A day after the successful staging of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, Asia’s first play-for-pay league has been hit by another controversy.
Singaporean businessman Koa Wei Quan, who facing 14 counts of graft charges in the Singaporean Courts, implicated Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang and TNT’s Almond Vosotros in a game fixing scandal.
Cartoonist Isang Tasang Kape has decided to draw his take on the issue, showing how these shady personalities try to influence the result of basketball games Pinoys are very crazy about.
According to Singapore Strait Times, Koa reportedly offered Sangalang $5,000 (roughly P277,600) via a pair of Pinoy contacts to drop Magnolia’s match against San Miguel Beermen in the Philippines Cup Finals Game 5 back in 2018.
Court records also showed Koa also trying fix the results of games in the Thailand Basketball League. He allegedly offered $1,200 (P66,624) to Vosotros, then playing in the TBL, to arrange for the Thai General Equipment and the Provincial Electricity Authority to have a 23-point spread in their game.
Pinoys have gone through so much already. Please don’t ruin the sport they love.
About the Cartoonist
Isang Tasang Kape, a freelance cartoonist, is the co-founder of Pitik Bulag.