The “Beast” is back!

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After an almost 17-month suspension, Calvin “The Beast” Abueva is finally back on the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) marquee floors tomorrow.

The suspension was finally lifted this morning in an announcement made by PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial himself.

The announcement came after Abueva was able to complete the requirements laid down by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) for him to regain his professional basketball license while inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga.

“The Beast” will be finally unleashed in time for Phoenix Super LPG’s game tomorrow, October 26, against the NLEX Road Warriors at 4 p.m. Abueva being back in the lineup will mean added depth for his team who sorely misses his presence and his vaunted energy on the court.

The commissioner also warned the mercurial Kapampangan player about the fines and penalties that will be meted out to him should he commit another infraction in the future.

He also advised Abueva to continue to mend his ways, be mindful of his responsibilities as a professional athlete, and be a true role model to many PBA fans, especially the youth who aspire to be athletes one day.

It was in June of last year that the 32-year-old Abueva was meted with an indefinite suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct after he made a clothesline tackle against former TNT import Terrence Jones and a verbal spat against Bobby Ray Parks, then playing for Blackwater, and for making obscene gestures to Parks’ girlfriend.

Abueva promised to change for the better and likewise thanked God, his family and loved ones, and supportive fans.

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