PBA: Jio Jalalon, Vic Manuel suspended for playing in 'ligang labas'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) — Alaska Aces forward Vic Manuel and Magnolia Hotshots guard Jio Jalalon were suspended for one week without pay by their respective teams for playing outside the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed the news during the league's 'Media Day' in Manila Thursday.

"I summoned them yesterday and told them that they can't do that. We released a memo yesterday minimum ₱50,000 and/or suspension. They need to ask permission from their teams and the PBA. Vic and Jio were suspended for one week without pay by their teams," he said.

The two players participated in a local community basketball game last week without permission from their mother teams. This is not allowed in the PBA.

Marcial said he reminded Manuel and Jalalon about the repercussion if they repeat the offense.

"If their teams did not act, we'll be the ones to act on it. I told both of them that if they do it again, we'll not fine them ₱50,000 but a minimum of ₱75,000 and it also depends. It's for the players. I explained to them that they can be removed from the PBA because it's in their contracts that they are not allowed to play anywhere else," he said.

The PBA official said they have been allowing players to take part in local community basketball games with permission and subject to conditions.

"Lately we're allowing them to play. We'll allow them if only they ask for permission from their teams and the PBA. This is just like in our out-of-town games, before we go there we say our conditions."

CNN Philippines Correspondent Pauline Verzosa contributed to this report.