June 30, 2022

GAB to start-up leagues: avoid sponsorships, donations from political candidates

GAB President Abraham Mitra. | CDN File Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With many regional basketball leagues set to begin their respective seasons this year, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has strongly reminded them to avoid accepting donations and sponsorships from political candidates.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, February 22, GAB President Abraham Mitra said that the sports leagues under their responsibility should abide by the law and the orders of the Electoral Commission (COMELEC).

“Although we understand that sponsorship is important in organizing sporting events, especially in this time of pandemic, we must always follow the law and the orders of COMELEC,” President Mitra said.

To formalize this rule, the GAB released a memorandum on Tuesday detailing a ban on accepting sponsorships or cash or in-kind donations from political candidates, as it violates Article 104 of the Omnibus Electoral Code (OEC). .

The rule will only be lifted after national elections on May 9.

Those affected by the ban are professional teams, professional athletes, managers and sports officials.

COMELEC also explained that accepting sponsorship from politicians could lead to possible electoral offenses such as vote selling, vote buying, among others.

“We want to help our leagues and our boxing promoters bounce back, get good publicity and ensure broad public participation, however, we want to remind them to avoid playing politics in sports,” Mitra added. .

Many basketball leagues are expected to start this year, such as the inaugural season of the Pilipinas Super League in Roxas City and the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

Additionally, the pro-amateur league, FilBasket, is considering switching to a professional league after its founder, Jai Reyes, visited the GAB office on Tuesday to meet with Mitra and GAB Commissioner Eduard Trinidad. /rcg

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