UAAP’s Board is now in time-out whether to consider Aldrin Ayo’s appeal to lift the indefinite ban penalty after leading the alleged University of Santo Tomas’ bubble training in Sorsogon, the league declared in a statement on Tuesday.

/ 14 October 2020

Last September, after the whole bubble fiasco, the league’s Board of Managing Directors ratified the decision to indefinitely ban Ayo from participating in all UAAP events and sanctioned-activities.

The decision was rooted in the UST’s statement that Ayo has endangered the health and safety of the UST growling tiger in administering training amidst government declaration of public emergency. 

As the decision was assumed to be final, Ayo was quick to appeal. On behalf of Ayo, UST endorsed a letter of appeal to UAAP.

“The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has received a letter from the University of Santo Tomas endorsing the appeal of basketball coach Aldin Ayo,” it reads.

Before the said appeal, the office of Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero and Sorsogon City Police pardoned him of any legal liability after staying for two-months in Capuy, Sorsogon.

Sorsogon City Police resolved the investigation in giving a statement concluding that the España-based squad was engaged in a ‘farm work’ on an agricultural training program and were apt given permission to train individually, which is contrary to the reports previously issued.

Ayo is in hopes to reconsider the said appeal. According to the UAAP board, they will keep everything posted with the decision whether to keep or lift the ban.

“The association will tackle the appeal in due time,” the statement reads.

The bubble resulted in an exodus of the players in the Tiger’s den.

After the bubble fallout and players leaving, Jinino Manansala, who is part of Ayo’s coaching staff in the last UAAP season 82 final appearance is entrusted in rebuilding the UST Basketball team to its former glory as the new head coach, confirmed last Thursday.