No, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is not pursuing a basketball career; but yes, he now owns a Miami Heat jersey.
Thanks to Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra who paid him a visit in Malacanang. Reports quoted Spoelstra as saying that the jersey, which bore "Aquino" and "15", was especially meant for Aquino, the country's 15th president.
The Fil-Am coach arrived in Manila along with the Larry O’ Brien trophy as part of the NBA Trophy Tour.
Spoelstra, whose mother Elisa Celino hails from San Pablo, Laguna, is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, and head coach of any North American professional sports team.
Last June, Spoelstra sent Aquino an autographed cap, shortly after his championship win in the NBA.
The Philippines is to upgrade a navy base facing disputed South China Sea waters to serve the extra ships being acquired to protect its territory, the military said Thursday. Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said the military would build a 500-million-peso ($11.2 million) port at Ulugan Bay, the Philippine military base nearest to the Spratly Islands. President Benigno Aquino is set to visit the base on May 20 to launch the upgrading, Fabic added. In recent years, the …