#RIPMamba: Celebrities, fans pay tribute to Kobe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2020   •   802

Celebrities and fans of Kobe Bryant took to the internet to express their shock and grief at the sudden loss of the 41-year-old Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna who died in a helicopter accident on Sunday (January 26).

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My heart hurts writing this…Still remember watching your early morning workout in LA in 96′ just before your 1st Laker press conference. Was fortunate enough down the road to compete on the same court as you in Manila 11′. And even later sharing conversations with you during your Nike trips here, the last being you meeting my son and us laughing about being parents now….Always had the utmost respect for your work ethic, incredible will, and just relentless pursuit to be a CHAMPION. It served as daily inspiration for me throughout my career, and even now making the transition into coaching. My deepest prayers condolences go out to your family and loved ones. You left an indelible mark on my life, and millions of others…You will be missed…🙏💔🐍 #RIPKobe #RIPGigi #Legend #Icon #Mamba#GoneTooSon #HugYourLovedOnes

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Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr’s account over COVID-19 video

UNTV News   •   July 29, 2020

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday (July 28) it had restricted Donald Trump Jr.’s ability to tweet from his account for 12 hours after a tweet he had posted violated the social media site’s misinformation policy on COVID-19.

The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump had posted a video on Monday of doctors talking about the drug hydroxychloroquine, that was removed by Twitter.

The video was also taken down by Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc-owned YouTube after racking up millions of views, for breaking their rules on COVID-19 misinformation.

President Trump also retweeted posts late on Monday containing a link to the misleading video and accusing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Democrats of suppressing the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat the novel coronavirus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month revoked its emergency-use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, after several studies cast doubt on its effectiveness. Trump has regularly touted the drug and said he has used it himself.

In the misleading video, doctors touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 and also discounted the need for face masks amid the pandemic. An article by right-wing news site Breitbart News, which posted the video, included a screenshot counting 17 million video views on Facebook before it was taken down. (Reuters)

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Trump questions mail-in ballots, Twitter fact-checks

UNTV News   •   May 27, 2020

Twitter on Tuesday (May 26) for the first time prompted readers to check the facts in tweets sent by U.S. President Donald Trump, warning his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact-checkers.

In a tweet responding to the company’s move, Trump accused the company of interfering in the 2020 presidential election. “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” he said.

Trump on Tuesday also said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper needs to decide within a week whether the Republican National Convention can take place with full attendance in North Carolina in late August as planned.

“We need a fast decision from the governor,” Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden news conference on negotiations with pharmaceutical companies over insulin for U.S. seniors on Medicare. “If he feels that he’s not going to do it, all he has to do is tell us and then we’ll have to pick another location, and I will tell you a lot of locations want it.”

The convention is set to start on August 24 in Charlotte.

In the news conference, Trump also repeated his claims that mail-in ballots would lead to fraud.

Earlier in the day, Twitter placed a notification fact-checking Trump’s tweets claiming that mail-in ballots will be “substantially fraudulent” and result in a “rigged election.”

The notification, which displays a blue exclamation mark underneath the tweets, prompts readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots” and directs them to a page with news articles and information from fact-checkers debunking the claim. (Reuters)

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Celebrity team wins vs PBA legends in Wish Olympics basketball exhibition game

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

PBA Legend Johnny Abarrientos displays his vintage moves during the first Wish Olympics against the selection of movie and television celebrities. Also in the picture are Axel Torres, Gerrard Acao, Rayver Cruz and Young JV.

With only a point advantage, the Celebrity team secured a win against the PBA Legends in the first Wish Olympics at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday (February 23).

It rained three-point shots, courtesy of Axel Torres, during the last quarter which led the Celebrity team in a double-digit advantage.

The PBA Legends hustled to catch up until Cris Calaguio secured a three-point shot with only 8.5 seconds remaining, tallying the score to 102-101. However, the team fell short and the Celebrity team took the win.

Young JV of Team Celebrity takes off for a layup in front of PNP Responders’ Mariano Flormata Jr.

Celebrity team’s Rayver Cruz scored 23 points while Axel Torres and Young JV both scored 17 points.

Allan Caidic led the PBA Legends team with 25 points. Julius Casaysayan and Chris Calaguio secured 12 points. Jayjay Helterbrand, meanwhile, scored 11 points.

All players from both teams were grateful to be part of the first Wish Olympics.

“Nakakatuwa lang kasi different kind of way naman para makatulong. Mage-enjoy lahat ng tao, lahat ng manonood at the same time makakatulong pa ang galing (It is really fun because this is a different way to help. Everyone, all the viewers will enjoy and at the same time, there is charity. It is nice).”—Rayver Cruz

“So, for us sa mga players, mga athletes, mga actors we’re so blessed na nabigyan kami ulit ng opportunity na makatulong (we were given the opportunity to help).”—Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos

“I just wanna give shout out to Wish Olympics and UNTV for organizing such a great cause. Alam naman natin na ang nangyari sa Taal (We know what happened in Taal) is very serious and to do something like this to benefit the people affected is such a great cause.”—Jayjay Helterbrand

The Wish Olympics was organized by Wish 107.5, to raise funds for affected families of the Taal Volcano eruption.

It featured volleyball and basketball exhibition games participated by OPM acts, local celebrities, and sports figures including notable PBA legends and UNTV Cup players. —AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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