Pia Cayetano launches online petition against new UAAP residency rule


Senator Pia Cayetano. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — From an open-letter, a Senate hearing, to an online petition against the new UAAP residency rule, Senator Pia Cayetano is leaving no stone unturned.

Cayetano on Thursday initiated an online campaign posted at “to continue to support our student-athletes.”

“Yup, I’m serious [in my opposition to the new UAAP rule],” said Cayetano on her Twitter account.

The former volleyball varsity from University of the Philippines had earlier called on the UAAP board and said the amended residency rule is a “cruel and unjust punishment.”

She also invited the UAAP board to explain the wisdom behind the rule, which requires a high school student enrolling to another UAAP member school in college to sit it out for two years.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday (March 21) but was moved to April 1 at the request of the UAAP board.

When someone commented about UAAP being free to set its own rules as a private entity, Cayetano said: “Sorry, but when rights are affected, [government] and can step in to protect its citizens.”

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  • archerfan

    just too much politics within this self serving uaap board. it all started when when dlsu advertised or shall i say, bragged, about their recruits. of course, montinola, palou and the rest of their gang got alarmed and of course they had to do something. poor Pingoy, fact is hes just, as we say, a collateral damage here and a scapegoat. well, thats how this montinola board works, all for the love of ateneo.

    • Monty Morales

      Archerfan, you’ve posted several times that this is all Ateneo’s fault. Did you know that Ateneo and UP voted against the new rule while your precious DLSU, along with FEU, UST, UE, and ADM voted for it. Let’s repeat that again, DLSU voted for the two year residency period, while Ateneo voted against it. So why the hell are you blaming Ateneo for this? I would love to hear your twisted explanation.

  • mamamia

    Huy! Pia daming mas importante kesa dito na issue ng bayan, sinusunggaban mo nalang lahat ng issue bkit kaya? wonder woman kna ngayon? grabe talaga nagagawa ng eleksyon sa pinas kala mo mga super hero lahat ng kandidato, sumosobra bait lahat ng issue pinapatulan.(no offense UAAP residents).

  • ryq24

    A championship school is good publicity that is why a lot of schools are recruiting players and giving them scholarship. This is unfair to others schools which use their own students.

  • jose_guev

    the two-year residency rule is plain greed on the part of team managers.

  • bobybooboo

    Ateneo’s argument is that they do not have girls in high school so they’re asking how would their women’s teams in college excel in UAAP. C’mon, there are far more better high schools outside the UAAP community – there’s their neighbor Miriam and other high schools in WNCAA. There are more choices for recruitment. The issue here is piracy of players. There is no ban, just a regulation. And I’m sure the UAAP board will provide guidelines to accommodate academic freedom because not all UAAP schools offer the same courses. So that they can address the issue, for example, the UAAP member doesn’t have the course which a student-athlete wants to take up in college. I think that’s a legit reason unlike Ateneo’s claim that they do not have girls in high school.

  • phantomofhope

    wisdom of 2-year residency? c’mon you dont get it? students are supposed to excel in university subjects, not in sports early in college life.

    • My_Behind

      Sport is their only way to get to school free.

      • bobybooboo

        If that’s the case, stay with the university who already spent for the student-athlete’s development when he is still in the university’s high school. Besides, most UAAP member universities also provide scholarships to Team B players. Being in Team B also means you’re serving residency. The issue actually here is piracy of players where certain UAAP member schools do. ehem, winning at all cost, ehem.

      • windhawl

        then why not let the schools pay the other school before poaching their players.

      • ElScorcho

        If you’re a high school player, aren’t you already serving your school by representing it? What if you’re a benchwarmer in HS, but were offered a college scholarship by another school that saw your potential and is willing to develop you?

        Besides, basketball players are not the only ones affected by this rule. What about taekwondo jins, karatekas, and swimmers, most of whom were not recruited heavily?

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