Phoenix boss Dennis Uy named Duterte’s adviser for sports

Phoenix Petroleum president and chief executive officer Dennis Uy has been appointed presidential adviser for sports by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday following his meeting with the country’s Chief Executive at the sendoff ceremony of the Rio Olympics-bound Filipino athletes at the Malacanang Palace.

Uy, who owns the Fuel Masters franchise in the PBA, considered it a huge honor to serve under his kababayan Duterte, the former long-time mayor of Davao before being elected to highest office in the country.

“It was hard to pass upon an opportunity to help in the vision of the President for sports program and athletes,” Uy said in an official statement sent to FOX Sports.

“More than anything else, it is for the love of our country and support for our athletes as well as the uplifting of our sports program.”

The youthful Phoenix Petroleum big boss is expected to work hand in hand with some of the country’s top sports officials led by new Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramnirez and commissioner Ramon Fernandez, the country’s basketball legend and 4-time PBA Most Valuable Player.

A Davaoeno himself, Uy has been a sports patron even before purchasing the Barako Bull franchise in the PBA early this year.

The 43-year-old Filipino businessman has been an avid supporter of car racing, muay thai along with the Junior NBA and the WNBA Philippines. — By Richard Dy