‘There’s still a light’: VP Duterte gives hope to embattled cager John Amores

Beleaguered former Jose Rizal University (JRU) basketball player John Amores has received some “words of encouragement” from Vice President Sara Duterte.

(Photo from John Amores via Facebook)

In a social media post on Monday, Dec. 6, the former JRU Heavy Bomber shared a photo of a letter from the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

"Remember the lesson, not the mistake. You have a friend from the Office of the Vice President," Amores wrote, as he quoted an excerpt from Duterte’s letter.

"It's my pleasure to receive this kind of gesture from our dear VP Sara Duterte," he said in his reply to the official.

Amores has been indefinitely suspended from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) for engaging in a brawl with players from the College of St. Benilde (CSB) Blazers last month. This led to his removal from the JRU’s basketball team and athletics program.

READ: John Amores slapped with indefinite suspension

He is also facing charges from Blazers Taine Davis and Jimboy Pasturan and Mark Belmonte of the University of the Philippines (UP), whom he punched during their games this year.

Despite the controversies hounding him, the embattled forward said he is happy that someone still supports him.

“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 will have this framed as a remembrance that despite the many bashers and negative critics, someone will be there to remind you that you’re important even if you’re not related by blood),” he said.

“I won’t lose hope, somewhere in between in the darkest season of my life there’s still a light,” Amores added.