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PHILIPPINE Basketball Association Players union spokesperson Jojo Lastimosa said Friday that the dwindling PBA attendance can be attributed to the growing Filipino-American population in the pros. ‘'I've asked fans and they were one in saying that the presence of Fil-Ams have forced them to shy away from the games.But other things should also be considered.The economy is also a reason why fewer fans are watching the games." Lastimosa's remarks came amidst a brewing controversy over Fil-Am players in the league whose immigration papers were not in order. Lastimosa declined Friday to name names.Instead, Lastimosa, a 16-year PBA veteran, whose slam-dunking prowess and bulging thighs once attracted multitude of near-fanatical fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, said he is keeping his mouth shut and letting Sen.
Barbers will come out with the answers," said Lastimosa
during the SCOOP Forum
at the Kamayan Restaurant in West Avenue.
, 38, and other veteran players have spearheaded moves to revive the non-performing union.They are trying to look into the eligibility of Fil-Am dribblers and the players' trust fund. Lastimosa's
group also wants to have a seat in the powerful board of governors, a move which gained stiff opposition from team owners and representatives. Despite his
decision to refrain from talking, Lastimosa
confirmed the presence of fake Fil-Ams in the league.He
clarified that his
group isn't envious of the Fil-Ams. ‘'Some of them are my friends and I know that some local players get higher pay than the Fil-Ams.Our group wants to get rid of the ‘'fakes." ‘'I always believe that Fil-Ams have the right to play here as long as their papers are legal.This issue is not new," Lastimosa
said. Lastimosa noted that Fil-Am players can easily get their papers from the Department of Justice. (INQ7)
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Still another source said the proposal had been broached by Eala to PBA Player's union spokesman Jojo Lastimosa in a meeting last week.
In a separate interview, Lastimosa
reiterated the players union's stand that they are not against the entry of Fil-foreign players, only against the presence of fake half-breed cagers.
The Senate is conducting an ongoing probe on alleged "Fil-Shams" or Fil-foreigners with spurious documents attesting to their Filipino lineage.