DESPITE PBA commissioner Chito Salud’s public apology, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said the team will pursue its bid to have the controversial draft lottery proceedings investigated and hopefully ordered redrawn by the board to make sure the integrity and credibility of the league is safeguarded.
“Yes, we already wrote a letter to the board, we’ll just have it delivered to the PBA office. And once the letter is delivered, we will let the natural process go on,” Guiao told Spin.ph shortly after the team’s practice.
Early Friday, Salud issued an apology for the "unrefined" manner in which Tuesday's draft lottery was conducted, but insisted the proceedings were done without a tinge of dishonesty.
“It may have appeared unrefined, but it was an honest draw," the lawyer said.
However, Guiao pointed out that it couldn't be an "honest mistake" on Salud's part since it was not one mistake but several mistakes that had aroused fans' suspicion on the proceedings.
“Kung honest mistake siya, isa lang sana ang mistake, but you can’t call that just one mistake kasi tuloy-tuloy eh," said the fiery Rain or Shine coach.
Aside from using an improvised, non-transparent box for the draw, Salud also raised suspicion from fans when he himself put the three balls inside the box - two for GlobalPort and one for Meralco - and never bothered to take his hand out before proceeding to draw a GlobalPort ball.
The veteran coach and former PBL commissioner said it was odd for Salud to do all that by himself without any assistance from any of his staff or other league officials.
“It was so awkward for the commissioner to put the ball inside and draw the ball out by himself. Kasi kung gusto niya sana, he could have put the ball inside, then maybe let an alternate governor draw the ball out,” he said.
Guiao also pointed out what he felt was another inappropriate actions of Salud during the draft lottery.
He questioned why Salud didn't bother to invite an official of Rain or Shine to witness the draw even if he knew that the team has a stake in the draft, having gained the rights to Meralco's first-round pick through a trade. Instead, GlobalPort governor Erick Arejola stood alone at centercourt to witness the Batang Pier win the lottery.
“Crude talaga yung system kasi unang una, they (PBA) have a lot of time to prepare and they have the resources to prepare for it,” explained the 55-year-old Guiao. “Hindi naman iyan (lottery draft) emergency na hindi agad nila magawan ng decent na equipment."