THE owners of the Bataan franchise in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League came out and claimed the maltreatment being given by the management of Anthony Zubiri and his group.
BaiShipping, whose company owns the Bataan franchise in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league, aired their displeasure during the team owners’ meeting held last week at the Century Hotel in Manila.
According to Noel Ongkiko, who co-owns the team with Randy Medina, BaiShipping was dropped “like a hot potato” by the group of Zubiri.
“The leasing was supposed to be two years. We didn’t allocate budget this season since the agreement between us and Mr. Zubiri’s group is two years. But all of a sudden, they dropped us like a hot potato,” said Ongkiko.
In the inaugural MPBL Rajah Cup, the BaiShipping-owned squad created the Bataan Defenders, a team built around local hero Gary David.The team barely made it to the playoffs.
In the season just passed, Zubiri’s group approached Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, who tapped Jojo Lastimosa to put up a competitive team. The squad known as the Risers ended up as the No.1 team in the elimination round before losing to the Manila Stars in the semifinal round of the northern division.
This season, however, Zubiri’s group decided to veer away from its commitment with the franchise owners of Bataan and the former is reportedly talking to another entity which also owns an MPBL team.
BaiShipping also asked the MPBL to help resolve the conflict with Zubiri’s group and fulfill what he owes to the franchise owners.