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POEA and BI Barred PH DotA 2 Pros From Leaving the Country

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) are being scrutinized by Senator Paolo Benigno (Bam) Aquino IV after allegedly preventing three Filipino members of Team Rave from leaving for South Korea where they will meet other members of Team Rave to practice and compete in upcoming Defense of the Ancient 2 (DotA 2) competitions.

Based on the report, Team Rave members Djardel “Chrissy” Mampusti, Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa and Mark “Cast” Pilar were offloaded because of insufficient travel documents.

What is startling, however, is that these cyber athletes have already been in and out of Asian countries, including South Korea, on numerous occasions with the most recent one being in Malaysia China where they took home $144,169+ after taking the 6th spot in the Dota 2 Asia Championships .

Senator Bam also pointed out that the timing of the offloading of these Pinoy cyberathletes couldn’t been any worse as they are slated to train for upcoming major tournaments and may have cost the team a shot to compete in the upcoming DreamHack Bucharest 2015.


In his statement, the legislator believes that the “Government should be able to provide an environment where our athletes, online or offline, be able to hone their skills, compete in world class competitions, and give honor and pride to our country.”

In line with this, the office of Sen. Bam has been extending assistance to Team Rave as support for the growth of the community and development of the e-industry in the country.


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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

15 Responses

  1. Avatar for Dota 2 Dota 2 says:

    NAKO!Ayan na si kim henares! sureball gagatasan na rin ng BIR yan! kumita lang konti sa paglalaro paktay na kay heneras yan.

  2. Avatar for charaught charaught says:

    anguapo nong Djardel oh. Hihihihi..

  3. Avatar for Louie Louie says:

    Talagang walang magawa mga namamahala sa atin. Bakit hindi pagtuunan ng pansin ng BI ang mga illegal na pumpasok kesa sa mga lumalabas ng bansa…. nyeta!

  4. Avatar for kumag kumag says:

    manangg mana lng talaga c bam kay abnoy noy

  5. Avatar for cK cK says:

    Either may hindi nalagyan, or this is a publicity stunt. Whichever is it, our country sucks. OR baka talagang may pagkukulang lang din sa side ng Team? Hehehe..

  6. Avatar for jhepoyski jhepoyski says:

    DAC was not held in Malaysia, it should be in China which they placed 6th and won 150K USD.
    Though nasa Malaysia sila last LAN tournament nila wherein di sila pinalad.

  7. Avatar for Kaiser Kaiser says:

    Dota 2 Asia Championships was held at China not Malaysia.

  8. Avatar for ichigo ichigo says:

    Pano nalaman na kumita pala tong mga gamers, kya ngaun hinahanapan na ng lagay.

    • Avatar for hotruss hotruss says:

      May listahan ata tong mga mokong na to kung sino pwede gatasan. Pag high profile ka talagang pupukulin parang hinong na manga.

  9. Avatar for Noir Noir says:

    Good to see this gets mroe attention

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