Sisi Rondina’s biggest motivation heading into the FIVB Beach Volleyball World is making the country proud.Rondina, who is paired with Dzi Gervacio, and three other duos are representing the Philippines in the women’s tie of of the one–star FIVB tournament being hosted by the country for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ GALLERY: Relive La Salle’s three-peat celebration through photos “It’s an overwhelming feeling. First, because we’re hosting this world event. Second, because we are playing for the country. It makes me really proud,” said Rondina, who was the best scorer in the UAAP Season 80 tournament.The qualifiers starts on Thursday at Sands SM By The Bay but the competition in the 16-team women’s action begins on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRondina and Gervacio wrapped up their preparations on Tuesday as they expected a taller opponents with 23 countries participating in the Manila stop of the World Tour.“We’re training very hard. What we’re focusing on is how we can strengthen our bonds and connect with each other on court. So far, we have started to jell,” Rondina, who competed in last year’s 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore, said. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The three other Filipino pairs competing are Charo Soriano and Bea Tan, two-time Beach Volleyball Republic national champions Karen Quilario and Lot Catubag, and wildcard entries DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia.The four-day event dangles a $10,000 cash prize and ranking points for other FIVB beach volley tourneys.BVR national champions Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte, Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto, James Pecaña and KR Guzman, and Ranran Abdilla and Edwin Tolentino make up the Filipino pairings in the men’s divisionThe round-of-12 and quarterfinals are scheduled on Saturday, with the semifinals and finals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:14Carpio 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast
… AG’s boastful prediction, an exhibition of misplaced optimism – NandlallThe protocols of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) could very well threaten Guyana’s conformity with the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) and Attorney General Basil Williams’ bold and boastful prediction that Guyana will soon exit the review process may be an exhibition of misplaced optimism.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThis is the view held by Williams’ predecessor, Anil Nandlall who has since observed since the release of the SOCU protocols that “currently, we do not have a Special Crime Unit which exclusively investigates Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) offences as is required by the FATF recommendations.The SOCU protocols, according to the former Legal Affairs Minister came in the form of an expansion to Guyana Police Force Standing Orders and “confirm that SOCU will remain in the Force under the superintendence of the Commissioner of Police.”According to Nandlall, a natural consequence is that its officers will be subject to the same regime of scrutiny oversight and functional autonomy that apply to the Force.He said too that these protocols expand the mandate and the scope of SOCU outside and beyond its original mandate, which was, “the investigation of offences created by the AML/CFT legislation.”SOCU, according to its protocols, now has the mandate to investigate murder, piracy, environmental offences and a whole host of offences which are not “organized” crimes.According to Nandlall, “I have no doubt that these protocols would have been deliberated at and approved Cabinet, which would have included Attorney General Basil Williams.”As such, Nandlall recalls that over the last year, “I had cause to explain in the press, ad nauseam, that the creation of a Specialized Crime Unit to investigate solely and exclusively AML/CFT offences was a specific recommendation of FATF.”According to Nandlall “I warned that using SOCU to investigate any other offences may violate the relevant FATF recommendations. I was ignored. The Government has done worse.”He said what government has instead done is to institutionally expand the scope of SOCU to investigate offences far and beyond AML/CFT offences: “So, currently, we do not have a Special Crime Unit which exclusively investigates AML/CFT offences as is required by the FATF recommendations.”He said too that in preparation for the FATF site visit to Guyana, the Attorney General must have now discovered, after 15 months, the FATF recommendations which require the establishment of this Unit to investigate only AML/CFT offences.According to Nandlall: “With no Special Organised Unit in place to treat only with AML/CFT offences and in the absence of the unwarranted, bureaucratic and top-heavy 20-person AML/CFT authority which this Government unnecessarily and on its own volition imposed on Guyana’s AML/CFT apparatus, the Attorney General’s bold and boastful prediction that Guyana will soon exit the review process may be an exhibition of misplaced optimism.”This past week Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo blasted the decision to expand the SOCU mandate: “This is a Special Organised Crime Unit, it can’t do 21 things, it has to go back to its core functions, which was [fighting] money laundering and terrorism. There are other places in the Police Force where they deal with piracy, smuggling, fraud, murder… you have the CID or environmental crimes and counterfeiting of products, that’s not for SOCU,” the Opposition Leader declared.