first_imgMOST READ “That was farthest from my mind,” he went on as he praised the team he assembled less than two weeks ago for a performance that almost blew his mind. “I guess it only goes to show the determination of the players to prove themselves—and more importantly, represent the country well.”Guiao said he is having a difficult time getting his system in place as the Philippines—like the other countries—is getting just 50 minutes a day to practice, whether at the official GBK Baskeball Hall, or at Gor Pulogadung stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“As you can see, that’s just what we have,” Guiao said, pointing at the electronic scoreboard at the old gym that started a 50-minute countdown for the Gilas practice.Gilas plays mighty China Tuesday and Guiao is thankful for the break that they have so they could get Jordan Clarkson in the scheme of things. He’s confident that the Cleveland Cavalier in the NBA will catch on to his system very quick. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If the others got it right away, someone with his intelligence on the basketball court will surely get it in a few practices.”Clarkson flew in from a long-haul flight from Los Angeles via Singapore before noon on Thursday and is battling jet lag.There’s a part of Guiao’s coaching staff that is making sure that Clarkson gets acclimatized as soon as possible and won’t be groggy for the China game.“There are people that stayed with him (before nighttime of Thursday) to make sure that he doesn’t sleep at the wrong hour,” defensive anchor Gabe Norwood said with a smile. “That’s hard, being denied of sleep. But he has to do it and our guys did a good job at it.”Guiao and his coaching staff have an idea of the competition they will face when they play the Chinese, and reiterated that the arrival of Clarkson has given the Philippines something to hope for.ADVERTISEMENT Philippines’ Stanley Pringle, left, passes the ball during their game against Kazakhstan at the men’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA—Yeng Guiao was honest enough to admit that he was surprised at how his rag-tag version of Gilas Pilipinas performed two nights ago.“Who would have expected that?” Guiao asked the Inquirer Friday afternoon on the way to team practice, referring to the 96-59 victory by the Filipinos over Kazakhstan that jump-started the Philippine campaign in the 18th Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “Before he came over, we were listed as the absolute underdogs,” Guiao said. “But now, we’re just the slight underdogs and who knows, maybe we can shock the world.”What Team Philippines lacks in size against China it will make up for in speed.With Clarkson, Guiao has possibly the best guard rotation in the tournament as he can also use first game hero Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Clarkson on flag-bearing duty for opening ceremonies: I’m excited, honored Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor The Office of Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has reiterated that she does not only remain committed and loyal to the Presidency of President George Weah, but to the advancement and implementation of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).The office of the VP said in a statement issued yesterday, November 13, that she is fully cognizant of her role, which is meant to serve as a critical support arm to the President. “The role of a VP is in strict consonance with clearly stated constitutional roles and responsibilities of the office, and Madam Howard-Taylor is fully mindful of her sphere of duties.”This clarity comes amid rumors that the Vice President, who is the political leader (standard bearer) of the National Patriotic Party (NPP)—one of the three political parties that made up the victorious CDC — is harboring an unquenchable ambition for the nation’s highest seat and has, therefore, planned to contest the 2023 presidential election.The NPP has been rocked by controversies in recent times, thus bringing its leadership to public disrepute.Expelled party chairman, James Biney, accused VP Taylor of harboring an ambition to become the country’s next President.The former Maryland County Representative told reporter in an exclusive interview that the NPP is engulfed in crisis, because VP Taylor wants to remove it from the Coalition so that she can contest for the office of the presidency in 2023.Biney was reportedly expelled from the party for violating its key provisions, including by-laws and constitution.In a reaction, the office of the VP said: “By her grateful acceptance of her nomination from Dr. Weah, and the blessed election of the ticket to national leadership, she undertook an irreversible commitment to always work with and remain supportive of the President. To this, she remains unwavering.”“The VP wishes to reiterate her awareness that the prime focus of her energy and intention has always been to lend full support to the agenda and purposes of the President, not to pursue a separate end of her own,” a statement for the VP’s office said.NPP Acting leadership also dispelled allegations that VP Taylor intends to contest the 2023 presidency as alleged by the former chairman.Acting party Chairman John Gray said at a press conference on Monday, November 12, that such a rumor should have been in the public long ago if the expelled chairman is sincere in his claim.“It is therefore ludicrous, diversionary and a bold-faced lie to have heard Mr. Biney telling the public that the VP met with him and expressed the desire to contest for the presidency in 2023,” Madam Taylor’s office said.She also acknowledged creeping political uneasiness within the Party at the moment as unfortunate, adding that this is “unwelcome development,” and that such scenario is not uncommon in political institutions, especially in an illiterate setting.“Such should not mislead any partisan to assume that he or she can maliciously distract the Party by resorting to acts bordering on self-aggrandizement and manifested by the spewing of lies and libelous statements about her person and the NPP,” the statement said.“NPP remains a reliable and unshakable pillar under the indomitable Coalition for Democratic Change, the institution that is destined to change the sad story of this country remains unfazed by the ill-advised bidding of mischievous elements.She refuses to be swayed away from her preoccupation with the championing of the strengthening and forward march of the Coalition, an alliance in which her Party is a willing and proud constituent member.The Vice President remains firm in her commitment to upholding and defending all party laws as well as ensuring that the NPP keeps glued within the Coalition, staying the course of loyalty and faithfulness to President Weah as he steers our national developmental agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more