Calvin Abueva meets with GAB commish Trinidad regarding pro license

Phoenix's Topex Robinson and Calvin Abueva meet with GAB commissioner Ed Trinidad and pro games chief June Bautista. GAB
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--It seems like Calvin Abueva could be on his way to making a PBA return.

Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra confirmed on Tuesday that Abueva and Phoenix interim coach Topex Robinson went to the agency's office in Makati.

Commissioner Ed Trinidad presided the meeting on behalf of Mitra, who was in the House of Representatives to discuss GAB's budget for next year.

While Trinidad, according to Mitra, was not committal on renewing Abueva's professional athlete license, Mitra added that there was some progress in Abueva's road to return.

"Abueva's request will be discussed and decided upon by the board in the next board meeting," Mitra said.

A license is needed for a professional athlete to be cleared to play in any of the four GAB-sanctioned play-for-pay leagues.

Should GAB decide to renew Abueva's license, Mitra added a condition for the embattled swingman.

"He will undergo a seminar on Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of a Professional Athlete once GAB decides to give back his license," Mitra said.

Meanwhile, in a couple of Instagram feeds apparently posted right after their meeting with Trinidad, Robinson and Abueva hinted that the latter was Angeles bound from the time they uploaded their selfies.

Phoenix manager Paolo Bugia confirmed that Abueva was actually cleared to join the team's practices in the PBA bubble.

On whether this means the PBA's indefinite ban on Abueva, which has now lasted for 15 months, will finally be lifted remains to be seen.

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