CEBU CITY — Another high school basketball player has been banned from ever competing in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. for submitting a tampered birth certificate.
The Cesafi banned Cebu Eastern College forward Marc James Roa after the school found out he had his birth year changed on a copy of his birth certificate, adjusting 1995 to 1997.
The league also forfeited CEC’s 59-43 win over the University of Southern Philippines Foundation last week, giving the Baby Panthers the victory. CEC now stands with a 1-1 win-loss record while USPF improved their record to 2-1.
According to CEC consultant Mark Tallo, Roa admitted the misdeed.
Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy told Spin.ph questions had been raised regarding Roa’s age before the Dragons-Baby Panthers match and he asked CEC coaches to conduct their own investigation.
Tallo shared his frustrations about this development that has brought a dark cloud over the school and its basketball program, just a month after Southwestern University had five of its high school players and its head coach banned for life from the Cesafi for falsifying their birth certificates to make themselves eligible for the juniors tournament.
“I’m very disappointed especially since this is a player I went to bat for. He told me that he did it so that he would be able to play and go to school. I told him that he didn’t have to do that since we all could have just helped him.” said Tallo on Monday.
They Said It!
“At least they're starting to clean up the whole sports organization. They're now being transparent and true to their word that they will be no room for cheaters in sports. And they're even stricter in complying their requirements before they are cleared to play." - Michael Kenji Sebial-Izumi
No penalties were imposed upon the school, which the league found to have had no knowledge of the “tampering.”
CEC head coach Rodmark del Rosario also reiterated that the Dragons want to win but never in this manner.
“CEC wants to win, of course. But we want to do it in a fair and decent manner,” the young head coach said.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars had their 85-68 win over the University of Cebu Webmasters forfeited after most of their players were unable to submit their electrocardiogram (ECG) results on time. According to Cesafi rules, players must submit their ECG results before they are allowed to play.
CIT-U’s college and high school squads forfeited their first games for non-compliance of the said rule.
USJ-R now falls to 0-2 while UC improves to 2-1 in the men’s basketball tournament.