2000 PBA All-Filipino Cup
8th-seed playoffMobiline had a better quotient on their games among Shell and Barangay Ginebra hence they were awarded with the #7 seed.
QuarterfinalsNote: The Purefoods-Sta. Lucia matchup was extended into another game with the Realtors winning the first game, invoking Purefoods' twice-to-beat advantage.
- On May 22, PBA commissioner Jun BernardinoJun BernardinoEmilio "Jun" Bernardino, Jr. was the fifth commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association . He was elected as commissioner of the league in the 1993 PBA season and retired in the 2002 PBA season...
forfeited Tanduay's Games 2 and 3 victories in favor of Purefoods for the deportation of Sonny Alvarado. Purefoods now leads the series 2–1.
The day after Tanduay swept the series 3–0, the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) revoked Sonny Alvarado's Filipino citizenship as it uncovered that the player used fraudulent papers; consequently, the BID ordered Alvarado's deportation. This caused PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino
Emilio "Jun" Bernardino, Jr. was the fifth commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association . He was elected as commissioner of the league in the 1993 PBA season and retired in the 2002 PBA season...
to forfeit two of Tanduay's semifinal wins (Games 2 and 3) since Alvarado played on those games (he didn't play on the first game). The league earlier forfeited Batang Red Bull's wins when 18 year old Kerby Raymundo
Kerby Mariano Raymundo is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the B-Meg Llamados in the Philippine Basketball Association...
was found to have deficient academic credentials. With the forfeitures, the series would have resumed on Game 4 with Purefoods leading the series 2–1; however, Tanduay secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevented the league from staging Game 4 of their series. The league suspended the Game 4 on the May 24 playdate, the first time a game has been suspended for a cause other than a typhoon, an earthquake, or a bomb threat.
PBA legal counsel Butch Cleofe warned that Tanduay faced suspension from the league, a hefty fine and even expulsion when it fails to show up on the May 26 playdate. A P
The peso is the currency of the Philippines. It is subdivided into 100 centavos . Before 1967, the language used on the banknotes and coins was English and so "peso" was the name used...
500,000 fine faced the franchise plus other penalties the commissioner may impose. Prior to the game, Tanduay was able to secure an extension of the TRO hence Game 4 was suspended for a second time; this has been the first time a PBA game has been suspended via a court order. The league has already lost P600,000 on gate receipts and Viva TV
PBA on Viva TV
The PBA on Viva TV was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation by VIVA Entertainment after the company absorbed Vintage Sports.-History:...
lost about P2 million in TV commercials. The league rejected Tanduay's offer of resetting the series with them leading 1–0, with the games that Alvarado played declared as "no contests"; the league insisted that the Rhum Masters play Game 4 with them trailing 1–2. On May 30, Tanduay relented and agreed to play Game 4 with them trailing 1–2. Bernardino would deal with Tanduay's actions "accordingly with due process". To prevent such events from happening again, the PBA Board has decided that Filipino-Americans would have to secure clearances from the BID and the Department of Justice
Department of Justice (Philippines)
The Department of Justice , abbreviated as DOJ, is the executive department of the Philippine government responsible for upholding the rule of law in the Philippines...
(DOJ; previously, only a BID clearance was sufficient).
When Game 4 was finally played, the game went into overtime; Purefoods' Boyet Fernandez
Teodorico "Boyet" Fernandez III is a retired Filipino professional basketball player. He was the last head coach of the Sta. Lucia Realtors before the team disbanded in 2010. He is currently an assistance coach of the Meralco Bolts....
coverted a three point field goal with 0.2 of a second remaining to seal Purefoods' unlikely Finals qualification against 1990s rival Alaska.
San Miguel–Alaska series
FinalsAlaska won the title on Game 5 despite trailing by six points late in the fourth quarter; Rodney Santos
John Rodney Santos is a Filipino professional basketball player. He most recently played with the Coca-Cola Tigers. He is also known as "The Slasher" for his slashing ability going to the basket....
and Poch Juinio
Edward "Poch" Juinio is a former Filipino Professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. He was born on May 23, 1973 at Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.-Player Profile:...
carried the scoring slack when Bong Hawkins
Rene Hawkins Jr. better known as "Bong Hawkins" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is former starting forward for the Alaska Aces and he also played for Tivoli, Sta. Lucia, Tanduay and Coca-Cola.-Tivoli:He was drafted in 1991 by Presto...
and Johnny Abarrientos
Johnny Abarrientos is a retired Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was also a many-time member of the Philippine National team, and was the 1996 PBA MVP, becoming the shortest player to win the league's highest individual award.He is known by many...
had bad starts. Abarrientos was able to make it up by hitting a jump-shot to give the Milkmen the lead 85–82. Noy Castillo
Noy Castillo is a retired Filipino-American professional basketball player who played for the Shell Velocity and Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in the Philippine Basketball Association.-Shell Velocity:...
converted both free-throws to cut the lead to one. Alaska missed four free-throws, including two intentional misses by James Wallkvist with 0.5 of a secord remaining to clinch their first All-Filipino championship since 1998. Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Vergara Patrimonio , nicknamed "The Captain" and "Captain Lionheart" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager of his former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.Patrimonio holds several PBA records...
had a series-best 22 points but went scoreless at the final quarter that helped Alaska to catch up.
- All-Filipino Cup holders: Alaska MilkmenAlaska Aces (PBA)The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of the Alaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 13 PBA championships with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest...
- Best Player of the Conference: Kenneth DuremdesKenneth DuremdesKenneth Duremdes is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association who currently plays for the Powerade Tigers...