Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:08:15
37 Cyrus Monk (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 0:09:16
38 Eduardo Estrada Celis (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:09:52
39 Zeke Mostov (USA) Aevolo 0:09:55
40 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:10:09
41 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:10:13
42 Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 0:10:19
43 Ulises Alfredo Castillo Soto (Mex) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:10:22
44 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:10:51
45 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:11:09
46 Joe Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:12:04
47 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:12:18
48 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:12:26
49 Jokin Etxabe Leturia (Spa) Aevolo 0:12:53
50 Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:13:14
51 Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:13:40
52 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 0:14:55
53 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:15:01
54 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo
55 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
56 Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau - Québecor
57 Ryan MacAnally (Aus) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:15:24
58 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:15:33
59 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 0:16:00
60 Jason Saltzman (USA) Aevolo 0:16:23
61 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:16:48
62 Jure Rupnik (Slo) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:17:11
63 Émile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:17:16
64 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:18:24
65 Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 0:18:39
66 Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 0:18:42
67 Michael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:18:49
68 Brian McCulloch (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:18:57
69 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:19:17
70 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:20:16
71 Danny Pate (USA) Rally Cycling 0:20:42
72 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:21:16
73 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:21:48
74 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:22:00
75 Jesse Anthony (USA) Rally Cycling 0:24:19
76 Tyler Magner (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:25:29
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 42 pts
2 John Murphy (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 31
3 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 27
4 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 24
5 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 20
6 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 15
7 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo 14
8 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 12
9 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 11
10 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 11
11 Ryan MacAnally (Aus) H&R Block Pro Cycling 10
12 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 9
13 Tanner Putt (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 9
14 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 8
15 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 7
16 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 7
17 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 7
18 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo 6
19 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 6
20 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 5
21 Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau - Québecor 5
22 Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) Medellin-Inder 4
23 Joe Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 4
24 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Medellin-Inder 3
25 Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Medellin-Inder 3
26 Eduardo Estrada Celis (Col) Medellin-Inder 3
27 Daniel Eaton (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 3
28 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 3
29 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 2
30 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 1
31 Eder Frayre Moctezuma (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 1
32 Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 1
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 27 pts
2 Zeke Mostov (USA) Aevolo 25
3 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling 24
4 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac 22
5 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 18
6 Tyler Magner (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 16
7 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 16
8 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 15
9 Joe Lewis (Aus) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 14
10 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 13
11 Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 12
12 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 11
13 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 11
14 Evan Huffman (USA) Rally Cycling 10
15 Travis McCabe (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 10
16 Eduardo Estrada Celis (Col) Medellin-Inder 10
17 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 9
18 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 9
19 Lachlan Norris (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 9
20 Weimar Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Col) Medellin-Inder 9
21 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 7
22 Josh Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 6
23 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 6
24 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo 5
25 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 5
26 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 4
27 Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling 2
28 Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Medellin-Inder 2
29 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 2
30 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 2
31 Brian McCulloch (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 2
Young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo 12:01:30
2 Luis Villalobos Hernandez (Mex) Aevolo 0:00:37
3 Brendam Rhim (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:02:56
4 Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:03:06
5 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:07:36
6 Cyrus Monk (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac 0:08:41
7 Eduardo Estrada Celis (Col) Medellin-Inder 0:09:17
8 Zeke Mostov (USA) Aevolo 0:09:20
9 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:09:34
10 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:09:38
11 Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo 0:09:44
12 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:10:16
13 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:14:26
14 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo
15 Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (Mex) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
16 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:14:58
17 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 0:15:25
18 Jason Saltzman (USA) Aevolo 0:15:48
19 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:16:13
20 Connor Brown (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:20:41
21 Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko-Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:21:25
Canadian rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo 12:01:30
2 Rob Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 0:00:06
3 James Piccoli (Can) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling 0:00:15
4 Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:00:16
5 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling 0:00:18
6 Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:26
7 Alexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:01:52
8 Christopher Prendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:02:41
9 Oliver Evans (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:07:36
10 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:09:34
11 Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:09:38
12 Adam Roberge (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:10:16
13 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:10:34
14 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau - Québecor 0:11:43
15 Alexis Cartier (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:12:39
16 Pier-André Coté (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:14:26
17 Elliott Doyle (Can) Garneau - Québecor
18 Nick Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:14:58
19 Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo 0:15:25
20 Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:16:13
21 Émile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:16:41
22 Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:17:49
23 Adam De Vos (Can) Rally Cycling 0:18:04
24 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling 0:19:41
25 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling 0:21:13
Team classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rally Cycling 36:03:50
2 UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team 0:01:24
3 Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:01:41
4 Cannondale-Drapac 0:02:50
5 Aevolo 0:03:31
6 Medellin - Inder 0:03:34
7 Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear 0:07:26
8 Silber Pro Cycling 0:08:18
9 H&R Block Pro Cycling Team 0:13:09
10 Elevate - Khs Pro Cycling 0:22:34
11 Garneau Québecor 0:24:50

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Mac Cardona felt ‘like a rookie’ in PBA comeback

Rey Joble, InterAksyon
Comebacking player Mac Cardona admitted that he felt “like a rookie” when he stepped onto the PBA court for the first time in over a year.

“The Captain Hook” made his PBA return on Sunday, scoring four points and two rebounds in eight minutes of play for the GlobalPort Batang Pier in a 109-99 Oppo Governors’ Cup loss to the NLEX Road Warriors.

“Kinikilabutan nga ako ngayon feeling ko parang nasa UAAP ulit ako,” the former La Salle star said. “Nawala man ako ng isang taon, nakapagpahinga ako tapos ngayong pagbalik ko excited na excited ako ulit maglaro.

“Parang rookie ulit yung pakiramdam ko. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang itsura ko sa court basta masaya lang ulit ako na nakabalik.”

The former BPC and Finals MVP winner was hospitalized last year due to drug overdose. After taking time off basketball, he resurfaced last July in a short stint with Zark’s Burgers in the PBA D-League.

He then got a shot at a PBA return thanks to GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren, his former mentor at La Salle.

“Si Coach Franz parang tatay-tatayan ko na yan. Nung binisita niya ako sa hospital dati sinabihan niya ako, kapag ready ka na ulit mag-basketball sabihin mo lang sa akin,” Cardona said.

“After ng nangyari sa akin last year, di ko inexpect na may kukuha pa sa akin.”

Cardona said he isn’t looking at his past anymore: “Naka-move on na ako sa lahat. Looking forward. Nagdadasal na lang ako.”

He also revealed that his former collegiate rival Paul Tanchi who once played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles is now helping him pick up the pieces and move forward.

“Ang mentor ko sa simbahan si Paul Tanchi. Hindi ko ini-expect na siya yung magiging adviser ko,” added Cardona.

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Justin Brownlee braces for more free throw sessions after Ginebra’s struggles in Manila Clasico

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Despite getting the win, Justin Brownlee rued Barangay Ginebra’s missed free throws in their Manila Clasico encounter against the Star Hotshots in the Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.

The Gin Kings missed a total of 18 free throws out of their 30 attempts. Still, they managed to escape with a 105-101 overtime win.

Brownlee said he expects the team to undergo free throw refreshers in the team’s upcoming practices.

“We missed, I don’t know, how many free throws? I’m sure over this week coming up we’re going to spend a lot of time shooting. If we don’t make it, we’re gonna be running,” Brownlee said.

With the win, the defending champions nailed their sixth straight victory to improve to 6-1 and grab the top spot in the team standings.

The Gin Kings are now in a good position to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs, something which Brownlee doesn’t want to think about right now.

“We don’t want to go too far ahead of us. But if we keep going the way we’re going now, we’ll put ourselves in a great position to make a run for it,” Brownlee said.

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House gives ERC measly budget of P1,000 for 2018

Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Jose Vicente B. Salazar (center), shown in the agency’s website photo with Commissioners Geronimo D. Sta. Ana, Alfredo J. Non, Gloria Victoria C. Yap-Taruc and Josefina Patricia M. Asirit


A P1,000 budget.
This is the 2018 appropriation approved by the House of Representatives for the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), wracked with corruption allegations, during the plenary debates on Tuesday.
ERC got a measly P1,000 for its budget even as it proposed a P365-million allocation for the year 2018, inclusive of P14.047 million retirement and life insurance.
The budget sponsor Zamboanga City Rep. Celso Lobregat moved for the approval of a mere P1,000 budget for the ERC, which was beset with controversies since the suicide of its director Francisco Jose “Jun” Villa Jr. who exposed corruption in the commission in his suicide letter.
“Mr. Speaker, I am here to sponsor the budget of the ERC, and we are sponsoring a budget of P1,000 for the ERC for the year 2018,” Lobregat said
“Is the gentleman moving for the scrapping of the whole budget of the ERC,” Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza asked during the plenary debate.
A smiling Lobregat said: “No, I’m moving for P1,000.”
“Only for P1,000, the minority is very proud to be part of that motion. We support it,” Atienza said in seconding Lobregat’s motion.
At the sidelines of the plenary debate, Lobregat said the House approved a measly budget for the ERC, upon the instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for the ERC to clean up its act following allegations of corruption in the commission.
“I think that would send a very strong message that the House of Representatives really wants the problems in ERC fixed… Yun talaga ang ina-ano ni Speaker that he wants to send a very, very strong message. And it has been a very long time since Congress has approved a one peso or equivalent to 1,000 peso budget for any agency,” Lobregat said.

ERC chairperson Jose Vicente Salazar, who was sued by his colleagues before the Civil Service Commission for dishonesty, oppression and grave misconduct, was mentioned in Villa’s suicide letter as being behind an alleged rigged infomercial project.
The ERC commissioners also face Ombudsman complaints for their alleged lavish travels abroad.
In a separate interview, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said the approval of a P1,000 budget sends a “strong message” to the ERC, which was investigated by the lower House for alleged rigged contracts and selective power supply agreements.
Zarate said the message was to call for a revamp within the ERC, which faces a “cloud of doubt” because of the strained ties between Salazar and the rest of the commissioners.
“It’s a strong message from the House. If the ERC as a regulatory body, ganun ang issues na nangyayari, may problema sila sa loob… Probably, kailangan may mangyaring cleansing sa ERC (those were the issues happening, there is an internal problem… Probably, an internal cleansing should happen),” Zarate said.
Zarate and Lobregat said the ERC may reconsider the P1,000 budget during the bicameral conference if it cleans up its ranks.
Despite several complaints filed against him, Salazar has refused to resign from his post despite a warning from President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
The National Bureau of Investigation has also filed graft raps before the Ombudsman against Salazar in connection with the rigged contract for the ERC informercial project. JPV

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