John Amores receives ‘words of encouragement’ from VP Sara Duterte


FILE–Former JRU player John Amores. –NCAA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Former Jose Rizal University player John Amores revealed that he received “words of encouragement” from Vice President Sara Duterte through a letter.

Amores, who was recently expelled from the Heavy Bombers and suspended from the NCAA due to his punching spree against the College of St. Benilde Blazers last month, posted a photo of the letter from the Office of the Vice President.

“It’s my pleasure to receive this kind gesture from our dearly VP, Sara Duterte,” Amores’ Instagram post read.

“Ps. Ipapa frame ko to as a remembrance na sa dami ng bashers at negative critics may isang tao na ipapaalala sayo na Mahalaga ka kahit di mo kaano ano. I won’t lose hope, somewhere in between in the darkest season of my life there’s still a light.”

(I will frame this as a remembrance that despite the number of bashers and negative critics, someone will be there to remind you that you’re important even if you’re not related by blood.)

Screenshot from John Amores' Instagram account

Screenshot from John Amores’ Instagram account

Amores also included a supposed excerpt from Duterte’s statement in the post: “You have a friend from the Office of the Vice President.”

Currently, the embattled forward is indefinitely banned from NCAA due to his actions.

Amores is also facing charges from Blazers’ players Taine Davis and Jimboy Pasturan and UP’s Mark Belmonte after separate punching incidents this year.

The school has also cut Amores from any athletic involvement and was suspended from his classes. Whether or not he would return to the hardcourt in the NCAA is still up in the air.

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