Former UST cager Joel Villanueva vows to be a team player as he enters new role in Senate
Joel Villanueva played for the UST Tigers from 1994 to 1995 under coach Aric Del Rosario. Photo from Atienza

FORMER University of Santo Tomas cager Joel Villanueva vowed to use his experience in basketball as a team player as he is set to become one of the 12 newly-elected senators in the 2016 national elections.

Speaking in an interview with ANC on Tuesday, Villanueva said his stint with the UST varsity squad will be a big help for him in his impending win in the elections as a senator.

“I played basketball in college and I know how a team works and the importance of playing within a team,” said Villanueva.

Before becoming a public servant, Villanueva once played for the Tigers from 1994 to 1995 under head coach Aric Del Rosario. Recently, he became the director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), but remains very active in basketball after participating in the UNTV Cup.

Villanueva, who has also been spotted many times in UST Tigers games last season, appears on his way to being elected as senator as he has been consistent in the top two in the partial and unofficial counts.

Once he is formally proclaimed as senator, Villanueva vowed to concentrate on creating more jobs for Filipinos.

“My goal is very clear, to create more jobs and have our people land jobs. And in order to do that, we have to have a good program. I will be focusing on the areas of labor, training, and education,” said Villanueva, who became known as 'Tesdaman' during the campaign.

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