Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ He won his seventh Best Player of the Conference award, the most in PBA history, and reached 5,000 career points on during Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo, however, readily looked past the accomplishments after San Miguel got embarrassed at the hands of Barangay Ginebra, 130-100, and saw the series get tied at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award “I have not thought about it,” said Fajardo in Filipino about his newly won trophy and career milestone. “But it’s been a blessing for me that I won the BPC and I’m thankful to God, to my teammates, to the coaching staff, and credit goes to all of them.” Fajardo pertained to Games 2 and 3 when the Beermen annihilated the Gin Kings 135-109 and 132-94, respectively, with the third game’s margin tying the league record for the biggest win in a finals game.“We have to work hard if we want to win the next game because Ginebra won’t give up,” said Fajardo who had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. “This loss was a lesson for us, we have to rest and bounce back in the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump hits back at LeBron James over racial division comments “I won’t be able to do any of this if it weren’t for them. But that’s all history since we lost this game so we have to regroup and we have to bounce back in the next game.”Fajardo entered the 5,000-point club in the 7:49 mark of the fourth quarter but it looked like a meaningless basket in the grander scheme of Game 4 as the Beermen were trailing 111-85 at that point.READ: PBA Finals: Brownlee, Ginebra tie series with 30-point rout of San MiguelThe PBA’s reigning four-time MVP said the championship is the more important thing for him.“We have to win the next game because this series just became a best-of-three and getting that next one isn’t that easy,” said Fajardo, who reached his scoring milestone in 287 games. “Although we were able to blow Ginebra out twice in a row it won’t mean we’ll be able to do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs June Mar Fajardo is a man of many awards and achievements.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel`s parliament, in Jerusalem on 30 May 2019. Photo: ReutersIsraeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament early on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline.The 17 September ballot will be Israel’s second this year. It spells unprecedented upheaval even for a country used to political infighting and is a big blow to Netanyahu, who had claimed victory in the last election on 9 April.Parliament’s 74-to-45 vote took place just minutes after a midnight deadline for Netanyahu to assemble his fifth government.The turmoil arose – officially, at least – from a feud over military conscription between Netanyahu’s presumed allies: ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, a far-right secularist, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.Those parties want young religious scholars exempted, en masse from mandatory national service. But Lieberman and many other Israelis want them to share the burden.Netanyahu denounced the draft spat as a “Kafkaesque” ruse.”It’s just unbelievable. Avigdor Lieberman is now part of the left,” he told reporters. “It is perfectly clear that he wanted to topple this government … to cobble together a few more votes.”Yet the new ballot represents less of a setback for Netanyahu than the alternative in which Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, could have asked another politician to try and form a ruling coalition.Faced with the prospect of having to step aside and watch one of his political rivals push him to the margins, Netanyahu instead drummed up votes to dissolve the 120-seat Knesset.Netanyahu signalled he will run in the next election, telling reporters: “We will win”. The spokesman for his conservative Likud party sent out a text emoji showing a smiling Netanyahu with the message: “Get out and vote.”But the failed coalition building of a 69-year-old leader who just weeks ago was hailed by supporters as a political “magician” may open rifts and stir up challenges within Likud.Courts And StatecraftThe premier is also dogged by potential criminal charges in three corruption cases. He has denied wrongdoing and is due to argue at a pre-trial hearing in October against any indictment.A new election could further complicate US efforts to press ahead with president Donald Trump’s peace plan in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even before it has been announced, Palestinians have spurned it as a blow to their statehood hopes.The White House team behind the proposal, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, is in the Middle East to drum up support for an economic “workshop” in Bahrain next month to encourage investment in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.The group arrived in Israel on Wednesday and planned to meet Netanyahu on Thursday. “Lots to pray for!” tweeted one of the envoys, Jason Greenblatt, from Jerusalem’s Western Wall.Three hours before Wednesday’s 2100 GMT deadline, Likud said it had secured 60 signatures, half of parliament, but shy of the majority required for a measure of stable governance.In another sign of Netanyahu’s strong desire to retain the premiership, the opposition centre-left Labour party said it had been offered – and had refused – a chance to join a Likud-led coalition. Likud, which has long said it plans to head a strong right-wing government, neither denied or confirmed this.First elected in the late 1990s, Netanyahu has been in power for the past decade. In mid-July, he will overtake Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion, as longest-serving premier.The last election ended with Netanyahu neck-and-neck against Benny Gantz, a politically untested ex-armed forces chief.Lieberman, who quit as defence minister in November, in protest at what he deemed insufficient Israeli military force in fighting Hamas in Gaza, has denied allegations that his real intention was to oust Netanyahu and lead a “national camp”.Until the drama over coalition building, public attention had been focused more on moves Netanyahu loyalists were planning in parliament to grant him immunity from criminal prosecution and to pass a law ensuring such protection could not be withdrawn by the Supreme Court.