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SOMEBODY  ought to extend some kind of assistance to former PBA cager Dennis Espino, who  is currently locked up in the San Fernando provincial jail for illegally detaining his secretary Mildred Eiman at his  Northline Farm in Arayat, Pampanga, in 2011.

Eiman said Dennis detained her for over a month because she could not  pay the  P5,000 debt she owed him. That was her version of what happened.  As soon as she found her way out of the farm, she filed a complaint against her employer who, in turn, charged her with qualified theft amounting to hundreds of thousands of pesos.

Teammates and associates in communication with Dennis said he wanted her to return the money she stole, which is why she was “detained.” Not for over a month, but only a couple of days.

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No one could tell accurately how this case evolved from the time the legal suits were filed. I did some research and found out that  prior to his arrest, Dennis had been on the run for eight months, moving from place to place, using different vehicles. He was finally tracked down in his brother’s office in Mabalacat, Pampanga, last  Nov. 29.

I was told that at the time she was working for Dennis’ farm and piggery, Eiman was the girlfriend of one of the cager’s relatives. The latest report is she has changed partners since and has hooked up with one of the guys  who helped her win her case.

The last I heard, Dennis refuses to settle because he believes he is the aggrieved party.

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It seems that Go Teng Kok has found the man worthy to replace him as Patafa president.

Last Chinese New Year’s day, I bumped into Star sports columnist Philip Ella Juico at Shangrila Chinese Resto in West Triangle.

Out of the blue, I asked him if he was going to be the next Patafa president.

He denied at first, but later admitted that the transfer of office (and power) is presently being facilitated  in the most  orderly manner possible.

According to Philip, GTK will concentrate on his business interests when he leaves sports.

The formal announcement is scheduled in March, he said.

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Is it true that PBA Commissioner Chito Salud  excused Alaska Ace Sonny Thoss from all Monday workout sessions of the national team for the entire second conference?

A PBA official said Alaska had formally sought the permission of the commissioner and he said yes, but perhaps not without some amount of hesitation .

What’s to stop the next team from making a similar request? Here’s hoping it doesn’t set a precedent.

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Coach Yeng Guiao’s intention was obviously to spare Rain or Shine cager Ronnie Matias the embarrassment and humiliation of being arrested in public,  right in his own turf, the Smart Araneta Coliseum, that’s why he volunteered to take full responsibility for the cager.

With lawyer-daughter Niner Guiao by his side, Yeng told the arresting officers he would personally turn over the cager to the authorities as soon as the courts  opened  Monday.

But Yeng didn’t even have to accompany or turn in Matias last  Monday.

“Ronnie voluntarily went to the court that issued the warrant of arrest and posted bail,”  Yeng said. I presumed  he was assisted by his  youthful legal counsel Lawyer Niner.

What was the brouhaha all about?

“Just a case of simple theft that dates back to Ronnie’s PBL days,” Yeng said.

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  • 444mangyan888

    What assistance from someone does Espino need..?? Is it something of a state affair that need another citizen’s attention? Can’t Espino not handle his situation with the courts? He’s got no money to pay for the expenses while he’s got a farm? He can sell it..!!!
    Kayu po Ms Celis parang showbiz writer din..na parang pulitiko din..!! The heck do u think you are pipol..?? Special breed of citizen who ought to enjoy special privileges and attention way far better than us ordinary tax-paying citizen..??
    Si Roy Luarca, ka-mangyan ko yun, di naman ganyan…hehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AS3PPJXV2VSUYXY2Z6MQVGIEBU Isabelita

    Just wondering Ms. Celis (writer of this article), why DANGEROUS PRECEDENT? That what happened to Dennis Espino is wrong? Please apprise us. Thanks.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TWERNXCUGG4O4BI3F55LUKYOIM Fred

      obvious naman ibig sabihin ng title, na di nagustuhan ng writer nangyari kay espino. prends baga. basahin nyo mabuti medyo siniraan pa yung eiman. pati ba naman boyfriend pinakialaman e ang layo naman sa kasong illegal detention ni espino hahaha uso naman talaga sa mga manunulat ngayon na may padulas. may kakilala ako na may retainer pa na journalist para may sasabihin palaging maganda sa isang politician, kaya may posibilidad na may padulas dito sa article na to. posibilidad lang ha kaya peace :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/ales.lupisan A Les Lupisan

        Hi, Fred and Isabelita.

        The “Dangerous Precedent” refers to Commissioner Chito Salud’s alleged giving of permission for Sonny Thoss to skip Monday practice sessions for the Philippine team.There are four topics on this post: (1) Espino’s case, (2) Go Teng Kok’s successor, (3) Sonny Thoss’s special permission to skip practices and (4) Ronnie Matias’s case. The word “precedent” clearly appears on the last paragraph that talks about Sonny Thoss’s case.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AS3PPJXV2VSUYXY2Z6MQVGIEBU Isabelita

    In fairness to the writer, she always states that the facts came from Espino. So please dont be harsh @google-ef89542b24610d979df04580b4f53515:disqus . Though it’s obvious that the writer knows the cager otherwise she will not plead for something like this: “SOMEBODY  ought to extend some kind of assistance to former PBA cager Dennis Espino”. 

    Anyway, based on my research, it doesnt matter if its a month or a few days of illegal detention, as long as you detained a person against his or her will for whatever reason, even if you think that person did something wrong to you, that’s ILLEGAL DETENTION. So if what you’re saying is true Ms. Celis, Espino is really liable.

    qouting: Teammates and associates in communication with Dennis said he wanted her to return the money she stole, which is why she was “detained.” Not for over a month, but only a couple of days.

    • Edsel Ramos

      PASENSYA NA PERO SANAY KAMI DITO SA PAMPANGA SA KAYABANGAN NI DENIS E. PINAGYAYABANG NYA NA MAY PERA SYA AT MALAKAS SA MGA POLITIKO DITO. SAKA ANONG ASSISTANCE ANG PINAGSASABI NG WRITER DITO? WAG KA MAGWORRY BETH, DI NYA KAILANGAN ASSISTANCE DAHIL PINATATABA SYA NG MGA JAILER NYA. NAKAKALABAS PA DAW YAN MINSAN NG WALANG PERMISION SA KORTE. YAN BA ANG INOSENTE!?

  • Edsel Ramos

    Kung wala siyang kasalanan, bat NAGTAGO SI DENNIS ESPINO? YAN TULOY NAKALABOSO. .BALITA NAMIN DITO SA PAMPANGA SPECIAL TREATMENT YAN SA SELDA NYA. BAYARAN NYA MGA JAILER NYA. KILALANG KILALA YAN DITO NA MALAKAS KSE POLITICALLY CONNECTED. SANA NAMAN MALAGAY NA TALAGA SA HUSTISYA YANG DENNIS NA YAN.

    AT SA WRITER, MAY KANYA KANYANG VERSION PALA E KAYA WAG KA BIASED NG DI MO NALALAMAN ANG BUONG ISTORYA UNLESS BAYARAN KA RIN.

  • Edsel Ramos

    PAID FOR BY DENNIS ESPINO.

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