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Former Alaska big man Samigue Eman faces estafa charges

The drama in the Philippine basketball scene is seemingly unending. Just yesterday, we found out that an ex-PBA player was being slapped with a lawsuit. The basketball player involved in the issue? None other than former Alaska big man, Samigue Eman.

According to a report from News 5, eight PBA players’ wives along with a few businessmen were allegedly victimized by Eman and his wife. They reportedly fell victim to their supposedly fraudulent casino lending business. In total, the couple reportedly ran away with PHP 64 million worth of investments.

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According to the NBI, Samigue Eman and his wife were previously subpoenaed but neither of them showed up to court.

“Kakaibiganin nila ‘yung mga bibiktimahin nila, tapos iinvite nila na mag-invest… After getting their sides, sinubpoena namin ‘yung nirereklamo nila, eh hindi naman dumating.”

Eman’s last gig for the PBA was around two years ago, working as bench player for the Aces. The 37-year-old athlete was a former varsity player for University in Mindanao before being entering the PBA rookie draft in 2007.

Many basketball fans had high expectations for the 6-foot-9 center after being the second overall draft pick by the Magnolia Beverage Masters (now the San Miguel Beermen).

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After three seasons of playing limited minutes, the big man transferred to the Alaska Aces, signing a three-year contract amounting to PHP 11 million. Initially, the SMC group was planning to bring him to Barangay Ginebra but the plan fizzled out.

Samigue Eman then played as a second stringer for the Aces, but his career didn’t flourish, resulting in him leaving the PBA.

Eman and his wife have yet to comment on the issue.

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