PRESIDENT Duterte is set to meet with Gilas Pilipinas before its match against Italy in the Fiba Basketball World Cup.
According to an official of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Duterte will go to the dugout of Gilas Pilipinas at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena on Saturday to wish the team all the best in the match against Italy.
Duterte had controversial words ahead of the World Cup, saying Gilas Pilipinas will not have a chance against Italy. Nevertheless, Duterte showed his support to Gilas by making the trip to Foshan in the middle of his state visit in China.
The President was also present during the opening ceremonies of the Fiba Basketball World Cup along with China president Xi Jinping.