One of the Fil-foreigners who are eligible to be selected in Sunday’s PBA Rookie Draft said that getting the needed documents can be a difficult process right from the beginning.
“It was really tough,” Troy Rike said in the recent episode of the Prospects Pod. “It was a lot of paperwork and to be really honest, that doesn’t really make sense.”
Rike was asked in reaction to the failure of seven Fil-foreigners to beat Friday’s deadline for them to secure necessary documents from the Bureau of Immigration and Department of Justice.
Potential first-rounders Jason Brickman, Jason Statham and Jeremiah Grey were among the Fil-foreigner players who didn’t submit their BI certificate and DOJ affirmation.
The absence of these players once again raised calls for the PBA to make adjustments on its rules concerning applicants who were born outside of the country.
“They keep asking about my parents marriage certificate and I was like what does this have to do with my citizenship?” he said. “That’s just kind of an example of how much paperwork is just endless and having to go this place, and go to the US and to the Philippines and back to the US like it’s a struggle.
Rike, however, understands where the PBA is coming from, which is why he sympathizes with fellow Fil-foreign cagers who also went through the tough process.
“The PBA and the government is in a tough situation because you want to make sure things are done the right way so I emphatize with them having to go through that.
“But I think for anyone, even for people not in the debatable kind of situation, it’s a lot of work so that was a stressful period for I’m happy to have it done. I emphatize for people to have been through it, it’s a tough process,” added Rike.
Rike is one of 18 Fil-foreigners who are left from a field of 86 applicants for Sunday’s proceedings.
Among the prominent Fil-foreigners likely to be taken in the first round are consensus top pick Joshua Munzon, Jamie Malonzo and Mikey Williams.
Jordan Heading and Will Navarro are also part of that list, but they will be selected in a special round for Gilas Pilipinas.