Palace dares Tulfo to show proof vs Aguirre

first_img“Mr. Tulfo, the one who is accusing him, should provide information to the proper authorities,” says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. PCOO Aguirre earlier accused Tulfo of defamation for claiming he was protecting human traffickers during his stint as justice secretary. (With PNA/PN) Tulfo earlier claimed that a cut of the bribes were delivered via helicopter to Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon as part of being the protector of the scheme. MANILA – Columnist Ramon Tulfo Jr.should present evidence that former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre IIallegedly protected the “pastillas” bribery scheme at the Bureau of Immigration(BI), Malacañang said. Aguirre believes the motive behind Tulfo’s expose could be personal as the latter him asking for help to consolidate more than 70 libel cases filed by the Iglesia ni Cristo. Aguirre, however, said he turned down the request of Tulfo as it was not part of his duty as Department of Justice secretary. Aguirre said Tulfo then texted him: “Alam ko naman kung bakit ayaw mo akong tulungan sapagkat gusto mong tulungan ka ng Iglesia at ayaw mong ma-offend sila dahil gusto mong tumakbong senador.” “Ako mismo susulat sa Senado kung puwede imbitahan ako para mapabulaanan ko ang kanyang mga akusasyon at masabi ko sa mukha ng Tulfong ‘yan na ikaw ay isang pathlogical liar,” Aguirre said. “Mr. Tulfo, the one who is accusing him,should provide information to the proper authorities. Because unless youprovide the authorities with any information or not, they will notinvestigate,” Panelo said on Monday. “Kung mapansin mo si (Allison) Chiong, ni minsan hindi na-mention ang pangalan ko. Nandoon naman lahat ng senador. Nandoon naman si Chiong. Bakit hindi nila tanungin si Chiong?” he added. Aguirre said in an interview with DZMM on Tuesday that he is willing to appear before the Senate to belie the statements made by Tulfo during the Senate inquiry on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo described Tulfo’s claim as a “serious allegation,” saying authoritiescould not act unless formal complaints are filed against the former justicesecretary. Aguirre II meanwhile denied having knowledge in the “pastillas” scheme. Aguirre also tagged former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, sister of Tulfo, as among those who pushed for the issuance of visas on arrival to Chinese tourists. “Wala pong ginawa ‘yan during our Cabinet meetings kundi kausapin ako kasi daw para naman gumanda ganda ‘yung performance ng kaniyang Department of Tourism (DOT). Hindi lang DOT, marami rin pong agencies of government,” he said. “Few weeks after, katakot-takot na ang sinulat niya (Tulfo) na paninira na column tungkol sa akin,” Aguirre said. last_img read more

Christian Eriksen: Studying Andrea Pirlo has boosted set piece accuracy

first_img Eriksen produced two superb free-kick strikes as Spurs twice fought back from deficits to draw 2-2 at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. They were the Denmark midfielder’s first goals of the season after an injury-hit start to the campaign, but the 23-year-old has underlined his reputation as one of the best free-kick exponents in English football – even if he spoke about an Italian influence. “I’ve watched Pirlo taking free-kicks and he makes it look so easy,” Eriksen said. “When he’s there (over the ball) he knows what to do. “But everybody has a different position of doing it. I know I have my own and it’s working.” Eriksen said that he had not even been practising free-kicks because of a knee injury which ruled him out for a month until mid-September. “I’ve done it for many years but I haven’t really done it since I was injured – I think my practice was in the game because we had a lot of free-kicks. “But I know what feeling I have to step over the ball and score. I’ve always had a good shot and take free-kicks. “At Ajax I only took them at the end of my time there, but at some point it turned after a lot of training and a bit of focusing.” Spurs have lost only once this season, away to Manchester United on the opening day, and have now gone 10 games without defeat in all competitions. And Eriksen believes Spurs can maintain their progress with Mauricio Pochettino now in his second season at White Hart Lane. “There’s always been a good spirit here and, although some new lads have come in, everyone knows what they have to do,” Eriksen said. “It’s a good mix and with the more games we get the more we know each other. “We have had to learn a lot of things pretty quick but now we have the time to build on something and you can see we know what we’re doing. “Everything is still open because a lot of teams are losing points, but that makes it a fun season.” Swansea have gone four games without a league win but their performance against Spurs was a marked improvement on recent defeats at Watford and Southampton. And Spurs old boy Gylfi Sigurdsson believes they are still capable of finishing in the top half of the table. “We started the season really well but we have not been like ourselves the last three or four performances,” Sigurdsson said. “We have dropped points, which is going to happen in the season, and there is still a long way to go. “But if we play our style of football we will be in the top half of the table. “We go away now for the international break but we can build on this game and performance to keep the momentum going.” Press Association Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has revealed studying Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo is the secret behind his dead-ball brilliance.last_img read more

Badly decomposed body found in West Delray Beach

first_imgPolice discovered a badly decomposed body in West Delray Beach Friday morning.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, Teri Barbera, said the body was found shortly before 10 a.m. by a member of Otero Nursery near  155th Lane South.Police say the body appears to be a man, and no foul play is suspected.There is a homeless camp in this area, said the sheriff’s office.Detectives are currently investigating, and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, said Barbera.last_img read more

Boys basketball Bees top RFA, advance to sectional final

first_imgSo instead of a showdown with the Wildcats, it was the Bees against the Black Knights in Sunday’s AA semifinal at SRC Arena, the Bees eager to avenge a 63-61, last-second defeat to RFA on Jan. 20.And it did so, prevailing 74-55 in a game that featured plenty of sophomore sensation J.J. Starling, but also a fine effort from the guys around him.Just like every other opponent this season, the Black Knights were bent on quieting Starling, which it did in the first quarter after he hit an opening-minute 3-pointer. But senior forward Bo Nicholson made up for it by pouring in 10 points to stake the Bees to an 18-13 lead. That margin grew to 28-19 midway through the second quarter despite just two field goals from Starling. Gradually, RFA cut the margin to two, but baskets by Starling and Braden McCard extended the Bees’ advantage to 32-26 going to the break.With neither team able to put together a run, Starling went to work midway through the third quarter, starting with a powerful dunk from the baseline and a 3-pointer from the top of the circle.Even more damaging was the 11-0 run that bridged the third and fourth periods, started by a Starling 3-pointer and culminating with Ben Bifulco converting from long range that made it 58-40, far too much for RFA to overcome.Nicholson finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds to complement Starling’s 31 points and 10 rebounds as Chase Trombley had seven points and Dan Fabrizio got six points.B’ville shot 54 percent (27-for-50) from the field, including 11-for-22 from 3-point range as it also out-rebounded the Black Knights 33-25. Damien Call led the Black Knights with 22 points as he became that school’s all-time leading scorer.Now it’s the Bees against Corcoran, who is seeking its first sectional title since 2000. Those two teams split their regular-season meetings, with the Cougars’ De’Jour Reaves having netted 30 points of his own in his team’s semifinal win over Bishop Ludden.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story For much of its history, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team has not come close to the sort of exalted status it is experiencing this season.Now the heights, and the stakes, are far bigger as on Saturday night at SRC Arena, the Bees will seek the Section III Class AA championship when it takes on the Corcoran Cougars.All of it started with last Tuesday’s wild turn of events in the sectional quarterfinal round. B’ville, the no. 4 seed, handled Auburn 78-44, then watched as top seed and defending state champion West Genesee was stunned by no. 9 seed Rome Free Academy.last_img read more

USC drops its second home game in a row

first_imgLooking to avenge their 61-42 loss to No. 9 UCLA on the road earlier in the season, the USC women’s basketball team came out scoring at a much faster pace on its home court Sunday.But the end result was the same, as the Women of Troy dropped their fourth straight game to their crosstown rivals, 74-67.Not enough · Coming off the bench, senior guard Jacki Gemelos finished with a team-high 16 points Sunday, but the Women of Troy were once again outdone by their crosstown rivals. The loss drops USC to .500 on the year in conference play. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “It was a heck of a basketball game. UCLA proved why they’re the No. 10 team in the country,” said USC coach Michael Cooper. “I have to commend our team, these young ladies were playing their hearts out. If nothing else, we made [UCLA] shake a little bit.”The game marked the fourth loss for the Women of Troy (13-8, 5-5) in their last five games, and their second straight at home.The teams traded baskets throughout most of the first half, with three lead changes and four ties.With the score deadlocked 14-14 with 9:53 remaining in the first half, it looked as though it would be a defensive battle between the Pac-10 foes.But both teams started a flurry of scoring before halftime.The Bruins (19-2, 9-1) relied on offensive rebounding and second-chance points to stake out a 37-33 halftime lead.Senior guard Darxia Morris and junior forward Jasmine Dixon both scored well above their point per game averages, with Morris (12.5) scoring 24 points while Dixon (12.1) chipped in 23.Dixon briefly left the game with 2:23 remaining with a shoulder injury.But she returned before halftime, laying in a basket with less than a minute remaining to give the Bruins their largest lead of the game, 37-29.“[Dixon] is a solid post player. She works hard for every point she gets.” said USC junior guard Ashley Corral.But the Women of Troy managed to keep up with their rivals, forcing a couple of turnovers in the final minute of the first half to close the deficit to 37-33.UCLA came into the game with the better statistical defense, but USC forced the Bruins into 17 turnovers in the game while committing only 14 of their own, most of which came in the last few minutes of the game.“Once we got across half-court, we handled their trap [defense],” Corral said. “I didn’t think their pressure affected us a whole lot. I thought we did a lot better [than last time].”Senior guard Jacki Gemelos led the Trojans in scoring with 16 points, and kept USC within striking distance throughout the game.“I just found the open gaps and took my shot when it was open,” Gemelos said.Gemelos converted her third three-pointer of the game early in the second half to bring her team within one point, 45-44.She finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench.After that, the teams traded scoring runs. The Bruins went on a 12-4 run to gain their largest lead of the game.But the Women of Troy refused to collapse, responding with a 12-5 run to close the deficit to 62-60 with 3:56 remaining in the game.But the Women of Troy couldn’t quite regain the lead. With more than a minute remaining, UCLA collected a crucial offensive rebound while up 66-62.“When you play a top-10 team, it’s about the little things,” Cooper said. “Obviously, the way we were outrebounded [37-25] didn’t help.”USC junior guard Briana Gilbreath fouled Bruin guard Doreena Campbell, who calmly converted both free throws.The Trojans turned the ball over on their next two possessions, nailing their own coffin and sealing the game for the Bruins.The Women of Troy now sit at fifth place in the Pac-10, half a game behind Arizona State and California, which own 6-5 conference records.USC continues the second half of conference play with trips to Oregon and Oregon State next week.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Grassley: Pressure is building to find compromise, end government shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says, “Shutdowns are not a way to do business,” and he’s hopeful the president and Democrats who control the U.S. House will be able to reach a compromise very soon.“I don’t have any indication of when it might end,” Grassley says, “but I think pressure builds very rapidly after a couple of weeks and I think that will bring people to the table.”President Trump plans to visit the U.S.-Mexican border later this week to emphasize his call for building a wall, which is the main sticking point between the White House and Democrats.Grassley, a Republican, says both sides have to be willing to give in order to reach accord and bring federal workers back from furlough.Grassley says, “It’s going to have to be something that includes meeting the needs of border security as well as funding the government.”Multiple federal agencies ran out of money on December 22nd as Congressional Democrats blocked Trump’s request for $5.7 billion for the border wall.“It seems to me it ought to be easy to find some sort of a compromise between almost six-billion and one-and-a-half billion that’s already been agreed to,” Grassley says. “Normally, when it comes to appropriations, we cut that in half.”House Democrats passed a bill last week that included one-point-three billion dollars for border security, but the measure has not yet been taken up in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority.last_img read more