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Thug mentality: Find out the politikos who condoned Gilas’ players ugly fight with Aussies

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It was an ugly and embarrassing end to a lopsided basketball match witnessed by basketball fans all over the world so it’s surprising why some politikos have come out to defend the thuggish behavior of Filipino players on its home court at the Philippine Arena owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Thirteen players from both sides were ejected – 9 from Gilas and 4 from the Boomers – in a crucial FIBA match to earn the right to play for basketball’s version of the World Cup in 2019 in China, but as of this writing, only the Australians have apologized for the melee while Filipino basketball officials appear to have taken a defiant stance and blamed the Boomers for the mess.

Some politikos have taken to Twitter to justify the actions taken by the Gilas players managed by bilyonaryo Manny V. Pangilinan, including the players who were not even on the floor and joined the free-for-all and the team officials who dd not lift a finger to control the brawl which lasted too long.

1) 1-Pacman Partylist Rep. Michael Romero

2) Sen. Joel Villanueva, the son of Jesus Is Lord founder Eddie Villanueva

3) Sen. JV Ejercito

4) Former Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno who is vice chair of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas

Puno told reporters after the game that he was “proud” of the Filipino basketball players because they showed they were a “united team.”

“I think there’s an attempt to disrespect us and I think we stood our ground and I think I’m proud of the Gilas Pilipinas boys for standing our ground, fighting for the Filipino people. But of course, it’s an unfortunate incident. We don’t want these things to happen.”
“It’s a little bit of an embarrassment I guess but we stand together. This was a bad situation that I think we can only hope to get some good out of it and say that we showed ourselves as a united team. A team that fights together and doesn’t back down from anyone so let that be a lesson to everybody else.”

5) Senate President Tito Sotto

6) Sen. Sonny Angara

“It was an unfortunate event but I stand by the Gilas team on this. In the heat of the moment, the players on both sides had to stand up for each other. It is not only a universal human reaction in a team sport, but for those who have played the game, looking after each other is part of the brotherhood among team members.”

Replays showed the Philippines RR Pogoy started the melee when he shoved an Australian player:

The pro-Gilas politlikos are apparently taking the stand of Coach Chot Reyes who not only failed to control his players but also apparently encouraged them to hit back. Reyes:

Yes, take a bow people, these are the kind of basketball players we want our kids to take as role models:

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