GILAS Pilipinas mainstays Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo and two-time PBA MVP James Yap are endorsing the candidacy of 1Pacman Party-list No. 1 nominee Mikee Romero for a congressional seat in the coming elections.
“Malaki kasi paniwala ko na maraming magagawa si Boss Mikee para sa sports, at yung pinaka-importante maraming kabataan ang matutulungan nya. Kung mananalo yung 1Pacman, malaking bagay hindi lang sa basketball, kundi sa buong sports,” said Castro, who played for Romero’s amateur team that broke several records in the PBL.
“Sana yung mga fans naming hindi nila makalimutan ang adhikain ng 1Pacman Party-list.”
Romeo, who is playing for Romero’s team in the PBA – the GlobalPort Batang Pier – said Philippine sports need 1Pacman, especially Romero.
“Boss Mikee is not only a sportsman, he’s also a financial expert that’s why Congress needs 1Pacman party-list,” said Romeo.
“Sports, edukasyon at trabaho, yan ang adhikain ng No. 1 nominee ng 1Pacman Party-list,” added Romeo, who saw for himself Romero’s concern for the indigenous like the Aetas of Zambales during the team’s team building sessions.
Through his vast connections, 1Pacman’s No. 1 nominee had also helped minorities in Zamboanga, providing livelihood projects for them and doing medical missions regularly.
If elected, Romero’s main agenda is the establishment of Department of Sports which he said is very important in the country’s bid for en elusive gold medal in the Olympics.
Yap, for his part, said: “Sana mabigyan ang 1Pacman ng pagkakataon kasi tiwala akong malaking tulong siya sa sports. Kaya nga sinusuportahan ko ang 1Pacman.
Aside from Castro, Yap and Romeo, fellow Gilas member Marc Pingris is also endorsing 1Pacman, saying: “ Malaki kasi paniwala ko na maraming magagawa si Boss Mikee para sa sports, and yung pinaka-importante maraming kabataan ang matutulungan nya. Kung mananalo yung 1Pacman, malaking bagay hindi lang sa basketball, kundi sa buong sports,” said Pingris.
“Sana matulungan natin sya maka-pasok sa kongreso kasi kung ano man ang magagawa nya dun, malaking tulong,” added the son-in-law of the famous Vic Sotto.
Also backing 1Pacman Party-list are Ginebra star LA Tenorio and volleyball star Aby Marano.
A self-confessed Crispa fanatic, 1Pacman’s No. 1 nominee earned raves in the early 90s when he made Tenorio and La Salle star Joseph Yeo play for his in the PBL.
Aside from Romero, other nominees of 1Pacman are Manny Pacquiao’s business manager (endorsements) Eric Pineda and Nick Enciso, the fighter’s associate from Los Angeles.