Gilas Pilipinas players Jason Castro, Terrence Romeo, Marc Pingris, Ginebra star LA Tenorio and two-time Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Most Valuable Player James Yap have declared their support to the candidacy of 1Pacman Party-list No. 1 nominee Mikee Romero for a congressional seat in the May elections.
“We have a big trust for Sir Mikee that he would contribute to the betterment of Philippine sports as well as the youth,” said Castro in Filipino. The latter was a member of Romero’s team that smashed several records in the Philippine Basketball League.
“He is not just a sportsman but also a financial expert,” added Romeo, a player of Romero’s PBA team the Globalport Batang Pier.
Romero is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GlobalPort 900, Inc. and the vice-chairman of Air Asia Philippines. He is also the CEO of Harbour Centre Port Terminal, Inc., and chairman of Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. He also owns the Manila Sharks baseball team. A self-confessed Crispa fanatic, Romero became popular in the early 1990s when he made Tenorio and La Salle star Joseph Yeo play for his team in the PBL.
“Sports, education and jobs are on top-of-the-list of 1Pacman Party-list,” Romeo added who saw for himself during their team building Romero’s concern for the indigenous tribes like the Aetas of Zambales. The businessman and sportsman initiated the construction of free houses for the Zambales Aetas. He also led medical missions and started livelihood projects for ethnic minorities in Zamboanga del Sur.
“I hope 1Pacman will be given a chance [to be elected]because I believe it will be of big help to the sports community,” said Yap.
Volleyball star Aby Marano is also supporting Romero.
Romero is urgently pushing for the creation of Department of Sports that will take care of usual problems in sports including funding, training programs for athletes, sports facilities and a strong grassroots development program.
Besides Romero, the other nominees of 1Pacman are Manny Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda and Nick Enciso, the boxer’s associate from Los Angeles.