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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carlo Biado shoved the Philippines back on top of world pool Thursday night.Flaunting the full range of his armory, Biado trounced Roland Garcia, 13-5, in their all-Filipino tussle for the World 9-Ball Championship title in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT Pitted against the 18-year-old Kaci, Garcia, a former money game player, shattered a 2-2 count to forge ahead, 7-4, and finally break Kaci’s fighting spirit, 9-5.Biado became the fourth Filipino to rule the event, tracing the footsteps of Reyes in 1999, Ronato Alcano in 2006 and Francisco “Django” Bustamante in 2010. Alex Pagulayan topped the event in 2003, but he was representing Canada then.With his runner-up finish, Garcia matched Alcano’s effort in 2011 and that of Antonio Gabica in 2013. Bustmante also placed second in 2002 and Roberto Gomez in 2007.Biado did not break a sweat in advancing to the Final Four as his quarterfinals opponent, Chinese Liu Haitao, overslept and got disqualified for failing to show up for the match within the 15-minute grace period. Liu arrived ten minutes past the allotted extra time and Biado was rewarded an 11-0 victory without pocketing a single ball.In 2015, Biado came close to his first major win, yielding to Taiwanese Ko Pin-yi, 11-9, in their battle for the World 10-ball title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone F2 forces rubber match for PSL Grand Prix title, survives Petron MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Once regarded in the same mold as the legendary Efren “Bata” Reyes, Garcia made one last push to 11-5, but Biado quashed his desperate bid by reaching the hill in the next rack, 12-5.If it’s any consolation, Garcia earned $15,000 for his effort.Earlier in the morning, Biado and Garcia hurdled separate semifinal rivals.Biado subdued Taiwanese Wu Kun-lin, 11-6, while Garcia trounced Albanaian sensation Klenti Kaci by the samescore.Against Wu, Biado broke free from a 3-3 count by taking the next four racks, reaching the hill at 10-6, and eventually ousting the last Taiwanese standing.ADVERTISEMENT All that Biado needed was win the first seven racks to frustrate Garcia, who was hoping to complete an amazing climb to international acclaim.From 7-0, it was a virtual cruise for the 34-year-old Biado to the $30,000 (about P1.8 million) champion’s purse at Al Arabi Sports Club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGarcia, lacking in big-time tournament experience, tried to make a fight out of the alternate break format, but could come no closer than 8-3.Showing the form that netted him the World Games gold medal in Poland last July, Biado took the next three racks for an imposing 11-3 spread. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
…Chief Constable admits ranks abusing authority Accusations have been made by the Market Vendors Union of vendors in Georgetown experiencing harassment from City Constables, but M&CC Chief Constable Andrew Foo recently denied that vendors are being harassed.Vendors’ Union president Eon Andrews has said he is concerned about the issue, since it happens to be an ongoing one. He has even alleged that City Constables have been extorting money from vendors.Chief Constable Andrew Foo“A lot of these constables go and shake down the vendors, always seeking to get a raise or to probably get a black bag from these people. They will be collecting these things from a vendor or two, and from the time that vendor stop (giving them anything), they arrest (that vendor),” he told this publication on Saturday.Lack of securityAndrews has also voiced concern that there is inadequate security in the market area, although constables are being paid to do their jobs.“We are concerned that you (City Constables) spend time harassing a set of persons who are trying to get a living, who are trying their best to confirm to the requirements of the City; and then the Constabulary in particular, right in front of them, there are those youngsters who hang around right in front of the parks, robbing people. It means then that people are now afraid to go in those areas and buy,” he complained.When contacted, Foo told Guyana Times he is unaware that vendors are being harassed by City Constables.He noted that it is the constables’ duty to ensure order is maintained in the City. “The Constabulary has a duty to perform in terms of the enforcement of laws. You mentioned some vendors who are making claims of harassment by constables. I, as we speak, have not been, in terms of formally or officially, notified of these claims, and I am saying this based on the fact that the Constabulary is a Policing body,” the Chief Constable explained.He went on to say that the Constabulary has provisions in place for persons who have claims of harassment, which can lead to necessary action being taken against constables.“We will conduct our investigations, which can lead to departmental, in terms of charges, or we can have those ranks placed before the court. Likewise, those persons can, depending on the nature of the matter, they can also make reports to the Police,” Foo said.The Chief Constable went on to note that, in keeping with the law, vending activities should not be done on the streets; and this would most times result in breaches of the law.Abusing authorityFoo admitted that he is aware of the fact that persons within the Constabulary have been abusing their authority, and he is urging vendors to make official reports at the City Constabulary, so that necessary action can be taken.Over the years, vendors have allegedly been facing harassment by City Constables attached to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).In 2016, several vendors took to the streets in the form of a peaceful protest, as they sought to put an end to Council’s harassment.“I think to myself (that) Mr Royston King (Town Clerk) is overstepping his marks. To me, he is behaving as if he was not a poor person. Why is it that you are only attacking the vendors? There are no other working class persons that you can attack? Maybe because he believe that we are sitting at the road corner selling? We are doing a legitimate job, he should allow us to sell our time,” one vendor told Guyana Times.She said the complaints from City Hall are that vendors sometimes leave the area untidy. While that is true to some extent, she claims that council is receiving fees from vendors, and they must know who vends where. “They must be able to tax them, but Peter mustn’t pay for Paul, and Paul pay for all. He is punishing poor people,” she said.