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    GAB chief denies 'epal' allegation over Calvin Abueva incident

    Jul 28, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB) clarified it started an nvestigation into Calvin Abueva's skirmish with Terrence Jones shortly after it happened.

    GAB chairman Baham Mitra denied the government agency started the investigation into the Abueva incident only recently, saying it has been holding an inquiry since after Abueva hit Jones with a clothesline in a June 7 game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    Mitra added another investigation has been conducted on Abueva following a separate incident where he played in an unsanctioned game or a ligang labas in Montalban, Rizal.

    “Hindi naman po kami gumalaw ngayon lang sa Abueva issue,” Mitra told SPIN.ph. “Nadagdagan lang nung naglaro siya sa labas and we are already conducting our own and separate investigation.”

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      Mitra said the agency is considering revoking Abueva's license permanently.

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      Mitra added GAB even told PBA commissioner Willie Marcial to act quickly or else, it will impose its own sanction.

      “Right when it happened, I already called Commissioner Marcial and informed him that we are watching them and if they don’t act swiftly, we will already suspend him,” said Mitra.

      Mitra added Abueva and Jones were issued subpoenas as part of GAB’s investigation immediately after the incident. The two already gave their side of the issue, he added.

      GAB, Mitra added he asked for an official copy of the PBA’s decisions on Abueva and Jones on the incident, again as part of the investigation.

      “Unfair na (claims of) epal kami and headline na ngayon lang kami gumalaw,” Mitra said.

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