THE head of the NCAA Managament Committee said he sees nothing wrong with Manny Pacquiao’s pledge of a bonus worth P100,000 each to the players of the Letran Knights following their title run in Season 91.
Melchor Divina of Mapua, speaking for the league as chairman of the Mancom, admitted there are no rules in the NCAA concerning bonuses to players similar to what Pacquiao had promised on Thursday in his capacity as Letran team manager.
“Wala naman,” Divina said in an SMS message to Spin.ph on Friday when asked if NCAA has rules regarding bonuses.
Pacquiao promised the incentives after the Knights captured the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball crown, beating San Beda to end a title drought spanning a decade while ending their archrivals’ dynasty in the league.
Pacquiao announced the bonuses inside the dugout following Letran’s 85-82 win over San Beda in Game Three.
Although it is common for teams, both professional and even amateur, to hand out championship bonuses, Pacquiao's incentives to Letran players are the highest ever put on record in the college game.
Even in the advent of open basketball, the US NCAA is still very strict on benefits and monetary incentives given to members of college teams.
Divina said in his personal opinion, there was nothing wrong with Pacquiao's gesture.
“For me, wala namang masama na kung kagaya naman ni Pacquiao ang magbibigay. Alam naman natin na he can afford it and siya ang team manager,” said Divina.