Ramon Rafael C. Bonilla

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Ramon Rafael Bonilla has been working in the BusinessMirror for almost two years. He started as a proofreader in mid-2015 and was transferred to the sports section as a reporter before the year ended. Ramon graduated with a degree of Bachelor in Journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Manila. He is currently taking Masters of Asean Studies in University of the Philippines.

SBP won’t get tough on Ayo

THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) would spare Aldin Ayo of any sanction on top of the indefinite ban the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) imposed on the former University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers head coach.

Obiena strikes gold

ERNEST JOHN “EJ” OBIENA finally struck gold on Tuesday in the Czech Republic to put credence to an extended and meticulous training program geared toward a successful stint at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

U.A.A.P. bans Ayo

THE University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Wednesday meted an indefinite ban on former University of Santo Tomas (UST) Head Coach Aldin Ayo for holding a forbidden training bubble in his native Sorsogon City.

JAO group keeps lid on U.S.T. probe

THE Joint Administrative Order (JAO) group on Monday neither confirmed nor denied that University of Santo Tomas (UST), the Growling Tigers and resigned Head Coach Aldin Ayo violated health protocols by conducting a training bubble in Sorsogon City for three months starting in June.

Sorsogon caught unawares?

THE University of Santo Tomas (UST) men’s basketball team conducted an alleged “training bubble” in Sorsogon City without local government officials there knowing of the activity that potentially breached health protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic.

IATF to roast UST, NU squads

THE Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Imerging Infectious Diseases starts its investigation on the alleged training “bubble” involving the varsity teams of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and National University (NU) on Wednesday.

Mitra: Boxers need help, too

GAMES and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra said the agency would be relentless in seeking government support for professional combat sports athletes whose means of livelihood was shuttered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Karatekas get better chance

THE chances for at least three Filipino karatekas of qualifying for the sport’s debut at next year’s Tokyo Olympics gained ground after the World Karate Federation (WKF) moved back the Games qualifiers in Paris to June 2021.

Mikee: I.O.C. is watching

THE Philippines is again active in the radar of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following a clash of opinions on proposed amendments to the POC constitution between two groups in the national body’s Executive Board.

PDD lauds 30th SEAG success, NAS in SONA

THE success of the 30th Southeast Asian Games didn’t escape President Duterte’s attention as the 11 glorious days in December last year that saw the country running away with the overall championship on top of hosting the biggest games ever merited special mention in his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

It’s getting hot in P.O.C. kitchen

POLITICAL lines started appearing in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) horizon with seven members of the POC Executive Board who thumbed down proposed amendments to the body’s constitution resented being called “The Group of Seven” or “Magnificent Seven.”

P.O.C. defers action on crucial issues

THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Executive Committee on Monday deferred acting on proposed major amendments in the POC charter after several of its members claimed they didn’t have enough time to scrutinize the organization’s Commission on Constitutional Amendments.

Payroll fraud at PSC unmasked

A PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) employee is now detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for his involvement in an alleged payroll fraud with investigators initially declaring that the scheme has been going on for the past five years and netted the suspect at least P14 million.

Busmen bid bye to football

THE Ceres-Negros Football Club (FC) franchise is bound to be sold and the most decorated team in the country will be parading a different color when the Philippine Football League (PFL) returns amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vargas bats for age limit at POC

Ricky Vargas on Tuesday said he would recommend an amendment in the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) charter that would set an age limit of 70 for individuals seeking election to sensitive positions in the sports body.

Tolentino to help cash-strapped PSC

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino vowed to fully wield his powers as a member of the House of Representatives to help the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) get back its funds that were realigned during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Severino chess champ

FIDE Master Sander Severino brought his act to the world stage with a flourish as he ruled the International Physically Disabled Association Online Chess Championship on Thursday to become the first Filipino to win a world title in the sport.

PBA fines, suspends Baldwin

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Tuesday slapped the now controversial American-New Zealander Tab Baldwin a P75,000 fine and a three-game suspension for his unsavory remarks against the PBA and local coaches.

Sports academy law signed

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the creation of the National Academy of Sports (NAS), drawing praises from Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez.

PBA bleeds P1 million a day

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), just like everybody else, is no immortal with Commissioner Willie Marcial admitting the league is losing no less than P30 million a month during the pandemic.

So on track in Clutch tourney

Filipino-born Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So continued to impress amid the pandemic by building a considerable gap ahead of top French Maxime Vachier-Lagrava, 5.5-2.5, in the first half of their quarterfinal duel in the Clutch Chess International that is being played online on Sunday.

Bambol, POC keep focus on 31st SEAG

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino kept his focus amid the Covid-19 distractions and vowed to lobby for the inclusion of sports Filipino athletes are good at in the 31st Southeast Asian Games Vietnam is hosting late next year.

Marcial misguided?

EUMIR FELIX MARCIAL mended his ways with top boxing officials on Tuesday, only days after it was announced that he was seeking outside help in his bid to turn pro ahead of his campaign in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Romero: Make cycling safe

THE call to adopt bicycles as the safest mode of transportation to combat Covid-19 earned another reputable ally from the House of Representatives as six more sports were added to the growing list of activities that would be allowed during quarantine.

Petecio, Lady Spikers make statement vs pandemic

WORLD women’s boxing champion Nesthy Petecio remained locked down in Baguio City—but practically has no regrets about the city’s strict protocols—as De La Salle Lady Spikers of all generations expressed a united front against Covid-19 on the third day of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) on Monday.

PSC: Better safe than sorry

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) procured more personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies to usher the transition from the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to the modified ECQ (MECQ) from May 15 to 31.

Sotto joins NBA G-League

Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-2 phenom who is being chiseled to be the first full-blooded Filipino to be able to play in National Basketball Association (NBA), is skipping college in favor of the G-league.

UAAP Season 83 in January 2021?

A JANUARY 2021 opening of Season 83 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) looms as the government continued to ban mass gatherings that could go well beyond the scheduled May 15 lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.