May 11, 2019

PBA to file charges against Spiderman

THE PBA is bent on pressing charges against the guy disguised as 'Spider-Man' who entered the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor and disrupted action just as Game 5 of the Philippine Cup finals between Magnolia and San Miguel was on its final stretch.

The man had been identified as Paolo Felizarta from Imus, Cavite, whose antics caused a commotion in the final 3:26 of the intense ballgame.

Commissioner Willie Marcial has already consulted with PBA legal counsel Atty. Melvin Mendoza on the possible charges to be filed against the 31-year-old Felizarta, currently detained at the QCPD Station 7.

The 'Spider-Man' streaker faces charges of public alarm and scandal and unjust vexation.

Marcial said the league is definitely not 'tolerating the act' of Felizarta, who stroke down the playing court from the lower box section of the Big Dome.

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As he run the floor while holding a white bond paper with the bold letters "VOTE LOVE' written on it, Felizarta slammed on San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo, causing the five-time MVP to fall down on the court.

He also collided with Christian Standhardinger and was bumped by Chris Ross before venue securities and league personnel were able to collar him.

The league wants to send a message that such acts have no place in the PBA, according to Marcial, reason why it is determined to file charges against Felizarta.

The two other men accosted by security personnel following the incident wasn't detained but would still be invited by investigators to further shed light on the matter.

Marcial said charges against Felizarta however, couldn't be immediately filed as courts will be closed for the next three days, including on Monday when it holds its mid-term elections

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Meanwhile, the commissioner has also asked Araneta management for additional security at the venue when Game Six of the finals is played on Sunday.

The Hotshots moved just a victory away from claiming their first All-Filipino championship in five years after Mark Barroca nailed the game-winner at the buzzer against the Beermen, 88-86. (RG)