Senator Joel Villanueva and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter "Air" Cayetano aren't the only prominent government officials who've got game.
A highlight reel has been circulating recently, of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher "Bong" Go flashing his basketball wares and stroking it from deep. Complete with a lit track and ridiculous panning, the video is dripping with hype and looks like it was made by Ballislife.
Go is a pretty decent player for a 43-year-old—if you don't mind the nonexistent defense and his sorry attempts at fancy passes—and a deadeye at that. Those long bombs were no fluke, though, as the "Pambansang Photobomber" once dropped 56 points for Team Duterte in a 107-101 overtime win over the Philippine Air Force, built on 12 treys, one shy of Stephen Curry's NBA record and tied with Kobe Bryant's career-high.
A regular participant in special three-point shootouts (he'll go up against his idol Allan Caidic and Chris Tiu, among others, during a PBA All-Star event on May 23), Go also suited up for the Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission Kamao team at the UNTV Cup Executive Face-Off, where he competed with fellow public servants.
They may have lost to the Villanueva-led Senate Sentinels earlier this month, partly due to an off night from Go (15 pts), but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon still had high praises for the SAP's game via Rappler: "For the record, I must put my admiration for the playing ability of Secretary Bong Go. Talaga pong nagulat ako. Magaling talaga. He made us suffer for the first few minutes."
When even a political rival can't help but pay you a compliment, then you must be going something good, at least on the court.