Being one of the vocal supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the leading presidential candidate in this year’s national elections, Alaska star Calvin Abueva can’t help but feel optimistic about the country’s future under a new administration.
“Ayos ‘yun, marami siyang gagawing maganda sa Pilipinas,” said the 6-foot-2 Abueva on Tuesday afternoon at the end of the Aces’ three-hour, closed-door practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.
Based on the partial and unofficial tally from Commission on Elections and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Duterte has already garnered 15, 520, 595 votes, way ahead of Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas (9, 386, 781) and Nationalista Party bet Grace Poe (8, 690, 863).
Both Roxas and Poe have already conceded in the presidential race.
While his presidential bet Duterte is bound to realize a long-cherished goal, Abueva intends to do the same for Alaska which is trailing two-game-to-none in their best-of-seven finals series with Rain or Shine for the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
And the former San Sebastian College star believes the Aces are already hard-pressed to win Game 3 on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Down by two games, kailangan na talagang manalo,” said Abueva, who is averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assist and 1.0 steal in the Finals.
Asked if the Aces’ true character will be displayed in what he considers as a ‘must-win’ Game 3, Abueva nodded, saying: ‘Siyempre naman.”
“Bukas malalaman natin. Ibang usapan na ‘to. Serye kasi to. Siyempre na-prepare na kami para sa lahat ng depensa na gagawin namin bukas,” he added. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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