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Global Makati in danger of getting 'blacklisted' by GAB as club given 10 days to explain unpaid wages

Global Makati is now facing the stiffest of sanctions from GAB. Mike Romero (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--As anticipated, the Games and Amusements Board is stepping in to the financial woes hounding Global Makati.

The regulatory body for professional sports launched a probe regarding the embattled PFL side and asked the club to explain immediately why some of its players remain allegedly unpaid.

"To comply with the due process requirements, the board has conducted [an] investigation and thus issued a show cause order to the management of Global FC to explain its side in writing within 10 days from receipt of such order," GAB said in a statement on Saturday.

The allegations of Global Makati not paying its players for quite some time have been an issue since last year with former players like Anton Del Rosario and Milan Nikolic calling out the team management on social media to pay them up as soon as possible.

The salary row within the club reached boiling point last month when graphic designer Saya Jaruda revealed that he himself had his salary stalled after providing them infographics.

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Jaruda and Tami Mazinyi, the current owner of the club, have made an agreement regarding the unpaid wages, but the former's revelation opened a can of worms as John Cofie, one of the club's new signings, later bared that he has not yet received his salary as well.

Some more former Global Makati players spoke up as the days went by with Paolo Salenga even revealing that the club owes him nearly PHP600,000 worth of salaries.

It turned out, however, that Salenga's case is not the worst as a motu propio complaint GAB filed against Global Makati on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Dugout Philippines, revealed that Jerry Barbaso, a pillar of the team since its glory days in the early 2010's, is allegedly owed PHP1.6 million worth of unpaid wages.

Jorrel Aristorenas is said to have not received PHP1.02 million in salaries as well.

Following a meeting with the PFL, Global Makati vowed to settle the salary situation by Monday, but until now, there is no news on whether the club already made at least some payments to its players.

Worse, Global Makati shut down its social media channels, leading to speculations that the club may have already been disbanded.

GAB called on Global Makati team manager Mark Jarvis to respond to the allegations or else, the club's license will be revoked.

GAB also threatened that the club could be blacklisted if it fails to comply with the show cause order.

"As [the] agency tasked with regulating and supervising professional sports in the country, GAB shall ensure that the welfare of our professional athletes should be upheld at all times," GAB vowed in conclusion.

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