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Jio Jalalon fined PHP100K, Beau Belga, JR Quiñahan slapped with PHP70K penalty for melee-marred 'ligang labas' game

Jio Jalalon has been fined PHP100,000 for his repeat ligang labas offense. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Three of the four PBA players who participated in a "ligang labas" game that went viral for the wrong reasons were given the heaviest fines after the league handed a verdict for their roles in the said match as well as other players who also saw action in various unsanctioned games.

As announced on Wednesday, Magnolia's Jio Jalalon will have to pay PHP100,000 for being there in that Catmon, Cebu game that became too heated.

Since this is Jalalon's second offense, his fine is double the original fine of PHP50,000.

Meanwhile, the former "Extra Rice Inc." big man tandem of Rain Or Shine's Beau Belga and NLEX's JR Quiñahan was slapped with PHP70,000 fines each player.

Aside from the PHP50,000 fine for playing in the ligang labas game alone, both Belga and Quiñahan were also fined an additional PHP20,000 each for instigating a brawl which made the game viral on the internet.

Last month, the Elasto Painters suspended Belga for six working days and fined 15 days worth his salary for the brawl-marred game plus some more ligang labas appearances in Davao and Laguna.

Two more ROS players, Rey Nambatac and Jhonard Clarito, were slapped with PHP50,000 fines each by the PBA for playing in ligang labas.

The E-Painters earlier handed a two-day-salary fine on Nambatac for the said action.

San Miguel's Vic Manuel and Allyn Bulanadi, Converge's Alec Stockton and Barkley Eboña, and NorthPort's Arwind Santos were also fined PHP50,000 each for appearing in ligang labas action.

According to PBA rules, players who participate in ligang labas games without permission from their mother clubs will be handed fines.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial warned the players that stiffer penalties await them if they repeat their violations.

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