RAIN or Shine team manager Boy Lapid has offered to resign after the team's protest over a controversial loss to Barangay Ginebra was junked because of his failure to submit a letter before a league-mandated deadline, but he was prevailed upon to stay on by the owners.
Co-owner Raymund Yu confirmed that longtime team official Lapid tendered his resignation after Rain or Shine's formal protest over a controversial call late in the Painters' 100-101 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Saturday failed to reach the PBA office before noon the next day.
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“Nag-offer siya mag-resign, pero hindi namin tinanggap,” said Yu.
Yu said Lapid has been with the company since Rain or Shine first formed a commercial basketball team as Welcoat in 1996 and still enjoys their full trust and confidence despite the major blunder on Sunday.
“He’s like already a part of our family. Ang tagal na niya sa amin,” said Yu, adding Lapid was the coach of the first team the company had put up.
“The first game that we played as Welcoat in the PBL, nanalo kami against then superpower Hapee toothpaste,” recalled Yu.
“Ganun na katagal sa amin si Boy, as part of the team and someone we trust,” said the youthful team executive. “Yun nga lang na-late siya sa pag-submit ng document.”
Lapid was tasked to deliver the protest papers to the PBA office in Libis, Quezon city before 12 noon on Sunday, but it was handed over 10 minutes late.
That prompted Commissioner Chito Salud to declare the protest invalid due to technicality.
The soft-spoken team official explained that the documents were released by team governor Mamerto Mondragon’s law office in Makati at around 11 a.m.
“Ang lakas pa ng ulan noon, tapos Linggo yun kaya naghanap pa ako ng safe na ATM machine para i-withdraw yung P20,000 cash na pang bond,” explained Lapid.
“Pero aminado naman ako, nagkaroon ako ng pagkukulang run. Isang bagay na sisikapin kong huwag nang ulitin,” he added.
Co-owner Terry Que, for his part, shared his conversation with Lapid shortly after their team’s protest was ruled out.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, 'Next time Boy, pag ganyang importante, agapan mo para hindi tayo naiipit,” said Que.
“Pero siyempre, ano man naging kasalanan niya, hindi naman siguro dapat ibalewala namin ang matagal niyang serbisyo sa team,” added Que. “Yung tiwala namin dyan, subok na.”
Yu also appeared to have moved on after the heartbreaking loss and is calling on his team to do the same ahead of a crucial match against Talk 'N Text on Wednesday.
“Sabi ko sa kanila (players), ‘Move on na tayo, ganyan talaga.' Matuto na lang tayo, hindi naman tayo ang may kasalanan in the first place’,” said Yu.