SAN Miguel Beer supporters have cried foul after one member of a fans’ club as well as a team staff were arrested by police, accused of scalping tickets before Game Three of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Ginebra on Wednesday.
KR Navarrete, a member of the fans club Blazing Beermen Clan, was picked up by plainclothes police officers near the yellow gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City about two hours before the third game of the best-of-seven finals.
Acording to BBC president Ryan Ponce, he was supposed to get the tickets allocated for longtime San Miguel fans but was running late from work, so he asked Navarrete to get the 130 tickets they bought from Gladys Salvador, a San Miguel staff.
“Pagdating niya po sa yellow gate may umakbay sa kanya na lalake,” said Ponce. “Sabi po sa kanya, ‘Boss, baka naman may sobrang ticket?’”
“Ang sabi po ni KR, ‘Sorry boss, wala po (sobra) kasi order po ng group ko ‘to,”’ he added.
According to Ponce, the police officer, whose arms were already around Navarrete’s neck, insisted but Navarette refused to give in.
Navarrete was later taken to the entrance of a nearby mall where four other men arrived and arrested the SMB fan who was later taken to the police headquarters inside the Araneta Center, Ponce added.
“Inakbayan siya, pilit siyang dinala sa may Gateway (Mall), sa may pasukan (sa may Cafe Adriatico), pagdating doon dumating na ang apat pang lalaki,” he recalled.
“Tapos, noong hindi siya talaga nag-give in dinala na siya ng limang lalake, ginwardyahan siya papunta sa Ihop, katabi ng Starbucks, tapos pinosasan siya doon,” he added. – Spin.PH