OFFICIALS of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup have admitted their error in tagging and suspending the wrong Arong when they suspended Monbert Arong instead of Franz Arong of the ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu Heroes.
Monbert Arong was announced during the league's press conference last Thursday that he, along with Jojo Tangkay, Reed Juntilla, Dawn Ochea, and Ferdinand Lusdoc, were each given a suspension for the rest of the first round because of "acts dishonorable to the game" that transpired during the Builders' game against Siquijor last Wednesday. Each player was also fined P15,000.
Both Monbert and Franz both have "Arong" on the backs of their jersey with the former having jersey no. 7 while the latter being no. 22. The two are not related.
After another round of video review, it was concluded that it was Franz who should have been slapped with a first round suspension and not Monbert.
"After a thorough review of the game tape by our league and technical officials, between ARQ Lapu-Lapu Builders and Siquijor Mystics, it has come to our attention that Mr. Monbert Arong is not part of the issue and it was Mr. Franz Arong that was involved," read the statement.
"Hence, Mr. Monbert Arong is cleared to play effective immediately."
Franz still played last Saturday during ARQ's 75-84 loss to MJAS Zenith-Talisay, registering 10 points in the contest. Monbert, on the other hand, sat out the contest.
With this, Franz will be the one serving the rest of the suspension while Monbert got to play Tuesday when ARQ-Lapu Lapu faced KCS-Mandaue, Tuesday evening. Franz will also be the one billed with the fine.
The management of ARQ-Lapu Lapu has accepted the apology of the league for this error. (JNP)