PRESIDENT Duterte has named Dabawenyo business tycoon and sports leader Glenn Y. Escandor as presidential assistant for sports.
Escandor, a longtime sports consultant of Duterte during his term as mayor of Davao City and private partner in many sports undertakings, was appointed on August 30 but received his appointment last week.
As presidential assistant for sports, the 47-year old Escandor will serve as Duterte’s sports ambassador and will serve on a consultative capacity for the country’s sports development programs.
“My marching order is to assist him on matters of sports knowing fully well the dynamics currently existing in the sports landscape,” Escandor said in an interview with SPIN.ph.
He said he is honored to serve under the Duterte administration. Escandor will not be receiving any remuneration.
“It’s service to the country. I hope I can contribute my part to help the President in his programs for sports,” he said.
He also said his role will not not in conflict with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) which is likewise under the Office of the President.
“No conflict here. We will all be complementing to the agenda of the President. We know for a fact that he is against drugs and sports is one vehicle to combat illegal drugs,” said Escandor.
Escandor is the concurrent area director of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) after being elected to the board during the elections held last August replacing the late Regino 'Boy' Cua, who passed away last June.
The Dabawenyo sports leader's basketball teams have been represented in the past by PBA players and standouts from the varsity teams of San Beda, De La Salle and Far Eastern University.
A graduate of Ateneo de Davao University, Escandor is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Escandor Group of Companies,which owns one of the country’s biggest security agency Davao Allied Security and Investigation Agency (DASIA) as well as The Royal Mandaya Hotel and the Matina Enclaves.