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DOJ names prosecutor handling Pacquiao’s case for game fixing in MPBL

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has assigned a prosecutor to handle the complaint Senator Manny Pacquiao has sought against 21 persons involved in alleged game-fixing at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

The DOJ named Assistant State Prosecutor Kristhine Salumbides who will be conducting the preliminary investigation of the complaint.

On behalf of the MPBL founder Pacquiao, MBPL Commissioner and former basketball player Kenneth Duremdes filed the complaint before the DOJ last Tuesday on (Nov. 12).

The case was filed after Pacquiao suspended the SOCCKSARGEN Marlins team from participating in the MPBL following the discovery that game-fixing have allegedly been taking place.

The complaint which concerns 18 games that the team played in from July to October accused the respondents of betting, game fixing, and points shaving in violation of Presidential Decree 483.

The respondents include SOCCKSARGEN Marlins team manager Kevin Espinosa, coach Fedinand Melocoton, and players Jake Diwa, Exequiel Biteng, Jerome Juanico, Matthew Bernabe, Julio Magbanua, Abraham Santos, John Patrick Rabe, Ryan Regalado, Janus Lozada, Ricky Morillo, and Joshua Alcober

Also named as respondents are Quezon City Capitals team manager Nino Dionisio, Serafin Matias, Nice Ilagan, EJ Avila, Sonny Uy, and Chinese nationals only known as Mr. Sung, Kein, Emma.

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