TROUBLED  TnT  HAPPY  AT  SECOND

MANILA, February 14, 2005 
(STAR) By Nelson Beltran  -  The Talk n Text Phone Pals believed they achieved quite an accomplishment in the Gran Matador PBA Philippine Cup as they finished second behind eventual champion the Barangay Ginebra Kings despite all the distractions they encountered in the All-Filipino tourney.

"Sa dami ng naging problema ng team this conference, we felt thereís nothing to be ashamed of," said Talk n Text board representative Ricky Vargas.

Proud of their playersí performance on the playing court, Vargas was even prouder on the fight they put up on the Asi Taulava controversy.

And Vargas stressed their fight would go on.

"We stand by our principles on the application of the rule of law and let no one misconstrue that by not allowing Asi to play in the series we compromised our case," said Vargas.

"We did so only in the interest of the league, the public, our fans and the players. We are open to a compromise but will not sacrifice our players and their right for due process," Vargas added.

On PBA commissioner Noli Ealaís statement that itís now time to mend fences and reach out, Vargas said: "Many times before the series we tried to reach out but he says one thing and does the other."

Eala is hoping Talk n Text team owner Manny Pangilinan and Vargas give him a chance to discuss things and explain the decision he made on the Taulava case during the finals was for the sake of the league.

"Iím hoping to sit down with Ricky and discuss how to tackle the Asi issue together with the board," said Eala.

The Talk n Text management, however, felt Eala has never been conciliatory and has always maintained a hardline stance on the case of Taulava.

Meanwhile, Atty. Eduardo Francisco, legal counsel of Taulava, said the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 222 has given Eala 10 days to explain why he should not be cited for contempt for refusing to obey the courtís order for the league to lift the suspension of the Talk n Text behemoth.

In this regard, Eala is hoping "things can be discussed with the parties concern."


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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