MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker pressed for the investigation of alleged game fixing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the first pay-for-play league in Asia.
Talks of match fixing has already died down, but Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Rep. Mark Aeron Sambar (Party-list,) filed House Resolution 2538 directing the House Committee on Games and Amusement to probe the league.
“There is a need for an immediate probe on the organization, including its officials and members, notwithstanding a PBA player’s retraction of his serious accusations regarding game-fixing in the league,” said Sambar, Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports, in a statement.
Player Don Allado earlier accused the league of game fixing after his team, Red Bull Barako, failed to get past the elimination round. He retracted the allegation, which he had posted in his Twitter account, days later.
He was banned for 1 conference and fined a total of P.5 million.
Sambar said the public deserves to hear the real story behind Allado’s accusations.
“The viewing public deserves to know the truth behind the allegations as they have been patronizing the game, and if not to punish the guilty of malpractice if there would be, then at least to erase doubts and allay concerns to restore the credibility and integrity of the most popular league in the country,” Sambar said.
He said game-fixing, unsportsmanlike conduct and other malpractices are inimical to sports development and should be abated by all means to maintain public confidence and support in the league.