RAIN or Shine co-owner Terry Que on Tuesday said he hopes San Miguel Corp.'s decision to "re-evaluate" its participation in the PBA in the wake of Renaldo Balkman controversy won't lead to the pullout of the three teams under the company's umbrella from the pro league.
“Sana naman hindi totoo yung naiisip nung karamihan sa atin (tungkol dun sa sinabi ng San Miguel), malaking bagay ang presence nila sa liga," Que told Spin.ph. "Sila na nga lang ang original."
Although San Miguel's statement was vague, it has nonetheless raised fears that the giant conglomerate is mulling the withdrawal of its popular teams after the decision of Commissioner Chito Salud to ban Balkman for life for a meltdown which, the stament said, was "blown out of proportion."
Que said he hopes the current uncertainty won't lead to a full-blown crisis for the 38-year-old league.
“Maganda na 'yung tinatakbo ng liga, tapos mangyayari pa ito,” he said.
On the other hand, Air21 Express big boss Bert Lina said he wasn't surprised by the developments but called on all members of the league and fellow team owners to respect the decision of the commissioner.
“Hindi kami nagugulat, bakit kami magugulat?" Lina said. "Whatever is there, we will respect the verdict of the commissioner. Ganun talaga ang buhay eh, kaya nga may commissioner eh.
“Susunod tayo sa kung ano ang desisyon, as team owners we will adhere to what the league says,” Lina added.