THE management of the Mall of Asia Arena has finally replaced the personal valuables lost by Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio and his staff inside the team dugout during a PBA Philippine Cup doubleheader held last week at the newly-built playing venue in Pasay.
The items that included iPads, iPhones, and some cash, were delivered to the Meralco office in Pasig on Tuesday morning while the entire Bolts team was holding their daily practice.
MOA Arena management was represented by senior vice-president Edgar Tejerero, who coordinated with PBA Properties’ Rhose Montreal to facilitate the turnover of the items.
Montreal, however, declined to disclose the total amount of the entire valuables replaced.
Gregorio, who was the biggest casualty of the burglary incident, appreciated the gesture extended to them by the Arena management.
“It somehow softens the impact of the harrowing experience,” the Meralco coach said. “The past is a dead issue and we all move forward.”
Tejerero also vowed to come out with the official result of MOA Arena’s investigation on the incident within the week.
The theft occurred while the Bolts were playing Globalport Batang Pier in the first half of their game last week. Incidentally, only the personal belongings of Gregorio and his coaching staff were stolen.
PBA vice-chairman Ramon Segismundo also extended his appreciation to Mr. Tejerero, SM owner Hans Sy, Commissioner Chito Salud, Montreal, and the entire PBA Properties staff for their prompt action on the matter.