France’s Evan Fournier is in PH Shooting Hoops

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Evan Fournier, a member of the French national basketball team is in the country. He posted photos of him in his instagram shooting hoops in Coron Palawan.

  “It’s practice time in #Palawan #Philippines” 
“First day and already back in the court”

Fournier, Orlando Magic guard, is expected to represent France in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Mall of Asia Arena this july. Gilas Pilipinas will battle Fance in the 1st day of the tournament.

Duterte Scolds Aussie, US Ambassadors

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Philippine presidential aspirant Rodrigo ‘Digong’ Duterte said during his sortie in Pastrana Park in Kalibo capital town that the Australian and United States ambassadors should keep their mouth shut and stay out of Philippine politics.
“You’re not Filipinos. Shut up. Do not interfere because it’s election time.” Mayor Duterte said in front of his about 5,000 supporters. “I was exercising my constitutional rights” he also said.
This in response to the statements of the two ambassadors regarding The Davao City mayor’s Rape joke.

Duterte’s Bad joke about Rape
Australian ambassador Amanda Gorely posted in Twitter “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

Autralian Ambassador Tweets about the Rape joke
Unites States ambassador Philip Goldberg said in an interview aired by CNN Philippines “I can only agree with the colleague from the Australian Embassy,” Goldberg said in an interview aired by CNN Philippines.

“Any statements by anyone, anywhere that either degrade women or trivialize issues so serious as rape or murder, are not ones that we condone,” he added.

Duterte Apologizes

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Presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the Filipinos for his joke of the rape and murder of an Australian missionary.  
“I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me,” Duterte said in a statement sent to the media.

Watch: Duterte’s Bad Joke about Rape

But the tough talking Mayor insisted that he won’t apologize for “the things I’ve done to protect our people, especially the weak and defenseless, from crime.”

Here is the official statement of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte:


Australian Ambassador Tweets about Rape

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Australian ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said on twitter “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

Although she did not mention any names, Rodrigo Duterte joked about the Australian missionary woman who was raped and murdered in Davao city in a video that went viral two days ago.

Duterte’s Bad Joke about Rape 

Philippines will be hosting the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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It will be another great year for Philippine Basketball, as the country prepares for the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Phillipines has been selected by FIBA as one of the 3 countries that will host the 2016 OQT. It will be held on July 4 – 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The other two host countries are Italy and Serbia. FIBA announced #‎FIBAOQT‬ hosts for the ‪#‎RoadToRio‬ last tuesday, January 19, 2016. 
Gilas Pilipinas will face five of these teams in Manila: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Angola, Tunisia, Senegal, New Zealand, Iran, Japan, Latvia, Croatia and Turkey. 
The draw for the team grouping will be on January 26, 2016. 

Preparing Gilas, The Philippine National Pool

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Now that the PBA season is over, National Coach, Tab Baldwin is now working with the PBA for the formation of the national pool to conquer the 2015 FIBA Asia Championsip on September 23 to Oct 3 in Changsha, China.
The American-New Zealander coach has two months to prepare Gilas for the 2015 FIBA Asia championship where the winner gains automatic berth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Baldwin is expected to announce the members of the national pool before the month ends. Gilas is set to start training on august 1, when naturalized player Andray Blatche is set to arrive in the Philippines to join Gilas.
Players who are likely to be included in the list are two-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, guards Jayson Castro and Paul Lee, forward Ranidel de Ocampo and Ginebra bigman Greg Slaughter. Players from Blackwater, KIA and NLEX are unlikely to join the pool since these teams will not be touched by Baldwin.