‘THE league is now stronger.’
These words were from Philippine Super Liga vice-president Dr. Ian Laurel, who declared the volleyball league can withstand a major legal squabble involving former league president Tats Suzara and its finance director Don Caringal.
On Thursday, the PSL board, headed by Laurel and director for legal affairs Atty. Melinda Salcedo, filed a complaint of qualified theft against Suzara and Caringal at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila.
“The league is now stronger if I may say so. If something happened that has a direct effect on us, I think, the league is now stronger,” said Laurel.
Laurel revealed that after a comprehensive audit conducted by an independent auditor hired by the PSL, irregularities were discovered in the disbursement of funds by the league's top officials.
It led to Suzara’s resignation in May. Caringal stepped down from his post after the audit in January.
The PSL still pushed through with its 2018 calendar starting with the import-flavored Grand Prix conference from February to May followed by the beach volleyball tournament late May and the on going Invitational Conference.
“Remember this was a problem that started January (this year) or even earlier and, as a board, the PSL finished the Grand Prix conference with a lot of success, a huge success, even without Mr. Caringal and Mr. Suzara,” said Laurel.
“We have an ongoing Invitational Conference, we have sponsors coming in and we have the support of the team owners, the fans and we also had beach volleyball,” he added.
While social media is abuzz about the issue, Laurel is optimistic the public understood their decision to file the case.
“And I think the fans will really understand where we’re coming from especially if they find out that this is being done in the spirit of accountability and the spirit of transparency and of course fairness,” said Laurel.
“Para maging fair tayo sa lahat ng stakeholders ng volleyball and not get abused and really not get manipulated by actions of certain individuals,” he added.