Kim Atienza keeping doors closed on politics: ‘I’ll always be your kuya, never your cong’

Kim Atienza (Image: Instagram/@kuyakim_atienza)

Television personality Kim Atienza maintained that he will never return to politics, but promised fans that he will always be their “Kuya Kim” no matter what happens to ABS-CBN.

Atienza, who previously served as councilor of Manila’s 5th district for three terms, shared his stance after a fan asked him to run for Congress should ABS-CBN’s franchise not be renewed, “para naman mapasahan mo sila ng katalinuhan mo po (so that you can pass your intelligence onto them).”

“I will always be your kuya kim. I’ve long said no to politics. With or without ABS, [I’ll] always be your kuya never your cong. #kuyakimtrivia,” Atienza posted on Twitter yesterday, July 9.

Atienza has been using “#kuyakimtrivia” to answer ABS-CBN’s bashers on Twitter for the past few days, earning him praise from netizens for his creativity and intelligence.

In one of his trivia yesterday, Atienza called out a “troll” who replied to his tweet in which he prayed for ABS-CBN’s fate: “Lord we are in despair. We pray that you soften their hearts. We pray for a miracle. Our company is on its knees. We worship you in the light and we worship you in the dark. You are sovereign.”

“Kung ung legit na Lord ung sasagot sigurado denied kayo (If the real Lord will answer you, he will surely deny your request),” the said “troll” with the handle @RemyAndres1 replied.

Then came Atienza with his trivia after looking up the Twitter account’s following: “Alam mo ba pag 5 lang ang followers malamang ito ay isang troll account. Ang troll

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Austin Cindric wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky. — Austin Cindric won the first of two NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Kentucky Speedway, charging past Chase Briscoe on an overtime restart Thursday night for his first victory of the season and first on an oval.

Cindric spent most of the first two stages chasing Noah Gragson, the pole-sitter who seemed poised to dominate all three segments. Cindric then took charge on a series of restarts in Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford Mustang. On the last one, he went around Briscoe on the outside and pulled away before a last-lap wreck ended the race.

The 21-year-old Cindric had eight top-10s on ovals before breaking through on the 1.5-mile Kentucky layout. His only other series victories came last year on road courses at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio.

The race ended up going 204 miles. A 300-miler is set for Friday night in the series’ first doubleheader

Riley Herbst was second in a Toyota, followed by Ross Chastain in a Chevy, Briscoe in a Ford and Anthony Alfredo in a Chevy.

Gragson dominated the first two 30-lap stages, a first for the driver who turns 22 on Wednesday, but faded to finish 10th.

Briscoe entered the race red hot with consecutive victories at Pocono and Indianapolis and three in his past four starts. He started seventh and eventually drew Gragson in his sights by Lap 50.

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UFC 251 breakdown: Holloway seeks revenge against Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski is from Australia’s east coast and Max Holloway hails from Hawaii so both men are rather familiar with fighting near sandy shores.

That’s why this UFC 251 featherweight title rematch is an ideal fight to serve as the co-main event for the inaugural Fight Island card.

These two went five hard rounds in December at UFC 245 with Volkanovski earning a unanimous decision that dethroned Holloway who at the time had won 14 consecutive fights in the 145-pound division.

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at the anticipated sequel.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Alexander Volkanovski
Nickname: The Great
Fighting out of: Shellharbour, Australia
Age: 31
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 145 pounds
Arm reach: 71.5 inches
Leg reach: 36 inches
Stance: Orthodox
Average fight time: 13:55
Background: MMA
MMA record: 21-1
UFC record: 8-0
Notable wins: Max Holloway, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Darren Elkins
Notable Accomplishments: Reigning UFC featherweight champion; undefeated at 145 pounds; won titles in Australian Fighting Championship, Cage Conquest, Pacific Xtreme Combat, Roshambo MMA and Wollongong Wars organizations

Max Holloway
Nickname: Blessed
Fighting out of: Waianae, Hawaii
Age: 28
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 145 pounds
Arm reach: 69 inches
Leg reach: 42 inches
Stance: Switch
Average fight time: 14:08
Background: MMA
MMA record: 21-5
UFC record: 17-5
Notable wins: Jose Aldo (x2), Frankie Edgar, Brian Ortega, Anthony Pettis, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens
Notable Accomplishments: Most significant strikes landed in UFC history; former UFC featherweight champion; most total and KO/TKO wins in UFC featherweight history; eight UFC post-fight bonuses (three Fight of the Night, five Performance of the Night)

This fight is likely going to come down to which fighter makes the best adjustments. Although Volkonovski won a unanimous decision the first time around, it was competitive for all 25 minutes and Hollway

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