University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics Dean Francis Diaz on Wednesday vehemently denied accusations that the university's men's basketball team violated quarantine protocol by holding a training bubble.
"Bright was a visitor of coach Bo (Perasol). They went on a shooting drill. No other players were there. No IATF rules were broken. We will offer all CCTV footage of what happened. We are not in the habit of breaking rules," Diaz told ESPN5.
"We don't have to be technical about it. Basically, UP follows the rules of the land," the UP BMD representative added.
Diaz made the response after sources revealed that the UP Fighting Maroons are now also under investigation following the University of Santo Tomas and National University, also accused of staging a training session amidst the lockdown.
Sources bared that the Maroons will now also be a topic in the UAAP Board of Managing Directors(BMD)'s meeting on Thursday, along with the Growling Tigers and the Lady Bulldogs volleyball squad.
In addition, the same sources said that the BMD have been provided copies of the alleged training session in question, which supposedly occurred in Silang, Cavite in late July.
Cavite province was placed under general community quarantine in the time frame, having been under GCQ from June 1 to Aug. 3 before being reverted back to modified enhanced community quarantine.
Perasol confirmed that there was a shootaround at a court near his house during that time, but it only involved him and graduating center Bright Akhuetie on Aug. 1.
"We had a shootaround in our court, but it was only between me and Bright," Perasol explained. "That was the time when Bright came to stay and sleep with us. Me and my nephew were with him so we could have someone collect the rebounds off of Bright's shots," he added.
The incident could be the one the league was referring to in its statement last Sept. 1 of other incidents being investigated.
According to the joint administrative order released last July, it is stated that training like an individual shootaround within the confines of home is allowed as long as there is no physical contact among participants, provided that facilities are available.