PBA WANTS TO CRACK DOWN ON MORE FIL-SHAMS
MANILA, November 17, 2004 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran - The "Fil-sham" controversy in the Philippine Basketball Association is far from over.
The PBA board of governors is meeting next week to tackle a pending proposal by one of its members on how to deal with teams which may still be playing with alleged bogus Filipinos at present.
One PBA board member insists there are at least two more Fil-shams in the league roster, avoiding the crackdown initiated by the Department of Justice on fake Filipinos in the PBA.
The board memberís suggestion is to call on the teams to voluntarily release the alleged Fil-shams before the end of the year or the end of the ongoing Gran Matador PBA Philippine Cup.
At the end of the period and the teams still opt to continue using the players, the ballclubs may run the risk of facing stiff sanctions should the players are later proven to be Fil-shams.
The proposed sanction is a heavy fine or forfeiture for certain period of the teamsí share from the league revenues.
Practically the same rule was implemented by the PBA the first time the controversy cropped up in the Senate in 2001. Tanduay took the risk on Sonny Alvarado and Eric Menk and drew millions in fine when the two players failed to acquire the needed documents during the period set by the board then.
Meanwhile, a team of Bureau of Immigration agents trooped to the PBA office inside the Ultra Complex in Pasig then in the Red Bull quarters in a nearby subdivision yesterday in search of Jon Ordonio.
The agents said that the bureau has no record of Ordonioís departure as reported in the papers. The BI has a warrant of arrest for the 5-foot-11 guard.
Still in the country are Asi Taulava, Rudy Hatfield and Alex Crisano who have either acquired a writ of injunction or a temporary restraining order. Davonn Harp and Mick Pennisi left the country last week, vowing to return to clear their names.
Red Bull Barako, on the other hand, tries to make do with a depleted lineup as it plays Coca-Cola at the resumption of the Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum today.
Shell and FedEx, two teams spared of player deportation order, clash in the other game.
The Turbochargers are tied with the Purefoods Hotdogs at third with identical 5-4 win-loss cards, the Express and the Tigers tied at sixth with similar 4-5 records while the Thunder are languishing near the cellar at 3-6.
Barangay Ginebra made it four in a row with an 85-79 win over Sta. Lucia Realty in a Lactovitale-sponsored road game at the San Sebastian-Cavite Gym last night.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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