GAB asks PLDT to explain charity game fiasco

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Posted at Jul 25 2014 06:33 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2014 02:34 AM

PLDT assures cooperation with gaming board

MANILA – The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has ordered Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) to explain the cancellation of the “Last Home Stand” charity games that left local basketball fans shortchanged.

GAB Commissioner Aquil Tamano said the board is concerned about how the paying public was made to believe that exhibitions games would be held, instead of basketball drills, between the NBA stars and members of the Gilas Pilipinas training pool.

“They mislead, parang there was fraud pa nga. Parang sinabi nila na may game talaga, and people went all the way from the provinces to go to Metro Manila. Hindi naman nila mare-refund 'yung expenses na 'yun, plus ang mahal ng ticket,” he said in Snow Badua’s report to Spin.ph.

Basketball fans flocked to the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday night with hopes of seeing a scrimmage between the NBA players, dubbed as the Fibr All-Stars, and Gilas Pilipinas.

But they were frustrated to witness the players holding a basketball training session instead of a 5-on-5 exhibition game. Some of the spectators came from the provinces and paid as much as P23,000 for the event.

This forced the organizers to cancel the 2nd night altogether.

Meanwhile, PLDT has assured cooperation with the GAB. It added those who bought tickets will be refunded.

"We are prepared to cooperate with the GAB on this matter. We offer our sincerest apologies to the public and assure them of a full and speedy refund," said Atty. Ray Espinosa, PLDT Regulatory Affairs and Policies Office, in a statement.