He may not be a professional athlete or an amateur campaigner in international competitions, but yes, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go is a dyed-in-the-wool sportsman. He, along with around 24 others are among the sports personalities vying for office in today’s elections (May 13, 2019).
Go, a sharp-shooting basketball player and a staunch supporter of the Philippine national basketball team, is eyeing for a seat in the Philippine Senate under the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) coalition. A partymate is another prominent athlete, former national volleyball team member and triathlete Pia Cayetano who will attempt to make a return to the Senate.
The other names in the sports list venturing into politics are current national men’s basketball coach Yeng Guiao, former Olympian taekwondo jin Monsour del Rosario, fencer Richard Gomez, former pro boxer Bobby Pacquiao, former basketball star Vergel Meneses and current national volleyball player Ish Polvorosa.
Further down the list are Rene Tongson, a senior master of the International Modern Arnis Federation of the Philippines, basketball coach Elvis Tolentino, PBA team owner and former La Salle basketball player Mikee Romero, ex-UP basketball player Martin Reyes, and national weightlifting association chief Monico Puentevella.
Coaches Ariel Vanguardia and Denden Velez are also in that list.
Go and Cayetano are the only senatorial candidates out of 25 athletes and coaches while those who are vying for representation in legislative districts abd party-list are Bobby Pacquiao, Yeng Guiao, Mikee Romero, and Monico Puentevella.
In Davao City, former sports development office personnel Goldie Delvo is gunning for a council seat in the second district.