GAB 'hotlines' in the works to improve monitoring

Baham Mitra GAB chairman
Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chairman Baham Mitra

Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra said his agency will adopt ways to improve the guidelines to be implemented by the leagues returning to practice sessions this month.

One possibility, Mitra said, is to provide hotline numbers for callers to report ‘would-be-offenders’ to GAB.

“Yes we’ll adopt that. We still have time to study it,” said Mitra in a message to Manila Bulletin.

The plan is similar to what the NBA reportedly has put up for ‘anonymous’ callers to report players who are not following guidelines inside the bubble in Orlando, Florida.

In a report, Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers was hit with a 10-day quarantine after he was seen in a strip club in Atlanta. He was allowed to go out of the bubble due to personal reasons.

Here, a ‘would-be-offender’ won’t just get a quarantine but likely a fine from their respective leagues, the PBA and PFL.

Also, it could result in a suspension or revocation of license, which GAB issues to professional athletes.

“Okay yan self-regulation. Pero kapag nakita na namin hindi na tama, we can revoke licenses or suspend them (player),” said Mitra.

Upon the orders of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Mitra has been working with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Health as they crafted the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) guidelines for pro athletes.

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