Rain or Shine’s scoring marvel James Yap bared he is getting a “temporary leave of absence” for the upcoming PBA Governors’ Cup.
The two-time MVP is set to focus on his campaign as he seeks position in San Juan City’s city council for the first time.
In an Instagram post, Yap expressed his gratitude for his team for allowing him to focus on his campaign trail and he confirmed that he will not play with the Elasto Painters in this season’s second conference, supposedly his 18th season in the league.
“Ako ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa aking ROS family – sa owners, management, coaches, teammates at iba ko pang mga kasamahan – sa PBA at sa Board of Governors sa paghintulot sa aking temporary leave of absence sa darating na conference,” wrote Yap on Instagram. “Samahan niyo po ako sa aking pagtahak ng bagong daan para maka-contribute ng bagong paraan ng pagtulong at pagsilbi sa aking mga kababayan sa unang distrito ng San Juan.”
ROS Governor Mamerto Mongradon said that the organization allows Yap to fully focus on the campaign and recognizes the need for him to “touch base with his constituents.”
Yap filed his certificate of candidacy not long after the conclusion of the 2021 all-Filipino conference.
The 39-year old and a seven-time champion is running under the ticket of the incumbent mayor Francis Zamora along with former teammates Paul Artadi and Don Allado.
The PBA star played only seven games with the Elasto Painters during the recent Philippine Cup at Bacolor, Pampanga where he averaged eight points per contest.