THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) will be filing cases against persons involved in alleged game-fixing activities in the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.
GAB chairman Baham Mitra said the investigation into the farcical match between Siquijor and Lapu-Lapu City last April 14 is about to be wrapped up by the agency’s Anti-Illegal Gambling Unit under Ret. Brigadier Gen. Florendo Quibeyen.
Mitra said they also sought the assistance of the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) over the course of the probe.
The GAB chairman said they are in the process of building a strong case against the alleged perpetrators.
“Maraming allegations ng game-fixing. Maraming bali-balita. Maraming alingasngas. Pero eto na yata ang panahon na meron talagang makakasuhan,” said Mitra during a press conference on Friday.
“Sa ngayon, sinisigurado namin na maganda ‘yung mga ebidensya at ‘yung mga witness ay maaring magbigay saysay at tulong sa imbestigasyon.”
The integrity of the match between Siquijor and Lapu-Lapu City was put into question after several players were seen uncharacteristically missing easy lay-ups, free throws, and open shots.
The Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup later banned members of the Siquijor team and hit some players of Lapu Lapu with fines and suspensions.
Even before going to court, Mitra said GAB plans tosuspend the licenses of parties involved.
“It’s just a matter of time. These people should be given a lesson. Ayoko lang unahan but there is a big probability that their licenses will be revoked," he said.
“We assure everybody that we are digging deeper into it and what we have is substantial in the eyes of the judges.”