DID he really break his silence? Not by a mile.
Instead of facing the music, University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo opted to remain tightlipped on the alleged involvement of the Growling Tigers on a bubble training at his hometown of Capuy, Sorsogon City.
“Regarding the alleged ‘bubble training’ in Sorsogon, I will not comment for now as UST is already investigating the matter as well as the IATF. I am fully cooperating with the on-going investigations and praying that in due time, this will be properly addressed,” Ayo said in a statement last Sunday night.
“We fervently hope that our government, with our cooperation and active participation, find ways to effectively address the debilitating pandemic in our country so that we may be able to resume a certain normalcy where we could return to the game we passionately love and give our utmost drawing the best out of each one in pursuit of total human development,” he added.
The alleged bubble training since mid-June emerged after former Tigers’ skipper CJ Cansino announced last Friday that he was booted out of the squad due to “defiance of authority.”
The 6-foot-2 Cansino reportedly asked permission from Ayo to leave the province and return to his home in Valenzuela, which caused a rift and led to the stunning exit of versatile wingman from the team.
Ayo, 42, said he and Cansino could not meet eye-to-eye.
“The circumstances of life today have brought out the marked differences between my orientation in life and the fundamental option of our player CJ Cansino,” said Ayo.
“We have found that it would be best that we part ways and allow maximum growth for each other. We wish him the Best of Providence in his new endeavor with a different team. We express our gratitude for the years and effort he poured so generously for UST.”
Cansino, 20, who bagged the UAAP juniors’ MVP plum in 2018, has moved to University of the Philippines.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, through the Games and Amusements Board, Department of Health, and Philippine Sports Commission met with UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag and league president Emmanuel Calanog of La Salle last Saturday to discuss the issue that set a firestorm in the collegiate ranks.
The group, which will meet anew this Wednesday, decided to let UST probe the incident internally after the school declined to attend the Zoom meeting and air its side.
UST has formed a fact-finding committee and vowed to crack the whip if and when it finds Ayo and others guilty.
Sorsogon is under modified general community quarantine, with the Bicol region having 1,357 COVID-19 infections, 761 recoveries, and 19 deaths based on the DOH case tracker as of Sunday. In the same tally, Sorsogon City has 142 cases, 71 recoveries, and two deaths.
Under the joint administrative order from the GAB, DOH, and PSC, only pro league teams from the PBA, Philippines Football League, and Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 and Olympic qualifiers and hopefuls are allowed to resume training.