by Jonas Terrado
The man arrested for disrupting Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals wearing a Spider-man costume wants the league to rescind the penalties given to four players and officials of the San Miguel Beermen.
Breaking his silence for the first time since spending time in prison, Paolo Felizarta pleaded for Commissioner Willie Marcial to change his mind as he took responsibility for one of the most bizarre incidents in the PBA’s 44-year history.
“Gusto ko po sana mabawi yung sanction kasi misunderstanding lang po talaga (I hope the sanctions will be revoked because it was clearly a misunderstanding),” Felizarta said through a YouTube video posted last Wednesday.
“Kasi ako po may dahilan kung bakit nangyari yun. Ako po ang nag-initiate nun (It’s my fault why it happened),” he added.
Ronald Tubid and Kelly Nabong were suspended three games each and fined P75,000 while assistant team manager Danby Henares and team doctor Ramon Ibanez were banned two games and fined P50,000.
Tubid punched Felizarta while in the hands of security in retaliation to a collision with June Mar Fajardo at center court while Nabong was seen hitting a second suspect named Flenn John Lola in the aftermath of the incident.
Lola was later released by authorities but Felizarta admitted that he was one of four friends that accompanied him to the Smart Araneta Coliseum on the day of the incident.
Felizarta has also ruled out pressing charges at those involved, staying true to his intention of “spreading love” when he ran onto the court with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter of the contest.
“Sana ma-appreciate niyo na di na ako magde-demanda kasi I could have extract a lot of money (I hope you will appreciate that will not press charges because I have extract a lot of money),” Felizarta said, adding a good samaritan offered to help in his case.
“Nai-intindihan ko yung bagay na yun, bakit nagagalit sila (I understand why they are mad),” added Felizarta.