Boxing on the ropes, ducking an Olympic knockout at Asian Games “I will try to achieve an ambitious goal with South Korea, which is to win the Asian Cup and qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” Bento said in his first meeting with the media on Thursday in Seoul. “It’s going to be a long project, but I’ll also use this opportunity to take South Korean soccer to the next level.”Bento, who also has experience in Brazil, Greece and China, has a chance to evaluate his players in person when he names his first roster on Monday ahead of two friendly games on home soil. Korea takes on Costa Rica on Sep.7 and then Chile four days later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We have so many talented young players, so we should give them an opportunity,” he said. “We’ll have two friendly matches next month, and it’s my opportunity to check the players.”Bento has been busy watching videos of his new team, which exited the 2018 World Cup under Shin Tae-yong at the group stage despite defeating Germany in the final game in Russia. View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “There are players who competed in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup but didn’t go to Russia,” he said. “I’ll finalize the roster once I review all the players.”South Korea has been drawn with China, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in the Asian Cup.“We will be playing opposition that will be defensive and we need to find a way to solve those issues,” Bento said.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, then Olympiakos’ coach Paulo Bento holds the ball during the Europa League Group B soccer match between Olympiakos and APOEL at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)SEOUL, South Korea— New South Korea coach Paulo Bento wants to bring the Asian Cup back to Seoul for the first time since 1960.The former Portugal and Sporting Lisbon boss was appointed last week to take the Taeguk Warriors to the 2022 World Cup but the 49 year-old first wants continental success in January.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MP sent to disciplinary committee…prepared to file court actionThe move to send Member of Parliament, Harry Gill to the Committee of Privileges over a letter to the editor in the local press is not sitting well with the parliamentary Opposition, as it plans to bring the matter to the attention of the diplomatic community and even challenge it in the courts if necessary.Opposition parliamentarian Harry GillThis was communicated in a broadcast by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who was adamant that fellow Opposition parliamentarian Gill was within his rights in his letter which appeared in sections of the media.In the letter, Gill had alleged bias in decision-making on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland’s part. For that and at the urging of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the Speaker on Monday referred him to the Committee.“We are not going to leave this like that,” Nandlall emphasised. “We are going to write the International Parliamentary Association. We are going to write the diplomatic community. And we are going to challenge it in the courts of law if it means we have to go to that extent to protect our right to speak.”“You would recall that they did the same thing to (former Home Affairs Minister) Clement Rohee, when they had a one-seat majority in the Opposition. They gagged him from speaking. And I took it to the courts and I won.”Nandlall contended that since he must keep order, the Speaker has the right to take action against MPs once their infractions are of a serious nature and within the National Assembly. That right, he pointed out, does not extend beyond the parliamentary chambers.Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland“Freedom of speech is fundamental to a democratic parliament (and) a fundamental right. This means we can criticise. We can criticise the President. We can criticise the Judiciary. And, of course, we can criticise the Parliament. But in our criticism, we must not bring the institution into disrepute. And when we criticise, we must put out the facts, which are supportive of our criticism. And we must always criticise in good faith.”FactsAccording to Nandlall, Gill had recited a series of factual events which occurred in Parliament to support his contention of bias in his letter titled “There are inconsistencies in the Speaker’s rulings on sub judice and other matters”.“It is not that Harry stayed home and came to this conclusion (of bias). He cited examples known to all of us,” Nandlall noted. “For example, I spoke of a matter and I was asked to produce a source of that information. And I cited a source. But the Speaker told me I must produce a source. And when I was unable to produce the source, the Speaker asked me to withdraw the statement.”Nandlall recalled that his source was a newspaper article, which he was willing to go home and retrieve. But the former AG noted that when the Speaker insisted he withdraw his statement and he refused, he was asked to leave.“A few nights ago, (Attorney General) Basil Williams made certain comments and Gail Teixeira asked for his source. He did not provide any source and the Speaker did not reprimand him. But I was asked to leave the Parliament.“So, if Harry Gill compares those two instances and then comes to the conclusions that the Speaker is in favour of the Government and against the Opposition, does Harry Gill not have the freedom of expression to write that? People have a right to say that if they can cite examples to support it.”Nandlall recalled another instance where he had produced documents showing that the subject of a debate was sub judice, but he said the Speaker refused to look at these documents. However, he referenced instances when Williams made a similar contention without producing evidence.“But the Speaker then, without a single piece of evidence, tells me that I have to shut up and not speak on the matter, because Basil Williams says it’s in the court and he has no document to show and I, on that occasion, had all the documents to show. If this (bias) is so, what does he (Speaker) want people to say and write?”“If a judge is biased and one can show by factual examples that the Judge is biased, he can’t feel aggrieved. Every person has a right to speak the truth. The truth is a complete defence to libel. I can say the worst things about you, but if it’s the truth you cannot succeed in any case. Harry Gill was speaking the truth, but today he is being censored.”Nandlall acknowledged that after his statement there may be a desire to silence him as well. But the Attorney-at-Law was adamant that such moves would be challenged, and noted that “if they can do that to us, what would they do to the ordinary people of this land?”