Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Because some people need to be in the spotlight (Why do you vote for these people?)

House probes Arboleda incident today

The House Committee on Games and Amusement chaired by Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing had summoned for a hearing today officials of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), along with all the personalities involved in the reported Oct. 16 mauling of a PBA spectator at the Araneta Coliseum.

Invited were PBA chairman Angelito Alvarez, commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios and the head of the league’s technical committee. Also summoned were Burger King player Wynne Arboleda and PBA fan Alain Katigbak, the two protagonists in the fracas caught on video.

Bagatsing stressed that officials of the PBA and its competing teams, especially Burger King and Smart Gilas, as well as the management of Araneta Coliseum must shed light on the incident.

He stressed that measures must be put in place by the Games and Amusements Board, the PBA, the teams and the management of the latter’s playing venues, including the Cuneta Astrodome, to avert a similar incident in the future.

Invitations to the hearing had also been sent to GAB chairman Eric Buhain, Burger King coach Yeng Guiao, Smart Gilas mentor Rajko Toroman, Marlou Aquino of the Sta. Lucia team, Danny Ildefonso of the San Miguel squad, Coaches Commission head Fritz Gaston, Araneta Coliseum general manager Rene Cayetano and sales director Sienna Olaso, and  Ricky Vargas and Noli Eala of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

The hearing starts at 1 p.m. at the conference room of the Mitra Building inside the Batasan Complex in Quezon City.


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