Liza Soberano, after filing case over rape remarks, earns support of fellow celebs and fans

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Celebrities, fans and rights advocates have been showing their support for Kapamilya star Liza Soberano after she formally filed a case against the internet provider employee who posted a rape threat against the actress on social media.

The outpouring of support came just a few hours after the actress went to the Office of the City Prosecutor of Quezon City to file the complaint earlier today, Sept. 24.

Actress Alessandra de Rossi, for one, took to Twitter to thank Soberano for standing up and to warn netizens to refrain from posting such distasteful and violent remarks.

“Matuto lang galangin ang isa’t isa online. Lesson na ito para sa lahat,” she said. “Salamat, Liza. ‘Kaso’ is not good and magastos pa.” (I hope everyone learns to respect each other online. This is a lesson for everybody. Having a case is not good and is also expensive.)

“So think before you make a nasty remark. Wala naman may kayang magsabi nun in person, lalong wag mo gawin online kung saan may ebidensya,” she added. (No one will actually say that in person, so do not do it online too, especially because you leave evidence.)

Angel Locsin meanwhile agreed to de Rossi’s sentiment and retweeted the latter’s post. She then expressed her support through the following tweet by simply saying, “Mahigpit na akap, @lizasoberano.” (A tight hug for you, Liza Soberano.)

Soberano’s manager Ogie Diaz meanwhile thanked netizens for making the hashtag “#StandWithLiza” trend on Twitter just shortly after news of the actress’ filing of the case broke out.

“Thank you sa inyong lahat (to you all). #StandWithLiza,” he said, quoting a tweet from a LizQuen fan account showing #StandWithLiza in Twitter’s trending list.


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Azkals coach Scott Cooper signs extension

Azkals coach Scott Cooper

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Football Federation extended the contract of Azkals coach Scott Cooper to help the team make a push for the 2023 Asian Cup and a chance at the 2026 Fifa World Cup, multiple reports said.

Cooper became the Philippine national football team’s head coach in 2018, albeit on an interim basis, but relinquished the post to Sven-Goran Eriksson when the latter held the position for the 2019 Asian Cup.

 Cooper came back for his second spell as Azkals head coach in January 2019.

“When I first came here, I saw the massive potential of the Azkals,” said Cooper. “During this pandemic, we’ve been setting goals and putting plans in place to achieve those goals. I can honestly say that we can still get better and I am committed to lead this team as it continues to make its mark in Asian and world football.”

Cooper previously coached teams in Thailand and Indonesia and kept the Philippines in a respectable spot in Group A of the 2022 World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

The Philippines (2-1-2) sits at the third spot with seven points of the group behind first place Syria with 15 points (5-0-0) and second seed China (2-1-1) with also seven points.

China’s better win-draw-loss record puts it ahead of the Philippines in Group A.

Philippine Football Federation Mariano “Nonong” Araneta praised Cooper for his efforts and expects better performances from the Azkals moving forward.

“I think the team has improved under him, and we look forward to him taking the team to another level,” said Araneta.

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UFC 253: After 15 years with the UFC, Diego Sanchez finally sees light at end of the tunnel

Diego Sanchez is a man at peace with his life and what the future holds.

In a world of chaos and trauma, this has not always been the case.

For 15 years, and 31 UFC fights, Sanchez has chased what has turned out to be an impossible dream with a fighting style not suited to longevity and self preservation.

But now the cloak of immortality he seemed to carry has been laid down, and the reality of his career being finite acknowledged.

When the 38-year-old steps into the Octagon with Jake Matthews this weekend at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi it will be the first of a four-fight conclusion to what has been a quite-incredible stint in MMA’s premier organisation.

“I have come full circle in life and I’m in a really good place,” explains the Albuquerque native when speaking to Sport360. “I am comfortable in the situation that is my life.

“With these four fights I have on my contract I am realistic and honest with myself. I know I can’t fight forever, and I want to start this tunnel that is these last four fights and I want to come out the other side with my health, my mind and my speech.

“I took the invisible pressure of wanting to be UFC champion away and when I did I felt light, and I feel free.

“I am doing this for the experience and to achieve the task in hand, and that is being victorious in these last four fights. That starts on Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi and I am ready, prepared and excited.

Sanchez, the middleweight winner on the first series of The Ultimate Fighter back in 2005, acknowledges he now sees light at the end of the tunnel and admits to there being an element of

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