THE issue whether celebrated second generation player Ray Parks is considered a local or a Fil-Am can only be determine if documents will be presented.
MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes and the league’s legal counsel Atty. Brando Viernesto urged the Mandaluyong El Tigre to present Parks’ birth certificate and other documents that will prove his citizenship status.
“We already advised the team owner to submit to us the proper documents, then we go from there. There press releases came out that Ray Parks is a Filipino dahil nakapaglaro na siya sa national team. But then again, bawat liga naman may kanya-kanyang set of rules and guidelines to be followed,” Duremdes told FOX Sports Philippines in an exclusive interview.
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“Ang advice namin sa mga team owners, if they have Fil-foreign players on their team, please submit to us all the documents and titingnan natin sa by-laws and guidelines ng liga, kung pasok ba si Ray Parks (as a local) and the rest of the Fil-foreign players.”
Atty. Viernesto shared the same observation with Duremdes as only documents could prove the real status of Parks and other Fil-foreign players.
“Marami tayong nababalitaan (about) Fil-Ams, kaya tayo nag-set ng guidelines sa Fil-foreigners para pa rin sa vision ng liga natin. Giving chance sa mga homegrown and local players natin. Yun naman ang vision ng ligang ito. Hindi naman natin sinasabing bawal sila totally, kaya nga binibigyan natin ng one Fil-foreign player each team sa ngayon. Wala pa naman tayong isang taon. MPBL has set the guidelines,” added Atty. Viernesto.
Among the crucial items in the guidelines mentioned by Atty. Viernesto are as follows:
Fil-foreign players should have a two-year residency sa Philippines/Or should have played college in the Philippines
At least one of their parents should be natural born citizen.
They should have a Philippines passport
At least 18 years of age
On Wednesday’s night’s presentation of all the participating teams for the next season, Bernice Ilagan, co-owner of the Manadaluyong El Tigre asked the MPBL officials on the status of Parks and another player whom they want to enlist — Alab teammate Lawrence Domingo.
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“I’d like to ask the status sa players po namin sa Mandaluyong, that you categorized Ray Parks as a Fil-Am and also Lawrence Domingo. In your statement, you said we must only choose one. Either si Ray Parks or si Lawrence Domingo,” said Ilagan. “Doon naman kay Lawrence, he was considered Fil-Am. Then we measured him and he was measured 6-4. But given all these, can we consider Ray Parks as a local?.”
Commissioner Duremdes replied that it’s crucial for them to look at the documents of Parks to see where he could be categorized.
“Again, titingnan natin yung papel niyan. We cannot decide right away kung wala yung mga documents. Malalaman natin doon kung at the time of his birth ba kung yung father ba niya is a naturalized already or American citizen pa at that time?,” added Duremdes.
“Kung American citizen pa yung tatay niya at that time of his birth, he’s considered a Filipino-American.”