Clear Malones first before Maasin

ABOVE THE BELT | ALEX P. VIDAL“Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.” –Jean-Jacques Rousseau

NEW YORK CITY — It was Mayor Mariano Malones of Maasin, Iloilo in the Philippines, who was falsely accused of being involved in narco-politics.

Malones, his family and political supporters, have endured humiliation for several months now from the wrong accusation.

If there is someone who should be cleared first, it is the mayor.

Maasin, known for its world-class bamboo products, was never considered as hotbed of illegal drugs.

Even residents of Maasin will never believe that cases of illegal drugs in the town’s 50 villages are at alarming stage.

It is but proper that the Oversight Committee of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-6) and the Police Regional Office (PRO-6 should first settle the issue on Malones.

The League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP-Iloilo) has been fighting for Malones’ innocence after President Rodrigo R. Duterte tagged Malones, along with Calinog Mayor Alex Centena, Carles Mayor Salagunting Betita, and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog as allegedly involved in protection racket of illegal drugs.

The scheduled declaration of Maasin as “drug-free” in a ceremony on July 14 is good, but it’s like pushing the cart ahead of the horse.


Instead of agreeing to fight WBO 147-lb champion Jeff Horn in a rematch, we suggest that Sen. Manny Pacquiao should retire and give other promising boxers the chance to fight for the world crown.

It will be a good match if Horn will face Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) in his first title defense.

Both Horn and Khan have almost the same hieght and style.

Horn and Khan fight like Marcos Maidana and Victor Ortiz. They move forward like roller coasters and they aren’t afraid to slug it out against the aging Pacquiao, who is arguably one of the most destructive prizefighters to ever walk on this planet but who is already past his prime.

Horn shouldn’t push his luck by asking for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. duel.

Mayweather, who will fight UFC phenom Conor McGregor on August 26 in Las Vegas, will eat the Aussie alive.