The Duterte government badly needs an Isaac Go.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Ateneo Blue Eagles for winning the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball title. In the next few days, expect to see them in news programs and other TV shows in major local and cable networks. And don’t be surprised if Duterte fanatic Sass Sasot starts questioning why those players from “a very minor league” are being invited as guests.

It was a see-saw battle between La Salle and Ateneo in the second half of Game 3. In the end though, the Ateneo Blue Eagles prevailed, 88-86. The fight was so close Bongbong Marcos thought DLSU should consider filing a protest.

While Thirdy Ravena was named Finals MVP, it was big man Isaac Go’s clutch shooting that generated more buzz. He sort of SAVED Ateneo with his end-game heroics – doing it thrice starting with that booming trey in the Final 4 match against FEU. The Duterte government badly needs an Isaac Go. Unfortunately, it could only give us a Bong Go.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles have won. They ruled the UAAP men’s basketball. They’re on top. Rumors say some Ateneo fanatics are pushing for a revolutionary team to win more titles.

The do-or-die game between La Salle and Ateneo was another epic thriller. Basketball fans absolutely loved it. The only thing I hated about the finals was…. UP’s not playing.

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Businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, Ateneo’s No. 1 supporter, is reportedly giving each member of the championship team an iPhone X. On behalf of the team, Thirdy Ravena thanked MVP, and promised to not use “Viber too much” like his Kuya Kiefer.

The De La Salle Green Archers have been dethroned. Some are blaming Coach Aldin Ayo. Others say it’s the foul trouble. And some fans are blaming Pia Wurtzbach.

Green Archer Ricci Rivero was quoted to have said, “Siguro will ni God na nanalo sila. Di kami nag-pray na sana manalo. Nag-pray kami na whatever happens, sana ‘yong will ni Papa Jesus ang mangyari.” When sought for confirmation, God said, “Nanisi pa ang batang ‘to. ’Pag talo, talo.”

On Twitter, former Ateneo Blue Eagle Chris Tiu said, “That Isaac Go shot was blessed by St. Francis Xavier, whose feast we celebrate today & patron of Xavier School where Isaac went to HS.” Even St. Francis Xavier was like, “Sige, kunek pa more!”

In a display of sportsmanship, the façade of the St. La Salle Building at the DLSU campus was decked in blue lights on Sunday night after the game. Classy! Next year, that building will turn maroon.

Meanwhile… the Adamson Pep Squad pulled off an upset when it dethroned five-peat seeking NU Pep Squad and beating traditional powerhouses UP Pep Squad and FEU Cheering Squad in the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition. UP’s lackluster performance resulted in the squad’s worst finish in the annual contest. They only placed 6th. Another “schadenfreude moment” for Sara Duterte.

In Other News…
According to the latest SWS survey, the number of Filipinos who considered themselves “poor” increased by three percent in the third quarter of 2017 — prompting President Duterte to doubt the success of the PNP’s Oplan Tokhang.

Following the government’s termination of the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF, presidential spokesman Harry Roque slammed the Communist movement saying, “Passé na at out of tune na ang ipinaglalaban ng CPP-NPA. Laos na ‘yan.” Offended, CPP-NPA founder Jose Maria Sison immediately drafted a counter-statement using his typewriter.
“Win without boasting. Lose without excuse.”
~Albert Payson Terhune

Sound Bites
“Iniwan na nga sila ng China. Kapitalista na ‘yung mga idol nila sa bansa ni Mao Tse Tung. Laos na ‘yan. Kailangan mag-move on na din sila.”
~Harry Roque on the CPP-NPA

“It will NOT be a ‘revolution’ starting a ‘revolutionary government’ the likes started by Bonifacio, Mandela, Gandhi, Cory Aquino, Washington, Bolivar, Sun Yat Sen, all coming from the outside to change the rottenness from within. It will be a scheming take-over the likes started by Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo and Marcos, people already in the corridors of power wanting more power to rule and not to serve. That is plain despotism.”
~Dean Mel Sta Maria at the University of the Philippines School of Economics Auditorium (Nov. 30) speaking before students coming from all over Metro Manila.


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[Photos: ADMU: Mark Demayo/ABSCBN News; Isaac Go: Joaqui Flores/Tiebreaker Times; Thirdy Ravena: The Guidon; DLSU: The La Sallian]


Calumpit is inundated. Hagonoy is under water. And Northern Luzon is being battered by heavy rains. DPWH officials are having a tough time choosing the best location for their next photo op.

Massive floods swamped entire villages in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Pampanga, Residents are blaming Napocor for releasing water from major dams in Luzon at the height of the typhoon. Napocor is blaming rainwater rushing down from the mountains. Surprisingly, President Aquino has yet to blame the previous administration.

Last week, President Aquino pledged 1 million dollars to Japan’s disaster victims. Is it too late to take it back?

State Witness?
Former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos has offered to become a state witness against election officials who allegedly rigged the 2007 elections in Mindanao. In totally unrelated news, Andal Ampatuan Jr. is willing to become a state witness against the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje has suggested the transfer of crocodile Lolong from Agusan del Sur to Quezon City Parks and Wildlife. Apparently, Quezon City wants more!

Reports said Lolong had become lethargic and had not eaten for a month now. As if to protest its captivity, it has also been planking since September 3.

Juan Time
Last Friday, Vice President Binay, representing President Aquino launched the campaign called “Juan Time.” He urged Filipinos to eradicate the habit of “Filipino time” or coming late for appointments. To which the President said, “Ouch!”

Elderly Week
The Philippines is celebrating ‘Elderly Filipino Week’ from October 1 to 7. To mark the weeklong event, the Professional Heckler will not write anything against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Joker Arroyo.

One of the activities this year is the Super Senior Citizens Song Fest on October 4.  Imelda Marcos will perform a special number.

Ten outstanding elderly Filipinos will be awarded this week. Sen. Loren Legarda can’t wait to meet the winners in the ‘Lolo’ category.

UAAP Finals
The Ateneo Blue Eagles soared to a historic 4-peat by beating the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP Finals Saturday. Hats off to Norman Black! Fascinators off to Manny V. Pangilinan! Congratulations!

It was a lopsided victory for MVP’s boys who had the “homecourt advantage” throughout the season.

Next year, the Ateneo Blue Eagles will ‘drive for five.’ Also next year, the UP Pep Squad will ‘sashay for trey.’

Nico Salva was named Finals MVP. Take that Megan Young!

Rookies Kiefer Ravena and Greg Slaughter received their first ever championship rings yesterday. Kiefer and Slaughter: 2 – LeBron James – 0!

Boy on Bandila
‘The King of Talk,’  Boy Abunda is joining Bandila to dish out a nightly dose of entertainment news, and discuss the hottest showbiz controversies with co-anchors Julius Babao, Karen Davila and Ces Drilon. It’s part ‘SNN’ part ‘The Buzz’ within ‘The Bottomline’ within ‘Bandila.’ Consider it the ‘Inception’ of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.

Nadia vs. Rama
Former actress Nadia Montenegro sued her two teenage daughters’ manager, Annabelle Rama for child abuse. Montenegro claims Rama has been forcing her daughters to work overtime, wear sexy outfits, and entertain “powerful” and “influential men.” Or as Ruffa Gutierrez would call it, “My journey.”
“Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.”
~Germaine Greer

McDonald’s Turns 30
McDonald’s is celebrating its 30th year in the Philippines. Thirty years of profit and unhealthy diet. Happy Anniversary!

Ronald McDonald in the Philippines is now 30 years old. Or as Vicki Belo would say, “Too old.”

Oops, he did it again!
Quote of the Week
“The President is not fond of photo ops.”
-Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda when asked by palace reporters why President Aquino was not visible in areas struck by disaster

Just a Rumor
Studio 23 has a program called “Where is Toni?” TV5’s ‘Pinoy Explorer’ is asking “Nasaan si Aga?” Rumors say NBN4 will soon launch a show called, “Find the President!”

Quote of the Week, Too
“I’m so attached to Lolong. I spend most of my time with the crocodile. I consider him my son now.”
~ Bunawan, Agusan Del Sur Mayor Cox Elorde rejecting suggestions to transfer ‘Lolong’ to the Quezon City Parks and Wildlife

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