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Mahindra guard Gary David is keeping his focus on basketball despite charges of child abuse and violence against women and children filed against him recently at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
David broke his silence on the two cases filed by his estranged wife as he let on that he had likewise filed an annulment case recently. But the veteran shooter said he would rather not talk about the case since he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.
“Wala pa akong nakukuhang subpoena kaya hindi pa ako puwedeng magsalita,” David said following the Mahindra game against San Miguel Beer last Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“Pero kung sakaling naka-file na nga, sa korte na kami mag-usap. Hintayin ko na lang yung subpoena. Nag-file na ako ng annulment and na-receive na niya yun, yun na lang pag-uusapan namin.”
David’s wife, the former Jenny Rose Santos, and the couple’s 11-year-old daughter Lian Candle Maxene filed the two cases.
Charges made against the 38-year-old David at the QC RTC are violations of law under Republic Act 7610, also known as Special Protection of Children against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, and Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004.
According to David, he is trying to keep his focus on the game, hoping to help Mahindra – a team that signed him prior to the conference – get to the quarterfinal playoffs of the ongoing Commissioner’s Cup.
“Sa akin ever since kung ano man yung problema ko hindi ko hinahalo sa trabaho,” he said. “Dahil ‘to yung source ng kinabubuhay ko at ‘to yung nagbi-bigay sakin ng kasiyahan.”