MPBL game-fixing scandal

Nipping this destructive vice in the bud is what Sen. Manny Pacquiao did just as soon as he heard about it.

Every sports fan knows that the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is Pacquiao’s baby. He is the founder and the funder. He is the spirit behind its immediate success.

From an original cast of around eight to ten ballclubs, the membership has risen to a staggering 30 LGUs, after just one year of existence.

Pacquiao may not show it – in his verbal pronouncements – but his body language says more.

He did not name names yet but I reckon there were some people he trusted who betrayed him as he had similarly been fooled by people around him in the not so recent past.

He did not name names yet but I reckon there were some people he trusted who betrayed him as he had similarly been fooled by people around him in the not so recent past.

Manny should entrust the probe to the NBI if he wants honest results and not white washing.

“Masyado kasing mabait si Manny,” this I heard from many lips who are silent witnesses to the man’s tolerant attitude toward some of his boys who want to make a quick buck.

Manny should realize that in sports competitions such as basketball, football, volleyball, baseball and other team games where there are officiating officials (refs and umps), chances are that the creeping ugly arms of gambling lords and syndicates are always “reaching” out to manipulate the true results for their own benefit.

These things happen everywhere – in the NBA, FIFA, Major Leagues, etc., even in the Asian region.

The MPBL organizational structure should be re-charted to create a strong policy-making board that can promptly address any controversy such as this.

Pacquiao, it seems, is the only person that is looked up to as THE leader.

This is very faulty as it now appears because the decision-making process is left to only One man.

Be that as it may, the harm has been done.

How to get out of the mire is the next big consideration.

Who is the fan that will not doubt the results of a ballgame especially if officiating is out of control?

Who is the fan that will not curse if the team he cheers for loses because of a bad call at a very critical moment of the game?

Pacquiao and his MPBL think tank must learn from the PBA when the late Rudy Salud was the incumbent commissioner.

Salud confided to me during those “dark” days how he convinced gambling syndicates to lay their hands off the professional league.

At any rate, I praise Bro. Manny for his admirable Christian attitude without which those who will be found guilty may serve time, public embarrassment and condemnation.

He said though he will make public the names of those involved in the cheating. “Sorry na lang,” he added.

The purging of bad characters and shady groups in the MPBL now is very necessary to save the league from the possibility of disbandment.

LGUs don’t want to join expeditions to the unknown. (Email your feedback to fredlumba@yahoo.com.) GOD BLESS THE PHILIPPINES!