HIS competitive nature notwithstanding, Secretary Bong Go didn’t mind losing the special three-point shootout contest which spiced up the kickoff leg of the PBA All-Star week in Davao on Wednesday.
The partnership of Go and league legend Allan Caidic could only finish third in the shootout won by the duo of TNT star guard Terrence Romeo and Presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio.
Romeo, a last-minute replacement for Peter June Simon, and Carpio combined for 33 points to beat out the pair of former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes and Bobby Pacquiao, who came in for his Senator brother and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. Duremdes and Pacquiao finished with 27 points.
Go and Caidic, the deadly, one-time MVP who still holds the record for most number of three-pointers made in a single game at 17, totaled 22 points, with President Duterte’s special assistant almost failing to make the event on time.
“Galing kasi ako sa dalawang nasunugan na area sa Davao,” said Go, a usually deadly marksman who only scored nine points during the contest.
The 43-year-old Go, who graduated with a management course from De La Salle, was left in awe by the shooting prowess of Romeo, who finished with a high of 24 points.
“Hindi kinaya si Terrence. Magaling talaga, no excuses,” he said of the TnT Katropa guard.
The pair of Scottie Thompson and Major Michael Sabsal finished dead-last with 18 points.
A big consolation for Go however, was the help he and the government was able to extend to the fire victims of Agdao District and in Calinan, Davao City.
Two victims, Fred Harold Juntilla Jr. and Joel Osorio, both students, were also recipients of Go’s novelty project ‘Sapatos ni SAP, Tsinelas ka-Swap,' where the public official gives out playing shoes to chosen individual in exchange for their respective slippers.
Juntilla, 19, was also granted a scholarship program by Go.
The local government was quick to respond by donating wood materials, galvanized irons, and construction materials which the fire victims will need in reconstructing their homes.