Controversy clouds F2 win as league investigates Defenders’ complaints
F2 Logistics has won its first winning streak in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference. Their swift 25-10, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Gerflor turned out to be just a sidelight. The main focus was on social media posts detailing management’s alleged shabby treatment of the Defenders.
Seasoned Ara Galang scored 11 points and led the Cargo Movers to their fourth win in six matches after just 79 minutes. However, attention was soon drawn to the Defenders, who slumped to their sixth straight loss. Anonymous posts on Reddit detailed how demoralized the players are due to alleged delayed salaries and poor training facilities.
Danika Gendrauli, Gerflor’s opposite hitter, finished with 11 points in the match against the Cargo Movers. She was one of those who spoke up about the Defenders’ desire to continue striving and focusing, despite the alleged issues. “Our mindset is that since we’re already here playing, we should push on because we also need this. My teammates and I talk to each other after training to set aside our problems first because it will affect our games,” Gendrauli said. “During our game earlier, we really didn’t mind the external problems.”
PLDT’s 29-27, 25-14, 25-18 victory over Galeries Tower, the High Speed Hitters’ fifth straight win, was also a highlight. It was carved out later in the day after Erika Santos made her first conference start and scored 17 points. Royse Tubino finished with 14 points on 12 kills, and Rhea Dimaculangan’s solid playmaking resulted in 16 excellent sets for PLDT, which rose to 5-1.
Aside from the alleged nonpayment of player salaries, Gerflor players are also facing difficulties concerning practice venues and scheduling. Gendrauli hopes management addresses these issues for the benefit of the team. She also explained that some players are working day jobs in addition to playing in the PVL. The early morning training sessions at different venues are jeopardizing their careers, and she hopes the management will listen to their concerns and make necessary adjustments.
The league quickly launched an investigation, stating, “that we are committed to conducting a thorough and fair inquiry into the matter, ensuring that both the team’s representatives and the players involved will have an opportunity to be heard.” Coach Sammy Acaylar also voiced his support for the players, emphasizing the need for management to take care of them.