LA Salle big man Ben Mbala entered the press room at the Mall of Asia Arena for the post-game interview with coach Aldin Ayo, Jeron Teng, and two more unfamiliar companion wearing white polo barong.
The other two turned out to be Mbala's bodyguards, who were assigned by no less than team patron Danding Cojuangco to ensure the safety of the Camerroonian reinforcement.
"Let's just say it's for my security, that's it," Mbala, confirming SPIN.ph's earlier report that he was spotted both in games and on campus with two security men always by his side.
"The ambassador of the team just wants me to be protected and I just can't say no to what he's saying," he added in the aftermath of La Salle's win over Far Eastern University on Saturday.
Pressed to elaborate, Mbala said, "I like to tell you guys more but I'm not allowed to talk about it."
He admitted that it was a "weird feeling" being followed by the two wherever he goes except in his room in La Salle's dormitory for varsity players.
But Mbala added he just have to get used to it until the UAAP season comes to a close.
"It's affecting my social life but I'm doing it for the team. After this everything will be alright. I'll have my regular life," he said.
"They stay in the dorm with me. As long as I go out, they go out with me. The only time they're not with me is when I'm in my room."