'Say no to drugs, say yes to sports', man advocates in Cebu triathlon

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 11 2019 10:11 AM

Renato Novero, 72, carried a banner that read "Say no to drugs" at the Ironman Philippines triathlon in Cebu, Sunday. ABS-CBN News

CEBU CITY -- Despite the pressure of finishing the Ironman Philippines triathlon, a man "with a cause" randomly showed up to display a message.

Renato Novero, 72, attracted athletes and other observants by flaunting a banner that said, "PDEA, ituloy ang laban. Just say no to drugs."

He also wore a helmet where an anti-drug message is written.

Novero said this was his way to encourage the public to avoid engaging in drugs and to live a clean lifestyle.

"Say no to drugs and say yes to sports," he said.

He claimed that he was a former biker who now advocates a healthy living.

Novero said he believes that athletes can be in good condition if they discipline themselves by avoiding vices that can weaken their body system.

He said he has known of relatives and friends who succumbed to the ill effects of drug abuse. This led to his unique way of showing support for the campaign against drugs.

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