Meralco coach appeals to MOA Arena thieves


Posted at Oct 23 2012 07:40 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2012 03:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Meralco Bolts head coach Ryan Gregorio is appealing to the people who stole his possessions at the Mall of Asia Arena last week to return the items that hold sentimental value for him.

Gregorio, along with some members of his coaching staff, were victimized by thieves while the Bolts were playing a game against GlobalPort Wednesday last week at the MOA Arena.

The robbers got away with Gregorio’s iPhone, iPad and wallet, which contained his student’s ID card from the University of the Philippines.

Speaking with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star, Gregorio said he hopes the thieves will return his student ID and iPad, which contains pictures of his family and his basketball plays as well. 

“Those pictures are priceless. They’re of no value to anyone except me,” Gregorio told Henson. “The iPad has pictures of trips abroad, memories that can’t be replaced.”

“I’m appealing to the robber’s humanity to please return those possessions with sentimental value. One of the things he took was my UP student’s ID from 1989,” he added.

“That means a lot to me and it doesn’t mean anything to anybody else.”

Meralco team manager Butch Antonio, meanwhile, is hoping that MOA Arena will submit the CCTV footage soon.

“I really don’t know what’s holding it up,” he told Henson. “Either they saw something that they don’t want to show us, or the CCTV cameras weren’t activated which means they’re just props.”

“Before we even theorize on an inside job or whatever, we’d like to find from MOA what their investigation came up with,” Antonio added.

Antonio told Henson that MOA had offered to indemnify the victims of the robbery, but the team manager said that it was not the point.

“We can easily replace iPads and iPhones, but how do you replace memories?” he said, adding that he is also asking the thieves to return the items with sentimental value.

It was reported that Meralco brought their own security to the Mall of Asia Arena when they played there last Sunday, beating Air21, 85-72.