By Billy Begas
Deputy Speaker and 1-PACMAN Rep. Mikee Romero said players who will be proven to have taken part in game fixing should be banned from any league.
Romero made the statement following reports on a controversial VisMin Super Cup game between the Lapu-Lapu Heroes and Siquijor Mystics on Wednesday.
“Ban those players from any leagues that give them salaries/allowances,” said Romero who has been pushing for the passage of a measure imposing stiff penalties on game fixing.
The House of Representatives has approved the proposal on third and final reading last month and was already transmitted to the Senate.
Under House Bill 8870, those convicted of game fixing will be meted with three to six years imprisonment and fine ranging from P1 million to P5 million.
If the offender is an athlete, promoter, referee, umpire, judge or coach the penalty is six to 12 years imprisonment and a fine of P1 million to P5 million.
If the violator is a member of a syndicate, the penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of P10 million to P50 million. Game fixing is deemed committed by a syndicate if carried out by a group of three or more individuals.
The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) is investigating the controversial game held at the Alcantara Civic Center.
Video clips of the game circulated in social media among which is a botched wide-open layup of a player and numerous missed free throws.
There are comments in social media pointing to game fixing.
The match was stopped at half time.