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Ronald Pascual has hit ‘rock bottom’ says brother in plea for support

Delfin Dioquino
Ronald Pascual has hit ‘rock bottom’ says brother in plea for support

PBA EXIT. Ronald Pascual last played in the PBA for Alaska in 2018 before falling off the radar.

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Former PBA player Ronald Pascual is 'somewhere in Metro Manila moving from one house to another, staying with whoever accepts him,' says his brother

A former PBA player considered one of the best gunners from the collegiate ranks during his prime has now hit “rock bottom.”

Ronald Pascual is in the “deepest, saddest stage of his life,” his brother said in a plea for emotional support for the former San Sebastian star.

“Overwhelmed by his pride and depression, he doesn’t want to accept any help from his family,” Ronel Pascual wrote on Facebook.

“His closest friends that were with him when he still had everything are gone along with his fortunes. He is somewhere in Metro Manila moving from one house to another, staying with whoever accepts him.”

“Often he will call to us and ask for a little amount of money to buy food.”

Ronald made waves in the NCAA as part of the vaunted “Pinatubo Trio,” linking with fellow Kapampangan players Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang to lead San Sebastian to a championship.

His exploits in the NCAA made Ronald the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 PBA Draft by San Miguel, which he helped win two titles.

Ronald last played in the PBA for Alaska in 2018 before falling off the radar.

“Financial support is not a factor right now, all he needs is encouragement and emotional support! I believe he has already hit rock bottom, and now, the only way is up,” Ronel wrote.

Ronel said Ronald should return home.

“He is scared that people may judge him or may condemn him when he comes home here in Pampanga,” Ronel wrote.

“I believe now is the time for him to get out of his miserable situation and come home here in Pampanga!”

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.