PBA: Commissioner Willie Marcial warns of heavy fines for ‘Ligang Labas’ violators
By Jonas Terrado
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial reminded players to seek the permission of their mother ballclubs and the league in order to avoid being sanctioned for joining in non-sanctioned games known as “Ligang Labas.”
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial reminded players to seek the permission of the league their mother teams before playing in non-sanctioned games. (PBA Images)
Marcial made it known after issuing a memo in reaction to team-imposed suspensions of Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon for playing in a recent “Ligang Labas” game in Laguna.
Their teams have suspended Manuel and Jalalon for one week while Marcial warned both players of heftier sanctions if similar incidents happen in the future.
The PBA chief said players getting caught in these games face either a minimum fine of P50,000, suspension or both.
“Kailangan magpaalam sila sa team at magpaalam sila sa PBA,” Marcial said during the second staging of the PBA Media Day at Okada Manila in Paranaque City.
“Pwede kong taasan ang pina. Pwede ko rin silang i-suspend o pareho para protektado din yung mga players,” added Marcial.
Marcial also said such participation could also endanger their contracts, especially players entering free agency.
One case was Rain or Shine guard Ping Exciminiano, who hurt his Achilles while playing in a tournament minus the blessing of the Elasto Painters management.
Excimianiano was due to sign an extension with Rain or Shine.
“Delikado kasi sa UPC (Uniform Players Contract) nakalagay na pwede mawala sa iyo yung kontrata,” Marcial said.
There have been instances that players were allowed by teams to play in non-PBA games, namely Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga.
Belga was allowed to play for Mighty Sports Philippines during its title run in the Dubai Invitational Basketball Championship.
Tags: 2020 PBA Philippine Cup, 2020 PBA season, Jio Jalalon, PBA, Ping Exciminiano, Vic Manuel, Willie Marcial