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PH Cyber Athletes Denied Travel to Korea by POEA, BI, Bam Aquino Wants to Know Why

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The athletes were asked to leave the plane before takeoff

Senator Bam Aquino wants the POEA and the Bureau of Immigration to explain why they pulled three members of Pinoy DoTA team Rave from a plane that was about to leave for South Korea.

The Rave members Mark “Cast” Pilar, Djardel “Chrissy” Mampusti and Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa were about to leave the country to train for upcoming international competitions, namely the ESL and Rebull LAN.

Team Rave is the same pinoy team that managed to bag $150,000 (around Php 6.6 million pesos) in the DOTA 2 Asian Championships earlier this year.

The sudden pull-out of the athletes that had already boarded on the plane is strange considering that they were travelling using the same documents in the past.

“They have traveled several times to South Korea using the same documents they presented in the past without any hitch. Suddenly, they were barred from leaving without any valid reason,” Sen. Bam stressed.

Sen. Bam Aquino thinks that the government should encourage our athletes to compete and not hinder their ambitions to support our country. Team Rave, if you don’t know, compete under the banner of the Philippines without any support from the government and have to pay out of their own pocket to compete and train at these events.

A Facebok post from Jio ‘Jeyo’ Madayag of Rave outlines his frustration with the government. He says “What kind of country stops their own country men from pursuing their dreams for the pride of their country? even though 3 of my team mates had all the legal documents prepared, they stopped them from boarding the plane. Asking for unnecessary documents that you need to pay for, the one that should have the right to deny them entry is the country that they will be headed to (Korea). Nice system right there. They’ve wasted not only our money, but our time. Time we could have used to practice and compete.”

“Government should be able to provide an environment where our athletes, online or offline, be able to hone their skills, compete in world class competitions, and give honor and pride to our country,” Sen. Bam pointed out.

The office of Sen. Bam has been extending assistance to Team Rave as support for the growth of the community and development of the e-industry in the country.

“We will continue helping them in any way we can because we believe in their potential in bringing honor to our country,” Sen. Bam said.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

27 Comments

  1. ang babata pa kasi, wlang pang training tungkol s Red Tape, SOPs at mga Open secrets ng BOI.. pa backup muna kayo sa media o politicians.

  2. Hindi daw kasi mapatawan ng tax ng gov’t. Bayad bayad daw muna lol.. Parang si Josie Rizal, lakas lang maka-butthurt.

  3. Well, atleast 1 politician wants to look like a good guy and actually try be one for a change. I’m sure they pay their taxes whether they like it or not and have all the documents needed.

    Kakahiya na nga ung issue sa Tekken charcter, tapos ngayon e-sports athletes naman ang binabanatan.

    Bakit pa sa gaming related nagpapasikat tong mga gov agencies na to! Wala ba kayong ibang pwedeng gawin para bigyan ng attention? Sa bagay, masmadali gawin ang mga “trabaho” nyo sa mga e-sports teams who pay for their own fares and dues, and do not rely on government taxes kaysa sa mga taong kailangan talagang imonitor at tulungan.

  4. Nalaman siguro nila na 6.6M yung napanalunan nung mga member.. ayun, gusto din ng POEA na makuha dun sa 6M na yun,. gusto pumarte.

  5. Hindi talaga ako nagcocomment sa mga ganito, pero nakakairita kasi… irerepresent mo na nga yung bansa pero ganto pa gagawin sayo, wala na ngang suporta na nakukuha sa @*$&$-#+#(@ gobyerno, bibigyan ka pa ng problema… Nakakagigil talaga

    1. Ang oa ni Bam Aquino. Andaming problema ng bansa mas inisip pa nya yung maliit na civil cases? Lawmaker ka, binoto ka para gumawa ng batas para sa ikabubuti ng marami, sinasayang mo ang taxpayers ng mga tao. Sila ang may gustong sumali sa game tournaments kaya walang mong lustayin ang pera ng taong bayan sa pagiging concern sa mga walang kwentang bagay na yan. Una tekken tapos etong video game players. Isip bata ang mga politician at government officials natin. At sa mga bobong sinasabi na nirerepresent nila ang bansa natin laro lang ang dota di uunlad ang ekonomiya natin kahit suportahan natin sila at di rin naman nila kayo bibigyan ng parte sa panalo nila. Parang Pacquiao lang yan gusto niyang pabugbog kaya hayaan nyo siyang kumita man o hindi.

      1. Tanga ka boy! Pera ng mga players yung ginastos nila. Nagbasa ka ba? “They’ve wasted not only our money, but our time”. Si Sen Bam, nandyan lang sya to support. Actually, madami pang pinoy na nasa sports/Tournament na kulang sa support eh.

        Saka isa pa, pride and honor ang ibibigay nila sa atin hindi monitary. Madami nga natuwa at sumuporta kay PACMAN eh at hindi nila kinaunlad yun.

        1. Ulol mas tanga ka. Ang gusto ni Bam suportahan din financially ang video game players na ito at pagaksayahan ng oras ang walang kwentang problema na to. Pride at honor? Feeling ng pinoy nirerespeto ang boxing sa ibang bansa? Entertainers lang ang tingin sa athletes as long as bayad sila di sila tinuturing na hero. Ang totoong hero at nagbibigay ng honor ay yung mga sundalong lumalaban at namamatay para sa bayan nila. Ikaw ang isa sa dahilan kaya nakakahanap ang politicians at lawmakers na lumayo sa trabaho nila. Hayaan niya ang POEA sa ginagawa nila, kung may anomaly naman at in question ang ginawa ng POEA, andiyan ang judicial system para makapagreklamo yung video game players.

      2. you sir are a total FUCKING IDIOT , A DUMBASS AND ABOVE ALL ELSE A MAJOR FUCKING LOSER WHO KEEPS TALKING BUT DOESN’T KNOW OR UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE SUBJECT. FUCKING LOSER

        1. Fuck you at ulol. Butthurt ka lang dahil batang hamog ka din na laging humihingi ng pera sa nanay pangdota. Ikaw ang idiot at di nakakaintindi dahil tinatarantado na ng politicians ang pinapasweldo sa kanila ng taumbayan, payag ka naman. Lawmaker siya kaya gawin niya ang trabaho niya. Kung gustong magreklamo ng dota players, pumunta sila sa korte, umapela sila kung talagang mali ang ginawa ng POEA sa kanila. Walang pinagkaiba si Bam at si Banzai na wala namang ginawa kundi gawing basketbolan ang lahat ng kalye sa Manila.

      3. edi parang sinabi mo na din na laro lang ang basketball at iba pang laro na nilalaro nyo.
        try nyo kayo sumuporta sa mga sarili nyong laro oh diba.

        don’t talk big boy, wala ka naman bilang sa Pilipinas eh.

        1. Ulol. Ano pa nga ba ang tawag sa basketball at ibang sports di ba entertainment?Taxpayer ako 10 years na akong nagbabayad at wala akong pakialam sa mga walang kwentang bagay na nirerepresent daw ang bansa. Nagbabayad ako ng buwis kaya dapat ipakita ni Bam na napupunta sa tamang bagay ang pinapasweldo ko sa kanya. Gumawa siya ng batas kesa nangingialam sa away bata. Baka ikaw ang walang bilang sa Pilipinas dahil hanggang ngayon humihingi ka pa rin sa nanay mo ng panglaro ng dota.

      4. You just went Full Retard! Never go Full Retard! Laro nga lang ang dota pero alam mo ba na umaabot sa mahigit $10M ang premyo ng isang tournament nyan? Imbes na matuwa sa kapwa Pinoy.. #PutTankInAMall

  6. I think archie has a point. Politicians shouldn’t pour too much time on such trivial matters. I’m not against online gaming but I think these people are spending too much time and money on something that is actually a recreational leisure matter, not a national sport. We don’t know what actually happened, and until I don’t hear the full details, this is all I can say

    1. No Senator Bam just want them to explain why. Haha tama ba sabi mo? Politicians shouldnt pour too much time? Yeah right you support others yet not basing on facts but basing on the idea that DOTA or other computer games are bad for teenagers and children. “these people are spending too much time and money on something that is actually a recreational leisure matter, not a national sport” Say that to a group of teenagers bringing back home 6.6 million pesos that is fit for their age to earn. Nice another RETARD here. You didnt hear the full details? That is for you to say? Well guess what kahit sila hindi nila alam kahit nga senador hindi alam kung ano ang full details kaya nga pinagpapaliwanag.

      1. Understandably, some government official would step in and meddle. DOTA being a detrimental force for youth, there’s truth in it. I am living in the slums and see every bit of truth in it. 6.6 million? I’m gonna ask you, did you have your share? Did this country even had a share? I’m standing on my ground. It’s every bit worthless. Take that from me

  7. ang punto ay bakit pinababa ng eroplano kumpleto at legal naman ang documents… thats whats Bam is rambling about… walang kinalaman sa trabaho niya bilang senador… Bam Aquino btw, is the frontrunner of GoNegosyo an organization which provides opportunities, support and promotion for those who wants to engage in small scale business. wala po kinalaman dito ang pera ng bayan.. sarili nilang pera ang ginamit dito. personal funds po ni Bam ang ginamit to support these boys… kahit hindi sya senador he will still support them kung kailangan… again back to isuue bakit pinababa ng eroplano despite that these boys has complete and legal travel documents… mga criminal at taong may mga pending criminal cases lang hindi pinapayagan umalis ng bansa… so ano nga ba ang explanation ng POEA at ng BI?

    1. natural sariling pera nila gagastusin alangan naman gastosan pa natin ang mga bisyo nila, may mga tunay tayong atleta at sila ang mas dapat natin paglaanan ng sapat na atensyon ga ating gobyerno, tinawag lang na mga atleta yan dahil adik din sa dota ang mag titong abnoy na syang nasa poder ngayon

  8. Sorry for these people, but we must face the harsh reality we are living in. No matter how much you value DOTA, a lot of people would deem it worthless. They’ll figure it out though, so I think it’s better to leave them alone and stop this madness. This is not the end of the world, so stop this senseless hysterics. Anyway, the 6.6 million peso prize? Burn it to the ground.

  9. As a gamer I know how all of you would react to this matter, but at the same time I kinda understand what archie and Morpho Cael said.

  10. hindi ako galit sa mga dota players kaligayahan at karapatan nila yan, galit ako sa mga pulitikong daig pa ang isang asong ulol sa pagka desperado makakuha lang ng boto, naniniwala akong matatalino na ang mga kabataan ngayon at hindi na kayang utuin ng isang basurang pulitiko

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