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    Blackwater says Rabeh ready to accept sanctions for going AWOL

    Jan 5, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    RABEH Al-Hussaini has told Blackwater officials that he is ready to face the consequences after going missing last month.

    Team manager Joel Co said Al-Hussaini had informed him and head coach Bong Ramos of his situation last month and the team is hoping their big man will be able to find a solution to his problem.

    However, Blackwater deemed it appropriate to place Al Hussaini under suspension after going absent without official leave.

    “Actually, ‘yun na ‘yung pinairal natin (sanctions). Ngayon, moving forward na totally, ‘yung sinabi niya sa amin na aayusin niya muna ‘yung problema niya. Lininaw na ni coach Bong (Ramos) na nagpaalam ka but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any consequences,” said Co after Blackwater’s practice on Saturday.

    “Medyo sensitive ‘yung issue eh,” Co said.


    “The whole time doon sa pangyayari, sinabi ko kay coach Bong. I respect the situation that’s why the whole time, kahit may mga iilan dito sa team na nagtatanong, I kept the concern between coach Bong, me, and management.”

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    “For now, hindi siya nag-eensayo which is nakausap naman namin siya ng maayos. Nag-usap na may problema nga. Nung nakausap namin siya, sinabi niya ‘yung problema niya at rinerespeto namin,” said Co.

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    Ramos said he was still able to talk to Al-Hussaini last month, and he is confident the 30-year-old big man can quickly refocus on basketball.

    “Ang huling usap ko talaga kay Rabeh was last December. He came to practice. Meron lang siyang sinabi sa amin na personal problem na I cannot say what it is. I have to respect that,” said Ramos.

    “Pero ang sa akin lang, as a player, kailangan ihihiwalay natin ‘yung trabaho natin sa problema kahit na gaano ka-personal ‘yan, kasi kung ako, I will still fix ‘yung problema ko and at the same time, uunahin ko ‘yung practice ko tapos punta ako kung ano ang dapat kong ayusin,” said Ramos.

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