Floyd turns down $65M to fight Manny

A MUCH-awaited super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t happen anytime soon as the 34-year-old African-American superstar once again turned down a hefty offer of $65 million to face the pound-for-pound king.

“I’m an optimist, and I always felt that they’d eventually fight. At this point, I really feel that they’d never fight,” Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told ABS-CBN. “As recently as this week, people from Singapore offered Mayweather $65 million to fight

Manny Pacquiao and he turned it down.” (more)







Transportation department well supported: Malacañang

MANILA — Reports indicating that Transportation Secretary Jose “Ping” De Jesus left the President’s Cabinet due to lack of support from Malacañang is completely false and unfair, a Palace aide said Saturday.

“That is not true. It is very clear that Secretary De Jesus wants to go back to the private sector so let’s not put color into it and think of any other reason because he said it himself. He made it clear that he does not have a rift with the Aquino family and the President,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over government-run dzRB radio.

She said President Benigno Aquino III has always been supportive, especially because DOTC is one of the key agencies that are part in implementing the public-private partnership projects of the government.

“So it’s not fair to say that the DOTC did not have the support of the President,” she added. (more)




Senate archives impeach complaint vs Gutierrez

The House resolution, impeaching former ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, was referred to the archives Monday morning.

At its first legislative session after the recess, the Senate voted in plenary to refer Gutierrez’s impeachment case to the archives after her resignation on April 29 made a trial unnecessary.

Gutierrez tendered her resignation to President Benigno Aquino III, 10 days before the supposed Senate trial on impeachment case filed against her.

The resignation of Gutierrez, an appointee of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, took effect last May 6.

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the House committee on justice had already written the Senate saying the resignation made Gutierrez’s impeachment moot.

Sotto said the Senate had to dispose of the impeachment resolution “to allow the Senate to focus on more urgent and vital legislation.”

Earlier, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile said impeachment proceedings may no longer push through following Gutierrez’s resignation. <a href=”http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2011/05/09/senate-archives-impeach-complaint-vs-gutierrez-154369″   target=”_blank”><b>(more)</b></a>