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Ceres stuns Port, sets up date with FC Tokyo


BANGKOK – Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros delivered a gutsy performance on enemy ground to stun Thai League 1 powerhouse Port FC, 1-0, Tuesday night to reach the next round of the AFC Champions League preliminary stage at PAT Stadium here. Captain Stephan Schrock provided the flash of inspiration and the Busmen put together a gallant stand to frustrate the Thai FA Cup champions in the first meeting between a Filipino club and a Thai club in the continent’s most prestigious club competition. With the victory, Ceres will advance to the final round of qualification against Japanese side Tokyo FC in a match that will be played on Tuesday. It marked the second time …

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Vico Sotto: Pasig gov’t regularizes 53 city hall employees


  MANILA, Philippines — Fifty-three individuals, who are working as contractual employees in Pasig City Hall for more than 20 years, are now enjoying regular employment status.   “Kahapon lamang, 53 ang empleyadong na-regularize natin! Lahat sila, kwalipikado, at higit pa rito, MAHIGIT 20 TAON nang casual sa City Hall,” Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.   (Just yesterday, 53 employees were regularized. Everyone is qualified and aside from this, these casual employees have been working for more than 20 years at the City Hall.)     https://www.facebook.com/VicoSotto/photos/a.977354865656525/2816867758…

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‘Help with no religious boundaries’: BARMM gives P2M in aid to Taal eruption victims


  COTABATO CITY—The only Muslim autonomous region in the country is pitching in to bring relief and aid to victims of the Taal Volcano eruption, sending two truckloads of goods and saying there are no boundaries when it comes to helping others.   Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) were at a sendoff ceremony for the truck convoy that left this city on Monday and was expected to be in Batangas province on Friday (Jan. 24).   Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM interior and local government minister, said there are at least 130 Muslim families who are also suffering from the effects of the eruption.   These were in the…

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It’s politics, police say of killing of 2 village councilors shot as they were to attend session in Bukidnon town


  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Police tagged politics but won’t elaborate on the possible motive in the killing of two village councilors of a Bukidnon town on Monday, Jan. 20 just a few steps from the village hall where they were to attend a council session.   Loreno Pedyaan and Mauricio Guinto, councilors of the village of Dominorog in Talakag town, were about to enter the village hall to attend the council’s session when they were shot at 9 a.m. on Monday.   Both were prominent personalities in Dominorog, a village populated by members of the Higaonon tribe about 54 kilometers from the center of Talakag.   Maj. Silvestre Asiong Jr., Bukidnon provi…

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Villagers, cops given 48 hours to flee Taal Volcano danger zone


MANILA, Philippines — The head of Calabarzon police said villagers including policemen have been given only 48 hours to leave the 14 kilometers danger zone of Taal Volcano as authorities would implement “total lockdown” or forced evacuation in the area. “We were given by Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) 48 hours so after 48 hours lahat ng tao namin diyan kukunin na rin namin [we will also retrieve our policemen there]. I have instructed chief of police na umpisahan na magbalot-balot sa kanilang station (start packing up in your respective stations),” Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. told dzMM in an interview. “Kasi ang nakadeploy sa tropa natin diyan, hin…

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Novak Djokovic thanks Ivanisevic tips after flurry of aces


Defending champion Novak Djokovic said he had been taking tips from serving maestro Goran Ivanisevic after he hammered down a series of aces in his first-up win at the Australian Open. Djokovic smacked 14 aces and had a first-serve percentage of 65 percent in his grinding 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in round one. The Serb credited his work with Croatia’s Ivanisevic, who served up more than 10,000 aces in his career and joined the 16-time Grand Slam winner’s team last year. “Throughout my career my serve was maybe a little bit underestimated because of the quality of the returns and the baseline play,” he told reporters late on Monday. “T…

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Ceres-Negros happy for players lost to Thai rivals


BANGKOK – As Ceres-Negros scrambled to put together its squad in a bid to nail an AFC Champions League spot, it was difficult for the Busmen not to reflect on the departures of several key players in the last two years. With a team growing together and familiarity becoming a key ingredient to their success, the Busmen have become a perennial contender in the AFC Cup, winning the Asean zone three years ago and reaching the knockout phase twice after that. But the current squad of coach Risto Vidakovic has glaring needs at central midfield and in defense–a stark contrast to previous seasons when Ceres was loaded in those positions. The situation became even more pronounced wh…

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Tom Brady headliner even in the Super Bowl he’s sitting out


Tom Brady is sitting out the Super Bowl for the first time since the Denver Broncos walloped him 23 times in the AFC championship four years ago, sending a hobbled Peyton Manning to the big game for his final hurrah. Still, Brady’s all the buzz even as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers prepare for their Super Bowl 54 showdown in Miami on Feb. 2. After teaming with Bill Belichick for a half dozen rings over their 18 years together in New England, Brady is on the cusp of becoming the biggest free agent to hit the open market since Manning in 2013, a foray that featured news media helicopters following the quarterback’s every visit. “I am open-minded about the proc…

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