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GAB suspends VisMin Mindanao leg, continues monitoring Visayas tilt

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GAB suspends VisMin Mindanao leg, continues monitoring Visayas tilt

BANNED. The Siquijor Mystics can no longer see action in the VisMin Super Cup.

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'We are in the process of investigation, and seriously looking into the allegations of wrongdoing,' says GAB chairman Baham Mitra

The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has suspended the Mindanao leg of the Chooks-to-Go VisMin Super Cup, and has put the league up “for reevaluation” on Sunday, April 18.

“We are in the process of investigation, and seriously looking into the allegations of wrongdoing,” said GAB chairman Baham Mitra. “The board would like to further observe the ongoing Visayas leg before giving a go signal for the other.”

The Visayas leg, rocked by the controversial Wednesday game between the now-expelled Siquijor Mystics and the ARQ-Builders Lapu Lapu Heroes, had just wrapped up its first week of competition.

“In the meantime, GAB is reviewing the official reports of its field officers in the bubble, and that of the league to determine the administrative liability of the licensees as well as the possibility of proceeding with criminal charges if warranted by the circumstances,” Mitra continued.

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Nine teams were supposed to compete in the VisMin Mindanao leg slated for May 20 in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, namely the Basilan Peace Riders, Cagayan De Oro Rafters, Zamboanga Los Valientes, Pagadian Explorers, Roxas Vanguards, Sindagan Saints, and teams from Tawi-Tawi, Bukidnon, and Ozamiz.

For now, only the Visayas leg is allowed to move on as scheduled under close observation from GAB.

“Our mandate is to ensure the integrity of professional sports and welfare of players, and we’re doing just that,” Mitra said.

Six teams remain in the tournament, namely Lapu Lapu, MJAS Zenith Talisay Aquastars, KCS Computer Specialists Mandaue, Tabogon Voyagers, Dumaguete Warriors, and the Tubigon Bohol Mariners. – Rappler.com