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    Batangas looms as PH Cup venue if PBA games not allowed in NCR

    Jul 30, 2021
    PHOTO: PBA Images

    THE PBA is looking at Batangas as alternative venue to hold games of the Philippine Cup.

    Commissioner Willie Marcial on Friday said the league already wrote a formal letter to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) about its plan to bring the games in the Southern Tagalog region once Metro Manila is put under an ECQ (Enhance Community Quarantine) status anew starting on August 6.

    Marcial said the league is still awaiting the reply of the Task Force headed by Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

    PBA in Batangas

    The conference will still be played under a closed-circuit system if the league is allowed to play in Batangas, added the PBA chief.

    Under an ECQ lockdown, contact sports are prohibited by the government.

    The league earlier chose Batangas as practice venue during the off-season when team scrimmages were finally given the go-signal after the province was placed under GCQ (General Community Quarantine) last May.

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    PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas said league personnel will again travel to the province by Saturday to check out on the possible playing venue if ever the IATF allows the games to be held there.

    "Malaki ang possibility na pupunta tayo ng Batangas. So bukas (Saturday) pupunta na yung operations natin (sa Batangas) if we are not allowed to play here (Manila), So hopefully, ang panalangin ko tuluy-tuloy na sana so we can play in Batangas, and we should play in Batangas. Tuluy lang ang PBA. Dapat ituloy lang ang laban," said Vargas.

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    "Batangas is a very good choice," added the league chairman.

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