NOTICE Rudy Distrito in the MPBL games lately?
The former PBA star has been visible of late in the MPBL Datu Cup games and that is because he was recently appointed as the head of security of the league.
MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said it was league founder and Sen. Manny Pacquiao who told the league to give him a job.
“Personal na binigyan ni Sen. Manny ng trabaho,” said Duremdes. “Alam naman natin nasa parole pa siya. Sabi ni Sen. Manny, bigyan siya ng trabaho. Ginawa ko, linagay ko siya sa Office of the Commissioner as the head of security para sa crowd control. ‘Yun ang designation niya.”
Distrito, 60, is actually no stranger to the regional basketball concept. After playing 14 years in the PBA, the man called ‘The Destroyer’ played for the San Juan Knights in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA)in 1999.
After living in the United States for several years, Distrito returned to the country in 2010 after being granted parole by the government. He was based in Bacolod City but is now back in basketball through the MPBL.
Duremdes said he is happy for Distrito, a former teammate with the RFM franchise, as the MPBL gig is an opportunity for him to get his life back.
“We want to help him regain his life. Alam naman natin ‘yung nangyari sa kanya. Alam rin ni Sen. Manny. Nasa isip siguro ni Sen. Manny na ma-rebuild ni ‘The Destroyer’ ‘yung life niya uli,” said Duremdes.
Aside from Distrito’s role as the head of security, Duremdes said the former Ginebra cager is also an added attraction for the league.
Personally, Duremdes said he is glad that the MPBL will be playing a big role to help Distrito get back on his feet.
“I’m happy. We were teammates before sa Sunkist. Nung time sa Vegas, wala naman ako chance na dalawin siya pero ‘yung mga PBA legends, nagkaroon ng charity game para sa kanya. Ang alam ko, malaki rin ang naitulong ni Sen. Manny.
“Ngayon, okay na siya. Malaking tulong sa kanya. Mahirap siya magkaroon ng decent job dahil sa nangyari sa kanya. He is very thankful kay Sen. Manny. Lagi kaming nag-uusap. Talagang malaking tulong ‘yun,” said Duremdes.