DAVAO Occidental Tigers owner and Rep. Claudine Diana Bautista says she is willing forego her team’s quest for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) title as she believes it is just “not worth the lives of people.”
Bautista’s team is currently in the Southern Division finals of the 2019-2020 MPBL Lakan Season before the league suspended all of its games owing to the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Recently, the league announced that it will press on with the playoff games should the government lift the restrictions it has placed on contact sports.
Bautista, however, believes they shouldn’t play any more games until a vaccine is found.
“The safety and health of our players, the team, their families are our priority. The championship trophy is not worth the lives of people,” she said.
Bautista also lauded the league’s decision to just cancel the 2020-2021 MPBL season that was supposedly going to start on June 12.
“We will conform with what the MPBL decides,” Bautista added. “Let us not push matters during these uncertain times. If possible, we shouldn’t resume play until a vaccine is found.”
Although the future remains uncertain for the MPBL especially with TV partner ABS-CBN currently shut down, Bautista assured everyone that the Tigers are here to stay.
“We’re committed to staying in the MPBL,” she said.