SENATE HAS STRONG CASE VS. FAKE FIL-AM CAGERS

Manila, June 3, 2003 -- More than two weeks after holding the last hearing 
for alleged fake Fil-foreign players, Sen. Robert Barbers may find his 
crusade against Fil-Sham successful after all as a resolution of the 
controversy is close at hand.

Xerxes Nitafan, committee secretary of Barbers in the Senate committee on 
games, amusement and sports told the Tribune yesterday that the draft 
report they are set to submit to the plenary has a “90-percent chance” of 
getting approved.

Nitafan said Barbers' agents have come up with solid pieces of evidence 
against these basketball players.

Once the draft gets at least 12 signatures from the members of the 
committee, Nitafan said they would immediately writer the final report, 
which would be forwarded to the agencies concerned for implementation.

Among those whose careers may be on the line once the report gets the 
much-needed approval from the committee members are Talk 'n Text's hulking 
slotman Asi Taulava, Coca-Cola's Rudy Hatfield, Barangay Ginebra's Eric 
Menk, Alaska playmaker Jonathan Ordonio, San Miguel Beer's power-playing 
Dorian Peña and Purefoods center Andy Seigle. (Richard Dy, Tribune)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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