CAGAYAN Valley will be allowed to play in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup even if it has yet to settle record fines slapped on its coach for his attack on a referee.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the Rising Suns still have four more days to settle obligations arising from coach Alvin Pua's mauling of referee Ben Montero during a D-League game last May 14.
Pua was banned for life from the PBA and fined P500,000 while team manager Frederic Collado was fined P20,000 for statements critical of officiating, which he described as 'pang-inter barangay level.'
“Parang PBA rin 'yan, may 15 days sila (Cagayan) to settle the fine,” said Marcial.
But even if Cagayan doesn't settle the fines within the required period, Marcial said the 'no-pay, no-play' policy doesn't apply in the ballclub's case which involved its former coach and manager.
The case, Marcial pointed out, was different from a walkout incident last April involving Big Chill which was told to pay penalties first before it could resume playing in the league.
“Coach at manager lang naman kasi ang involved dito eh. 'Yung Big Chill dati, na-warningan namin na hindi sila makakalaro, kasi team ang napatawan ng fine dun. Nag walkout sila di ba?” Marcial said.
Asked if the league expects Cagayan officials to settle the fines soon, Marcial said: “Wala pa naman. Hindi pa namin sila nakakausap. Tingnan natin. Merun pa silang ilang araw (to pay the fine),” said Marcial.