1Pacman nominee Mikee Romero bats for return of 'godfather system' in PH sports
Mikee Romero plans to talk to several giant corporations and convince them to adopt one or two elite athletes. Jerome Ascano

IN his desire to help the country win its first Olympic gold medal, 1Pacman party-list No. 1 nominee Dr. Mikee Romero will not only give up his monthly salary but will also seek more funds for elite and promising athletes if he wins a congressional seat in the coming elections.

“I will not get my salary if given the chance to serve the country as a member of Congress. I will form a team to select young and promising talents who will receive my financial help,” said the top nominee of 1Pacman Partylist.

The 1Pacman candidate, one of the youngest billionaires in the country, is likewise calling for the return of the “godfather system” in Philippine sports in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

“It’s high time to bring back the godfather system in sports,” said Romero, who built a world-class passenger terminal at North Harbor aside from being a part owner of AirAsia Philippines.

The 1Pacman nominee knows very well the role of a "godfather," in sports, having served as chief backer of the Philippine basketball team that produced several firsts during the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.

Led by current PBA stars like Jayson Castro, Beau Belga, and Gabe Norwood, the 2007 PH team got top class training through the support of the Globalport owner and turned the SEA Games competition into its own playground.

Romero plans to talk to several giant corporations and convince them to adopt one or two elite athletes and provide them additional financial help which he said is essential in their quest for glory and honor for the country.

“Kailangang mabusog ng pagmamahal ang mga atleta natin and we can only do that if we provide them all they need – pera para sa pamilya nila bukod sa first-class training na kailangan nila,” said Romero.

With his vast connections, Romero said he will also try to convince some of his friends to help him out in providing financial assistance to deserving athletes.

“Kapag nasa competition ang mga atleta natin, especially in the Olympics, dapat worry-free sila para maganda ang chance nilang manalo ng ginto,” he added.

Romero also plans to boost the country’s ties with some European powers so that the transfer of technical knowledge to Filipino athletes will only cost the government little.

The 1Pacman candidate also bared plans to invite coaches who made good imprints on the Olympic Games.

“I will make sure to invite coaches with huge success in the Olympics so they can share their winning formula to our athletes,” said Romero.

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