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UST coach Bong dela Cruz breaks silence, denies allegations

/ 06:05 PM February 01, 2016

Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

University of Santo Tomas head coach Bong dela Cruz denied accusations of physical and verbal abuse of his players as well as his involvement in game fixing.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, dela Cruz insisted his “conscience is clean.”

“Nais kong ipabatid na simula nang lumabas ang mga “issues” o usapin labas sa akin ay nagpasya akong manahimik, dahil walang katotohanan ang mga binabatong issues laban sa akin at naniniwala ako na magtatapos ito sa tinatawag na “Natural Death”, subalit sa paglipas ng mga araw ay nararamdaman ko na lumalala na ang ginagawang paninira hindi sa kakayahan ko bilang coach kung ‘di paninira sa aking pagkatao,” the statement read.

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“Alam ko sa aking sarili na malinis ang aking konsensya subalit mas pipiliin ko na kung kinakailangan ay sa tamang lugar o sa proper forum ako magsasalita upang maipahayag ko ang aking panig.”

Reports of dela Cruz’s firing surfaced last week and in a story by the school’s official publication The Varsitarian, he is being investigated by the university for undisclosed reasons.

READ: Sources: UST sacks head coach Bong dela Cruz

“Lubha kong ikinalulungkot ang mga nangyayaring kaganapan dahil bukod sa akin, ang aking pamilya ay lubha nang naaapektuhan sa nangyayari sa trial by publicity, dahil alam nila kung paano ko ibinuhos ang aking panahon, oras at dedikasyon bilang Head Coach ng aming koponan.”

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Dela Cruz made headlines a month after steering the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball Finals.

READ: 5 candidates for UST coach lined up after Dela Cruz’s sudden firing

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“Sa katunayan, bago mag-umpisa ang Season 78 ng UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament ay walang naniniwala na ang aming koponan ay makakarating sa Final 4. Subalit bunga ng pagkakaisa ng buong team kasama ang Coaching Staff ay nakarating kami sa Championship higit pa sa inaasahan ng nakararami.”

“Umaasa din ako na sana ay hindi na madamay pa ang aming unibersidad na ang tanging hangarin ay ang kapakanan ng kanilang magaaral. Umaasa ako na sana ay igalang ang aking desisyon.”

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