THE UAAP has shut its doors on players aiming to moonlight in pro leagues.
League executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the UAAP will not likely abide by the Games and Amusements Board’s special guest license resolution for players who will suit up in pro leagues such as the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3, Premier Volleyball League, Philippines Football League, National Basketball League, and Women’s National Basketball League.
If and when players opt to play in the pros, they will lose their eligibility, based on UAAP rules.
“As we speak, we don’t look at the special guest license. Ang nasa UAAP rule kasi, if you play in a professional league, then you lose your eligibility to participate in the UAAP. Sabi naman ng GAB, it’s a case-to-case basis iyan. So, ganoon din kami, mag-apply sila and then we will see,” Saguisag said on Radyo5 92.3 News FM’s Power and Play program hosted by former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala.
“Kailangan ang mga undertaking doon ay importante. Pinaka-importante is that they will not receive any kind of remuneration kasi hindi natin alam baka maabuso iyong ganiyan,” he added.
University of the Philippines ace playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño played for Nueva Ecija in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup last month. This put to risk his remaining two years of eligibility for the Fighting Maroons.
Saguisag, a Makati City councilor, admitted the league did not receive a certification request from UP that will be submitted to the GAB for the issuance of the special guest license.