Less money for basketball: Monsour del Rosario mulls Senate bid

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2018 05:56 PM

MANILA - Makati 1st District Rep. and former Olympian Monsour Del Rosario is throwing his hat into the senatorial race in the May 2019 midterm elections if President Rodrigo Duterte will include him in the Magic 12.

“Who am I to say no to our beloved president if the president chooses me? I will do it for our country and for our president," he said.

Del Rosario said the President has 24 names that will be narrowed down to 12 before October. “If I don't make the magic 12, I will run again as congressman of Makati,” he said.

As an athlete, Del Rosario wants to focus on building the country’s sports program if he is elected senator. A taekwondo champion, Del Rosario has competed in several international competitions, including the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games, the World Taekwondo Championships and the Asian Taekwondo Championships.

The lawmaker said he wants to pour more resources to sports that have higher chances of winning a medal. He cited basketball as one sport where there is a lot of money but cannot produce a medal in high level competitions.

"Masyadong maraming pera nakalagay sa basketball na wala naman tayo pag-asa manalo sa Olympics at Asian Games. Maghanap tayo ng bagong sports heroes na pwede natin idevelop," he said.

Del Rosario was recently appointed as the country’s Chef de Mission for the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games. While under pressure to deliver the top spot for the country, Del Rosario said the more realistic goal for the country is at least to be among the top 3 countries with the most number of medals in the SEA Games.