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    Terrence Romeo offers support for besieged Gilas teammate Kiefer Ravena

    May 28, 2018
    "Hindi yung mga ganung bagay ang maaring magpabagasak sa kanya," says Terrence Romeo amid a drug controversy swirling around Gilas teammate Kiefer Ravena. Jerome Ascano

    TERRENCE Romeo offered his support to Kiefer Ravena in the wake of reports of his Gilas Pilipinas teammate flunking a random drug test after a Fiba World Cup qualifying game in Australia last February.

    SPIN.ph learned from multiple sources that the 24-year-old Ravena “tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug” after their 84-68 loss to the Boomers last February 22, resulting in him being forced to skip the third leg of the PBA All-Star week in Iloilo and returning to Manila on short notice on Sunday afternoon on orders of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

    The SBP was set to hold a press conference on Monday night with Ravena.

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      But Romeo was already game enough to make a comment ahead of the press con, the details of which weren’t divulged.

      “Para sa akin, ganun talaga eh,” the TNT star told SPIN.ph on Monday. “Tao lang tayo, ‘di ba? Nagkakamali, so para sa akin, learn na lang. Learn from your mistake, ‘di ba? Mas maging maingat next time. Tapos syempre hindi naman natin pwede i-judge si Kiefer. Alam naman natin na mabait si Kiefer, marunong makisama.”

      “So hindi yung mga ganung bagay ang maaring magpabagasak sa kanya,” he added. “Maaring maka-affect ng konti, pero nandito pa rin kaming mga PBA players naka-suporta para sa kanya, kasi kami-kami lang din naman mga PBA players magtutulungan eh.”

      “Pero naniniwala pa rin ako na tsimis lang yun,” he continued while waiting for his baggage at the airport in Manila after their flight from Iloilo.

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      Asked if he can also learn from the issue of alleged PED use, Romeo agreed, believing it’s a cautionary tale for all athletes.

      “Kung ako, mas magiging…kung nagkamali ka man or what, mas magiging maingat ako or kung siguro baka hindi ko alam na bawal pala yun,” Romeo said. “Isang bagay din yun eh. Normally, sa isang place, normal lang yun. Dun, bawal pala, so yun, maraming bagay na pwedeng magkamali ka eh.”

      “So pag nagkamali ka, harapin mo na lang,” he added. “Haharapin ko na lang siguro tapos sa susunod, mas magi-ingat na ako. Para din sa mga tao na humahanga sa akin or what; ayaw kong isipin nila na ganung tao eh.”

      “Ganun lang din yun kay Kief,” Romeo continued. “Sana wag nilang isipan ng masama masyado si Kief, kasi hindi naman dun nasusukat yung ugali ng isang tao or kung sino talaga yung isang tao.”

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      "Hindi yung mga ganung bagay ang maaring magpabagasak sa kanya," says Terrence Romeo amid a drug controversy swirling around Gilas teammate Kiefer Ravena. Jerome Ascano
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