- Senator Manny Pacquiao remains consistent from the start that he is against game-fixing in MPBL
- The fighting senator said he would give reward money to anyone in the league who can disclose to him leads on suspected game-fixing
- Manny’s love for basketball and willingness to help other basketball players motivated him to create MPBL
Senator Manny Pacquiao is serious in cracking down game-fixing in MPBL or Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Months ago, MPBL and PBA joined hands to combat this inappropriate activity.
In a report by Fox Sports earlier this year, Manny said, “Gusto kong pangalagaan ang MPBL. Gusto kong ang tao hindi niloloko. Gusto ko ang game laging competitive. Hindi yung maraming hokus-pokus. Ayaw kong niloloko natin yung sambayanang Pilipino. Wina-warningan ko lang baka pagdating ng panahon mawala na kayo na parang bula,”
In his recent interview on “Gametime” Thursday, the MPBL founder urges players, officials, and referees to disclose to him any leads to this illegal arrangements.
“Pag may mag-try na magsuhol, isumbong kaagad nila. Magbibigay kaagad naman ako ng pabuya.”
In light of the accusations of game-fixing in MPBL, the management has done precautionary actions to prevent this from happening. Players and officials are not allowed to use cellphones during the game, or else they will be fined and given a technical violation.
Game-fixing, also known as match-fixing, is playing a game to a completely or partially pre-determined result, violating the rules of the game and often the law. The players are paid by bettors with a considerable amount of money to align their performance based on the bettors’ expected outcomes.
The Philippine Law under Presidential Decree No. 483 of June 13, 1974, referring to as Penalizing Betting, Game-Fixing or Point Shaving and Machinations in Sports Contests, prohibits and penalizes this act. However, with a maximum fine of only P2,000 and punishment of prison correccional in its maximum period, offenders don’t feel threatened.
Manny’s love for basketball and vision to have a venue for other basketball players to shine pushed him to create MPBL. Formerly, it means Manny Pacquiao Basketball League, which started as a mini tournament in Gensan. When the league turned bigger, involving teams across the country, thus the name Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League was born, now bigger, and on a national level exposure.