De Ocampo retires from international competition

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MANILA, Philippines – Veteran campaigner Ranidel De Ocampo retired from international basketball following Gilas Pilipinas’ elimination in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

De Ocampo, a mainstay of the Gilas team, averaged only eight minutes per game in the Philippines’ two matches in the Olympic qualifier, and scored three points to go along with two rebounds and one assist throughout the tournament.

In their must-win contest against New Zealand on Wednesday night, De Ocampo played for just one minute, sent in late in the fourth quarter as a substitute for Andray Blatche. The Filipinos lost, 80-89, and were eliminated from semifinals contention.

“Maraming salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta sa Gilas,” De Ocampo tweeted after the game. “I officially announce my goodbye of playing in Gilas Pilipinas Basketball!”

De Ocampo told reporters after the game that his diminished playing time and contribution was clearly a sign that he needs to step away from the national team and let the younger guys take his place.
“Sa tingin ko ito na talaga yung sign na kailangan ko na talagang magpahinga sa Gilas kasi hindi na rin ako masyadong nakakalaro tapos kaunti na lang yung minuto,” he said. “At the same time marami na rin mga bagong player na pwede na maglaro.”
De Ocampo, a crucial member of the 2013 Gilas squad that finished second in the FIBA Asia Championships, said he will always be proud of what he has given to the national team.
“Habang-buhay ko ‘tong ite-treasure at ipagmamalaki,” he said. “Sobrang proud ako doon.”

He is hopeful that the Gilas program will continue to progress, as long as it receives support from the Filipinos, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, and the government.
“Sa tingin ko Gilas is in good hands pa rin,” he said. “Tuloy lang yung programa, gumawa lang ng paraan, at mas magandang programa pa. Sa tingin ko mas magi-improve pa yan.”


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Pokemon Go stirs PH fans on social media

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MANILA — If for the last two days you’ve been wondering why there’s a sudden spike in social media discussions about certain cute anime related topic, it’s because of one game: Pokémon Go.

And before you scoff at the idea, a Pokémon game for smartphones and tablet has been one of the most anticipated products of this immensely popular franchise among its huge fan base in like, forever.

Pokémon Go, developed by US-based developer Niantic, Inc., is a video game for Android and iOS devices wherein players can capture, train, battle, and trade Pokémon characters.

It is similar to other video game incarnations as players are encouraged to collect (or rather capture) as many Pokémon as possible, which explains its tagline “Gotta catch ‘em all.”

However, the gameplay is enhanced with augmented reality, which is a function of many mobile devices with digital cameras. Players would use their cameras to “see” a wild Pokémon in the real world and try to capture it throwing a digital Poké Ball from the screen towards the creature.

The app developer said that wild Pokémon will be found in real-world locations, which means players have to visit these places to make their capture. In addition to capturing, players can form teams and have their Pokémon battle in “gyms,” which can also be found in real world locations.

In effect, Pokémon Go is really how Pokémon was designed to be played — travel around the world to find Pokémon and do battle with other players.

The game is already launched in select countries like Australia, the US, New Zealand, and Japan. However, it has yet to be made available to Android and iOS device owners in the Philippines.

Still, the anticipation in the Philippines is palpable. Already, on Twitter, the hashtag #PokemonGoLocationPH is trending as Filipino fans of the series anticipate the availability of the game.


Duterte has decided to stay in Bahay Pangarap!


From a reluctant candidate, to a reluctant Palace occupant.

After saying he was spooked by reported ghost sightings in Malacañang, President Duterte has decided to move into Bahay Pangarap which his predecessor, former President Benigno Aquino III, used during his six-year term.

And like its previous resident, the new occupant of the bungalow structure facing Pasig River will stay there by his lonesome, as members of his immediate family are staying put in Davao City.

A senior Malacañang official on Wednesday said Mr. Duterte had decided to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence in Manila after staying in various hotels in the metropolis since he was sworn into office on June 30.

The source, who agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, said the President’s new home was now undergoing repairs in time for his transfer.

“It’s now being cleaned up. President Duterte will move in probably by next week,” the Palace official said.

Simple person

Christopher “Bong” Go, newly appointed head of the Presidential Management Staff, confirmed as much in a text message to on Wednesday.

“He actually prefers a smaller and much simpler place. The President is a very simple person,” Go added.

The Palace source said President Duterte would still fly home to Davao City every weekend as he had previously disclosed to the media.

The President will be living on his own, the source said, adding that the Duterte children are all living in Davao.

“His youngest daughter is still studying in Davao,” he added.

Asked if new furniture would be brought in for Mr. Duterte’s new home, the source said there was no need for it. “Only new curtains will be installed,” he said.

“As I have said, the President is a very simple guy. A simple place is OK with him,” the source added.

Formal dinners

 In 2010, then President  Aquino  chose to stay in the prewar era structure and became the first Philippine President to make Bahay Pangarap his official residence.

Previous Presidents have used the structure for formal dinners and other social functions, with then First Lady Evangeline Macapagal renaming it Bahay Pangarap in the 1960s.

Located near the presidential golf course, Bahay Pangarap was renovated in 2010 when Mr. Aquino moved in.

It retained its art deco look but was refurbished with the addition of three bedrooms to the existing master bedroom. It has been described as having a “resort ambience,” complete with a swimming pool and a Balinese-style garden.

Bahay Pangarap was built before World War II as a recreational retreat inside Malacañang Park. The prewar park had a rest house, a recreation hall, putting green, stables and tennis courts.

Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino lived at the Arlegui Mansion but held office at Malacañang’s Premier Guest House.

Fidel V. Ramos also lived in Arlegui and held office in the Palace.

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PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa got emotional in meeting 3 of the 5 convicted police generals.

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All five generals—Police Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot—are Dela Rosa’s upperclassmen by four years at the Philippine Military Academy.

On Wednesday morning, Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz met with Dela Rosa in his office at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Also present in the meeting were representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Police Commission (Napolcom). It lasted for less than an hour.

Pressed to describe the mood during the meeting, Dela Rosa said: “It was very intimate. Don’t ask anymore. I might cry here.”

“Our meeting was purely intimate and personal. I cannot discuss it in public. (But) my advice to them is face the music,” Dela Rosa said in a press conference after the meeting.

Dela Rosa’s spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, who witnessed the meeting, said there was no tense moment but the officers broke down in tears as they spoke with Dela Rosa.

“It was quiet. Mabigat. Syempre naiintindihan namin na hindi sila basta-bastang naging heneral. It’s normal, human emotion na dumadaan sa pagsubok na maramdaman ang ganito,” he said.

(It was quiet. It was a difficult situation. Of course, we understand that they did not become generals just out of nowhere. It’s normal, human emotion for them to feel that way as they go through this ordeal.)

Duterte on Tuesday identified Pagdilao, Tinio, Diaz, Loot and Garbo as the police generals who were coddling drug lords in their areas of assignment.

Duterte dropped the bombshell during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force. He also announced the relief of the active generals and ordered the police investigating body to launch a probe on their alleged involvement in drugs.

All generals vehemently denied Duterte’s claim, saying the President was fed with wrong information.

Dela Rosa said he assured the police officials that they will be accorded an impartial investigation.

“I gave them the assurance na kahit na upperclass ko sila (that even if they are my upperclassmen), I am their father right now. As the father, I have to look for their welfare,” he said. IDL

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11 cops test positive for drugs in Philippines


MANILA (UPDATED) – A total of 11 police personnel tested positive for illegal drug use in an unannounced random drug testing conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory over the weekend.
Newly-installed PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa ordered a surprise drug test during his first command conference in Camp Crame in Quezon City. The PNP chief earlier said he was alarmed over the findings of the initial test.
All 75 generals in attendance were tested.
The PNP said a total of 2,405 personnel from the national headquarters, regional police offices and police districts took the random drug testing over the weekend.
The test yielded negative results on 2,394 urine samples submitted for analysis. However, 11 samples yielded positive results. These specimens will be subject to further confirmatory test for presence of methamphetamine and THC metabolite.
“Nakakahiya, nakakagalit, nakakasuklam. Anong klaseng mga tauhan mo? Kayo tagapagpatupad sa batas tapos kayo ang nagba-violate. Kayo mismo ang drug addict! They don’t deserve another day in office,” Dela Rosa said.

He said those found positive for drug use would be pre-charged, investigated and ultimately dismissed from service.
“Two to three days ang confirmatory, then pre-charge is mabilis ‘yan. Basta I make it sure na mabilis,” he added.
Last Friday, the PNP chief issued a 48-hour deadline for police protectors of drug rings to surrender or face the merciless war on narcotics.
He particularly zeroed in on policemen from Metro Manila who boast about being “ninjas” or recycle illegal drugs.
Dela Rosa said Monday that none of the 20 ninja policemen have surrendered so far.
“Hindi naman lahat drugs ang involvement, mayroon din iba diyan na patong sa ibang sindikato na kailangan nating bigyan ng pansin,” he said.

READ: Crooked cops snub 48-hour deadline to surrender
Asked about what he plans to do with the drug-tainted personnel, he said: “I will send them to Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi to fight the Abu Sayyaf.”
Dela Rosa also clarified that these officers do not include the three high-ranking police officials whom President Rodrigo Duterte earlier accused of having links with the drug trade.
In his first flag raising ceremony speech, Dela Rosa called on the PNP to get their acts together as internal cleansing of the organization is underway.
He also issued a stern warning to police personnel who are moonlighting and playing golf while on duty. “Instruction ko na bawal mag-golf during office hours. Pag nilabag nila mananagot sila sa akin. Hintayin ninyo, basta mayroong punishment na darating diyan. May darating.”
He also prohibited police personnel from engaging in cockfights and gambling in casinos.


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