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Gilas Pilipinas Fell Short Against Turkey

FIBA World No. 8 Turkey beat our very own Gilas Pilipinas last night held at the Mall of Asia Arena during their tune-up game with a score of 84-76. It is one of the preparations of our national team for the incoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It is a huge improvement for Gilas Pilipinas as they were defeated by Turkey with a huge disparity in a score of 103-68.
Gilas Pilipinas Fell Short Against Turkey
Andray Blatche led Gilas with his 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Terrence Romeo helped him with his 16 points who started the attempt to cut the lead of Turkey in the 4th quarter with his 8 consecutive points but just fell short. Jayson Castro and Gabe Norwood also contributed with their 13 and 10 points respectively. On the side of the Turkish team, point guard Ali Muhammed led them who scored 13 points while Cedi Osman had 10 points.

Blatche outscored his defenders in the 1st quarter where he got 10 points but the Turkish team recovered and countered it with 11 points. During the 2nd quarter, there was a short power outage at the 6:37 mark of the game but it was resumed after 5 minutes. After the 1st half, Turkey got a 7 point lead in a score of 40-33. At the opening of the second half, Turkey took the advantage of the Gilas’ consecutive turnovers and got a commanding lead of 17 points.

Blatche scored at 6:26 mark to break the silence for the Filipinos. Gilas got energized where Romeo scored 5 succeeding points and our team had a 20-8 run. In the 4th quarter, things got heated between Marc Pingris and Omer Asik and both players got technical fouls but Asik was fouled out at the game when he receive his 5th and last foul. Norwood scored 5 straight points to cut the lead in just 7 points, 72-65 but Turkey countered it with a 5 -0 run. With 47 seconds lefts in the game, Romeo scored 8 consecutive points but it was still not enough.  Gilas Pilipinas will be back at the court this coming July 5 for the start of Olympic qualifiers against France led by Spurs’ Guard Tony Parker.

President Duterte Meets Vice President Leni Robredo

The much anticipated meeting of two of the highest government officials in the country finally happened. President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice-President Leni Robredo met during a ceremony for the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya at Camp Aguinaldo last July 1. It was the first time that the two met personally since they won the election.
President Duterte Meets Vice President Leni Robredo
They are known for having a cold relationship as they are both from rival political parties. Duterte is from PDP- Laban while Robredo is from Liberal Party. Duterte previously decided not to appoint Robredo to any cabinet position to avoid wrenching Sen. BongBong Marcos’ feelings who lost to Robredo in the election. The two had a separate inauguration ceremonies when they took their oath.

The president held his oath taking at the Malacanang Palace while the Vice-president’s own ceremony was held at the Quezon City Reception Hall. President Duterte acknowledged Vice- President Robredo’s presence at the start of his speech and jokingly said that he preferred to sit beside her but Secretary for Defense Delfin Lorenzana was seated between them. The audiences at the event were fascinated with Duterte’s gesture.

Robredo was interviewed by the media after her encounter with Duterte and she describes it as a friendly meeting. She also revealed that she asked the president’s permission to have a courtesy call and Duterte agreed. Once she return to her office, the vice-president will set up a schedule to have a meeting with the president. Meanwhile, Duterte emphasized on his speech that his first job is to have peace in our land rather than war. He plans to visit Nur Misuari in Sulu who is a chairman of Moro National Liberation Front. He also wants to talk with the terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf but it’s not on his priority right now. Duterte then warned the drug lords that are currently jailed at the National Bilibid Prison.

Meet the Viral Funny Guy During Duterte’s Inauguration Speech

It was a historical moment for President Rodrigo Duterte as he was taking his inauguration last June 30 but a certain guy caught the attention of netizens when the president was delivering his speech. He is Atty. Alexis Lumbatan who is caught winking and making funny faces at the camera. He is a lawyer currently working for Duterte’s sons Sebastian and Vice-Mayor Paolo in a span of 9 years.
Meet the Viral Funny Guy During Duterte’s Inauguration Speech
Lumbatan may be known as a lawyer by profession but he is now tagged as the funny guy at the president’s inauguration. During his phone interview with ABS-CBN News, Lumbatan revealed that while he and the other guests inside the palace were all in a happy mood, he just did those antics to give more good vibes but he insisted that he is well-behaved during the ceremony.

Growing up, Lumbatan said that he is a jolly person and he just wants good vibes. He added that he wanted to express his happiness for being invited as one of the 627 guests for the momentous event. Atty. Lumbatan also feels blessed and privileged for being friends with the Duterte family who has confidence and trust on him. During the election campaign, he actively supported Duterte and is now fulfilled that his bet prevailed.

A facebook fanpage “Mugstoria” who is known for posting viral photos and funny videos compiled Lumbatan’s funny antics since the last presidential debate. As of this typing, the video reach 4.1 million views in less than 24 hours. It now also has 78,000 likes, shared by more than 117,000 users and has 23,000 comments.

A netizen Abbysur Lazarito posted that Atty. Lumbatan is one of the finest lawyers in Davao while Vic Salvado agreed with the latter and added that Atty. Lumbatan is a natural funny person. Meanwhile Babez Depositario suggested the lawyer to keep spreading his sense of humor.

Duterte is Officially the President of the Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte is now ready to serve our country. He was finally proclaimed as the 16th President of our country where he took his oath at the Malacanang Palace. The new president arrived at 10:25 am and he wore a barong tagalog that was made from the fabrics of pina jusi matched with black colored cotton pants. He was accompanied by his 4 children namely Sara, Paolo, Sebastian and Veronica Duterte.
Duterte is Officially the President of the Philippines
Before his oath taking, he met Outgoing President Benigno Aquino inside the palace. After their conversation, Aquino had his final walk as the President of the Philippines before his departure honors. The departing president then went to his home at Times Street in Quezon City. After Aquino’s departure, Duterte went inside where there was a small program held at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacanang Palace where singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar opened the ceremony and sang Duterte’s campaign song “Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”.

Senate President Franklin Drilon then read the proclamation of Duterte and Robredo as the new President and Vice-President. At exactly 12 noon, Duterte had taken his inauguration rites under Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes. His youngest child, Veronica held the old Bible of his mother, Soledad Duterte. After his oath taking, he signed the Oath of Office with his children by his side.

The Davaoeno president then delivered a 15 minute speech where he emphasized the problems in our society such as criminality and corruption. He also reiterated that if we want change, it must start among us.

The first president from Mindanao wants Filipinos to trust again the government where he assured that his upcoming administration will have transparency. After his oath taking, he conducted the rites for his succeeding cabinet members.

Simple snacks were served to 627 guests including the president’s family members and incoming secretaries. Before his oath taking, Duterte declined to hold his inauguration at Quirino Grandstand to avoid hideous traffic.