Photo from ONE ChampionshipRiding on four-match win streak, Kevin Belingon’s confidence was sky high heading into his main event clash with Andrew Leone in ONE: Heroes of Honor.The Igorot fighter didn’t waste time stamping his class against his American opponent on Friday, going on a barrage early and never letup.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 That grit fueled Belingon to stay on course before connecting with a spinning side kick that sent Leone flying before firing a barrage of knees and elbows.“When I felt that I can beat him, I didn’t hesitate taking him down. I just threw elbows and knees until the referee stopped the match,” he said in Filipino.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 crownOne could argue that Belingon’s current stretch also coincides with his best form yet as he hasn’t dropped a match since failing to dethrone Bibiano Fernandes as the ONE Bantamweight Champion back in January 2016.But for the Team Lakay stalwart, it’s all in his preparation. Wizards top Raptors behind Beal, Wall P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “I really prepared for this fight so that in every aspect of the game, I could go toe-to-toe with him. I was confident that I could stay on him on the ground,” said the 30-year-old striker.Hiking his record to 18-5, Belingon doesn’t want to get too ahead of himself as he hopes to show his mettle and once again, be deemed worthy of another challenge against Fernandes.“I’m using this as my preparation for another title shot if they give that to me. I’m just waiting for ONE’s decision and I’ll continue training hard,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’
…major shake-up looms in AFC leadershipAlliance For Change (AFC) Leader Khemraj Ramjattan has indicated his desire to run again for the leadership post in the party, despite a constitutional ban.Article 19 of the AFC’s Constitution states that, “The various senior positions of the AFC, including those in the National Executive, Regions and Groups ought to be rotated as far as is possible so that no member is allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office, so as to ensure a broader activism in leadership positions by the membership.”Ramjattan was elected as AFC Leader in 2012, serving already four years which is equivalent to two terms. According to Article 7 of the party’s Constitution, “A national convention shall be held every two years at a place and time decided by the National Executive Committee.”Ramjattan, though adamant to be re-elected to serve in the leadership capacity, is expected to face stiff competition for the post at the upcoming elections which will be held at the party’s National Executive Conference (NEC) later this month.Ramjattan told a news conference on Friday that he will run again for the highest position in the party’s leadership and that he welcomes the nominations of other party members, citing that it represents the democratic nature of the AFC.However, this goes against the AFC’s Constitution which places a limit on persons serving in the leadership position of the party.AFC’s General Secretary David Patterson, during the news conference, indicated his willingness to accept the nomination for the leadership post.“If I do have to challenge, I will. From the time I have joined the AFC nobody has ever declined or stepped down from a challenge. The party decides. So, if I am nominated, I will stand and let the delegates decide who shall be the leader for the next two years,” Patterson, who is currently Public Infrastructure Minister, said.Senior Member of the AFC and Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes also posited that she too will accept a nomination.“Why would the ladies want to be left out of the management of the party? We are a young party and I think that is what is exciting about the AFC. We love a challenge. We play hard, we discuss hard and we work hard. We don’t feel any impediments, that there is a way you must do this or that and that a leader must not be challenged and that kind of thing. It is an open game. Our members are the ones that will make the nominations and we are up for the challenge,” she stated.The AFC’s National Executive Conference (NEC) will be hosted on January 28 at the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) – the first NEC outside of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).The NEC will include elections for the position of the party’s leader, Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary and 12 National Executive Members.