Saving the skin of a dear son

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    FORMER University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo is one of the dearest sons of Sorsogon, figuratively.

    Forget about the revelations of former Growling Tigers skipper CJ Cansino and former big man Ira Bataller and their former teammates Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao; the deleted videos and photos that showed they were playing at the ABC Gym; and the incriminating waivers addressed to former Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP.

    Ayo has been cleared by the Sorsogon City PNP and Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero of any violations in the alleged training bubble that UST held at his hometown of Capuy from mid-June to August.

    The Varsitarian, the official student publication of UST, posted on social media last Wednesday a certification from the provincial government, saying Ayo is not liable for any violations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ stringent COVID-19 health protocols.

    The local government also said it cleared Ayo based on the findings of the Sorsogon police on the matter.

    “(Based) on the Sorsogon City Police Station Memorandum dated September 23, 2020 (Annex A) the Office of the Governor is in consonance with said Memorandum’s findings considering that there is a clear exhibition of legitimate activities undertaken by former UST head coach Aldin V. Ayo; that the actions performed by former Coach Aldin Ayo is in accordance with the health protocol and guidelines as per existing Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease and that there was no UST sanctioned team basketball training conducted in the domicile of Mr. Aldin V. Ayo or was there any prohibited basketball activities conducted by his guests outside of his residence within the jurisdiction of the province of Sorsogon, and that Mr. Aldin V. Ayo is not liable for violation of any health protocol pursuant EID-IATF guidelines and local executive orders in the Province of Sorsogon,” said the Sorsogon government.