Controversial stoppage mars Gensan boxing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – A questionable referee decision to stop the fight with only 6 seconds left in the second round sent plenty of boxing fans fuming and disappointed.

Boxing hopeful Daryl Basadre lost for only the second time when referee Ramil Uvalo waived his hands to signal the end of the fight after 22-year old boxer tripped and tumbled backwards after escaping from the barrage of punches by Kenny Demecillo in his own corner.

Basadre lost in his bid to capture the World Boxing Association Oceana bantamweight crown.

Uvalo defended his decision to stop the fight saying Basadre was defenseless.

But a review of the fight showed Basadre was able to free himself from the corner but fell down as he retreated.

Daryl Dasadre (right) connects to the head of Kenny Demecillo.  Basadre lost a controversial 2nd round TKO after referee Ramil Uvalo stopped the contest with 6 seconds left in the 2nd round.PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Daryl Dasadre (right) connects to the head of Kenny Demecillo. Basadre lost a controversial 2nd round TKO after referee Ramil Uvalo stopped the contest with 6 seconds left in the 2nd round.PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO

There was no punch thrown when he fell backwards.

Manager JC Manangquil and his co-manager Dexter Tan of Sanman Promotions vehemently protested the decision but the fight supervisors upheld the referee.

Basadre was leading in points as he took the first round by repeatedly rocking the Cebu-based Demecillo.

He was scoring heavily in the second round until Demecillo tagged him with less than 20 seconds left in the second round.

A judge who scored the fight but who requested that his name be withheld said Uvalo erred in his decision.

Former GAB Region 11 chairman and fight judge Jaime Mata however defended Uvalo and said it was a judgment call by the referee.

“Maybe in his judgment Basadre was already defenseless. The safety of the boxer comes first,” he said.

WBA Oceania supervisor Ferlin Marsh also said he was satisfied with the decision of the referee.

Basadre dropped to 14-2-1 with 10 KO victories.

World boxing title hopeful Harmonito dela Torre scored his 11th stoppage win in his undefeated 15 fight record.PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO
World boxing title hopeful Harmonito dela Torre scored his 11th stoppage win in his undefeated 15 fight record.PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO

In the main supporting bout, Harmonito dela Torre hardly sweated as he sent Eusebio Baluarte into the canvass twice in the fourth round to earn his 6th straight KO victory and improved his undefeated record to 15 victories.

It was dela Torre’s 11th KO win.

In another exciting bout, Rinmar Metuda scored a hard fought unanimous decision win over tough Jerry Castroverde in the afternoon’s most exciting bout.

Metuda dropped Castroverde in the second round with a wicked right hook.

In the fourth round, however, Castroverde returned the favor by knocking down the Gensan kid with a grazing left.

The two exchanged heavy blows throughout the scheduled 8-round fight but Metuda prevailed by scoring the more telling blows.

Other results:

Mike Angelo Plaña eked out a dull unanimous win over showboating journeyman Philip Parcon.

Hometown boy Marquil Salvaña showed too much class for Roger Chavez and scored a 4th round TKO victory.

Also winning by stoppage were Junie Salogaol who TKOed Armand Yee in 2nd round, Reymart Gaballo who made a short workout over Rocky Alvarez in the first round and Joyjoy Formentera who retired Allan Doronilla in the 2nd round.

Jonathan Francisco outlasted Reymund Dayham over 6 rounds while Joey Antonio won by unanimous decision over 4 rounds against Gerald Barcenas.

Captured soldier’s kin appeal for his release

GENERAL SANTOS C ITY – The mother and sister of Pfc. Khen Subere today (June 5) appealed to both the New People’s Army and the Philippine Army to agree to a suspension of military operation to facilitate the release of the 26-year old soldier who was seized by the rebels close to 2 months ago.

In a tearful plea, Lucia Subere said her son went missing after he left a relative’s house in Tboli, South Cotabato. He was last seen on April 11.

On Tuesday, June 2, the New People’s Army in Far South Mindanao announced it is holding Subere captive and a prisoner of war (POW).

Ka Alejandro Magiting, spokesperson of the NPA rebel’s Mt. Daguma Operational command, said in a press statement that “Subere was arrested while conducting civic military operations within a guerrilla zone” on April 12.

Magiting did not explain why it took more than 50 days before they made the announcement.

Duterte help

Lucia Subere said they have also sought the help of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in negotiating for the release of her son.

Motabang daw siya,” Lucia told the local media here.(He will help)

The Suberes are from Carmen, Davao del Norte.

Duterte has been approached by families of soldiers and policemen captured by NPAs for his ability to convince the rebels to release their captives.

But Fr. Raul Valle, who was contacted by the NPA rebels, said military operations and rebel processes prevented the early release of Subere.

(From left) Fr. Raul Valle, Bishop Redeemer Yañez, Lucia Subere and Khlaunden Subere.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
(From left) Fr. Raul Valle, Bishop Redeemer Yañez, Lucia Subere and Khlaunden Subere (holding microphone).FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

Niingon man sila (rebels) na ilang i-release,” the Catholic priest said.(The rebels said they will release him)

Subere’s sister Khlaunden also appealed to the rebels to free her brother who, she said, is supporting her studies.

Khlaunden is fourth year in college and will graduate this school year.

Siya lang gapa-eskuwela sa ako,” the 19-year old Khlaunden cried.(He is paying for my studies)

Lucia Subere (left), mother of Pfc. Khen Subere, and her daughter Khlaunden appeal to his captors and the military to suspend military operations so that her son will be released safely.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Lucia Subere (left), mother of Pfc. Khen Subere, and her daughter Khlaunden appeal to his captors and the military to suspend military operations so that her son will be released safely.FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

She said Pfc Subere went home a week before he was seized by the rebels.

According to fellow soldiers, Pfc. Subere reportedly left their headquarters in Maasim, Sarangani on April 11 to withdraw from his ATM. It was not clear why he ended up in Tboli, South Cotabato.

The Suberes checked Landbank if withdrawals were made on his ATM accounts.

They were told that the account of Subere was intact and that no withdrawals were made on April 11.

AWOL

The Suberes are worried the military will not exert efforts for the safe release of Khen after Lt. Col. Roland Alcudia declared the embattled solider AWOL (absent without official leave).

Pfc. Khen Subere. Photo courtesy of Khlaunden Subere
Pfc. Khen Subere. Photo courtesy of Khlaunden Subere

In an earlier interview, Alcudia said Subere was declared AWOL on April 13, the day after he went missing.

Subere was also dropped from the rolls on April 23, Alcudia added.

Alcudia however said they still need to investigate the circumstances behind the earlier disappearance of the soldier.

He admitted that they had no idea where Subere was until the NPA claimed he is in the custody of the rebels.

But Fr. Valle said until Subere returns safely to his family and gives his story, he is considered captive of the rebels.

“He is a victim of circumstances,” Fr. Valle said.

Fr. Valle, along with Bishop Redeemer Yañez and Rev. Allen Veloso of the Exodus for Justice and Peace, appealed to the military to immediately suspend operations to facilitate the orderly and safe release of Subere.

NPA seizes Army soldier in Tboli town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The communist-led New People’s Army claimed it is holding an army soldier in custody after he was ‘arrested” in Tboli, South Cotabato almost two months ago.

Alejandro Magiting, spokesman of the NPA-Far South Mindanao Region Sub-Regional Operational Command, said Pfc Khen R. Subere was arrested on April 12 while “conducting civic military operations within (our) guerrilla zone.”

The NPA made the announcement only on Tuesday, June 2.

Subere is a member of the 27th Infantry Battalion which headquarters is located in Tupi, South Cotabato.

Lt. Col. Ronald Alcudia, commanding officer of the 27th Infantry Battalion, however declared Subere an AWOL (absent without official leave) when they lost contact with the Army man on April 13, the day after he was abducted by the rebels.

Subere is AWOL says Lt. Col. Rodolfo Alcudia (left), commanding officer of the 27th infantry Battalion.PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Subere is AWOL says Lt. Col. Rodolfo Alcudia (left), commanding officer of the 27th infantry Battalion.PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO

“Subere was dropped from the roster of troops effective 23,” Alcudia said in a statement.

The Army man reportedly expressed “interest to discontinue his military service” even before he went missing, according to the Army official.

But Alcudia said they will exert efforts to work with law enforcement authorities and Subere’s family to locate the missing soldier.

He said Subere will be investigated for his ‘unauthorized’ disappearance.

The NPAs are demanding a suspension of military operations in South Cotabato to facilitate the release of Subere who they said has not committed “crimes against the people.”

“The Mt. Daguma SROC assures the family and loved ones of POW Subere that he is being accorded with his right to due process and humane treatment while in detention in keeping with the CPP – NPA’s legacy in abiding by international humanitarian laws,” the NPA further said.

NPAs in Far South Mindanao.FILE PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO
NPAs in Far South Mindanao.FILE PIC BY EDWIN ESPEJO

Subere’s abduction is the first case of the NPAs in the region taking a ‘prisoner of war’ (POW) since 2001.

The NPA rebels under the Valentin Palamine Command seized Rosete and the three alleged military assets — Herminia Sorongon, Wifredo Maldecir and Pepito Simbulan — on September 4, 2001, in barangay Datal Blao in Columbio , Sultan Kudarat.

The rebels later executed the four captives after the government refused to negotiate with the NPAs.

Their remains were exhumed in April 2005.