Manuel "Maui" Huelar after he was gunned down in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, is shown in  this photo that was circulating on social media yesterday*

Huelar shot dead

Former basketball star and Barangay 35 captain Manuel “Maui” Huelar Jr. was gunned down in front of a fitness gym at Margarita Street in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday.

    A witness told the police he heard a gunshot so he took cover, and when another shot was fired, he looked around and saw Huelar already lying on the pavement, and a man walking away from the crime scene while still holding a gun, P/Maj. Renante Jomocan, Station 4 chief, said last night.

    Huelar, 48, of the then Negros Slashers, was a star player of the Metropolitan Basketball Association. moremoremore

‘A reliable playmaker’

Manuel “Maui”  Huelar Jr.  was a household name for all basketball-loving Negrenses.

    Before he made it big as the starting point guard for the Negros Slashers of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) in the late 90s, Huelar was  known for creating plays inside the court for the La Salle Stingers during his college days.

    “He was a lockdown defender who was also a very reliable playmaker,”

    “Maui set up his teammates very well for them to score easy baskets,” Dy added. moremoremore


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    De la Cruz, president of the National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines, said the request was intended to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 quarantine measures that resulted in the displacement of thousands of sugarcane industry workers.

    He said that SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica, in his reply letter to NACUSIP on April 6, said the agency has no funds to provide the requested assistance to 700,000 workers