Pacquiao, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Founder, slaps charges against eleven players from Soccksargen, its head coach and team manager and several others for allegedly being involved in game-fixing scheme.
The founder of the league showed to the media the names of 21 individuals during a press conference at the Sofitel Hotel.
With the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation, Pacquiao pushed to expose the erring players and stressed to put them all in jail.
“Huwag nyo akong subukan. Kundi, magkaaalaman tayo. Magkaka-lintik lintik ang lahat pag sinukuban nyo ako. (Don’t mess with me. If not, you’ll get it. Things will turn ugly if you mess with me),” said Pacquiao.
Lawyers Bong Gacal and Brando Viernesto and MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes joined Pacquiao in filing the charges.
Upon reviewing the games of the alleged team, the lawyers were convinced that there was a probable cause.
The players who were slapped include Jake Diwa, Exequiel Biteng, Ricky Morillo, Jerome Juanico, Matthew Bernabe, Julio Magbanua, Abraham Santos, John Patrick Rabe, Ryan Regalado, Janus Lozada and Joshua Alcober.
Adding to the list, Head coach Ferdinand Melocoton and team manager Kevin Espinosa were also included in the complaint alongside team officials Serafin Matias, EJ Avila, and Sonny Uy.
Furthermore, Team manager of Quezon City, Nino Dionisio and a Mr. Sung, a Chinese national known to be a sports gambling enthusiast were also included, MPBL noted.
Lastly, Pacquiao said more will be named but the majority of those who will be punished have been already included in the file.
“Walang puwang ang ganitong gawain sa MPBL (This act has no place in the MPBL),” said Pacquiao.