Details on how Ayo got clearance to conduct Bicol bubble have surfaced

As the UST bubble trouble still in the spotlight, The Varsitarian is able to unearth how Coach Aldin Ayo has been allegedly permitted to conduct the training.

/ 8 September 2020

The Sorsogon training was not initially granted permission by former UST Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) Director Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP.

Ayo then returned claiming that the players agreed to join the training because they had nothing to do in their homes during the quarantine. 

Players and their parents signed a waiver dated June 2 addressed then to the UST-IPEA director. It was not confirmed if the activity had been officially approved.

Reports by The Varsitarian, UST Offical Student Publication, surfaced on September 7 that the players were to undergo a 3-on-3 basketball training and seminar on farming and visited a piggery.

Basketball practices were divided into two sessions, one in the morning and the second in the afternoon. Players were provided two rest days a week every Tuesday and Sunday.

Two months passed, food and health concerns arose which prompted Former Team Captain CJ Cansino to talk to Coach Aldin Ayo if the team could go home.

Cansino together with Brent Paraiso and Bismarck Lina traveled back to Manila on August 19. 

Days after sparked the UST exodus which started by Cansino’s move to UP Maroons. It was then announced that four more Growling Tigers departed from the team. 

Rhenz Abando, Ira Battaler, and Paraiso jumped to the Knights turf and Jun Asuncion joined Mapúa University.

The investigation is ongoing and CHED had already submitted its report to DOJ after the former’s fact-finding committee completed their report. 

Concerned parties were to convene again to discuss possible sanctions to impose on the violation of the quarantine protocols.