Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite facing a whole nation in support of Aoki, Folayang is unfazed with the forthcoming atmosphere since he knows his win over his Japanese foe back in 2016 is still in the air.Folayang (21-6) said his devastation of Aoki (42-8) in their first fight on Nov. 11, 2016 at Singapore Indoor Stadium left a lasting effect that would still be felt come their rematch on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“What I will do is train hard because he knows I’m ready for this fight and that alone has a psychological effect on him,” said Folayang in Filipino Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway for Team Lakay’s media lunch.https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/636636650124987/ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eduard Folayang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eduard Folayang is nearly three months back at the top of ONE Championship’s lightweight division and his first defense is against the man that he beat to get to that golden pedestal.The Philippines’ mixed martial arts icon will defend his ONE World lightweight title against Shinya Aoki in ONE: A New Era in a rematch more than two years in the making in a country his opponent deeply understand—Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES View comments “As a citizen of this country I have to do my part because this is the area I’ve excelled at and I will show to the world that the Filipinos can excel in this area,” said Folayang. “This is a very big thing for me because I’m not just carrying myself but I’m carrying all the people.”“It gives me a lot of pride and motivation representing the people around me and of course all my countrymen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ll go there looking for war. I think once he feels fear, it’s in him on how he’ll react.”Folayang annihilated Aoki in their first fight, taking the title via technical knockout after referee Yuji Shimada stopped the fight 41 seconds into the third round.The 35-year-old Folayang made one successful defense of his title against Ev Ting, pulling off a unanimous decision but lost in his next fight via a stunning knockout against Martin Nguyen a day before he got to celebrate the anniversary of his victory against Aoki.Since the loss, Folayang racked up three straight wins all ending in convincing decisions. In the last one against Amir Khan, the Landslide pummeled the Singaporean for five rounds to regain the belt.Folayang also added that he’s traveling to Japan not only as a fighter but as a citizen of the Philippines—a country he vowed to represent in the best way possible.ADVERTISEMENT 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 award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Air Padda out as Adamson Lady Falcons head coach Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ
PM’s $5M reform expenditureAs the appointments of a substantive Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice (CJ) remain in limbo, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is contending the Government is perhaps not too serious about advancing constitutional reform.Parliament BuildingAt a sitting of the National Assembly earlier this month, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had disclosed that his secretariat spent some $5 million on constitutional reform, but the Opposition cast doubt on the expenditure based on its position that it was not clear how the funds were being utilised.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo spoke on the issue at two recent press conferences, where reporters sought to ascertain the Party’s response to the Prime Minister’s expenditure. Jagdeo, who is a former President, appeared not to be too convinced about the spending, saying that constitutional reform should be broad-based.“If you trace how it is spent, it is probably spent for drinks and food maybe … we have an open mind to constitutional reform once it comes out of a consultative process, is broad-based and that the people of our country support it; not anything contrived in an office by a few people who think they know best for all of our people across Guyana. I don’t think they’re serious about it,” Jagdeo observed last week.He also said that the PPP was willing to “move forward the process” of such reforms, as he called on the Government to meet at the table. He stressed that any reform must reflect the will of the Guyanese public.“Let’s discuss it to see what is possible; we don’t know what will be the outcome,” highlighted Jagdeo, who is the PPP’s General Secretary.His fellow Party executive, Anil Nandlall, who served as Attorney General in the PPP/C Government, told Guyana Times earlier this month that Government was not fulfilling its promises regarding the reform. The Attorney had even questioned the veracity of the PM’s $5 million expenditure as he noted that three and a half years in Government passed without any tangible steps being taking towards achieving constitutional reform. “We had a report done by a few persons handpicked by the Prime Minister and we were told millions were expended; it was handed to the PM and we have heard nothing about the report since,” the PPP executive complained.In August 2015, the Prime Minister appointed a Steering Committee that was supposed to lay the framework for a new constitutional process. The Committee’s convener was Attorney Nigel Hughes, while constitution expert Haslyn Parris was named as a member in addition to Professor Harold Lutchman and Attorneys Gino Persaud and Geeta Chandan-Edmond.However, Nandlall had pointed out that the Committee “did not speak” with the PPP, which is the only Opposition party in the National Assembly. In the 2018 Budget, it was outlined that the Office of the Prime Minister spent $5 million on constitutional reform out of the $109.2 million allocated to Nagamootoo’s secretariat, under the sub heading ‘other’.Highlighting the slow implementation of the functioning of certain constitutional bodies, Nandlall posited that the current administration was not embarking on the required measures to achieve the reforms which it assured would have been carried out.Aside from the non-appointment of acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and acting CJ, Roxane George, SC, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) which appoints Magistrates and recommends Judges for the President to appoint was not currently constituted.President David Granger, who is currently receiving treatment for cancer in Cuba, had recommended Justice Cummings-Edwards for the CJ position and Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth Benjamin for the post of Chancellor. The Opposition Leader did not agree and as such, the conformation of two posts remains in limbo.The life of the most recent JSC ended in September 2017 along with the Police Service Commission (PSC). However, the PSC was constituted in August 2018, nearly one year later. In the PSC’s absence, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix acting in the capacity of Public Security Minister for Khemraj Ramjattan instructed then acting Police Commissioner to send an Assistant Superintendent of Police home, but the High Court has determined this as unconstitutional.Prior to the President’s ailment, he and the Opposition Leader were not meeting regularly to discuss urgent constitutional posts, but the two sides eventually met after former United States President Jimmy Carter intervened.