UAAP to convene following IATF meeting with UST, NU reps

The UAAP's Board of Managing Directors (BMD) is set to convene soon after the presentation of facts by the University of Santo Tomas and National University in a government probe Tuesday.

The BMD consists of the athletic directors of the eight member schools and will review the findings of both schools before taking pertinent actions.

It was the first time the two schools appeared in the probe headed by the Inter-Agency Task Force - Joint Administrative Order (IATF-JAO) composed of various government agencies.

On the other hand, NU Athletic Director Rustico Camangian also attended the probe.

UST's findings were submitted last week to Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P, and the returning Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) head Fr. Ermito de Sagon, O.P.

The UAAP, on the other hand, was also given a copy of the report, and tackled the issue in their board meeting last Aug. 28.

Since the meeting, four more players - Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, Ira Bataller, and Jun Asuncion - have reportedly left the school.

Just like last time, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) National Training Dir. Marc Velasco, Dept. of Health Head of Policy and Technology Rodley Carza, Games and Amusements Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham Mitra, and Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera, III, and Executive Dir. Atty. Cindy Jaro attended the online meeting.

For the UAAP, Exec. Dir. Rebo Saguisag, and UAAP Season 83 Pres. Emmanuel Calanog of La Salle also attended.

"The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) acknowledges the efforts of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and National University (NU) in PARTICIPATING at the meeting requested by PSC, GAB and DOH concerning compliance with government-issued guidelines and protocols on the conduct of school and athletic activities during the community quarantine," the league said in a statement. "The meeting was an important step towards the resolution of these issues that concern student-athletes of UAAP member-schools."

Meanwhile, Mitra said that the government agencies will also meet soon to discuss their own findings and possible sanctions for the two universities. Velasco said in a statement that it cannot comment on UST's case since they were only presented to CHED and the DOH, while NU gave its cooperation to the queries of the authorities.