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4 silverware in 4 years - Resma helps UH Rainbow Wahine to 4 finals during tenure

May 4, 2019

A Kagay-anon tennister has helped bring her team to four trips to the podium during her four years tenure in the university. During the four years Roxanne Resma played for the varsity team of the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine, the team had 3 runner up finishes and one championship in the Big West Tournament. “Reaching the finals of our conference for the 4th straight year and got even close to winning a back to back title is something I am proud of,” she said in a social media post.   “Yes, it would have been nice to be able to lift that trophy but there is so much more than that. I am most proud of how this team has worked extra hard despite having all the reasons not to, how this team was resilient in adversities and obstacles on the way, and how this team became a family - win or lose, good or bad.” In her last game for  UH, Roxanne lost a doubles match but won her singles match to bring the Rainbow Wahine tantalizingly close to back-to-back championships. “It would have been great to finish my final season with a bang but sometimes things just don’t go the way we want it to,” she added.  In her final match as a Rainbow Wahine, Roxanne quickly dispatched LBSU’s Zara Lennon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. But Long Beach State won the last three singles matches to overcome a 3-1 deficit for the title.  It was a disappointing end for a team that entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and upset the No. 1 seed on the way to the championship match last April 28 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California. The Rainbow Wahine won their first ever Big West Tournament title with a 4-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2018. The loss snapped UH's seven-game win streak. The defending champion Rainbow Wahine have finished second in the Big West Tournament in three of the last four seasons. “If I were to describe this season in a sentence it would be “defying the odds”. From supposedly having 3 new girls coming in the fall semester to just one, leaving us with exactly just 7 girls in the team (you need 6 to compete),” Roxanne recalls. As if those odds weren’t bad enough, she revealed how all 7 of her team mates were battling with various injuries at the same time!  “Everyone was playing with different kinds of pain; from doing rehabs, treatments, to taking pain meds almost every day, we all managed to push through.” “Our season wasn’t really going too well. Looking at our record, everyone was counting us out. But we never stopped working. We kept pushing ourselves to be better than yesterday and we kept believing in the process.”  According to her dad Benjie, Roxanne started her tennis training early when she was but six years old with Coach Boyet Talatala at the Capitol Tennis Courts. “Even with Coach Boyet, nag-sugod nako og dula satournaments while training with him,”Roxanne recalls. “After a few years, I already needed more hitting partners and more players to play matches with.” Later, Roxanne was mentored by Coach Jonelle Llavore whom his students fondly called “Dada”. “Dada helped with my training. Iya ko gi-kupkop and gi-tabangan with my tennis. The Nazareth tennis courts became my home for most of my junior career,” Roxanne said. “Dada was the one who pushed me to train hard and even accompanied me to a lot of the tournaments locally and nationally.” Eventually, Roxanne was recruited by the Philippine Tennis Academy (PTA) based in Manila when she got to high school. To enable her to continue training at the PTA without compromising her studies, Benjie said she was enrolled at and graduated high school from Corpus Christi School in Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. “She was granted special privileges by Corpus Christi with a modular type of curriculum because she was based in Manila and even had to leave the country when she had matches scheduled abroad,” Benjie recalls. “So I was still enrolled in Corpus but I was in Manila full time,” Roxanne added. “Sir Del Fierro, the teachers, and Corpus Christi school were kind and understanding enough to allow me to do a home schooling program to pursue my tennis career.” The routine meant she spent most of the days of the year in the PTA training in Manila or traveling aboard for competitions. Then she would go home for a week to take her exams and afterwards, fly back again.  “PTA opened the doors for me. They took a chance on me and helped me develop my game even more. They gave me the opportunity to play abroad and earn a world ranking in juniors.” Although her highest world junior rankings was around the top 200, it was enough for her to land a full athletic scholarship at the University of Hawai’i some 5 years ago where she became a regular member of the UH Rainbow Wahine, thanks to her PTA coaches who recommended her to the UH Tennis Coach whom they were friends with. “So I’ve been here in Hawaii for 4 years. I finished my undergrad degree in sports marketing and I’m doing my masters in public administration. I actually just finished my last college match ever last Sunday. We lost in the finals of our conference but I won my singles match,” Roxanne noted. Asked if she had any plans of turning pro, the budding Kagay-anon tennis prodigy replied: “Realistically speaking, no. I’m not planning on going pro.”  So far, her future plans hinges on a summer tennis clinic on Chicago she plans to go to and she would decide what she wanted to do after that. “But honestly speaking, I wanna take a break for a bit. Haha, I think I’m a little bit overworked after all these years. Just a quick break then bakbakan na ulit!” Good luck on the future Roxanne. Cagayan de Oro is proud of you. Roxanne is the only daughter of Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Benjie Resma and Monette A. Resma  of 7/12 Inside Out Travel & Tours. Her sibling include Aaron, 24, and Elijah 10.

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136 passengers and crew safe as Boeing 737 jet skids off runway

May 4, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Digital, May 4) - All of the passengers on board Boeing 737 jet were safe as plane skidded off  the runway and went straight into the river in Florida, police authorities reported Saturday. The passenger plane came from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and scheduled to land at a naval airport when it suddenly slide off and went straight to St John's river in Jacksonville, Florida. Luckily, police authorities said, all the 136 passengers and crew cheated death and were safely rescued out of the plane when rescuers came.  Investigation disclosed that the Miami Air International plane, which may have been chartered by the US military, was negotiating to land at a military naval base when incident occured at around 9:40 pm. The police are still investigating the cause of the incident which could have killed all the passengers. The police said there were no recorded fatalities but two of the passengers suffered minor injuries. It was a heavy thunderstorm when the plane attempted to land, it was learned.  The Jacksonville sheriff immediately twitted that all the 136 passengers onboard the Boeing 737 jet were all safe and accounted for, so there's no need to panic for immediate families and relatives. The plane did not submerge as it only reached the shallow portion of St. John river.  #JSO Marine Unit was called to assist @NASJax_ in reference to a commercial airplane in shallow water. The plane was not submerged. Every person is alive and accounted for. pic.twitter.com/4n1Fyu5nTS — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) May 4, 2019

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FRANZ SABALONES: From a mere traffic enforcer to a BIG TIME druglord in Central Visayas

May 3, 2019

Special feature: First of a series Photo credit to its owners No one could ever claim that the deceased Franz Sabalones was a BIG TIME druglord in Central Visayas until he confessed to President Duterte that he was such. With his simple clothing everyday, he is just an ordinary man in the street, wearing a plane white T-shirt, a ball cap on his head, and a pair of ordinary, black denim jeans. video credit to UNTV Self confessed druglord Franz Sabalones' name surfaced in the media when President Duterte assumed office and declared a bloody war against the illegal drug trade in the country.   Sabalones and his brother Frals Sabalones, who was then the Vice-Mayor of their hometown in San Fernando, Pampanga surrendered to President Duterte and confessed that he was a bigtime druglord operating in Central Visayas, while his brother wanted to clear his name as among those included drug protectora and drug personalities in the first narcolist made public by police authorities. President Duterte accepted Franz surrender motive when the brothers personally met the president and then Sabalones started to name government officials and some top-ranking police officers in the Visayas that reportedly under his payola. His implications of these alleged protectors got the ire of those names of top PNP officials he whispered to the president, and some threatened to sue Sabalones. Sabalones revelation resulted to the revamp in the PNP hierarchy in the Visayas, and some of those tagged as drug protector police officers were even transfrerred in Mindanao during the PNP reign of senatoriable General Ronald "Bato" Delarosa Govt freezed Sabalones 350 Million total assets When the self-confessed druglord was shot dead in Quezon City while embarking at a billiard joint, he left over P350 Million in total assets: P76 Million of the money was deposited in his personal bank accounts while the rest are properties, including his six Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), a 6.4 hectare poultry farm and a beach resort in San Fernando.   The government freezed all the assets of the self-confessed druglord in the Visayas while investigation is still being conducted to verify why a mere traffic enforcer in Cebu City became a multi-millionaire in a span of five years. If found guilty that his money came from illegal drug trade and other illegal businesses, an agency like AMLC is going to sequester all of his assets in favor of the government....TO BE CONTINUED   video credit to GMAnews

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Siargao Island

May 3, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital, May 3) - Earthquakes continue to jolt different areas in Mindanao. Starting from Surigao, Davao Provinces and this time Siargao Island, with a magnitude of 4.2, the Philippine Istitute of Volcanology and Seismology reported Friday. Phivolcs said the recent tremor which happened on May 2 at around 7:34 pm, was an aftershock of the April 26 earthquake which a registered a magnitude of 5.5 in the same island of Surigao del Norte province. Government agencies especially the local disaster risk reduction and management councils (drrmcs) have not reported yet the extent of damage of the recent quake. The epicenter was reported to be 55 kilometers northeast of Pacific Ocean facing the town of General Luna, one of the surfing destinations in Siargao Island. General Luna is the home of international surfing competitions. Phivolcs also said all the quakes that hit Mindanao were all tectonic in origin and therefore no tsunami was raised by the state agency.    Right now and due to the series of quakes that hit Mindanao Island, all DRMMCs are on standby alesrt.

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God of death giant asteroid to meet Earth in 10 years

May 3, 2019

A giant asteroid with a total measurement of 1,100-foot-wide is expected to meet Earth in 2029. Code named 99942 Apophis, the name was derived from a Greek name for an Egyptian serpent swallowing the sun, the NASA reported. However, NASA assured that there's no need to worry, though. The giant Apophis is going to miss the earth by a wide margin of approximately 19,000 miles. But NASA said its size as well as its close distance to Earth will mean that this will give special moments with some scientists and astronomers. Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at NASA said the Apophis reported close approach in 2029 will be an amazing opportunity for science. "It's relatively rare for such a large object to pass so close to Earth." She said this giant asteroid can be seen through telescopes and radar. "With radar observations, we might be able to see surface details that are only a few meters in size." Apophis can also be visible to the naked eye maybe through a bright spot of light. "As the asteroid passes over the Atlantic ocean, its path briefly turns from red to grey — that is the moment of closest approach. After closest approach, the asteroid will move into the daytime sky and will no longer be visible," NASA's model revealed. Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near Earth Objects Studies said "Apophis is a representative of about 2,000 currently known potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs)."By observing Apophis during its 2029 flyby, we will gain important scientific knowledge that could one day be used for planetary defense."

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Ombudsman finds ex-NFA administrator, 2 customs officials guilty of rice smuggling

May 2, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN Digital, May 1) - A former top-ranking official of National Food Authority (NFA) and two officials of the Bureau of Customs were ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman as they were found guilty of rice smuggling. In its decision, those found guilty of administrative charges of grave misconduct were Jason Aquino, former NFA administrator; former Cagayan de Oro district collector Tomas Alcid and Genifelle Lagmay, former customs liaison officer to the NFA.  It was Ombudsman Samuel Martires and Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval who approved the decision. Others penalties meted to them include “cancellation of civil service eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits, perpetual disqualification from holding public office and from taking civil service examination.”  On September 2017, Senator Panfilo Lacson filed a complaint in the Ombudsman for economic sabotage, graft as well as grave misconduct against former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and three other officials in relation with the reported rice smuggling involving two shipments of rice to Cebu Lite Trading Inc. Based on investigations, the first shipment of imported rice from Vietnam containing 21,800 bags valued at $370,600 arrived in Cagayan de Oro port  on March 9, 2017. Another shipment of smuggled rice with 18,800 of the same type and were valued at $309,400 also entered Cagayan de Oro port after a week.   Lacson claimed the two importations were already declared abandoned and seized in favor of the government based on two rulings issued by Alcid on April 26 because it lacks the pertinent importation permits as well as payment dues. It was learned that impor entry on said smuggled rice from Vietnam was March 31, although the shipments arrived in on March 9 and 16. Aquino then issued a certification on May 7 which stated the validity of the importation permits, saying it would retroact to cover the said actual dates of arrival. Alcid then asked for Faeldon's clearance on June 7 to release the rice despite of the expired import permits, it was learned. Faeldon, investigation revealed, allowed the release of the two shipments. “Under these circumstances, respondents Aquino, Alcid and Lagmay are blameworthy for having dealt with CLTI whose business was favored directly with the functions of their office,” the Ombudsman claimed in its decision. The Ombudsman also said “Their separate acts evidence the elements of corruption, clear intent to violate the law of flagrant disregard of established rule. Hence, they should be held administratively liable for grave misconduct.”  The special investigating panel created by the Ombudsman has recommended to charge Faeldon, Aquino, Alcid and Lagmay on the reported rice smuggling shipments. A special investigating panel from the Ombudsman has already recommended the filing of graft charges against Faeldon, Aquino, Alcid, and Lagmay over the rice shipments. The panel found probable cause to charge those accused of the appropriate charges under section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The fact-finding panel found probable cause to charge the four individuals for Section 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

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