A new ring for Hon­tiveros

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Doris C. Bong­cac CEN­TRAL DESK SU­PER­VI­SOR

Start­ing next week, bas­ket­ball heart throb Don­don Hon­tiveros will have to jug­gle his time be­tween bas­ket­ball prac­tices and po­lit­i­cal sor­ties. Hon­tiveros is set to file his Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy (COC) for Cebu City south district coun­cilor, ten­ta­tively on Mon­day, along with other as­pi­rants from the lo­cal op­po­si­tion group, Barug Team Rama-PDP Laban. “Ug ako ang pangutan-on gana­han gyud ko mo ta

bang bisan ug dili pa ko mo da­gan. But if naay chance, mas mo dako pud ang akong chance to help (If you were to ask me, I re­ally want to help even if I will not seek an elec­tive post. But If I were given a chance (to be in gov­ern­ment), I will have a big­ger chance to help),” he said in an in­ter­view with CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Hon­tiveros said that while he is well aware that his pop­u­lar­ity from play­ing pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball does not guar­an­tee vic­tory in the elec­tions, he is ready to try his luck any­way.

Should he win, Hon­tiveros said that he will fo­cus on pro­grams for sports and youth de­vel­op­ment.

If he loses, he said that he is still pre­pared to help the city gov­ern­ment in any way he can.

Though born and raised in Barangay Basak Pardo, Hon­tiveros is a reg­is­tered voter of Barangay La­ban­gon where his fam­ily later lived.

Hon­tiveros was in­vited by both Barug Team Rama and the ad­min­is­tra­tion Bando Os­meña Pun­dok Kauswa­gan (BOPK), the po­lit­i­cal party of Mayor To­mas Os­meña to join their re­spec­tive slates in the 2019 elec­tions.

Barug Coun­cilors Ray­mond Alvin Gar­cia and former Calape Bo­hol mayor Ernest Her­rera, who are fel­low grad­u­ates of Don Bosco, Hon­tiveros’ high school alma mat­ter, were the first to ap­proach Hon­tiveros last year about a pos­si­ble run.

Gar­cia and Her­rera re­port­edly told him that he was “per­fect for sports (de­vel­op­ment) with your ex­pe­ri­ence and con­tact with cor­po­rate spon­sors.”

A few months ago, BOPK can­di­date and Uni­ver­sity of Cebu (UC) Web­mas­ters coach Raul “Yayoy” Al­coseba also asked Hon­tiveros to join the BOPK slate.

When Hon­tiveros at­tended Mayor Os­meña’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tion last July, the mayor was said to have also asked him the ques­tion: “Can you run now?”

Hon­tiveros said that Os­meña is a friend be­cause his grand­fa­ther, Os­mundo Cabañes, was a se­cu­rity aide of the late Sen­a­tor Ser­gio “Serg­ing” Os­meña Jr., the mayor’s fa­ther.

Aside from Al­coseba — a col­league in the coach­ing staff of UC Web­mas­ters where Hon­tiveros now works as a con­sul­tant — Hon­tiveros is also friends with BOPK Coun­cilors Eu­ge­nio Gabuya Jr. and Gerry Guardo.

Hon­tiveros was ini­tially hes­i­tant to con­sider join­ing pol­i­tics es­pe­cially be­cause he had ac­tive con­tracts in Manila.

But upon his re­turn to Cebu City this year to work as a con­sul­tant for Web­mas­ters, he be­gan to con­sider the of­fers since he will be based here “for a long time,” he said.

Last week, Hon­tiveros an­nounced to his im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers his plans to en­ter pol­i­tics and con­vinced them to sup­port him.

Hon­tiveros said he also told Al­coseba last week that he had made a de­ci­sion to join Barug.

When they met yes­ter­day morn­ing dur­ing bas­ket­ball prac­tice, he again told Al­coseba that his de­ci­sion was fi­nal.

“We con­tinue to have mu­tual re­spect be­tween us even if we are from difer­ent par­ties,” Hon­tiveros said.

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