VIC Manuel admitted to surrendering to peer pressure as his main reason for playing in a competition outside the PBA once again.
The Alaska star big man is serving a one-week suspension that Aces management slapped last Monday for playing in a “ligang labas” game in Laguna last Saturday alongside former teammate and current Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva.
“Na-invite ng mga tropa,” Manuel said on Thursday during the PBA Media Day at Okada. “Mahirap tanggihan eh, so napasubo talaga.”
It was the second time Alaska management punished Manuel after “The Muscleman” also failed to gain permission to play in an unsanctioned league last December 2016 along with another former teammate in Ping Exciminiano.
Imports or “hugot” are usually compensated for gracing an exhibition, but more than the monetary benefit, Manuel insisted he agreed to play as a favor to a friend.
Unfortunately, it came at the expense of his work.
“Depende naman sa mga kaibigan mo kasi. Medyo nahirapan ka lang tanggihan,” Manuel said.
“Pero kasi, alam ng bawal, ginawa pa rin, so dapat maging lesson na lang,” he was quick to add. “Tapos yung mga decision, dapat hindi basta-basta, dapat pag-isipan muna.”
The 32-year-old Manuel insisted it won’t happen again.
“Last time na yan, sigurado ako,” he said with a chuckle as he encouraged others to learn from his experience. “Sa mga gagawa pa o sa mga may plano, wag na nilang gawin.”