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    Jul 11, 2019
    PHOTO: Marlo Cueto

    PHOENIX is at a loss on the process that could lead to the lifting of the indefinite suspension on Calvin Abueva - or when that could happen.

    A month and three days since the controversial forward was suspended indefinitely for two separate on-court incidents, Phoenix coach Louie Alas admitted the team is clueless on what it would take to have the ban lifted.

    “Wala kasing parameters kung anong gagawin. Hindi malinaw. Sabi ko nga, kapag ganung indefinite suspension, nagtanong ako sa lawyer, dapat may binibigay na parameters kung bakit mo sinuspinde indefinitely," said Alas.

    "Kailangan bigyan ng linaw ‘yung tao kasi parang nava-violate mo ‘yung rights,” the veteran coach added.

    On Wednesday, Alas bared that Abueva's camp has already sent a letter to the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) detailing his side of the events that led to a clothesline on TNT KaTropa import Terrence Jones.

    That incident, as well as a spat with the girlfriend of Blackwater rookie Rayray Parks, were cited by the PBA as the reasons behind the suspension.

    Alas said the Abueva's letter was submitted upon the request of GAB, the government body that regulates professional sports in the country.

    “Kanina ko lang nalaman na sumulat pala ‘yung GAB,” Alas said. “Kailangan din sumulat si Calvin ng explanation kung anong nangyari sa kanila ni Jones.”

    “Nagawa na kanina, addressed sa chairman. Tapos kung ano ‘yung explanation niya, based on that kung ano ‘yung puwedeng ibigay kay Calvin,” said Alas.

    Abueva has also meet two weeks ago with PBA commissioner Willie Marcial to issue a formal apology on the two incidents.

    Alas, however, has no clue on how that could help bring back Abueva, who the Fuel Masters sorely miss as they vie for a place in the playoffs in the ongoing PBA Commissioner's Cup.

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      The team, no doubt, is eager to have 'The Beast' back.

      “Sabi nila, magbigay daw ng letter. Ginawa naman ni Calvin two weeks ago pero until now (wala pa),” said Alas. “Sabi ko dapat mapadala na ‘yan earlier bago sa playoffs para at least si Calvin, naka-prepare na sa amin."

      Even if Abueva is reinstated in time for the playoffs, Alas doubts if he can be in good enough shape to make a difference for the Fuel Masters.

      But again, the coach said 'Calvin is Calvin.'

      "Ngayon, kahit na mareinstate siya, ‘yung katawan niya, kundisyon pero hindi game shape," said Alas. "Okay lang rin sa akin kasi extra warm body ‘yun at Calvin is Calvin."

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