“For sure I (will) miss a lot of events in the US. At this moment, I have no idea when will I be able to come back,” ABS-CBN quoted him in a report.
“We cannot blame Dennis Orcullo if he stayed much longer in US due to luck of tournaments in the country,” said Mitra.
He said the agency is open to lend Orcollo legal help to secure an athlete’s visa which may allow him to compete in the US, despite his trouble with immigration.
“GAB is more than willing to assist him in renewing his Professional Billiard Player License and make the endorsement to US Embassy,” said Mitra.
“We in the GAB are ready to lend a helping hand. Kung ano ang puwede naming maitulong, susuporta kami. Hopefully, after na makapagpahinga puwede niyang makausap ang aming legal team,” Mitra told ABS-CBN.
“I have deep respect for the laws of the United States and was very surprised when I was recently refused entry into the United States because I really did not understand the officer’s decision,” he said.
Orcollo is back in the Philippines and is currently working to fix his visa issues in order for him to continue competing in the United States.
“Through my wonderful supporters in the United States, I have now hired legal counsel who has explained to me why the officer may have had the impression that I was doing something wrong,” he said.
Orcollo is a decorated professional pool player.
The 42-year-old athlete boasts four gold medals and one bronze in singles division of the Southeast Asian Games while he copped one gold and one bronze in doubles.
He also has one Asian Games gold plum after ruling the 2010 singles edition.
Recently, Orcollo reached the semifinal round of the 2021 US OPen Pool Championship but ultimately fell to Aloysius Yapp of Singapore. Yapp was then defeated by another Philippine bet Carlo Biado, who went on to win the title.
“I am fortunate to have much support in the United States and in the Philippines, and with that support, we are actively working on a solution to fix this misunderstanding, so that something like this will not happen again in the future,” Orcollo added.