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Aldin Ayo: Sorsogon provincial government's ruling aids appeal of UAAP ban

Former UST Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo said Friday the Sorsogon provincial government's ruling will boost his appeal of the UAAP coaching ban.

"I feel vindicated by the result of the Sorsogon City PNP Investigation on the alleged IATF violations in our activity in Capuy, Sorsogon. ... The result of the investigation conducted by the proper government authorities, the PNP on the ground -- at my house and farm, will certainly complement my position on the matter: that I have not in any way violated any national and local government health protocol or IATF regulations," he said in a statement.

Ayo said he merely wanted his players to be productive during the pandemic and the community quarantine.

"In fact, our government encourages agricultural pursuit especially in these times of crisis and economic depression," Ayo said. "It is understandable that many people will find it hard to believe that basketball players can also be engaged in farm work and training, and planting trees. But if it is the truth, then it is."

Ayo resigned on Sept. 4. The UAAP then banned him from all events and league-sanctioned activities.

"The ban is based on the UST report that showed Ayo endangering the health and well-being of the student athletes under his charge when he conducted the training during a government-declared state of public emergency intended to arrest the COVID-19 outbreak," UAAP Board of Trustees said in a statement.

Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero on Sept. 30 said in a memorandum that the province is in agreement with a report issued by the Sorsogon City PNP on Sept. 23 that in part claimed Ayo was in accordance with the health protocols and guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease.