Waiting for UAAP response to Ayo

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    YOUR move, UAAP.

    Former University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo is convinced the decision of the Sorsogon City PNP and the provincial government last Wednesday clearing him of any liability in the alleged training bubble in his hometown of Capuy from mid-June to August should bolster his appeal over his indefinite suspension.

    “I feel vindicated by the result of the Sorsogon City PNP investigation on the alleged IATF violations in our activity in Capuy, Sorsogon; which result, was duly confirmed by the Office of the Governor of the Province of Sorsogon,” Ayo said in a statement last Friday.

    “It is a big boost to my appeal for reconsideration of the UAAP indefinite ban imposed upon me,” he added.

    UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag could not be reached for comment yesterday.

    Ayo was banned from all league events and activities last Sept. 9 by the UAAP Board of Trustees, composed of university presidents.

    He resigned at the helm of the Growling Tigers last Sept. 4 amid allegations that he breached the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ stringent COVID-19 health protocols when he brought the team practice in the city 529 kilometers off Manila.

    Despite all these, Ayo, who will turn 43 on Oct. 15, is likely not yet off the hook.

    The Commission on Higher Education has issued a show cause order to UST for violating its advisories that “prohibited mass gatherings such as ceremonies and school activities, until the IATF prohibition is lifted,” last Sept. 7.

    The Department of Justice and Department of Interior Local Government are also probing the incident for possible violations of local ordinances rules.

    The champion but controversial tactician said he is hoping the UAAP will consider his case and maintain his innocence.

    “I have dutifully raised matters overlooked by the UST fact-finding committee in their findings which became the basis for the UAAP decision. These pertinent matters, if properly considered, may significantly alter the decision of the UAAP Board,” he said.

    “The result of the investigation conducted by the proper government authorities, the PNP on the ground — at my house and farm, will certainly complement my position on the matter: that I have not in any way violated any national and local government health protocol or IATF regulations.”