SAP Bong Go’s 47 pts carry Malacañang-PSC to 2nd UNTV Cup Off-season win

UNTV News   •   June 25, 2018   •   5640

Special Assistant to President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go escapes his defender through the screen provided by his teammate COL Nestor Herico (#19) during the game between the Malacañang-PSC Kamao and AFP Cavaliers on June 24, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

 

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong Go” exploded anew with 47 pts last Sunday, toppling his previous career-high of 44 pts and leading  the Malacañang-PSC Kamao to its 2nd win at UNTV Cup Off-Season Executive Face-Off.

Bong Go connected 7 three-pointers (21 pts of 47 pts) with 5 rebounds and 1 steal in their battle against the defending off-season champion AFP Cavaliers, 87-69, at the Pasig City Sports Center.

This is also the 2nd time Secretary Go was selected as Best Player of the Game. The first time was when they played against the GSIS Thunder Furies.

“We’re very happy nanalo na kami two consecutive games after losing the first 3 games. Though our chances are very slim right now [kasi] nasa middle kami ng standings… still we will give out best shot on our last two games para sa team,” Secretary Bong Go said.

(We’re very happy that we won two consecutive games after losing our first 3 games. Though our chances are very slim right now because we’re at the middle in the standings… still we will give our best shot in our last two games for the team.)

Meanwhile, Senate Sentinels ended DOJ Justice Boosters bid to the Final Four playoffs spot after a breath-taking victory, 76-72.

Sen. Sonny Angara was hailed as Best Player of the Game with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Senator Joel Villanueva also added 10 points in the game but rested early due to shoulder and thigh injuries.

Coach Mike Fermin said, “Sobrang halaga kasi do or die to eh, pag natalo laglag na kami. If we lose again, we’re done. So, it’s a good thing nag-respond yung mga players.”

(This game is very important because it’s a do-or-die situation. If we lose, we fall. If we lose again, we’re done. So, it’s a good thing that the players responded.)

Senator Sonny Angara expressed, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios, sa teammates ko; everyone gave extra effort.”

(I thank God, my teammates; everyone gave extra effort.)

With this win, the Senate Sentinels cling to the 4th spot of the UNTV Cup standing with 4-2 win-lost achievement.

While DOJ fell to 2-4 win-lost record.

In the other game, Judiciary Magis claims the 2nd spot in the ranking together with the Ombudsman Graft Busters with 4-1 win-lost record after a landslide win against the GSIS Thunder Furies, 105-50.

This game is very important to the Magis as with their incoming games with Ombudsman and Senate because of the twice-to-beat advantage opportunity.

Magis Head Coach Warren Ybañez said, “Mahalaga kasi kailangan namin maging top two eh kasi yung PNP top one ngayon.”

(This win is important because we need to be in the 2nd spot because PNP is on the top 1.)

Judge Wendell Ramiterre was named as Best Player of the Game with 30 points and 5 rebounds. — Bernard Dadis |UNTV News & Rescue

 

The SCORES:

Judiciary Magis (108) — W. Ramiterre 30, J. Yabut 16, J. Marquez 15, M. Tomacruz 12, I. Ramoso 9, R. Paras 8, D. Sevilla 8, M. Aleta 8, R. Bacolor 2

GSIS Thunder Furies (50) — R. De Luna 17, R. Manuel 9, J. Defeo 8, J. Jaro 4, L. Casio 3, J. Andres 3, R. Manila 2, V. Rengel 2, R. Curiba 2

Quarter Scores: 33-15, 63-26, 87-43, 108-50

 

Senate Sentinels (76) — J. Angara 22, S. Dela Cruz 13, W. Tan 12, R. Endaya 11, E. Villanueva 10, U. Garces 5, B. Navea 3

DOJ Justice Boosters (72) — N. Tagalicud 17, R. Fadullon 9, R. Munsayac 8, C. Garvida 8, C. Guhit 6, R. Aguto 5, J. Gaurano 5, R. Tomas 4, R. Antero 4, J. Gernale 2, A. Suarez 2, C. Abayon 2

Quarter Scores: 13-20, 35-34, 53-55, 76-72

 

Malacañang-PSC Kamao (87) — C. Go 47, G. Belgica 10, M. Buena 10, R. Sergio 8, S. Rivera 6, N. Herico 4, A. Mitra 2

AFP Cavaliers (72) — W. Gonzales 22, G. Del Rosario 19, K. Grajo 16, E. Abutin 6, V. Bayani 2, N. Mendez 2, J. Paulo 2

Quarter Scores: 15-17, 42-36, 59-42, 87-69

DOLE, employers reminded to get workers’ consent on any wage adjustment

Robie de Guzman   •   May 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker on Wednesday called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to keep a close watch on employers who have implemented salary adjustment and resorted to scaling down company benefits due to the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, Senator Joel Villanueva reminded DOLE to protect the rights of workers and to ensure that employers are implementing wage and benefit adjustments with the full consent and awareness of workers.

“DOLE must ensure that any reduction in wages that would be implemented by employers should be according to the guidelines it issued earlier this month,” Villanueva said in a statement.

“More importantly, both employers and workers must agree to the terms together, and the latter should not be forced or coerced to decide,” he added.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate labor committee, noted that under the non-diminution principle in the Labor Code employers are prohibited from making cuts on a worker’s basic pay.

DOLE, in its labor advisory issued last week, said that employers may opt to slash allowances or other benefits stated in employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements for so long as employees are informed beforehand and voluntarily agree to the move.

The advisory also stated that all agreements, which must be in writing, should not have a duration exceeding six months.

“At this critical time, we appeal to both employers and workers to look out for each other. The only way we could overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is to align the interests of each other. Workers’ welfare and dignity would always translate to the success of enterprises,” Villanueva said.

DOLE also urged employers earlier to adopt work-from-home arrangements and alternative work schemes to preserve the jobs of workers.

These arrangements must be reported to DOLE for documentation and proper monitoring.

‘Some refused to deliver essentials to our home’: Sen. Angara’s wife bares difficulties amid COVID-19 quarantine

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Days after Senator Sonny Angara confirmed he tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), his wife, Elvira “Tootsy” Angara took to social media to bare the difficulties they have to deal with amid their household quarantine.

In an Instagram post, Tootsy revealed that some have refused to deliver essentials to their home after news about the senator’s health condition broke out.

She also said that a neighbor wanted them out of the village.

“As soon as the news came out, some have refused to deliver essentials to our home, a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood, and I don’t blame them,” she said on her profile on Saturday.

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I miss my Sonny boy 💖 the last time we held hands was during the Ama namin as we watched the online mass as a family 2 weeks ago. It was sad i couldnt give him a big tight hug to say it was going to be okay when he got his results. It pains me that i am not able to take care of him the way he took care of me when i was sick ..i feel sad thay we cant be there for him and he has to go through this physically alone.. its lonely for all of us but we know its just a matter of time 💖 As soon as the news came out… some have refused to deliver essentials to our home .. a neighbor wished to have us out of our neighborhood… and i dont blame them … To our other neighbors who showed us acts of kindness, thank you💖 I had to reach out and ask for help.. our entire household quarantined for 14 days…family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out, they sent us oxygen too.. the 2 most essential things in life.. water and air 💖 some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies ,cleaning aids, vitamins for our household 💖 The doctors.. the dear doctors who have been patiently answering my messages , my inquiries and questions.. i cannot thank you enough 🙏🙏🙏 I am forever grateful for all the beautiful and kind souls God blessed us with. I do have moments of weakness where i break down and cry ..because i miss him a lot and dont know what i can do to help.. but i choose to be strong and realized that prayer calmed my heart and made me believe Sonny was going to be okay.. I have faith God will help him get through this.. When I feel sad or scared I pray the rosary by myself of with other ladies on zoom or listen to the online masses. The kids and I have to stay healthy physically and spiritually because at this point that is all the counts.. then before we know it, sonner than later with GODs healing power we will have our dearest strong, healthy and funny Papi back.. 💖 To all our dear friends, may i ask for your prayers for Sonnys complete recovery 🙏 🙏🙏🙏 and pls keep yourselves safe 💖💖💖

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She, however, said there are those who helped the household as they undergo a 14-day quarantine. Some have sent them drinking water and food, vitamins and cleaning supplies.

“To our other neighbors who showed us acts of kindness, thank you… Our entire household quarantined for 14 days, family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out, they sent us oxygen too, the 2 most essential things in life, water and air, some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies ,cleaning aids, vitamins for our household,” she said.

She also thanked the doctors who patiently answered her messages during her husband’s battle against the virus.

“The dear doctors who have been patiently answering my messages, my inquiries and questions. I cannot thank you enough, I am forever grateful for all the beautiful and kind souls God blessed us with,” she said.

Angara’s wife also shared that she feels sad and pained for not being able to take care of her husband who is in quarantine, and admitted to breaking down amid the difficult situation.

“I do have moments of weakness where I break down and cry, because I miss him a lot and don’t know what I can do to help. But I choose to be strong and realized that prayer calmed my heart and made me believe Sonny was going to be okay,” she said.

“I have faith God will help him get through this,” she added.

Angara is the third Filipino senator to have contracted coronavirus following Koko Pimentel and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Senator Sonny Angara tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday confirmed he has tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“I regret to announce that today, March 26, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” Angara said in a statement.

He said he has been feeling some of the coronavirus symptoms like mild fever, cough, headaches and general weakness.

The lawmaker assured he has not been in contact with the public since he took a test for COVID-19 last March 16.

Angara on March 12 announced he has subjected himself under self-quarantine after a resource person who visited the Senate premises later tested positive for the virus.

“I ask for your prayers that together we are able to pull through this tremendous challenge,” the lawmaker said.

“Let us continue to support all efforts to fight the further spread of the virus. Let us support our frontliners on the streets, in the emergency rooms as they are key to the effort,” he added.

Angara is the third senator to contract the viral disease after Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, and Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed they have tested positive for COVID-19.

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