Leviste invites Ateneo assistant coach Severino for a cup of coffee

Mark Escarlote on Dec 07, 2016 08:44 PM
Kape tayo -- Leviste on ADMU assistant coach Severino
Puwede ang problema baka may kabahan sa amin eh --- ex-Batangas vice-governor Mark Leviste

Former Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste is open to having coffee and a friendly talk with Ateneo de Manila assistant coach Gabby Severino.

A cup or two of his province’s world-famous kapeng barako.

The two were involved in a commotion during the best-of-three 79th UAAP men’s basketball series opener last Saturday between eventual champion De La Salle and Ateneo.

Leviste tried to confront Severino, who flashed his middle finger towards some of the Green Archers late in the third quarter of Game 1. Leviste, clad in a DLSU jersey, rushed behind the Blue Eagles’ bench calling out Severino as tension rose on the sidelines that added color to the rival schools' first Finals showdown since 2008.

Security and cooler heads broke the commotion and escorted Leviste back to his seat, who in retaliation flashed his own version of the “sign”. The opener ended with DLSU on top 67-65.

Both camps issued an apology.      

Leviste, however, had the last laugh when the Green Archers completed a series sweep with a 79-72 win.

“Hindi naman sa last laugh. Kita naman ng lahat na hindi ko naman sinimulan ang kaguluhan pero nag-move on na kami mula doon,” said the husky-voiced politician. “Masuwerte po kami na nanalo ang La Salle kaya masaya ang aming community.”

Leviste even extended his respect to the gallant stand of the Katipunan-based squad.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ateneo de Manila University, alam ko malayo ang mararating nila and may kanya-kanyang panahon lang tayo,” he said.

He and Severino have yet to cross paths again.

But he said all is well and all that should be put behind.

“Nag-apologize din naman po ako sa La Salle community and sa mga Batangueno. Nabasa ko ang apology niya,” Leviste said. “Hindi man kami nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na magkakilala at magbatian pero I wish them well.”

As for their cup of coffee.

“Puwede ang problema baka may kabahan sa amin eh,” he joked.





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