NO less than the two amiable owners of Rain or Shine are in disbelief over the gravity of penalty meted by the PBA Commissioner’s Office on team coach Yeng Guaio.
The fiery mentor was slapped with a one-game suspension and a P100,000 fine for flashing a dirty finger and excessively complaining about officiating during Game Four of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals between the Elasto Painters and Petron.
Guiao will serve the suspension in Game Five of the best-of-seven series on Friday night when Rain or Shine guns for a return trip to the Finals of the all-Filipino conference.
Rain or Shine co-team owner Raymund Yu, however, said the issue should not just be about the dirty finger flashed at officials by Guiao but on what also provoked the champion coach, who also once served as commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League.
“Yung issue nung reaction ni coach Yeng, hindi pwedeng yun lang ang tignan, kasi cause and effect yan. Dapat tignan din kasi kung bakit frustrated na frustrated siya at nag-react siya ng ganun,” said the youthful team owner.
Yu also believes the league is saddled with "officiating inconsistencies."
“Hindi lang naman si coach Yen gang nagre-reklamo sa officiating, di ba? Look at Bong Ramos, Luigi Trillo, Norman Black, and Ryan Gregorio, lahat sila nagre-reklamo. Lahat nag-raise ng issue,” he stressed.
Terry Que, the soft-spoken Rain or Shine partner of Yu, also questioned the degree of penalty handed out on Guiao.
“Tingin ko masyadong malaki yun. P100,000 tapos suspended pa. Semis pa naman ngayon,” said Que.
Rain or Shine board of governor Mamerto Mondragon, meanwhile, called for parity and a more transparent officiating, saying some of the league’s most popular teams "are usually at the advantageous side of the calls."
“Personal opinion ko, pag malaki kang team, iba ang labanan,” said Mondragon, a former league chairman.
“Yan (poor officiating) nga ang rason kaya lagi naming sinasabi sa mga players namin: ‘Para hindi tayo mag-alanganin sa laro, lamangan niyo na ng malaki ang kalaban.’ Masyado kaming dehado sa tawagan lagi,” said the longtime team official.
But in fairness to the league, Mondragon said he believes Commissioner Chito Salud is doing his best to address the problem, but stressed that ‘it hasn’t been felt right now.’
“Sinasabi ni commissioner, they are improving the quality of officiating, pero bakit may mga ganun pa rin (nagre-reklamo).”
“Kaya ginagawa ni coach Yeng yun, pinapakita niya na parang walang ginagawa,” he added.
“Hindi kino-condone yung mga antics ni coach. Pero dapat isipin naman ni commissioner kung bakit gumagawa ng ganun si coach. Silipin muna nila yun. Baka talagang may problema na ang officiating.”