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SOCCKSARGEN Marlins denies game fixing allegations in MPBL

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The SOCCKSARGEN Marlins basketball team on Friday (Jan. 17) refuted the allegations of Maharllika Pilipinas Basketball Association (MBPL) Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes that it has been involved in game-fixing.

The office of Assistant State Prosecutor Kristhine Salumbides said that respondents filed their respective counter-affidavits in response to the complaint filed by Duremdes.

Acting on the orders of MPBL founder Pacquiao, Duremdes filed the complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) last Nov. 12, 2019.

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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