Perpetual shocked at Bantayan’s suspension
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 25, 2015 08:39 AM
QUESTION MARK. Nestor Bantayan's suspension is yet to be explained.
When the NCAA announced their decision on the parking lot incident between University of Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College, only one thing was surprising.
While Alta Niko Cabiltes and Generals Raymund Pascua and Sidney Onwubere were all expected to receive sanctions, it remains unclear why Perpetual’s Nestor Bantayan was also disciplined.
Last Tuesday, Cabiltes, Pascua, and Onwubere were named by eyewitnesses as the protagonists in the commotion at the San Juan Arena parking lot. All three were said to have thrown punches before venue security and other teammates separated them.
Bantayan was reported to have played the part of peacemaker and even told reporters, “Hindi kami makikipag-away. Masisira lang image ng Perpetual.”
Now included on the list of suspended players, however, Bantayan told ABS-CBN Sports, “Actually, hindi ko po iniisip na masu-suspend ako kasi wala naman po akong ginawa. Nagulat po ako nung nalaman ko na ganun.”
He also added, “Hindi ko po alam yung dahilan kung bakit two games yung binigay nilang suspension . Nakapagtataka lang po bakit mas mahaba yung binigay sakin kesa kay Onwubere.”
Bantayan shared that the Perpetual coaching staff was resigned to the fact that Cabiltes will have to sit out, but was caught off-guard that they were to be without another player.
For his part, Cabiltes said that he accepts the disciplinary sanction he would have to go through. However, he also lamented the suspension earned by Bantayan as he said, "Napaka-unfair lang naman po nung ibang suspension. Yung umawat lang at walang kinalaman sa gulo, mas mataas pa ang suspensyon kumpara dun sa tumulong na sumugod at sumuntok sa akin."
He then continued, "Sana naman naging fair po sila sa amin. Alam naman ng lahat kung ano talaga ang nangyari tapos sila (EAC) pa may ganang magalit at masama ang loob sa amin."
ABS-CBN Sports tried to reach the NCAA for comment, but they are yet to respond.
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