PBA TO FILE ESTAFA RAPS FOR BOUNCING CHECK

Manila, July 23, 2003 By Nelson Beltran (Star) PBA commissioner Noli Eala has decided to file a case against marketing man Nelson Macaraig for the brouhaha brought about by the controversial in-venue advertisements at the Araneta Coliseum and the Philsports Arena, forcing the league to defer holding games in the two venues.

"Iíve called my lawyer to prepare the complaints. Weíll collate all the pieces of evidence and file a PD (Presidential Decree) 22 case against him at the Pasig prosecutorís office," said Eala.

Macaraig of Jonels Promotion was the one who issued a check for P5 million to the PBA supposedly to cover payment for the in-venue ads at the Araneta Coliseum and the Philsports Arena. The check bounced.

But Macaraig pointed out he issued a "stop payment order" to the bank as he failed to make a contract with the PBA with regards to the ads.

He said heís ready to defend himself in the court.

"Hindi naman ako nanggugulo sa PBA. Nagtratrabaho ako nang maayos. Actually, isa lang ang nagpapagulo nito," said Macaraig accusing a PBA official of muddling up the issue after failing to get grease money from him. "Hindi alam ni commissioner ang totoong istorya. Ginulo lang nitong isang PBA official dahil hindi ko ibinigay ang hinihingi niyang P2 million."

The PBA official denied the accusation, saying Macaraig made the offer which he turned down and he immediately relayed to the commissioner and other PBA officials.

"I knew it at alam kong binabaligtad ni Nelson Macaraig," said Eala.

On the stop payment order, Eala said this can only be done with justifiable reason. "In this case wala naman rason dahil hanggang ngayon nandoon sa venues ang mga streamers niya," said Eala.

But Macaraig said he had the ad streamers taken out. "Kaya nga hindi kami nagkakontrata," he said.

On issuing the check, Macaraig said he did it in showing good faith in the agreement he had had with the PBA.

"Ang alam ko kasi sa mga professional ang word of honor is a done deal. Pero hindi natupad ang agreement namin. Hindi kami nagkakontrata," said Macaraig.

The marketing man cleared up Beam, saying he had his deal with the PBA while the toothpaste maker had its own with the Araneta Coliseum and the Philsports Arena.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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