Valdez not closing doors to politics
Mark Escarlote on Jun 20, 2016 02:29 PM
I mean hindi matagal pa pero alam mo we’re just open to all the possibilities na mangyayari e. Hindi naman tayo nagko-close din ng doors e --- Alyssa Valdez
Philippine volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez could wear a different hat in the future.
The former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle is not closing her doors for a possible political career following the footsteps of other Filipino sports stars that entered public office like eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
In fact, some Ateneo alumni suggested that she run for a major local position in her hometown in San Juan, Batangas.
“Oh my god nakakatawa. Huwag na nating pag-usapan pa matagal pa yan,” a surprised Valdez said when asked by select group of reporters that interviewed her during her first-ever Grand Fans Day Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
“I mean hindi matagal pa pero alam mo we’re just open to all the possibilities na mangyayari e. Hindi naman tayo nagko-close din ng doors din e,” added Valdez, who will turn 23 on June 29.
The suggestion of Valdez to dip her hands in politics came from some Ateneo alumni during one of the former two-time UAAP champion Lady Eagles' championship victory party, Alyssa’s father, Roel, revealed.
“Binibiro nila ako. Dyino-joke lang nila ako. Kung saan na lang tayo makakatulong,” the hesitant volleyball sweetheart said.
Tatay Roel in a serious conversation with those who wanted her only daughter to run for public office declined to submit her to the often dirty world of politics.
“Kahit nitong nakaraang eleksyon may mga lumalapit na sa kanya na mag-endorse o sumama sa mga politika na yan pero ang sabi ko, ‘Ineng huwag na. Mahirap na sitwasyon yan,’” the Valdez patriarch said.
In a public position or not, Valdez said that she will not hesitate to help her ‘kababayans’ if she can.
“Kung makakatulong tayo (in public service) talagang makakatulong tayo. Kung makakatulong tayo in different way di ba? Ngayon tina-try din nating makatulong kahit wala namang ano (politika). So kung ano yung magwo-work yun ang (gagawin) natin,” said the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player and current BaliPure team captain.
“Pero ngayon wala naman sa isip (ko ang politika). Kailangan kasi pinaplano yung mga ganyan and pinag-iisipan but then again ngayon medyo katatapos lang ng eleksyon so huwag muna nating isipin,” she ended.
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