President Duterte pleased with Gilas effort despite failed bid in Olympic qualifiers    
President Duterte stayed to watch the entire game of Gilas against France. Jerome Ascano

PRESIDENT Duterte is satisfied with the way Gilas Pilipinas played against France in the just concluded FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, according to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez.

Duterte was at the Mall of Asia Arena for the national team’s opening day game against Les Bleus where he did the ceremonial toss before the match. He went on and stayed to watch the entire game, which Gilas lost, 93-84.

Ramirez said Duterte was very satisfied with the team’s performance, based on his decision to stay on and watch the entire game.

“Kung hindi maganda, baka hindi na tinuloy ni Presidente (‘yung panonood). Tinapos niya,: said the PSC chairman, who based his observation in the past when Duterte would only watch the first half of the game of its annual basketball competition while he was still Davao City mayor.

“Sa aming annual games sa Davao, first and second quarter lang siya, pero eto tinapos niya,” added Ramirez, a close friend of the President.

Even Ramirez was satisfied with the effort put up by the national team as he also watched the game along with Duterte.

“Sabi niya, ‘Mananalo ba tayo?’ Sabi ko, panalo tayo nito because even if we win or lose, we unite the country. It’s a game of tall players pero eto, lumaban tayo,” said Ramirez.

Ramirez said the President’s body language is a good sign he supports Philippine sports.

“It’s a good indication that the President is really into sports,” he added.

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