MANILA, Philippines — The newest addition to the league of public servants, the Ombudsman Graft Busters is now excited to hit the hardcourt.
Despite being the tournament’s neophyte team and with only limited time training, the Graft Busters aim to give to the expectations of the viewing fans.
“It will be very hard for us to compete with the other teams but we will do our best”, said Ombudsman Graft Buster head coach Ryan Rey Quilala.
On his part, Assistant Special Prosecutor Ryan Rey Quilala says he is confident that Team Graftbusters is ready to face the challenge especially having two former PBA players, Bernzon Franco and Ej Feihl plus a former PBL player in the person of Edsel Del Rosario
“With the presence of Ej, Bernz and Edsel, we believe that we will be very competitive compared to older teams who have been participating with UNTV. We promise to give to the expectations of the public,” added Quilala.
Since the team is still getting to know each of their team mates, they do more than just training and conditioning.
“We are trying to have a bonding among our team players. We are doing a ‘getting- to- know- each- other’ type of play. So from there we are trying to be competitive,” said Ombudsman Graft Buster Team Captain Armando Sanchez.
Ej Feil is thrilled to join his colleagues again in the hardcourt. He feels overjoyed to play with former professional basketball players on UNTV Cup and most especially for the beneficiaries of the game.
“Yung mga ex-pro nagkaroon ulit ng trabaho, nagkaroon ulit ng laro , lalo na ngayon simula ng mawala yung ibang liga na malalaki after ng PBA. After ng ibang ano wala na eh, nawalan ng opportunity. Nagkaroon ng chance ang ibang players na magkaroon ulit ng laro. Exposure talaga maganda; UNTV pa.” Feil said.
(Ex-professionals were able to have a job again, to play again, especially now that professional leagues have rested already. After PBA, the opportunity was lost also. So this time, former players are given chance to play again and this is one good exposure and with UNTV nonetheless.)
Meanwhile, the Ombudsman Graft Busters is supporting “cancer awareness campaign” under the supervision of team manager Humberto Morales, the current chief of staff and son of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. (UNTV News)
Ombudsman Graft Busters. A white ribbon on the upper part of their jersey indicates support for the campaign against cancer.