Management of the SM Mall of Asia Arena has promised to replace the items stolen from members of the Meralco Bolts after a locker room theft last Wednesday, according to a PBA official.
“Officers of the MOA Arena want to keep their strong relationship with the Meralco Bolts, who have a corporate box in the venue, and the PBA,” Rhose Montreal, the league’s licensing manager, told InterAKTV. “That’s why they committed to replace all the losses of the victims which include cash, iPads, credit cards, and other valuable belongings.”
Montreal added that MOA Arena management will meet with the league to ensure that the incident will not be repeated. Arena management, according to Montreal, has decided to increase security at the venue by about 40 percent.
“This is to ensure tighter security and to make sure that everything will be under control in the remaining two play dates the PBA will have in this arena in the elimination round. If you will notice, there are exit doors for specific teams while previous doors were bolted down already while 30 to 40 percent additional securities were deployed,”
Despite the unfortunate incident, the PBA doubleheader at the MOA Arena venue drew a standing-room-only crowd in the lower box and general admission sections.
“There will have a series of meetings between the PBA and MOA Arena regarding the possibility of holding semis and finals games here,” said Montreal.
-Rey Joble, InterAKTV