“THANK you for your unending grace.”
With these short and sweet words posted on his social media accounts last Monday night, high-flying forward Rhenz Abando bid goodbye to University of Santo Tomas.
His next destination? Still unknown.
Abando, however, is most welcome at reigning NCAA champion Letran, but only if he wants to.
Knights coach Bonnie Tan could not be reached, but Letran athletics director Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday that Abando and guard Brent Paraiso might just be looking at options where they could transfer.
“Shopping lang siguro (on reports that Abando and Paraiso are going to Letran). Kapag wish nila (then there’s no problem playing for Letran),” said Calvo, also the NCAA 96th season Management Committee chairman.
The 6-foot-2 Abando’s decision should be understandable.
The fate of the Growling Tigers is hanging in the air due to allegations of violating the government’s stringent health protocols when they held a “bubble” training at the hometown of coach Aldin Ayo in Capuy, Sorsogon City since mid-June.
Paraiso, who played two years for Ayo at La Salle where they won a title in 2016, left UST last Saturday.
Big man Ira Bataller, who claimed he suffered from abdominal pain during the Sorsogon bubble but coaches ignored his condition, has also reportedly left the team.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, through a panel composed of the Games and Amusements Board, Department of Health, Philippine Sports Commission, and Commission on Higher Education reconvened yesterday with UST and UAAP officials anew to discuss the outcome of the UST fact-finding committee’s probe and possibly decide on the fate of school.
National University officials were also under the microscope and were expected to appear in the meeting to give their side on the alleged workouts by their women’s volleyball team at their Sampaloc and Laguna campuses.
The UAAP Board held a meeting last Friday and tackled the findings of UST’s inquiry.