Senate moves to semi-finals after routing Malacañang-PSC

UNTV News   •   January 29, 2019   •   16634

Senate's tough defense has locked-down the scorers of  Malacañang-PSC to perform well during their crucial game last Sunday.  (Lian Opol / Photoville International)
Senate’s tough defense has locked-down the scorers of Malacañang-PSC to perform well during their crucial game last Sunday.  (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

UNTV cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders snapped Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s chances of taking this season’s title after their explosive hardcourt showdown at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

Senate stepped up its game and employed tight defense plays to pound Malacañang-PSC, 82-61.

Jeffry Sanders led the Senate to victory after firing a total of 24 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Sanders earned the Best Player of the Game title.

Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin attributed the Defenders’ latest win to rigid training and teamwork to stop Malacañang-PSC’s key players from scoring further in the last quarters and cruise to the UNTV Cup Season 7 semi-finals.

Coach Mike Fermin said, “Yung practice namin for the past week nasunod naman. But, hats off sa Malacañang, they played well. Siguro yung run lang namin noong third quarter yun yung nagbigay ng edge sa amin.”

Also advancing to the semis are National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders after narrowly routing rookie team Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Global Traders, 66-63.

“As you can see noong third quarter we tightened up. We locked down some key players then we got… hindi man malaking lead pero maganda gandang push yun going sa fourth quarter (the lead may not be as big but its was a good push going to the fourth quarter).”

The PITC tried to keep their early edge but slipped after the NHA fired shots after shots in the second quarter.

The rookie team also attempted to slither past the Builders defenses in the third and fourth quarters but was unable to sustain the momentum until the final buzzer sounded.

Marvin Mercado was hailed as the best player of the game after firing 25 points and nine rebounds.

NHA Builders’ Head Coach Benett Palad said, “In the end, nanaig pa rin yung aming composure and unity sa isa’t isa, saka yung team work (In the end, our composure, unity and teamwork paid off). Medyo ngayon nakaka-finish na kami nang husto (We are now able to finish properly),” he said.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila(I said to them) ‘It’s all about character eh, being a champion.’ Kailangan naming mag-trabaho hanggang sa dulo hindi yung panay umpisa lang (It does not pay to be good at the beginning only. We need to work until the end), ” Palad added.

NHA and Senate completed the four teams set to battle in the semis best of three series that will kick off on February 3 at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Vincent Arboleda / UNTV News and Rescue

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Sotto on GCTA hearing: More witnesses will be presented

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday (September 11) said more witnesses on the controversial good conduct time allowance (GCTA) will be presented at the Senate hearing on Thursday (September 12).

Four to five new witnesses might testify during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing tomorrow.

According to Sotto, these are former inmates and employees of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Their testimonies will center on the GCTA and “hospital pass for sale” issue.

“I signed seven subpoenas which include subpoena duces tecum, but personalities will be presented tomorrow,” he said.

Meanwhile, the calls and messages from Elvira Sanchez have been retrieved. Sanchez is the common law wife of former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez.

The Senate is also seeking the assistance of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to identify who texted Elvira that her husband will be released.

In a previous hearing, Ms. Sanchez already said she did not know who texted and called her.

“Ang trace nila galing sa loob, (The trace came from the inside). It was a text from an inmate. As a matter of fact hindi lang text (it’s not just a text). Hindi accurate iyong sinabi ni Ms. Sanchez, [may] tawag, (Ms. Sanchez’s statement was not accurate, there was also a call)” according to Sotto.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

UNTV Cup has donated P50-M to beneficiaries in the past 7 seasons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

For the children of soldiers who died in duty.

For the rescued street children.

For patients suffering from cancer.

For the victims of calamities and disasters.

These are just some of the beneficiaries of UNTV Cup.

Since the league started in July 2013 and up to its seventh season, UNTV Cup has already donated a total of P50,250,000 cash prize to the beneficiaries of all the competing teams.

For the players from all the government agencies, it was never about the glory. They are prepared to give their all for their chosen charity.

“Punto for punto talagang masarap sa pakiramdam as a player na naglalaro, (As a player, each point feels fulfilling)”—Reneboy Banzali from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Furies

“Naglalaro ka na nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga beneficiary natin. So enjoy lang kami, makatulong, (We are helping our beneficiaries by playing. So we are just enjoying)“—Malacañang Head Coach Raffy Ginzalez

“Nagpapasalamat nga kami sa kanila lalo na kay Brother Eli. Sa pamamagitan niya ang daming natutulungan, pati na iyong team namin. So nagiging instrument kami makatulong din sa ibang tao, (We are thankful to Brother Eli. Through him, we are helping a lot even our team. So we also become instruments to help others)“—National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders Head Coach Benett Palad

“Kami po, kasama lahat ng players and of course kasama ang management ng PhilHealth ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa magandang adhikain ni Brother Eli and ni Kuya Daniel na hindi lang ma-showcase iyong mga talento ng ating mga public servants kundi makatulong din sa ating mga beneficiaries, (On behalf of all the players and, of course, the PhilHealth management, we will continue to support the good advocacy of Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel of not just showing the talents of our public servants but also to help our beneficiaries)“—Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II

UNTV Cup is also helping former professional basketball players through the PBA Legends Foundation.

For the 8th season of UNTV Cup, over P10 million is allotted for the beneficiaries of the 12 competing teams.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Sports and Public Service, the right mix for UNTV Cup Season 8

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).

Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).

“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.

Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.

Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.

Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.

“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.

Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.

“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.

Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.

“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.

“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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