Siquijor native Leode Garcia was livid after his hometown got dragged into the controversy of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.
The Siquijor Mystics was banned from the league after its role in the infamous game against the ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu City Heroes on Wednesday afternoon, with all of its players and coaches being forbidden from joining any other team in future tournaments.
However, Garcia, the former muscleman of the Cebu Gems during the heyday of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association and the current head coach of the University of San Jose-Recoletos, defended his hometown, saying that the players of the Mystics were not representative of what Siquijor is all about.
“Pakauwaw man lng mo sa akong lugar nga natawhan!!!! Kung kinsa may nagsugo ninyo, mas bogo pa ninyo!!! Hinampak mong dagko, inyo gidaut ang amo nindot kaayo nga image sa amo isla sa SIQUIJOR!!!” emphatically said the 6-foot-2 cager in his post on his Facebook account.
Garcia said he feels sorry for his hometown and the promising players that come from there as this development denies them of a chance to showcase their skills in the very first professional basketball league from the south.
“Hinaut kamo ra ang ma-ban, dili madamay ang pangalan sa team kay para naa pa mi chance nga magtukod mi puhon nga dili madiktahan or muduwa ug binaboy nga basketball,” shared Garcia.
“Biktima ra mi ani nga mga klase nga tawo!!!” (JNP)