Orbeta Harrassed, CSB Officials will meet the parents

7 08 2007

OFFICIALS of the College of Saint Benilde are set to meet today the parents of Paolo Orbeta, the Blazer facing charges of game-fixing at the National Bureau of Investigation.

“We will meet the parents of Paolo tomorrow (Tuesday),” Henry Atayde, the CSB athletic director, said yesterday. “They will come to explain and clear the name of Paolo.”

Atayde said Orbeta’s parents are set to file charges against Wilfred Uy, who allegedly set up Orbeta in an entrapment operation by NBI agents on Aug. 1.

Atayde said he would also explain to Orbeta’s parents why Saint Benilde and the NCAA Management Committee had suspended Paolo indefinitely.

The NBI said it caught Orbeta and three others last Aug. 1 receiving marked money allegedly used in a game-fixing scam.

Aside from Orbeta, the others allegedly involved in the case were James Ryan Mangaran, 24, a schoolmate of Orbeta’s; Rajan Chandumal, 31, a salesman; and, Aaron Raemon Elago, 24, a police inspector detailed at the PNP-PPSC Camp Crame.

Atayde said Orbeta is out of jail after Orbeta’s parents posted bail.

Atayde said Paolo’s father, Chito Orbeta, is a customs employee and his mother teaches at Adamson University.

The Orbetas and the three suspects are residents of Guadalupe Nuevo in Makati City.

HENRY Atayde, the college of Saint Benilde Athletic director, said yesterday the parents of controversial basketball star Paolo Orbeta claimed that their son was allegedly harassed by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Orbeta’s father Chito, Atayde said, had written a letter stating that his son is innocent of all the charges filed by a complainant name Wilfred Uy.

Orbeta, according to his father, was embarrassed and harassed when the NBI presented him with three others in handcuffs in a press conference without a specific charge.

“The parents claimed to us that all alleged charges were dropped after they posted a bail,” said Atayde. “They are also planning to file counter-charges to the complainant and even to NBI if they will not clear the name of Paolo.”

Atayde said the College of Saint Benilde would give NBI a maximum of one or two weeks to bring them a final decision or even the specific direct charges on Orbeta.

If they do not comply, Atayde said the school would declare Paolo Orbeta innocent of the accusations. But in the meantime, College of Saint Benilde will not act until it hasn’t received the final findings of the NBI.

The parents of Orbeta want Paolo also to resume his study and finish his last playing year in the NCAA after CSB and the NCAA Management Committee suspended him indefinitely last Friday.

“We will not act on this until we haven’t received the final statement of NBI,” he said. “We are calling the NBI right now and we’ll wait for response.”

Atayde said he was surprised when he learned that NBI has still no final statement or even a specific charge against Paolo.

NBI caught Orbeta and three others last Wednesday in an entrapment operation. They were allegedly charged by game-fixing and gambling.

Atayde said CSB is forming a committee to make its own investigation.

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