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Aquino salutes Gilas Pilipinas in speech before businessmen


President Aquino: They never gave up. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino on Monday commended Gilas Pilipinas’ fighting heart it exemplified in its gold medal match against Iran in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship last Sunday night.

The Filipinos lost to the bigger Iranians but not after putting up a gallant stand until the final buzzer and Aquino himself was a witness to it.

“Perhaps just a little reflection on last night’s basketball game: We won at least the silver position, or the first-runner up position. We are not yet blessed with the height necessary to become a dominant power in the world of basketball. We even lost our center due to an injury, and it was really encouraging, at least on my part, to view our countrymen not giving in to a sense of, perhaps defeat by just accepting the fact that these guys are above seven-feet tall and they’re really, kind of, difficult to beat,” admired Aquino in a speech at the Brother Industries Inc. factory inauguration ceremony in Tanauan City, Batangas, Monday.

“But up to the last few seconds, they (Gilas Pilipinas) never gave up. They showed the respect that was earned by their playing in previous games. They were not treated as unworthy opponent by our opponents,” Aquino added. “So, give the Filipino the right environment and you will be surprised at what he will deliver.”

Aquino watched intently at one of the suites in the VIP gallery of the Mall of Asia Arena. He waved to the crowd shortly after his presence was acknowledged by the Arena barker.

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Tags: Basketball , Benigno Aquino III , commendation , Gilas Pilipinas , Philippines , Sports

  • rolando pecina

    Bawal ba manood si PNoy sa Gilas game? Dami naman kritisismo. Lahat naman tayo suportado ang national team

  • girlie santiez

    All Filipinos are lucky charm of Gilas Pilipinas. Stop blaming President Aquino for defeat to Iran

  • john lapiz

    Kahit hindi pumunta si President Noy sa Gilas game, mas malakas na basketball team talaga ang Iran kaysa sa atin

  • Angelina Lecina

    Wag na magsisihan. Panalo pa rin Gilas Pilipinas, pasok sa World Cup

  • mar judson

    Hindi malas si PNoy sa Gilas Pilipinas. ang kalaban nila ang malas

  • padrefaura

    Kung kelan nanood si pnoy, saka natalo yung gilas….. Sya ang jinx!

    • juan_luisjr

      tinalo tayo ng chinese taipei pero wala si pnoy sa game. we really lost to a bigger and more cohesive team.

      • padrefaura

        seryosong seryoso sa pagtanggol sa boss nya!!!! lighten up

      • Ramil Abalon


      • Ramil Abalon

        ha ha ha ganyan talaga brad di gaya mo puro pintas ha ha ha dapat di ka rin nanood baka ikaw ang jinx

  • oh_noh

    “But up to the last few seconds, they (Filas Pilipinas) never gave up…”

    bading na bading ah… Filas?!?!?! Gilas ang alam ko e :-P

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