CABINET secretary Bong Go has been a long-time PBA fan. Now he gets to become a part of the league even for just a moment.
"To Allan (Caidic) and Chris Tiu tsamba lang yun," he said of his victory during the mid-season spectacle five years ago in which he beat out collegiate standouts.
The 43-year-old special assistant to President Duterte is seeing action in a special three-point shootout during the opening leg of this year's PBA All-Star week in Digos, Davao del Sur on May 23.
And he has no less than some of the league's top gunners - both past and present - as opponents in the side event.
Commissioner Willie Marcial said cage great Allan Caidic along with former three-point shooting champions Chris Tiu, Terrence Romeo, among others, are expected to give Go a run for his money.
A known outside shooter himself who still actively plays the game until today, Go said it would be an honor to compete against the likes of Caidic and Tiu, recalling he once scored 17 shots in a similar three-point shooting side event during the 2013 All-Star game also held in Davao.
"Sana pagbigyan ninyo ako," added the cabinet secretary who has been following the league since the 80s as fan of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers and the legendary Atoy Co, before shifting loyalty to Caidic when Co finally retired.
Go watched Game 2 of the Philippine Cup semi-finals between defending champion San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra to personally promote Davao del Sur's hosting of one of the three legs of the All-Star week set May 23 to 27.
At the same time, he disclosed plans of staging a nation-wide three-point shootout within the barangay level and billed as 'Go for Hoops.'
"Plano ko talagang magpa-tournament ng three-point shootout na inter-barangay," said Go as he took time out to visit members of the media at the press room of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"Maraming players na hindi na ganoon ka-competitive yung katawan, pero may mga kamay pa," he said. "Para sa akin, yun ang mga bigyan natin ng chance to excel."
Go is looking to get the project going by this year.(RG)