MAV’S PHENOMENAL BASKETBALL IN HOT WATER FOR #DAYOSERIES AMID PANDEMIC
Famous vlogger group Mav's Phenomenal Basketball has now caught the attention of provincial agencies and avid followers for actively conducting games out-of-town amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mav’s Phenomenal, founded by coach Mavrick Bautista, restarted their “Dayo Series” in mid-December last year, a vlog series that show a group of men traveling to different barangays and cities to organize local ligang-labas games.
At the time of the first uploads during the holiday season, Metro Manila was under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Under IATF regulations, only non-contact sporting events are allowed in these areas.
Netizens and LGU were alarmed after the group’s #DayoSeries actively posts clips of the games on their social media pages which are in clear violation of the government’s health protocols that prohibit physical contact sport.
Earlier this February, the group posted videos of them playing in Bulacan, most recently in Guiguinto.
None of the vlogger group, local participants, and even the viewers could be seen wearing masks in the vlog, and those who have masks weren’t wearing them properly.
An avid fan of the group sparked discussion in the comment section after several concerned netizens criticized their #DayoSeries.
“Kailan naging okay ito [basketball matches] sa health protocols ng bansa?” asked Jan Bonnel Buhain, Mav’s Phenom follower, in the post. “Minsan nga pinagkakaguluhan pa sila ng mga taong hindi nakamask at nakaface shield.”
“Samantalang ang Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) ay hirap na hirap magpatraining sa 24 lang na manlalaro na magrerepresenta sa bansa sa mga pandaigdigang patimpalak sa basketball,” he added.
Bautista, however, claims that they only conduct matches in private courts.
Meanwhile, Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr. in a report by Vonne Aquino on GMA’s State of the Nation, said that he was surprised by the videos.
According to the Mayor, even the barangay captain of Barangay Tabang where the game was conducted was also clueless.
“Paano nangyari ito, kasi very strict ang aming order na walang contact sports, most specifically basketball,” he said during an interview. “Maliwanag ‘yun, we will never allow basketball in Guiguinto.”
Cruz said that he had commanded for the violators to be hunted down and fined P1,000 for the violation of health protocols.
“Bakit nila ginagawa ito, meron tayong pandemic. They should be advised and they should be discouraged, and I think they should be jailed for doing this one,” Cruz said.
“Ginagawa nilang katatawa-tawa to eh, pati kami na nananahimik dito sa aming bayan tinatamaan. At the end of the day ang na-e-endanger dito ang kalusugan ng kababayan ko,” he added.
Malolos Vice Mayor Len Pineda, who was also shown the vlog, uttered that there seemed to be a betting pool that reached P6,000 during the game held in his city.
“Isa sa mga kinakailangang magpaliwanag at managot diyan ay ang barangay na nakakasakop dito,” he said.