SAMAR REGISTRAR ADMITS FAKING TAULAVA'S PAPERS

Manila, May 6, 2003 -- A local civil registrar of Northern Samar yesterday told the Senate Committee on Sports, Games and Amusement that he allegedly falsified the documents of Asi Taulava which paved the way for the recognition of the Talk N Text center as a Filipino citizen.

Municipal civil registrar Yuri del valle of San Jose, Northern Samar, told committee chief Sen. Robert Barbers that Raymundo Daza, brother of former congressman and now Northern Samar Gov. Raul Daza, asked him to falsify the certificate of live birth and death of Taulava's supposed grandparents.

Del Valle's disclosure came as the Barbers Committee wrapped up its investigation on the so-called fake Filipino-foreigners playing in the PBA.

Barbers said his committee will convene this week to discuss the necessary possible recommendations, such as the possible cancellation of license and summary deportation of players who have falsified their documents.

Despite the lack of necessary documentation, del Valle said he was able to register the papers of Taulava's grandparents with the National statistics Office.

"Mahirap po kasing tanggihan ang kapatid ng isang politiko," Valle said.

Aside from Taulava, the papers presented by Erik Menk of Ginebra are also questionable. The committee found out Menk's mother had become a US citizen two years before he was born in 1972.

Barbers also said the papers submitted by Jon Ordonio and Ali Peek of Alaska, Dorian Allan Pena of San Miguel and Rudy Hatfield of Coca-Cola are still being scrutinized.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said the league would abide by whatever recommendations the Senate would make. (Malaya)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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