Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon and Alaska’s Vic Manuel were suspended by their respective mother teams for playing in ligang labas or unsanctioned league before the start of Season 45 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup on March 8.
Hotshots team governor Rene Pardo told The Manila Times on Friday without going into details that Jalalon was suspended for a number of days without pay. He said the former Arellano University playmaker was remorseful of his action.
“He is suspended in practice and team activities without pay. He was sanctioned because he knew that it was wrong,” said Pardo in a phone interview, noting that Jalalon will be available to play in the season opener next week .
Manuel, for his part, admitted that he was suspended for one-week by the Alaska management. Manuel said it was the second time he was suspended by the Aces. Manuel, with then-teammate Chris Exciminiano committed the same infraction in 2015 for which they were suspended for one game. Manuel said he already learned his lesson.
“Sadyang may mga kaibigan tayong hindi matanggihan doon kaya napasubo tayo (It just so happened that I have some friends whose request I can’t decline),” Manuel told The Times in a separate phone interview.
Manuel’s one-week suspension is to due to be lifted on Monday.
The misdeed was discovered when a video of their game in an unsanctioned league in Calamba, Laguna on Saturday was posted in YouTube.
Another PBA player, Calvin Abueva of Phoenix, who was suspended indefinitely by the league in June last year after clotheslining TNT import Terrence Jones and engaging Bobby Ray Parks’ girlfriend Maika Rivera in a verbal altercation previously in May 31, was with Manuel and Jalalon in Calamba, Laguna.
Pardo said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial released a memorandum on Wednesday stating that players caught playing in a ligang labas will be penalized with suspension and fine ranging from P50,000 up to P100,000.