Sangalang, Vosotros mull legal action vs. Singaporean accuser

Magnolia center Ian Sangalang and TNT guard Almond Vosotros are eyeing legal action on Singaporean national Koa Wei Quan for dragging their names to a game-fixing scandal. Both Filipino players denied accusations that they were offered bribes just to arrive at certain outcomes during their 2018 games, even saying that they do not know Koa personally. “Hindi ko ipagpapalit ang career at dangal ko sa ganung bagay (I will never exchange my career and integrity for such thing),” Sangalang told Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Willie Marcial as quoted by the league’s website on Monday. On the other hand, Vosotros, who is part of the Philippine men’s 3×3 basketball team for the Southeast Asian Games, personally denied to the Philippine News Agency his alleged role in the scandal. “Di ko naman siya pinapansin kasi hindi naman yun totoo and honestly, di ko naman kilala yung tao na yun (I don’t really care about the issue that much because it’s not true and honestly, I don’t know the guy),” Vosotros said during the athletes’ sendoff event at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay. “If kailangang malinis yung name ko, gagawin ko (I need to clear my name, I will take legal action).” Sangalang was said to have been offered USD5,000 (roughly PHP280,000) in exchange for dropping Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel. Vosotros, on the other hand, was allegedly offered bribes on three occasions during his time as a player for Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in the Thai Basketball Super League. Recently-crowned Sportsclick AsiaBasket International Championship Most Valuable Player Jalen Robinson was also dragged into the game-fixing case as Koa allegedly offered bribe to the American center to help Vosotros in keeping a certain winning margin in the game between PEA and Thai General Equipment. Meanwhile, Vosotros is not seeing the ongoing game-fixing court trial in Singapore as a distraction for him ahead of the SEA Games. “Our focus is to win the gold in the SEA Games,” Vosotros said. He was joined by Joseph Eriobu, Lervin Flores, and Joseph Sedurifa in the Gilas squad eyeing to reclaim the men’s 3×3 basketball gold in Phnom Penh

Source: Philippines News Agency