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Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP


FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The previous time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady opened a season at home against Kansas City in 2008, it ended with him limping off the field with a season-ending knee injury.
Now nine years removed from the most significant injury of his career, Brady said it is the furthest thing from his mind as New England prepares to host the Chiefs on Thursday night.
“Yeah, I didn’t think about that,” Brady said Monday. “Time flies.”

What’s also a distant memory is the unfamiliar situation he found himself in last season when he was forced to sit out the first four games of 2016 after accepting his four-game “Deflategate” punishment.
Brady brushed off that disappointment by capturing his fifth Super Bowl in February. Now he’s happy just to be thinking about football and how to get the best of a Kansas City team that was the AFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs last season.
It’s a unique challenge for a Patriots offense that will have several new options for the 40-year-old quarterback to utilize as he tries to deal with a defense that ranked first in the NFL last season with 33 takeaways.
With minimal new film of Kansas City’s starters to dissect at this point, Brady is expecting to see plenty of wrinkles from what he called an “explosive” unit.
One of the players he singled out was cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions during the 2015 regular season. He followed that up by tying for second in the league with six picks in 2016.
Brady also is expecting to be challenged by safety Eric Berry and the active linebacker duo of Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston.
“They have playmakers,” Brady said. “When they’re roaming around, you can’t just stare them down right where you want to throw the ball. It’s always a little cat and mouse with safeties and cornerbacks. … That’s why they force that many turnovers.”
But Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said familiarity alone won’t be enough to get Brady off his game.

“I don’t know if it helps. You’re aware of how good he is,” Sutton said. “When you play (271) games, pass for 61,000 yards — or whatever he has — you’re playing against a football player, a quarterback that’s really talented, that has a great skillset — great command of his offense in all regards. It’s just a huge challenge.”
But even at 40, Brady said opening a season in prime time still offers the same excitement as it did early in his career.
“Everyone’s pretty amped up for this one,” he said. “It’s been waiting a long time for this. … It’s a big game and it’s an important one.”

 

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Wife of Palawan vice mayor: Drugs, guns found in house planted

Puerto Princesa City Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida durig the raid on his house early Monday by elements of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group. DEMPTO ANDA


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — The wife of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III said the illegal drugs and firearms found in their house by police during Monday’s raid might have been planted by unknown suspects.
Following the arrest of her husband, Luis, on Monday morning, Monette Marcaida said the evidence might have been left by four armed men who barged into their house around 3:30 a.m., or right before the raiding team arrived.
“They told us to lie down. They were wearing bonnets. That was before the village captain and the media were there,” a tearful Monette told reporters.

She said the unidentified men forcibly entered the house and herded them to the second floor where they were told to lie face down on the floor.
The vice mayor was arrested at his house in Barangay Bancao-Bancao early on Monday in a raid led by Supt. Enrico Rigor of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG).
The raiding team was armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Reynaldo Alhambra, executive judge of the Manila Regional Trial Court.
Found in the house were 30 sachets of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth) hidden behind Marcaida’s portrait on the ground floor.
Rigor denied Monette’s claim, saying the team arrived in the house around 4 a.m. to serve the warrant on Marcaida.
“If there is only a security camera (that could have recorded the events), that would help us know if the allegations are true or not,” Rigor said.
In a press conference following the raid, Rigor said that aside from the packs of shabu, the police team also found a .22 caliber rifle, a .38 caliber revolver, three rifle grenades, a fragmentation grenade, 5.56 mm ammunition, four .45 caliber pistols and magazines.
Also retrieved was a box purportedly containing P280,000 in cash and a piece of paper that had the name of a judge and another person Rigor identified as a Mr. So. Rigor did not identify the judge.
Rigor said the note indicated payments of P35,000 that were supposed to be made to the judge and a separate payment of P50,000 to So.
“Instinct reveals that we have to investigate this (payments) further,” the police officer said.
Rigor said his team would question the people linked to the money found in the vice mayor’s possession.
Supt. Ronnie Bacuel, officer in charge of the Puerto Princesa City police, said Marcaida was a “high-value target” on the regional PNP’s drug list.
Marcaida is involved in a legal dispute with Mayor Lucilo Bayron over the city’s mayoral post arising from a dismissal case against the latter. The case is pending in the Office of the Ombudsman.

 

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Cops in torture-slay of teenager face raps

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Monday said it would bring murder charges against policemen who tortured and shot dead a teenager accused of robbery, the second such case in just over a week against police from Caloocan City.
PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said an autopsy conducted by forensic experts indicated that Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, was tortured before he was shot in Caloocan, and the way he was killed was similar to that of Grade 12 student Kian Loyd delos Santos, who was shot dead by policemen in the same city in a drug raid on Aug. 16.
The death of 17-year-old Delos Santos stirred rare public outrage over President Duterte’s fierce war on drugs, in which thousands of suspects have been killed.
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Delos Santos was dragged by plainclothes policemen to a dark, trash-filled alley before he was shot three times and left next to a pigsty, according to witnesses.
Police claimed Delos Santos was armed and they killed him in self-defense.
The body of Arnaiz, a former student of the University of the Philippines, was found on Aug. 28 by his parents in a morgue.
He was last seen alive on Aug. 17. Police said Arnaiz was accused of robbing a taxi driver and died in an ensuing firefight with officers.
The teenager’s parents dispute the police account.
Tomas Marleo Bagcal, 54, the taxi driver allegedly robbed by Arnaiz, submitted two statements to the police, one on Aug. 18 and the other on Aug. 29 after the teenager’s parents had learned the boy was already dead.
In the first statement, Bagcal said he did not know who held him up. There was no description of the robber in the statement.
But in the second statement, he gave a description of the alleged robber that matched the police description of Arnaiz.
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He also claimed that he joined the policemen in chasing Arnaiz and took cover behind an electric post when the shootout broke out.
The killing of Arnaiz has not been linked to the campaign against drugs.
Similarities
Acosta said she could not help but notice the similarities between the cases of Delos Santos and Arnaiz.
“These are really emotional cases. The cases of Kian and Carl had parallelisms and common denominators. How come these incidents both happened in Caloocan?” she told reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Acosta accompanied the parents and sister of Arnaiz to a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who directed the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the killing of Arnaiz.
“Initially, the autopsy (done by the PAO) showed that what happened was contrary to the allegations of the policemen that (Arnaiz) fought it out,” Aguirre said.
He said the DOJ was willing to provide the family of Arnaiz provisional coverage of the Witness Protection Program to ensure their safety.
PAO forensic expert Erwin Erfe said Arnaiz sustained five gunshot wounds—three in the center of the chest, one on the left side of the chest and another in the back of his right arm, “which looked like a defense wound.”
‘Intentional killing’
Erfe said Arnaiz also had bruises in different parts of his body and both of his eyes were swollen, suggesting that he may have been tortured.
“He may have been beaten up. His eyes were swollen,” Erfe said.
“His [wrists] also had markings [that] indicated he was handcuffed. So he was handcuffed, beaten up and dragged for some distance before he was killed,” Erfe said.
“Based on our trajectory studies of two bullet wounds, he was kneeling when he was shot. The last two shots were [fired] while he was lying on the floor,” he said.
Erfe said the gunshot wounds and other injuries that Arnaiz sustained contravened the police claims.
“It was an intentional killing,” he said.
Asked if Arnaiz was executed, Erfe said: “Yes, but our terminology is intentional killing. The placement of the gunshots showed that the intention of the shooter was to kill.”
He added: “The shots hit the vital organs of the body. If you are hit with that, you will not survive.”
Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, head of the National Capital Region Police Office, promised to investigate the killing of Arnaiz.
Arnaiz will be buried at Aliw Cemetery in Pateros today.
The PAO has filed criminal charges against the policemen involved in the killing of Delos Santos.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) followed on Monday, bringing charges in the Office of the Ombudsman against Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo, head of the Northern Police District; and Senior Supt. Chito Bersaluna, Chief Insp. Amor Cerillo, PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda and PO1 Jerwin Cruz of the Caloocan Police Department.
The lawyers’ group also filed charges against police informant Nono Lubiras and several John Does.
The complaint was based on the IBP’s interviews with three eyewitnesses under Senate protection. Their names were edited out of the copy of the complaint given to reporters.
Although the Office of the Ombudsman had opened its own investigation of Delos Santos’ killing, IBP president Abdiel Dan Fajardo said his group’s filing of a complaint should hasten the process of indicting the police officers and dismissing from the service.
“The IBP hopes that with these affidavits of the witnesses, the Ombudsman can now proceed with the investigation and assume jurisdiction and file the information for murder, etc., against the respondents and remove from office the higher-ups for gross neglect of duty,” Fajardo told reporters.
‘Unacceptable’
Two senators condemned the killing of Arnaiz, saying it was “unacceptable” and appeared to be a repeat of the case of Delos Santos.
“How many times do we need to remind these guys, the [Philippine National Police was] created to serve and protect the people,” Sen. Joel Villanueva said in a post on Twitter.
Sen. Sonny Angara said the police should be taught proper law enforcement because the country “needs no killing machines.”
The Liberal Party also condemned the killing of Arnaiz and urged President Duterte and the PNP to bring the erring policemen to justice. —With reports from Jocelyn R. Uy, Aie Balagtas See, and the wires

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China aid sought on probe of P6.4-B shabu shipment

MANILA -- China must be willing to cooperate with the Philippines in investigating the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China that slipped through the Bureau of Customs (BOC), a senator said Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, made this remark blaming China for the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines which has affected millions of poor Filipino families.
“China is ‘shabulizing’ the country,” Gordon told reporters in an interview after the fifth Senate probe into the illegal shipment.
In a previous Senate hearing, Richard Tan (AKA Richard Chan), Chinese owner of the warehouse where the shabu shipment was delivered, testified that he received a call from Xiamen Customs Police about the shipment from China to the Philippines last May 25.
“This is a hostile act -- sending drugs here. Sixty percent of the drugs coming here in the Philippines are coming from people of Chinese ancestry,” he added.
Gordon said that because the shabu problem allegedly started with China, China should be more than willing to step up and provide necessary legal assistance.
“This shabu problem begins with China and will end with China. That is what we must pursue because we have the evidence now,” Gordon said.
Gordon said that he has already requested Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to allow his committee to avail of a treaty between the Philippines and China -- the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty on Criminal Matters.
He said that the request for assistance will be coursed through the Department of Justice (DOJ) by Pimentel.
“The treaty provides, among others, “mutual assistance in investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses and in proceedings related to criminal matters,” Gordon said in his letter to Pimentel.
He explained that his committee wanted to avail of the treaty “to obtain relevant information and documents from Chinese authorities who investigated this shipment of illegal drugs to the Philippines.”
The senator said that he is meeting officials of the DOJ Tuesday afternoon to firm up the position on what the Philippine government needs from the Chinese government.
He said that if the Chinese government refused to help, then President Rodrigo Duterte “ought to review his friendship with China.”
Asked if he was expecting Xiamen Customs officials to attend the Senate probe into the illegal shipment, Gordon said that he was not counting on it but certainly needed their cooperation.
“I’m trying to make sure that we seriously handle this problem. They must know that we take great offense if they do not do anything about this problem,” Gordon said. -- PNA

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Comelec chief vows to ‘conquer’ impeach rap

MANILA -- Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista believes that he can conquer the impeachment complaint filed at the House of Representatives last week.
Bautista said he had read the 23-page impeachment complaint lodged against him by former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto Paras.
"Yes, I have read it already and it appears we can overcome it," said the poll body chief in an interview on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Bautista added that he continues to consult with his lawyers regarding the case.
Last week, the former legislator and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio filed an impeachment complaint against Bautista over the irregularities related to the 2016 national elections.
They also called out the poll body chief's ineptitude in addressing a hacking attack of the Comelec website and failure to truthfully disclose his net worth.
The case has already been transmitted to the office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Meanwhile, Bautista and two poll body Commissioners, who were among the six top officials that asked the former to take a leave or resign last week, claimed that it was business as usual at the regular en banc meeting on Tuesday.
In separate interviews, Commissioners Luie Guia and Christian Lim said they were all professionals and were able to discuss matters during the meeting.
"They should not worry because the Comelec will do its function. We will be responsible. Everything that we are supposed to do, we are doing and we are preparing for the elections. We wil give the public the elections that they deserve," said Guia.
"It was strictly business. We wanted to finish those that are in the agenda of the en banc. Whatever issues we need to take up, we were able to," said Lim.
Aside from Guia and Lim, Comelec Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreño, Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon and Sheriff Abas also urged Bautista to take a leave or resign in the midst of the allegations of hidden wealth hurled by his estranged wife Patricia Paz Bautista. -- PNA

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