BALKMAN, THE POPE and THE SUICIDE

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After the controversial choke, former New York Knick and Denver Nugget forward Renaldo Balkman was summoned to the commisioner’s office. The incident spread like wildfire, the @NOTBillWalton twitter account had some amusing remarks on the incident while followers of the BleacherReport.com’s facebook account blasted Renaldo Balkman’s shenanigans as he both choked figuratively and literally during the game, a first I guess.

While waiting for “judgment day”, Balkman made peace with his teammates (including Arwind Santos, that was capped off by their handshake and hug at the AKTV Center) and coaching staff as his teammates rally behind him in support, as he tried to defend himself against a panel that will review the incident including hard boiled PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.

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The whole Petron team led by Arwind Santos in slippers and Head Coach Olsen Racela the guy on your right with a fist on his face (picture from Interaktv.com)

Even with all the support from some Petron fan and the team, with a heartfelt apology on National TV that actually eclipsed the San Mig Coffee and Ginebra game, the league has come to a decision and a very rough one. A lifetime ban in the PBA, please read the image below.

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THE DECISION ON WHY BALKMAN GOT A LIFETIME BAN IN THE PBA (from Interaktv.com)

The decision on Balkman’s expulsion from the PBA, raised eyebrows to the fans, some “Petron Die Hards” would say that the Commissioner was paid because Balkman made a mediocre (yes mediocre) team better. Yet some praised the Commissioner on his decision. Even actor Robin Padilla said in a statement that he would go to war with Commissioner Salud, as a testament of respect.

THE POPE

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Pope Francis the first Latin Pope elected, photo from wikipedia

Last March 13, 2013, the Roman Catholic Church unveiled a new Pope after Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the Papacy, the successor is an Argentian Bishop named Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He will now be known as Pope Francis, named after Saint Francis of Assisi, St. Francis is known for his humility and love of God. The new Pope even took a bus, instead of riding limos when he’s in Rome. 

I guess the Catholic Church is on the right track.

THE SUICIDE

A UP Manila freshmen killed herself a few days ago because she won’t be able to enroll this coming semester, her family currently owes about Php 10,000 according to the UP Manila registar. What’s sad about this story is that Kristel (the student’s name) is a very good student, a combination of beauty and brains but her family fell through hard times. After his father got canned as a warehouse supervisor the only thing that kept her family going is that Kristel is going to a great school in UP (a State University here in the Philippines), but unfortunately because the family lacked the budget and of course a very stiff policies of UP, the family fell into a deeper hole, as they missed payment after payment putting the young Kristel’s future in danger. Hence she committed suicide. Read the following story on the link that I will provide below.

Kristel’s suicide could have been prevented, not that I blame the UP Admin for screwing her life up by cowardly ending her own life, but I just wish the school Admins all over the Philippines can show a bit of compassion to those deserving students that needed education and my guess is Kristel is a deserving student. I just wish this will be a lesson not only to UP, but also to reputed schools such as Ateneo, La Salle, UST to have a heart.

Till next time!

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/03/17/920669/new-enrolment-ruling-if-only-kristel-had-known

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