Former UP player Martin Reyes sees teamwork vital in politics like in basketball  
Martin Reyes, who is seeking a council seat in Dasmarinas City, is shown here with former La Salle Zobel teammate Simon Atkins. Photo from Martin Reyes facebook account

FORMER University of the Philippines cager Martin Reyes is seeking to become a councilor of Dasmariñas City in his first foray into politics.

Reyes played for the Fighting Maroons from 2006 to 2010 in the UAAP where he gained fame as one of the premier shooters in college basketball. His former teammates include Marvin Cruz, Woody Co, and Migs De Asis.

After engaging in the family business following his playing career, he decided to run for councilor in this year’s national elections.

Reyes, who also played for De La Salle-Zobel during high school, said he wanted to help attain the dream of his late father and uncle for Dasmariñas.

“They really wanted to see Dasmariñas as one of the most progressive towns in Cavite,” said Reyes.

The UP alumnus said he wants help the youth get a better life through sports, just like what he had during his high school and college days.

“Gusto ko ma-experience ng youth ‘yung naging journey ko. Sports is a big part of my life. Nadisiplina ko ‘yung sarili ko to be able to get into a good school through sports,” said Reyes.

He hopes to help in developing sports programs for Dasmariñas.

“As much as possible, I’ll try to create sports programs dahil kahit papaano, it’s still in my forte,” said Reyes.

A former athlete, Reyes said teamwork is also important in politics just like in basketball.

“Bago pa lang talaga ako. Kung walang teamwork talaga, you won’t go places. You need to adjust to  your teammates, and sa mga kapartido mo kasi asset ang bawat isa,” said Reyes.

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