FOSHAN - Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte visited Gilas Pilipinas in the locker room before the team played Italy to start their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign in Foshan, China on Saturday.
Duterte, who flew in to Foshan on Friday, was accompanied by Senator Bong Go and other government officials to give the coaching staff and the players a short pep talk.
The president had earlier said that Gilas won't stand a chance against the Italian squad, which will have the likes of NBA-caliber players like Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli.
"We are here to give you the spirit to fight," the president said. "We can do this. It's never too late to dream. And we'll all be praying for your victory. I'm here for you guys. Give your best. I'm all for you guys."