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MPBL: Travel agency head airs side on delayed game between Imus, GenSan

By Xy-Zha Cabanlong

MANILA - Carl Alvaran of Snaptravel, the agency tapped to do the travel arrangements for Imus Bandera and GenSan Warriors to Zamboanga reached out to Dugout Philippines in good faith to air his side of the story that caused the delay of the match between the two teams in Zamboanga City, Saturday afternoon.

"We issued a statement, emailed it to the teams involved and we are in constant communication with them," said Alvaran.

Alvaran also belied a statement in an earlier report that surfaced online that Snaptravel was after the accreditation of the league's games in Dubai in September, claiming that they have inquired and underwent legal processes to do the marketing of the event through the MPBL's third party partner in the UAE.

"The delay was beyond our control. We needed to abide by the airline rules with regards to bookings and making changes in the bookings. Na-cancel yung prior booking namin because of the last minute changes that these teams asked us to do," Alvaran explained.

He also added that there had been an amicable settlement with the involved teams, as Snaptravel assured a refund.

In his efforts to try to correct an earlier report, Alvaran tried to reach out to the media and PR team of the MPBL but to no avail as of this writing.

"I did not escape from any responsibility from anyone, our company will remain in continuous discussion with the teams that we have had disparity with and by Monday, our lawyers will also reach out to the MPBL to settle this mess once and for all," Alvaran said in parting.

Part of the statement that Snaptravel issued to GenSan and Imus says that the agency will refund the initial payments made by the teams prior to the Zamboanga flight, that they will also reimburse the newly booked tickets to compensate for the inconvenience that they have caused due to the cancelled bookings.

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