Maricar De Mesa Has Hubby Don Allado's Back

MANILA, Philippines - Maricar de Mesa is standing by her man.

On Friday, the actress texted PEP that her husband, Don Allado has her "full support" concerning the debacle that has had the cager fined for half a million pesos and suspended for an entire conference by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

She did not comment further on the issue.

Allado on Thursday retracted statements he made via Twitter about the decades-old league supposedly engaging in game-fixing.

"I can accept losing to teams. But I can't accept losing because of referees," Allado tweeted on Wednesday. "I am bitter about losing. Not to Powerade, but to PBA. In my opinion, the league has little credibility left."

He added: "I'm the guy that says what others can't. #PBA games are fixed. They control who is in & who is out. It's a disgrace to be in this league."

Although the tweets were quickly deleted thereafter, league officials headed by commissioner Chito Salud slammed the Barako Bull forward's assertions and demanded an immediate clarification.

Allado met with Salud Thursday noon ready with his apologies.

"It was not my intention to blame the whole league. I want to apologize to the whole league, the fans, the players... I hope the fans can forgive me for what happened... There is no game-fixing in the PBA, and there never was...," said he in a press conference.

Allado also apologized on Twitter, saying: "I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to Comm Salud & entire PBA for last night's tweets that's now a subject of controversy."

"As a professional, I should've known better," he added.

The league said P300,000 of the P500,000 fine Allado was ordered to pay will go to the players' educational trust fund. The remaining P200,000 will be donated to a charitable institution of his choice.

The league said the levying of the fine was "final."

But the House of Representatives is eager to dig deeper into the matter. Citizens' Battle Against Corruption party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna and Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, in separate statements, said a full inquiry should be conducted.

"The reported 'game-fixing' was a serious accusation because it erodes public confidence in the game. An appropriate inquiry appears imperative to stop game-fixing in sports and bring guilty parties before the bar of justice," Castelo said.

He added that professional basketball being one of the more popular sports in the country "deserves protection from game-fixers, who represent the dark side of the sports."

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