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Jordan Clarkson leads the Philippines to a win within the Fiba World Cup. (Photograph by MARLO CUETO / INQUIRER.web)

They might have failed of their Fiba (Worldwide Basketball Federation) World Cup bid, however senators stated Gilas Pilipinas’ 21-point drubbing of China on Saturday night time was its “most essential” win within the worldwide event.

Carrying T-shirts printed with the phrases “West PH Sea,” Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and 5 of his colleagues joined 1000’s of Filipinos cheering for the lads’s nationwide basketball staff, depicting the political undertone of the Fiba match between the 2 Asian archrivals.

“This was crucial recreation of all! For our pleasure and for our motherland, the Philippines!” Zubiri instructed the Inquirer.

It was the “sweetest” victory of the Philippines on the earth basketball event because it got here amid China’s hostile actions within the West Philippine Sea, based on the Senate chief.

“We confirmed the bully [from] the north that we [will not allow] to be bullied in our own residence and that we rallied collectively as a nation to wish and cheer for our staff Gilas,” he added.

‘Patriotic spirit’

Senate Majority Chief Joel Villanueva, a former member of the nationwide youth basketball staff, stated the Filipino crowd inside Araneta Coliseum was “tremendous extraordinary” and “distinctive.”

“And similar to within the arbitrary ruling, we had a commanding and convincing victory in opposition to China,” stated Villanueva, referring to the Philippines’ landmark 2016 arbitral court docket victory in opposition to China.

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, chair of the Samahang Bastketbol ng Pilipinas, stated the sport with China was undoubtedly “not an strange recreation.”

“We wanted this win. Full credit score to Gilas coaches and gamers for getting ready effectively,” Angara stated.

Sen. Ronald dela Rosa stated his colleagues determined to put on the T-shirts which Villanueva supplied, to “awaken the patriotic spirit of our Gilas Pilipinas and encourage them.”

Dela Rosa—who beforehand supported former President Rodrigo Duterte’s determination to put aside the arbitral ruling in change for monetary help from China—stated the victory was “symbolic for us Filipinos in gentle of the latest developments within the West Philippine Sea.” INQ

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