Hontiveros makes whirlwind trip to Cebu as PBA Finals protagonists take time to vote
Rain or Shine, up 2-0 in the PBA Finals, took Monday off while Alaska moved back its practice to 3-6 p.m. to allow players and staff to vote. Jaime Campos

NOT even the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals could stop the protagonists from exercising their right to vote in the national elections on Monday.

Alaska, which is two games down in the best-of-seven series, decided to move its usual 12 to 3 p.m. practice to 3 to 6 p.m. to allow its players and staff to cast their votes.

“We moved our practice para longer ang time ng players to vote,” Aces assistant coach Louie Alas said.

After the Aces lost Game Two, 105-103, on Sunday night, sniper Dondon Hontiveros went straight to the airport to catch the last flight to his hometown Cebu, where the Rodrigo Duterte supporter cast his vote. Then he took an 11 a.m. flight to Manila just to make it in time for practice.

Calvin Abueva was thinking about going to Pampanga where he was registered.

The Elasto Painters, on the other hand, even canceled practice on Monday for their players to vote.

Beau Belga went to Batangas, his wife’s hometown, right after Game Two, while his teammates voted in their respective hometowns.

The E-Painters can afford to skip practice. After all, they’re up two games in the best-of-seven series that shifts to Game Three on Wednesday.

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