A total of 21 personnel composed of players and officials will face charges of game fixing in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
The list was formally disclosed during a press conference held recently at the Sofitel Hotel.
Attached here are the following personnel which are facing charges of game fixing filed before the Department of Justice on Tuesday.
Majority of those included in the list are members of the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins, the last expansion team to join the league’s ongoing third season.
Curiously, the name of Niño Dionisio, one of the team owners of the Quezon City Capitals, appeared on the list.
On Tuesday morning, members of the coaching staff of the QC Capitals team headed by Vis Valencia and his staff — Nel Parado, EJ Deveza, GP Valencia, Fro Labrador and Jayson Santos — officially resigned from the squad.
MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the National Bureau of Investigation will continuously monitor the games in hope of cleaning up the league in its battle against game fixing.
“This goes to show that the league, headed by its founder, Senator Manny Pacquiao, is really serious in its fight against game fixing. We will not stop from here. The NBI will be watching and will continuously monitor the games and observe other suspected individuals involved in game fixing,” said Duremdes in a telephone interview with FOX Sports Philippines.