THE head of the Games and Amusement Board has warned that controversial Petron import Renaldo Balkman's license can be suspended in the wake of his attack on teammates and coaches on Friday night.
GAB commissioner Aquil Tamano on Saturday told Spin.ph that based on Balkman's actions late in Petron's 73-83 loss to Alaska, the country's licensing and regulating body for professional sports can build a case for the suspension or revocation of the import's license after an investigation.
But at the moment, Tamano said the GAB will respect the PBA's internal mechanisms and allow the pro league to investigate and possibly punish the controversial import for his outburst on Friday, which included a choke hold on Petron teammate Arwind Santos.
“The PBA should investigate this matter and provide specific sanctions according to their rules,” said the youthful lawyer, pointing out that the pro league is a private and independent organization with its own set of rules and by-laws.
Still, Tamano insisted that Balkman's behavior was severe enough to merit at least a suspension - a point he wants to drive home in a letter to the pro league.
“Definitely, yung ginawa niya (Balkman) unsportsmanlike conduct yan," he said. "Hindi naman sa nakikialam, kailangan siguro ang PBA na ang magsususpinde sa kanya.
“Hindi na siguro kailangang umabot sa amin yan, sila na siguro muna ang kailangang magbigay ng sanctions. Pagbibigyan muna namin sila (PBA) to do it internally, but definitely there will be action on our part. Susulatan namin ang PBA."
If the PBA doesn't take proper action, Tamano said the GAB will need to step in.
“Sa palagay ko kailangan at least may fine yan sa rules ng PBA. Kung walang gagawin ang PBA, kailangan naming mag-aksyon para hindi na ito maulit-ulit," he said.
Asked what the GAB can do to punish Balkman, Tamano was straightforward with his response: “We can suspend the license of that import. That is a real possibility, pwede naming gawin yun."