"Country First Before Your School, Ballclub," Says Ronald Mascarinas

He also says teams and schools that stand against the national team "should be shamed"

Chooks to Go head honcho and national team backer Ronald Mascarinas has some strong words for basketball stakeholders which keep their players from suiting up for the national team.

Speaking during the launch of Chooks 3x3 program on Tuesday morning, the chairman and president of Bounty Agro Ventures aired his frustration over issues that deprive the national team of the top players. 

“Ang point ko lang, the needs of the country should always come first. Country first before your school, country first before your ballclub. But what’s happening right now is yourself first before your country,” said Mascarinas.  

“Yun ang gusto namin mabago. Because that’s wrong. Very wrong. Itong sports is a good vehicle to send that message,” he added.

Mascarinas said officials have been too nice in dealing with the club vs country and school vs country rows, urging top stakeholders to 'shame' those who stand against efforts to put together the best national team possible.

“They should be shamed. Every time they do that, dapat ipamukha sa kanila na nakakahiya yung ginagawa nila. Right now everybody is being polite,” said Mascarinas.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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