President Rodrigo Duterte gave his bold prediction on two of Gilas Pilipinas’ three preliminary round games in the upcoming 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup set on August 31 to September 15 in China.
Duterte is reportedly set to visit China later this month for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, inaugurate a school building which was constructed in honor of his mother and then watch the games of the national team.
“Ang problema ang unang kalaban natin Italy. Wala, talo tayo, walang laban. Sa China na lang tayo magpusta. Wala. Ay sus. Pa-corny ka pa. Wala talaga tayo,” said Duterte in his speech before the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. in Malacañang.
“We will lose dito sa Italian, ang lalaki kaya niyang mga gagong yan,” he added.
On the other hand, Duterte feels that Gilas can handily defeat Angola.
“Ang sunod natin Angola. Ah ito, pwede natin ilibing nang buhay.”
Gilas, currently ranked 31 in the world, will take on Italy on August 31, Serbia on September 2 and Angola on September 4 and will need to to finish in the top 2 in order to advance to the next phase of the tournament.