'Big possibility' Duterte will watch Gilas vs France live or on TV
MANILA, Philippines – There is a strong likelihood newly inaugurated Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will watch the national team's first game against France whether live or on television on Tuesday, July 5.
Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a radio interview Sunday, July 3 that there is a "big possibility" Duterte may show up at the Mall of Asia Arena for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, or simply follow the action on TV.
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"Hindi po napag-usapan iyan sa Gabinete," he said. "Pero I am sure with the head of the PSG (Presidential Security Group), si Butch Ramirez na napaka ano po talaga – a big fan of sports, and Commissioner Mon Fernandez. Ito po ay – malaki po ang posibilidad na manood po ang Pangulo whether live or sa telebisyon."
(It was not talked about with the Cabinet, Albert. But I am sure with the head of the PSG, Butch Ramirez who is a big fan of sports, and Commissioner Mon Fernandez. This is – there is a big possibility that the President will watch whether live or on television.)
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Duterte was inaugurated as the country's new leader on June 30.
The Philippines will be represented by Gilas Pilipinas in the 6-nation tournament where the winner will qualify for the Rio Olympics. The country has not been to the basketball Olympics since 1972. (READ: Your guide to the FIBA OQT in Manila) – Rappler.com