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GAB to exercise authority over PBA

The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) will now be more serious in imposing its authority on the Philippine Basketball Association, the Asia’s first play-for-pay basketball league.

“GAB must be more visible in the PBA and should be given more importance” said GAB Commissioner Mar Masanguid.

He said that the GAB chair or commissioners should be seated near or beside the PBA officials, like retained Commissioner Chito Narvasa.

“During the special PBA awards like the awarding of record holders or any awards, a GAB representative must always be present even just to witness,” said Masanguid.

“There should be a GAB seal inside the PBA venues,” he added.

GAB is the government agency handling professional sports likes basketball, boxing, motocross, golf, cock fighting horse racing and E-sports.

GAB is now also looking on the online gambling of cock fighting and horse racing.

“Aside from pro boxing, the GAB is now working hard on the other professional sports,” said Masanguid.

“Chairman Baham Mitra and my fellow Commissioner Eduard Trinidad are united in working for the GAB and to our President Rody Duterte,” said Masanguid.

GAB is hosting the 55th Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Convention on November 9-12 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Masanguid has just also attended the first annual convention of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) B & R Regional Organization held in Macau last October 25-29.

He also gave his moral support to the five Filipino fighters, including Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) World and Global Boxing Union Female World minimumweight champion Gretchen Abaniel that saw action at the Macau East Asian Games Dome in Macao last October 27.

Masanguid will next be gracing the MB NorthStar’s boxing promotion on November 25 at the UM Gym in Tagum City.

Lito Delos Reyes / PNA