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10TH AFP-PNP BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – DAVAO CITY

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VMO remains unbeaten; TFD taste first win

Vice Mayor’s Office (VMO) escaped with a 95 – 92 victory over Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) in overtime to maintain its unbeaten start as Task Force Davao recorded its first win at the expense of Philippine Air Force, 78 – 76, in the ongoing 2012 Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte – 10th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament on Thursday at the DavaoC ity Recreation Center Almendras Gym.

VMO registered its ninth straight win against the hard-fighting RPSB squad which had pretty good chances to upset the three-peat seeking SP-based dribblers.

Greggy Delica made the winning basket at the paint, 93 – 92, with 10 seconds left in the extra period before VMO employed tough defense on RPSB’s final play to pull away with the victory.

Christopher “Bong” Go top scored for VMO with 23 points, his ninth 20-plus points output in the league since the opening day on November 6.

Ryan Lomotos scored 12 points as Delica finished the game with 10 baskets for VMO which was trailing in the final seconds of the regulation and overtime but just managed to pull through at the clutch.

Art Atablanco had 9 baskets across his name, including four foul shots in the final 15 seconds of regulation that tied the count at 83-all to send the game into overtime.

Mark Innocentes had the chance to win the game for RPSB in regulation but the former UIC senior varsity stalwarts botched to take a shot as time expires. He scored 19 points. 

Playing official Krisopher Sabsal had 11 baskets.

After seven attempts, TF Davao finally entered the win column beating the lowly PAF which is one of the two remaining win-less teams in the league along with Philippine Coast Guard.

TF Davao handed the Airmen their sixth consecutive defeat that came two days after suffering a blowout loss at the hands of RPSB.

In the other match, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) beat Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, 72 – 63, to clinch its seventh win in eight games.

DCPO bounced back from a loss to the VMO to hold firmly at second spot and boost its chances to take a twice to beat advantage in the semis.

Trailing at third was idle Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) which had 6 – 1 winloss card.

VMO wins battle of the unbeaten, dispatches DCPO

 Defending champion Vice Mayor’s Office (VMO) turned back Davao City Police Office (DCPO), 92 – 85, to continue its reign on top of the standing in the 2012 Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte – 10th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night at the Davao City Recreation Center Alemndras Gym.

 The VMO’s huge victory halted DCPO’s seven game winning run and extend its own triumphant streak to eight games.

 Bigman Greggy Delica registered 19 points and merely control the boards to help VMO remain the only undefeated team in the league.

 A 10-0 run midway of the third canto gave 64 – 48 lead for the three-peat seeking SP-based dribblers who converted mostly fastbreaks points as DCPO committed crucial turnovers.

 But the wards of PSSupt Ronald Dela Rosa bounced back in the pay off period with an 11-2 rally that cut down the deficit to 7, 79 – 86, with 2:15 left in the game.

Delica made an undergoal stab and Dioven Braga converted two free throws to answer back as VMO pull away for good to seal the victory.

Christopher “Bong” Go contributed 16 points as Jerson Dela Pena and Art Atablanco chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively for VMO which is battling Police Regional Office-XI as of press time.

Playing official Anthony Padua and Estong Uganap scored 17 points each for DCPO which fell to second place with 7 – 1 card. Idle Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) occupied the third spot with 6 – 1 slate.

 Prolific forward Robinson Palomares was a non-factor in that game that saw DCPO trailing most of the game.

 VMO got its rhytm early, taking 31 – 23 advantage at the end of the first cantO. (RJB)

RPSB clobbers PAF, wrests fourth spot

Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) leaned on its fast-plays to repulse the lowly Philippine Air Force, 143 – 89, in the 2012 Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Rody Duterte-10th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.

Despite a cold atmosphere inside the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym caused by the continuous rainfall, RPSB came out waxing hot right from the opening buzzer and was never threatened all a long.

RPSB took a 42-21 lead at the end of the first canto en route to its fourth win that put them at solo fourth spot with 4-2 win-loss card.

Rommel Cameros lead RPSB’s eight double digit scorers as the lefty shooting guard scattered 31 big points. Playing official Kristopher Sabsal chipped in 17 baskets as bullstrong forward Mark Innocentes scored 17 points.

The prolific back-court tandem of Rygian Delgra and Chok Gacayan continue to perform well but the Airmen still fails to post a win in five tries.

Delgra paced PAF with 37 points, including six triples in the first half alone. Gacayan had 25 baskets which battles next league-leader Vice Mayor’s Office, which notched its seventh straight win at the expense of PNP-National Support Unit, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Police Regional Office-XI kept its hopes  to make it to the final four by besting 10th Infantry Agila Division, 115-92.

Jeffrey Tugade led the charge for PRO-XI, which now tied with the Agila at sixth spot with 3-3 slate. Bureau of Jail Management and Penology occupied the fifth spot with 3 – 2 card.

Tugade poured in 32 points while Dante Simbulas contributed 22 baskets before fouling out in the 5;38 mark of the fourth period.

Playing official Joseph Decena scored 24 baskets for the Army who were downed by 16, 13 – 29, after the first period and failed to find the formula to get back in the game the rest of the way.

In the other match, Philippine Navy cruised to its second win after drubbing Philippine Coast Guard, 91 – 64.

The Navy lifted its standing to 2-3 while PCG fell to 0-4 in the tournament presented by City Government of Davao and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Region-XI.


Team standing:

               W    L

VMO         7  – 0

DCPO        6  – 0

BFP          6  – 1

RPSB        4  –  2

BJMP        3   –  2

PRO          3   –  3

10TH ID     3   –  3

NAVY        2  –  3

PCG          0  –  4

PAF          0  –   5

PNP-NSU   0  –  5

TFD         0   –  6

Rody Duterte explains why SP needs comebacking Bonifacio Militar

The reason why Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hopes former city councilor Bonifacio Militar would make it in his comeback bid to the City Council is obvious.

Veteran councilor Militar was behind the approval of two landmark ordinances inspired by Duterte: The Anti-Smoking Ordinance and the Anti-Pyrotechnics Ordinance.

While still a sitting councilor, Militar on the prodding of Duterte, authored the Anti-Smoking Ordinance, which banned smoking in all public places in the city and the Anti-Pyrotechnic Ordinance which banned sale, transport and exploding of firecrackers and other pyrotechnics.

Both ordinances initially met public resistance but Militar steered the council into approving them.
The smoking ban measure has since been emulated by other local government units and earned plaudits from national and international anti-smoking bodies and health agencies.

The pyrotechnics ban also met strong resistance, for its assault on Filipino tradition of greeting Christmas and New Year with firecracker explosions, but also has since been copied by other LGUs.
Militar ended his three terms as city councilor in 2010 and is running anew for a seat in the city council with the endorsement of the Duterte party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.

During a convention of the Hugpong last month, its first since becoming a local party accredited by the Commission on Elections, Duterte personally endorsed Militar for his legislative contributions to the city.

Davao politics go dirty

PASG raid on busness of Rody’s friends slammed

Davao City businessmen identified with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are crying foul over alleged harassment by the government’s anti-smuggling group that had the odor of dirty politics.

Elements of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) conducted last week a “sweeping raid” purportedly looking for smuggled goods on Felcris Supermarket, Davao Import Distributor, Inc. (DIMDI), and SAMCO. The owners of the establishment are known friends and supporters of Mayor Duterte.

Retired Col. Saturnino Obsiona, who led the operatives, said he has authority from PASG regional chief Colonel Eduardo Matillano.to “conduct inspections and verifications of smuggled goods and items.”

But Sammy Uy of DIMDI sees political motives in the alleged harassment. “This is because we are friends with the mayor,” he told media.

Matillano, former director of the Philippine National Police Region XI, if widespread talks here are to be believed has been embedded in the stable of Speaker Prospero Nograles to help in his mayoral campaign against Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of Mayor Duterte.

 “We have nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear because we are doing a legitimate business in the city,” Uy said. If politics is behind the raids, this is unfair, he said.

“We are always ready for inspection because it is an official government function, but we are hoping this is not harassment because elections is near and I am a known friend of Mayor Duterte,” Uy said.

Two other officials of prominence have joined Nograles in his campaign to capture City Hall: Bantay party-list representative retired General Jovito Palparan and Anad representative Jun Alcover. Both rabid anti-communists Palparan and Alcover have been openly hitting Mayor Duterte for his alleged links to the communist rebels.

 

Sara Duterte on offensive vs. Nogie

Nograles parks under probe

After demolishing to smithereens a P2 million park funded by Speaker Prospero Nograles, the Davao City government is eyeing more than a dozen mini-parks also named after the Speaker’s father which could suffer the same fate if they violated city laws.

We will tackle the Nograles parks after the Kadayawan festival, said Vice Mayor Sara Duterte.

Davao City is currently celebrating the weeklong annual festival which started on Monday, during which the city council which she presides would not be holding a session.   

Duterte spoke to media to bare the council’s plan on the Nograles parks, at the sideline of opening ceremonies Monday for the Kadayawan Festival.

She said the Nograles parks are not sanctioned by the city government not having gone through the process of recognition by the local government as required by local legislation.

Duterte said she would order an inventory of the Nograles parks which would be probed for violations and demolished if they run against local laws.

Three City Hall officials have been suspended by the Ombudsman for the demolition of the P2 million Nograles Park in Quezon Blvd.

City administrator Wendel Avisado, city engineer Jose Gestuveo and canal maintenance chief Yusof Jimlani however have secured a Temporary Restraining Order from the Court of Appeals that stopped the six-month preventive suspension.