Jio Jalalon is facing stiff penalty for playing anew in a ‘ligang labas’ game.
The 5-foot-9 playmaker of the Magnolia Hotshots, sources say, has been slapped with a 15-day suspension without pay on top of a monetary fine equivalent to half of his monthly salary.
With a monthly maximum contract of ₱420,000 tucked under his belt, Jalalon stands to lose ₱210,000 for his latest transgression.
The sanctions still does not include that of the PBA as the league is still investigating the matter.
Aside from Jalalon, other players caught violating the PBA’s Uniformed Players’ Contract (UPC) by rendering their services to other ballclubs without their mother teams’ expressed consent were Rey Nambatac, Beau Belga and JR Quinahan.
The Hotshots have restarted team practices last Monday with the 30-year-old native of Cagayan de Oro barred from joining until he serves out his suspension.
Jalalon, Magnolia’s pick during the Special Gilas draft in 2016, was fined ₱75,000 along with a 5-day suspension with no pay for the same offense on July of 2021. He later vowed that he will never ever play in an unsanctioned game again and even agreed to sign a document which called for a stiffer penalty if ever makes the same mistake.