PBA relaxes eligibility rules for Fil-foreigners, increases limit per team

A month ago, Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso was asked on his thoughts about the PBA’s rule of limiting five Fil-foreigners per team.

The 49-year-old coach admitted that the rule may already be outdated at this point in time.

“The rule may have made sense maybe 20 years ago, pero ngayon parang iba na e,” said Cariaso, who is an eight-time PBA champion.

Well, good news now for the ‘The Jet’ and the rest of the Fil-foreign players eager to play in Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

TNT Tropang Giga governor and PBA chairman Ricky Vargas bared that the PBA has given the green light to welcome more Fil-foreign players to play in the association starting next season.

Vargas added that from a limit of five Fil-foreign cagers per team, they agreed to raise the maximum number to seven. He also expressed that in order to be officially part of the rookie draft, Fil-foreign hopefuls just need to secure a Philippine passport.

“Ang napag-agreehan, we will also increase the number of Fil-foreigners in each team, ‘Vargas admitted.

The current process for Fil-foreign players who wish to apply in the PBA is to secure certifications from the Department of Justice (DOJ) affirmation and the Bureau of Immigration (BOI).

“That way, we will make the PBA exciting and we will bring the world to the PBA. Parang NBA. But at the same time, trying to also balance it so that we will be able to give jobs to our players na nandito, “the PBA chairman of the board stressed out.

He also expressed that in order to be officially part of the rookie draft, Fil-foreign hopefuls just need to secure a Philippine passport.

“We will basically look at Fil-foreigners less stringently now. As long as they have Filipino blood and they can get their passport, they are able to come and play for us,” Vargas told.

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