Sabaldan: Street basketball to counter gangsterism

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By Romy Sabaldan

Davao Beat

Sunday, July 20, 2014


BY TAKING a leave of absence in the midst of new challenges, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte places greater confidence to Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte as OIC Mayor and the built-in security mechanism which he had painstakingly set in place all these years.

Afterall, the mayor has already built in place the established norms necessary for Davao City to look further ahead with faith and confidence.

In the current drive to cut down the incidence of gangsterism, there is a move to make use of basketball courts sprouting in every barangay to instill discipline and make barangay stars out of gang members.

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Friendship on the streets is one way out for youngsters seeking refuge away from a troubled home. Most often, the influences bring a troubled child more troubles instead of real refuge.

Recently, Davao City Police Office Chief, Police Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao in an interview with Scoop member James Galay, has unlocked yet another idea to help youngsters make good use of their hyperactive diversions.

The untiring Sherlock Holmes of Davao made mention about Midnight Basketball which he just shared from Butch Ramirez, OIC of the City Sports Development Division.

Midnight is the time of gangsterism, when everybody has fallen asleep and crimes are most often carried out.

The spirit of gangsterism had been there all along and was a problem before Duterte took over the helm as mayor of the city.

For most of us, the gangs Aspo or Mugs sound familiar during those times when the most affordable pomade named after the Beatles have made some sticky hairstyles and turning some of them looking like Elvis Presley instead.

For them, it was fashionable also to tuck in pocketfuls of Marlboro or Chelsea and whose souls I have never seen again since Mayor Duterte imposed a strict citywide smoking ban.

Well, this is now the generation of Mommy D. and Ray Boltz and yet the problem has gone overboard, even in the secrecy of homes and school fraternities with more lethal results, even death.

And yet, these are decent, prestigious schools which supposedly highly value discipline and teachings owing to their well laid out plans and programs of standard education and sports.

Danao, however, said it is not only Midnight Basketball that can gather around youngsters for better use of their energy.

This is all-around approach that must take roots from the very basic foundation - home, family, parents.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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