Senate moves to semi-finals after routing Malacañang-PSC
UNTV News • January 29, 2019 • 16843
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
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday, May 18 approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to impose longer prison sentences and larger fines for individuals, especially public officials, who will commit perjury.
Voting 20-0, senators passed the Senate Bill No. 1354, which proposes to amend Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code and increase the current penalty on perjury from a range of the minimum period to medium period, or from six years and one day to 10 years of imprisonment.
Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and sponsor of the bill, said the proposed higher penalties were meant to deter people from committing perjury as they testify under oath in proceedings, such as legislative hearings, and to create a culture of truth-telling in government.
“In other words, you lie, you pay… Do not trifle with the truth,” he said in a statement.
Perjury, he explained, is committed by a person when he “knowingly makes untruthful statements and not being included in the provisions of the crimes of false testimony under judicial proceedings, shall testify under oath, or make an affidavit, upon any material matter before a competent person authorized to administer an oath in cases in which the law so requires.”
Under the existing law, persons guilty of perjury are only sentenced from four months and one day to two years and four months of imprisonment.
For public offcials or employees who would commit perjury, the penalty of imprisonment will be imposed in its maximum period, along with a fine of P1 million, as well as perpetual disqualification from holding any appointive or elective position in government, Gordon said.
Gordon believes that the bill would help address the issue of low conviction rates for people charged with perjury.
“As we uncovered during our committee hearing, a factor for the low cases is the low penalty imposed on the crime of perjury. The current penalty for perjury is subject to probation and the bail imposed is also low, roughly Php6,000 only. Given the high costs involved in prosecuting a crime, there is no motivation to prosecute the crime of perjury,” he said.
The bill was co-authored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Leila de Lima.
Its counterpart bill at the House of Representatives remains pending at the committee level.
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Friday said it will give honors to the late Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta, who passed away on May 14.
Aquino-Oreta was a member of the Senate during the 11th and 12th Congress.
Senate Majority Juan Miguel Zubiri said a resolution will be passed on Monday, May 18 paying tribute to the former senator.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier expressed his sadness over the passing of Aquino-Oreta, whom he worked with at the Senate and considers as his friend.
“My family and I are so saddened by her demise. She was very close to me and Sec Greg,” Sotto said, referring to former senator and now Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan.
Sotto also said that his wife, Helen, was also “devastated” by Aquino-Oreta’s demise.
“Helen, being a relative of theirs is devastated by her passing away. She has not stopped crying since we were told the news last night,” he said.
Other senators have also expressed condolences to the family of the former lawmaker.
Malacañang also expressed sympathy over the demise of Aquino-Oreta.
“Our sincerest condolences to the family, relatives, friends and colleagues of former Senator Maria Teresa “Tessie” Aquino-Oreta who passed away yesterday, May 14 at the age of 75,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
“Senator Oreta had a distinguished career in public service. She served the country as a senator during the 11th and 12th Congress and as Representative of 8th, 9th, and 10th Congress,” he added.
Aquino-Oreta was the youngest sister of slain Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and the aunt of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Her son, Malabon City Mayor Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta, announced her passing on Friday but did not disclose the cause. –RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution urging the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to reconsider the cease and desist order it issued against the ABS-CBN Corporation.
The upper chamber approved Senate Resolution No. 395 after 12 senators voted in favor of it, while nine abstained.
Among those who abstained from voting on the resolution are Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senators Pia Cayetano, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Tolentino, Cynthia Villar, Imee Marcos, Ronald Dela Rosa, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, and Bong Revilla.
The senators who abstained from voting argued that the issue has already been filed before the Supreme Court and that the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN should emanate from the House of Representatives.
Cayetano, who initially signed the resolution, said she withdrew her signature as she would like to refrain from expressing her views while the issue remains pending at the High Court.
The resolution reiterated the Senate’s stand that the ABS-CBN, its subsidiaries and affiliates, should be allowed to continue operations pending the disposition of its franchise renewal.
The NTC issued a shutdown order against ABS-CBN after its franchise expired on May 4.
The media network went off air in compliance with the order but it filed a petition before the Supreme Court, claiming that the NTC gravely abused its discretion when it issued the order instead of deferring to Congress, which has the plenary power to grant and renew legislative franchises.
On Monday, the Supreme Court said the petition has been raffled to a magistrate while the House committee on legislative franchises issued a show cause order, asking the NTC to explains its action.
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