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SENATE DEFENDERS VS PHILHEALTH ADVOCATES
TODAY, Sunday, March 2, the hard-practicing Senator Sonny Angara will be playing again with the Senate Defenders basketball team against PhilHealth in the 2nd Season of the UNTV Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena, Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City.
The Senate Defenders won their first game against the House Solons headed by Iloilo Congressman Niel Tupas during the opening of the games on February 11, 2014 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The PhilHealth Advocates also won over the PNP Responders in its first game.
Other games on Sunday will be HOR Solons vs PNP Responders, and MMDA Black Wolves vs AFP Cavaliers.
The Senate Defenders has three ex-PBA players in the team: former PBA Most Valuable Player Kenneth Duremdes and now head coach of the Adamson Soaring Falcons, Zaldy Realubit, and Samuel Marata who is now a Senate employee.
The other players of the team are Director General Ronald R. Golding, Director General Rodel Dascil, Director Lino Ong, Domingo Basaysay, Richard Dino, Christian Andaya, Daniel Diamzon, Edward Ganal, Warren Tan and AJ Samonte.
From seven teams last year, the number of teams rose to ten with the addition of Senate Defenders and Malacañang Patriots.
The seven other teams that also participated in the first season include the defending champion Judiciary Magis, the PNP Responders, AFP Cavaliers, MMDA Black Wolves, PhilHealth Advocates and DOJ Avengers.
Last season’s combined team LGU/Congress has split to become the LGU Vanguards and House of Representatives Solons.
UNTV-BMPA, sponsor of the Philippines’ first and only inter-government league, will award P1 million to the champion which will be donated to the team’s chosen charitable institution, P500,000 to the 1st runner up, P250,000 to the 2nd runner up, and P150,000 to the other top four teams.
The Senate Defenders have chosen as their beneficiaries the Adopt-A-Banca Project that provides livelihood to fishermen and to Kythe Foundation, Inc., an NGO that helps children suffering from chronic illnesses.