by Jonas Terrado
Defending two-time champion Ceres-Negros vented its frustration on Mendiola, 4-0, Saturday night in the resumption of its campaign in the Philippines Football League at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Spanish striker Bievenido Maranon scored twice and Curt Dizon added another as the Busmen won four days after being eliminated by Vietnam’s Hanoi FC in the ASEAN Zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup.
Ceres climbed to third place by drawing level with idle Green Archers United at 10 points each.
Kaya-Iloilo extended its hold on top spot by clobbering Air Force, 5-0, in the other game at Rizal Memorial to stay unbeaten after five matches.
Ghanian forward Jordan Mintah produced a brace while Alfred Osei, Jovin Bedic and Darryl Roberts also found the back of the net for the reigning Copa Paulino Alcantara winners.
Iloilo improved to 15 points, four clear of second-running Stallion-Laguna which cruised to a 5-1 victory over Global-Makati at the Biñan Football Stadium.
Darwin Regala broke a 1-1 tie before Jess Melliza, Nathan Alquiros and Fitch Arboleda sealed the deal for the Horsemen.