Photo Curated by Courtside Philippines / Original Photo from Chooks to Go PilipinasAROUND THE REGION19
GenSan, Sarangani join hands to aid MPBL referees, Army and medical frontliners
by Niel Victor Masoy, May 02, 2020 5:02pm
The General Santos Warriors, through their team manager Mermann Flores, and the Sarangani Marlins, through their head coach John Kallos, have teamed up in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Flores and Kallos formed a donation drive to help the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) referees, Army frontliners, as well as medical frontliners in this time of crisis.
The duo first helped the referees, knowing that they don't have legitimate sources of income this time, as they were paid on a per-game basis during the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup.
"Hindi kasi gaano napapansin ang mga referee kaya nagtulong-tulong kami ng coaching staff ko at players sa Sarangani," said Kallos.
"Alam din kasi namin na day-to-day basis lang ang salary ng referees, kaya gusto rin namin silang mabigyan ng tulong," the 37-year-old mentor added.
Kallos and Flores distributed more than 300 relief packs to groups of referees, and also to the military frontliners in Quezon City, Marikina, and Antipolo.
Personally, Kallos donated 20 aerosol boxes to Philippine Children's Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, and to the local governments of Pasig and Manila.
Kallos said that his and Flores' donation drive will continue until next week in the places that their respective teams represent - Sarangani and General Santos.
"Aabot pa itong mga nalikom natin sa GenSan at Sarangani. Magkakaroon pa ng second at third wave."
Meanwhile, MPBL owner and Senator Manny Pacquiao - the only eight-division boxing world champion - chipped in face masks as lawyer Bong Gacal gave 30 sacks of rice.
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