Sunday, April 26, 2015


SUPREME Court spokesperson Theodore Te on Tuesday announced the inhibition of three associate justices from the case of the Court of Appeals’ temporary restraining order on the Ombudsman’s suspension order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay.

Te said Associate Justices Presbitero J. Velasco, Arturo D. Brion, and Francis H Jardeleza inhibited from the case. Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta had earlier inhibited himself from participating in the case and did not sit during the first session of the oral arguments in the Binay case.

Te did not disclose the reason behind inhibition of the three justice but said the three justices voluntarily inhibited.

When asked why the three justices inhibited on Tuesday, Te said he has no information regarding the matter. Are even the Supreme Court justices fearful of the Binays, who even before the elections are already warning politicians not to get on the bad side of the family.

“For those who interpolated, the interpellations are there. It just means that they will not vote because they have inhibited. It is in the records,” Te explained when asked what will happen with the previous interpellations.

The oral arguments in the Binay case resumed in Supreme Court, Baguio City with only 11 associate justices. The court will hear the arguments of the respondents, Ombudsman and Mayor Binay.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is so shrewd he would use every trick, including his opponent’s nationality, just to make money.

Mayweather created quite a stir when he appeared wearing a Philippine flag-inspired black shirt during his media day in Las Vegas a few days ago.

The shirt had a full body picture of Mayweather in front which was colored blue and red on each side while a sun is located at the back of the photo’s head.

Reporters noticed the design and instantly thought it was probably Mayweather’s way of trying to upset Pacquiao.

But Mayweather said the shirt and a few more designs are actually on sale through his online store.

“We got Money Team gear for all countries and we support everybody I have American fans, African fans, Japanese fans, Filipino fans. Go to the Money team dot com and get a shirt,” said Mayweather.

True enough, the shirt, which is labeled as ‘King of the Ring’, is being sold on Mayweather’s website and is priced at $45.
When Mayweather and Pacquiao had a supposed chance meeting in a Miami Heat home game, the undefeated American wore a hoodie where the country’s tri-colors was emblazoned on his chest.
In 2008, Mayweather wore trunks that was designed like a Mexican flag when he fought and defeated Oscar De La Hoya, an American Olympic gold medal winner who traces his roots in Mexico.
Famed trainer Freddie Roach recently cleared an issue that came up regarding the condition of Manny Pacquiao.
According to Roach, he’s been bugged by reports of a supposed leg cramps that has hounded Pacquiao in their most recently training session.
Roach admits he mistakenly thought that Pacquiao was suffering from cramps when the multi-division champion suddenly held on to his foot during one of their sessions at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood.

“After the workout we go back to the dressing room. And he showed me this big blister on the bottom of his foot. He said, ‘it’s not leg cramps. It’s the blister that hurts.’ So it was the blister and that was all. We had no leg cramps whatsoever,” said Roach.

Roach then went on to insist that Pacquiao is peaking at the right time and that he is happy with the way the power of his punches has been improving about three week before they get to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I can’t believe he’s throwing those strong combinations at me at the mitts and on the chest. I honestly had a new chest protector. It’s a little bit thicker. But you know what? It’s not working that well. He knocked the wind out of me yesterday five times. His power is really looking good,” said Roach.

Meantime team Pacquiao is back to its closed-door policy training a day after their media workout on Los Angeles.

Pacquiao is currently preparing for what is believed to be the biggest fight of his career against Mayweather who has yet to taste defeat in 47 fights. Manny hopes to teach Mayweather a boxing lesson by beating the braggart..

Pacquiao and Mayweather will both stake their respective welterweight belts when they clash in a 12-round contest on May 3 (Manila Time) at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
President Benigno Aquino III will not yet convene the National Security Council amid China’s increasing aggression in the disputed South China Sea, Malacañang said Tuesday.

“In the president’s view, at this time none,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said when asked by Palace reporters if Aquino sees the need to convene the council.

“We have dealt with other national security-related issues as well as other matter through the mechanism of the security cluster,” she added.

Valte said from time to time, relevant agencies are also asked to participate in the security cluster meetings when they are needed.

“It is also in this venue wherein the security cluster and other members of the Cabinet discuss matters relative to the West Philippine Sea issue,” she said.

The Palace’s statement came after the Chinese Coast Guard reportedly fired water cannons at Filipino fishermen to drive them away from Bajo de Masinloc.

Valte said the president would direct the Departments of Foreign Affairs and National Defense to come up with a response to the latest maritime incident.

During the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit next week, Aquino is expected to raise China’s aggression, particularly its massive reclamation activities on contested islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

Aquino said last week that the South China Sea dispute is a global problem and that nations outside the region should fear China’s actions.
There are 300,000 maids in Hong Kong, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, with concern growing among rights groups over their welfare following a string of abuse cases.

But lawmaker Regina Ip, a close adviser to the city’s leader Leung Chun-ying and tipped as a future chief executive, cast the maids as marriage wreckers. In an op-ed article in Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao last Friday, Ip told how jilted expatriate wives had complained to her that their maids had led their husbands astray.

“I have received complaints from expatriate women... that Filipina domestic helpers seduce their husbands,” Ip wrote.

“I could only tell them that under the current laws it is quite difficult to regulate,” she added.

Ip said she had learned of “families wrecked because of relationships between Filipina maids and male employers.”

“Rather than reporting improper behavior by local employers, should we pay more attention to Filipina maids becoming sexual resources for foreign men in Hong Kong?” she questioned.

In her article, Ip linked her theory to the recent case of a 15-year-old girl, with a British father and Filipina mother, who fell from a luxury apartment block in an apparent suicide earlier this month.

Although police said there were no suspicious circumstances around the fall, the teenager’s mother Herminia Garcia – a former domestic helper – and her British businessman father, Nick Cousins, were arrested.
Garcia was charged with overstaying her visa and “neglect” of an unnamed 14-year-old child. Cousins is on bail for neglect and abetting the overstay, but has not been charged.

Ip cites their case as a “reflection” of what she describes as “abnormal relationships” between maids and employers.

Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo filed a letter to the city’s Equal Opportunities Commission calling the comments “racially discriminatory.”

“Foreign domestic workers are treated as second-class citizens by some politicians who feel no qualms about making offensive statements about them,” Mo said .

Ip, a member of the government’s Executive Council or cabinet, told AFP her comments had been misinterpreted.
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