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    Pacquiao, Angara, Villanueva lead Senate Advocates' MBL Season 2 title defense

    Sep 18, 2018
    Senator Sonny Angara leads the Advocates' charge alongside Manny Pacquiao and Joel Villanueva.
    PHOTO: mbl

    VIPs prove they don’t just work hard, but also play hard in the Makabansa Basketball League (MBL) that’s set to open its second season on September 29 at the Meralco gym in Pasig.

    Senators Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva, and Sonny Angara are among the biggest personalities in the tournament featuring government officials and employees and executives of private companies alike.

    The Senate trio leads the Senate Advocates’ title defense after they ruled the 30-and-above league in the inaugural season last season following their upset of fancied Philippine Star in a three-game title series.

    Special Assistant the President Bong Go heads the cast of the Office of the President Kamao, who’s among the contenders in the competition among 18 teams, which are divided into three brackets, with the top four teams from each group advancing to the knockout round.

    The Advocates banner Bracket C alongside the Kamao, the NLEX Road Movers, MMDA D’Enforcers, DILG Visionaries, and the DOE Energizers.

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    Bracket A is composed of the Meralco Linemen, Smart Dream Team, Justice League, House of Representatives Rulemakers, Tanodbayan Watchdogs, and the Comelec Sentinels.

    The DENR Environmental Warriors, PDLT Digital, PNP Peacekeepers, DOJ Avengers, OSG Patriots, and the Philippine Sportswriters Association Pakitang Gilas comprise Group B.

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    League executive director Jang Moreno promises a bigger second season that welcomes five new teams with UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag serving as commissioner.

    “Sports is important in nation building with immense potential to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness in society by promoting unity within a nation,” said Moreno, who is part of the Linemen squad anchored by former University of the East banger Mark Fampulme.

    “The MBL, through sportsmanship, camaraderie, and healthy competition, aims to solidify partnerships in and among the public and private sectors to better serve the public,” he added.

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    Senator Sonny Angara leads the Advocates' charge alongside Manny Pacquiao and Joel Villanueva.
    PHOTO: mbl
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