Disputed residency rule ‘gives athletes limited choices’


Senator Pia Cayetano intends to “explore legal options” if the UAAP continues to adopt the controversial new rule that requires high school players transferring to a member school for college to serve a two-year residency.

But UAAP president Nilo Ocampo vowed to review the rule with the league board following the opposition raised by Cayetano, parents of the athletes and several resource persons during a three-hour Senate hearing Monday.

“I don’t want to make it sound as a threat, but I will not hesitate to explore legal options with those who are affected,” said Cayetano, who called for the hearing as chair of the committee on youth, women and family relations.

“This rule is just a repercussion of the situation of a few basketball players. But they came up with a solution that affects all these athletes who have nothing to do with this issue.”

The new residency rule, which is set to be implemented in Season 76 starting this June, was approved by the UAAP board last month in what many believe was a result of the recruitment tug-of-war between Far Eastern University and Ateneo over FEU junior basketball star Jerie Pingoy.

Ocampo said league officials will tackle all the concerns raised in the next UAAP board meeting on April 16.

“We’re not looking at the legal component, we should look at it if it would benefit our athletes or not,” said Ocampo. “We will discuss and debate. We act as a collegial body and we cannot dictate on the other members.”

“You’re giving the athletes limited choices,” Cayetano told league officials. “Do we hold them back because we feel we’ve given them so much [during high school]? If allowances are the issue, then I don’t think the new rule is the solution to that.”

Pingoy’s father Jerry attended the hearing and said the new rule is unfair to his son, a back-to-back UAAP junior MVP.

“The two-year residency isn’t right because my son worked hard on his career,” said Pingoy’s father, adding his son wants to move to Ateneo.

“The issue is basketball, but why do other sports have to suffer?” asked Vic Bartolome, father of junior swimmer Mikee, who wants to transfer from the University of Santo Tomas to the University of the Philippines.

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  • Shana Jane

    The rule is a win win situation for the UAAP schools and their students. For the UAAP schools, it might discourage pirating of players especially by ateneo. For the students athlete themselves, they can concentrate more on their studies for 2 years before dividing their concentration on sports activities. ateneo is the real loser here since they’re still giving scholarship without getting any of the students services. I understand why they’re so against it, and that pangoy kid is being used.

    • halfpunk

      bobo ka rin shana….paano naging win win …kung player ka payag ka ba 2 years ng maiksing career mo nakatambay? dagdag mo pa yung k12,,,, Pag dating mo ng Pba 25 ka na. Pirating? hehe..lahat ng schools namimirata….mas magaling lang ateneo or lasalle….huwag mi ipasok yang issue na yan dahil walang malinis…natalo lang feu sa pirating…..self interst pa rin ang punot dulo…bobo!

  • Joey Mango

    Tama lang ang ginawa mo Senator Pia Cayetano. Lahat ng mga graduating junior players ngayon ay talagang kontra sa ruling na iyan dahil nawalan sila ng pagkakataong pumili ng mas magandang school na bagay sa kanila. Isa pa ang mga UAAP schools may 2 year ban pero ang mga galing non-UAAP schools pwede agad maglaro pagpasok ng freshman. Dapat dito ang FEU ang kasuhan sa pagbalga ng code of amateurism ng mga batang atleta. Bawal ang pagbigay ng pera sa mga atleta kapag sila ay mga amateur at nasa murang edad pa. Halos binili nila si Pinggoy kaso mas mataas ang bid ng Ateneo kaya hayun natalo. Pagkatapos idadamay nyo lahat ng bata sa bentahang Pinggoy dahil natalo kayo?

  • sisante_akawa

    Kaya pala mahilig mangagat itong mag-utol na Pia and Alan Cayetano sa Senado. At mga kinakagat nila the likes of Juan Ponce Enrile. Tapang!

  • peace_stone

    universities favored that UAAP rule…and final na yan. Wala ng magagawa ang pakiusap ni Pia na baguhin ang rule na yan.

  • Ricardo Gonzalez

    Ang kapal ng mukha mo Pia para suportahan ang financier mo sa election na si MVP.
    Huwag mo ng pakialaman ang UAAP pwede ba? Dapat lang na protektahan ng school na nag alaga sa player nila mula sa simula. Sa dami ng pera ng Ateneo kayang kaya nilang kunin lahat ng magagagling sa High School. Mahiya naman kayo.

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