Omega Esports’ rising star Duane “Kelra” Pillas has been handed a 2-week suspension and an undisclosed amount of fine by the Mobile Legends Professional League-Philippines following homophobic and offensive comments towards three esports players.

/ 17 August 2021

The 16-year-old Kelra has been found himself in crisis after making homophobic and offensive remarks addressed to Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario, saying Wise and OhMyV33nus should “B****** each other.”

In another clip, Kelra was also caught commenting sexist and obscene remarks to Chareeny “Ramella” Ramella of Thailand team IDoNoSleep Esports, saying “I want Ramella k*******”

The videos sparked uproar to the esports player since then that violated the following MPL-PH Season 8 rules: Rule 12.3.3, Sexual Harassment, and Rule 12.3.4, Discrimination and Denigration.

With that, the MPL-PH Operating Committee has issued an official statement on their Facebook page granting a warning, a two-week suspension which will begin on the first day of the MPL Season 8, and a fine.

The Omega Esports club was also affected as it was given a “serious warning.”

“MPL PH Operating Committee does not tolerate any form of discrimination in the league, and we expect our professional players to follow a strict code of conduct. The MPL-Philippines is working with all the teams to produce a safe environment for everyone,” the league said in a statement.

Aside from the warning, suspension, and fine, MPL-PH required every player to attend Gender Sensitivity and Sexual Harassment Awareness Training Seminars.

“Let’s work together to build a more mature and professional league,” the statement ended.

The 2021 MLBB Southeast Asia Cup MVP has since apologized to the public for the offensive comments, particularly to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Taos puso po akong humihingi ng tawad at pasensya sa lahat ng taong naapektuhan at nasaktan sa aking mga nasabi,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Sa buong MLBB Community, sa Blacklist Agents at lalong lalo na sa VeeWise Fam, gusto ko po humingi ng tawad sa lahat ng aking na offend at nasaktan. Sorry po sa disrespectful at sobrang inappropriate ng joke. Makakaasa kayong hindi na po ito mauulit muli,” he added.

Meanwhile, after the release of the statement by the MPL-PH, Ramella echoed a post on Facebook, questioning the severity of the sanctions imposed on Kelra.

“Only 14 days ban without any apologies from the team. Is sexually harassment acceptable policy of his team? Or is it an okay thing to do in Philippines? As a female player, I don’t feel any reassurance. Sorry guys,” she wrote.

The Omega Esports has also issued a statement, saying: “An internal investigation has begun to address the matter. We are also coordinating with MPL regarding this issue. Rest assured we are taking steps to ensure respect and professionalism above all among all our players.”