By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY—A former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a woman in Barangay Sta. Cruz here last Tuesday afternoon.
Eliud Poligrates was detained at the Abellana Police Station and is facing theft charges and violation of the Republic Act 9262 or known as the “Anti-Violence Against Women and their children Act of 2004.
Police said the 39-year-old complainant is a former girlfriend of Poligrates.
According to Police Maj. Elisandro Quijano, the incident happened in the parking area of a convenience store.
The woman complained that the former PBA player assaulted her while taking her cell phone and her 9mm caliber pistol.
The woman also accused Poligrates of pointing the gun at her.
Sr. M/Sgt Lyidio Libres, Police S/Sgt., Police Cpl. Manuel Luis Sejano, S/Sgt., Wilmor Alvarado and Sr. M/Sgt. Rommel Mediodia responded to the trouble alarm and arrested Poligrates.
The 33-year-old Poligrates refused to comment on his arrest.
Poligrates, a native of Camotes Island, is a product of the Southwestern University. He was drafted by Talk ‘N Text in the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft. Aside from Talk ‘N Text, Poligrates also had stints with the disbanded Air21 Express, NLEX Road Warriors and the Kia Carnival (now Columbian Dyip).
The six-foot cager, who also once played for the Cebu Sharks in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, was named Most Valuable Player after he led the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers to the Finals of the PBA D-League Foundation Cup in October last year.