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paralusi
04-27-2006, 04:57 PM
from ABS-CBN (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=36929"):

The De La Salle University (DLSU) administration on Thursday threatened to break away from the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) following the one-year suspension imposed on the school for fielding two ineligible basketball players, DZMM reported.

However, DLSU president Bro. Armin Luistro said the decision would depend on the reply after a letter was sent to the league questioning the suspension.

gameface_one
04-27-2006, 06:59 PM
La Salle threatens to bolt UAAP
abs-cbnnews.com


The De La Salle University (DLSU) administration on Thursday threatened to break away from the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) following the one-year suspension imposed on the school for fielding two ineligible basketball players, DZMM reported.

However, DLSU president Bro. Armin Luistro said the decision would depend on the reply after a letter was sent to the league questioning the suspension.

Luistro said the letter seeks to clarify the UAAP verdict on the Green Archers and at the same time criticize the league for blaming the fate of cage stars Mark Benitez and Mateo Gatchalian on school authorities.

Another DLSU official, Bro. Edmundo Fernandez, said the league should not consider the school as the culprit because it was the one that revealed the fake documents submitted by the bastkeball players.

Benitez and Gatchalian were both found to have falsified their education test results to gain entry to the DLSU basketball squad.

With DLSU's threat preparations for the staging of the league's Season 69 to be hosted by the University of the East remains in question.

On Wednesday Luz Santa Ana, the incoming league president, said UE would not accept the hosting come July if the DLSU issue has not been resolved.

"We can’t start the preparations if the issue has not been resolved," said Santa Ana. "Sana, hindi mangyari sa amin ito [I hope this doesn’t happen to us]." With a report from The Manila Times

true.blue
04-27-2006, 07:48 PM
What's UE's problem? I don't see the connection between their hosting and the UAAP decision. They should plan to host based on the current UAAP decision, which is without DLSU.

Lucas Palaka
04-27-2006, 09:04 PM
as i recall, UE also has players whose playing eligibilities have come under serious questioning, most especially bon custodio. doubts have also been raised about the status of UE super sophs mark borboran, elmer espiritu, and angel raymundo, although nothing serious has prospered since rumors first floated after season 68. tingin ko, the incoming UAAP hosts just want to be assured that the board will not be locked in a legal battle for reinstatement with la salle in 2006.

atenean_blooded
04-28-2006, 03:19 AM
I'm starting to sound like a broken record whenever the subject of eligibility questions on UE are asked.

Here's the question again:



What is the surname UE's coach?

BLUE HORSE
04-28-2006, 06:01 AM
I'm starting to sound like a broken record whenever the subject of eligibility questions on UE are asked.

Here's the question again:



What is the surname UE's coach?




Truth is, some of the players of UE who are in question first tried out with LaSalle before ending up in UE. Siguro naman, coincidence lang. :o

bluestorck
04-28-2006, 06:49 AM
wow dlsu does have some nerve.....they better bolt out then,mas mabuti pa sigurong magtayo na lang sila ng sariling liga para sila-sila rin ang magkakadayaan.

gameface_one
04-28-2006, 07:30 AM
DLSU seeks clarification, mulls pullout
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 04/28/2006

De La Salle University yesterday questioned the UAAP board decision barring it from participating in all sporting events of the league’s Season 69, breaking its silence but extending the controversy many thought had been solved last week.

Representatives from all sectors of La Salle gathered at Taft Campus’ North Conservatory as System president Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, read out the De La Salle’s plan of action in the aftermath of the suspension slapped on the school.

"Let me clarify that it’s not an appeal but a clarification letter," said Luistro, referring to their letter to outgoing league president Fr. Max Rendon, OP, of Adamson

The four-page letter tackled issues concerning negligence, due process, and the gravity or severity of sanction.

"We do not deserve suspension. We forfeited the games we played the past two seasons. We requested a leave of absence from men’s basketball for the forthcoming season. We addressed the gaps in our sports program. But the (UAAP) board dismissed all these," Luistro said.

He also broached the idea of taking their case up to the Supreme Court.

"They can call us names, but they can’t take the integrity away from this institution. All our options are open including that one," he said.

Or, La Salle might consider a possible pullout.

"There is life beyond the UAAP," Luistro said.

But he explained that the school’s next action would hinge on how the UAAP board would react to their letter.

"We deserve nothing less than a forthright clarification from the UAAP. We are more than willing to submit ourselves to the decision of a body that upholds justice, respects due process and values honesty and fairness. We have sent to the UAAP today (yesterday) a letter seeking clarification on these issues. We will deliberate on our options after we have received their response," it added.

The (UAAP) board is expected to meet today to discuss La Salle’s letter.

"DLSU is aware of and is not running away from its responsibilities as a member of the UAAP and the issues at hand. However, DLSU would like to get clarification and explanation from the UAAP Board on issues mentioned," he added.

At the same time, La Salle said the verdict was "vague," "arbitrary" and "censured all the athletes of DLSU, from the juniors and seniors level, for an offense that arguably was out of honest omission and which was brought to the attention of the UAAP Board by the University itself."

"The issue goes beyond the realm of interschool sports competition. It touches on our integrity as an educational institution and strikes at the heart of our cherished traditions. On what basis were we considered negligent? Was there due process arriving at this decision? How grave was our offense, if any, to deserve a one-year suspension from all events? The decision of the UAAP Board raises more questions than it provides answers," said La Salle in a statement red by Bro. Edmundo Fernandez, FSC, who heads all the brothers of La Salle in the country.

gameface_one
04-28-2006, 07:34 AM
La Salle: Suspension 'excessively punitive'

First posted 01:58am (Mla time) April 28, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A29 of the April 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


CALLING the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) decision “vague” and "excessively punitive," De La Salle University yesterday protested against the severity of the one-year penalty the league's board imposed on the school for fielding two ineligible players in the men's basketball tournament.

"This sanction is grossly disproportionate to the negligence -- if that were so -- of DLSU," said school president Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, in a press conference yesterday at the North Conservatory on the La Salle campus in Manila.

The UAAP board, in a unanimous verdict, imposed the one-year ban from all league sports on La Salle, saying it was through the school's negligence that Archers Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian gained entry into the team despite holding spurious academic records.

"We believe that the decision to suspend DLSU in all sporting events is excessively punitive," said Bro. Edmundo Fernandez, FSC, head of the De La Salle brothers.

La Salle has already sent a letter to UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon, CM, seeking clarification of the league's decision.

"The decision of the board raises more questions than it provides answers," said Fernandez.

"We want to get a better understanding of what the judgment of the UAAP is," added Joaquin Quintos, chair of La Salle's board of trustees. "Upon hearing the response of the UAAP, the La Sallian family will make a decision."

Luistro said La Salle is still considering several options, ranging from filing an appeal to taking the case to the courts to pulling out of the league.

"All our options are open," said Luistro. "It's difficult to bring to court a statement or a letter which, from the very beginning, is vague. Bolting from the UAAP is also among the options."

School officials pointed out that the UAAP board disregarded the pertinent documents and interviews La Salle submitted "to prove that there was no complicity in the anomaly."

gameface_one
04-28-2006, 07:37 AM
La Salle slams UAAP decision
mb.com.ph


By kristel satumbaga

Describing the UAAP board’s decision to suspend De La Salle University from all league sports activities for one year as “excessively punitive,” school officials yesterday said they are reviewing their options which include going to court or even leaving the UAAP altogether and join another league.


"We are keeping all our options open," said Bro. Armin Luistro, President of the De La Salle System during a press conference at the La Salle campus on Taft Ave.

"Our plans will depend on whatever the response of the UAAP Board on our letter for clarification of their decision. But at this stage, these options are just merely plans and it may take time before we could finalize things."

"It is important to get clarifications on different matters before we take into action. Our commitment goes beyond UAAP and life goes on beyond the league," he added.

This was the first official La Salle reaction on the decision of the UAAP board handed down last April 21 to suspend the school from participating in the league for one year following La Salle’s disclosure that two players from its 2003-2005 basketball lineup had falsified their high school papers to play for the Green Archers.

Although La Salle was ready to accept suspension from basketball competition, having offered to take a one-year leave as a result of the scandal, the school has taken a new tack after other sports in the university’s athletic program were similarly banned.

In a letter to the league UAAP Board of Trustees through President Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson, La Salle wants to be clarified with regards to the issue of negligence, due process and the gravity or severity of the sanction imposed to them.

"DLSU is aware of and is not running away from its responsibilities as a member of the UAAP and the issues at hand. However, DLSU would like to get clarification and explanation from the UAAP Board on the issues mentioned and described…," the statement read.

Luistro said that if the UAAP’s explanation is found wanting or inadequate, La Salle might pursue other options such as getting redress from the courts or "we might bolt the league."

"But these options will not be taken immediately, it will take a while before we make our next move," he said.

The university argued that they had acted in good faith and went beyond what was required, but the board ruled they were still neglectful.

They also added that the decision to suspend La Salle in all sporting events "is excessively punitive."

"We submitted ourselves to the authority of the Board. We cooperated fully with their investigation. We waited six months for their decision. But the Board remained vague and arbitrary."

Luistro, however, explained that La Salle is not appealing to the board but merely asking for a response to shed light on the matter.

"We believe that we deserve a response to this. It is reasonable to think that we expect the Board will act upon it," Luistro said.

The university, in a separate statement, also reiterated that "the issues go beyond the realm of interschool sports competition, touch on our integrity as an educational institution and strike at the heart of our cherished traditions."

"On what basis were we considered negligent? Was there due process in arriving at this decision? How grave was our offense, if any, to deserve a one-year suspension from all sporting events? The decision of the UAAP Board raises more questions than it provides answers," the statement, read by the head of all La Sallian brothers in the country Bro. Edmundo Fernandez, said.

gameface_one
04-28-2006, 07:39 AM
La Salle can live without UAAP’
abs-cbnnews.com

By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter

"There is life after the University Athletic Association of the Philippines."

Brother Armin Luistro, president of the De La Salle University System—arguably the UAAP’s richest and most influential member—made this bold statement Thursday at a press conference on La Salle’s Taft Avenue campus.

La Salle was recently suspended for a year by the UAAP board.

Luistro said leaving the UAAP is one of the many options the school may consider, but it still depends on the response of the league board to La Salle’s letter asking for clarification on certain issues related to its suspension.

"It is among the many other options we have, but if the UAAP will show fairness in this issue, there’s no reason for us to bolt," said Luistro. "But believe me, there is life after the UAAP."

DLSU Alumni president Jay Gervacio said, however, that pulling out of the league "is too premature at this time."

La Salle was suspended in all sports of the league’s coming 69th season after the board ruled that it negligently failed to stop two of its basketball players, Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian, from using spurious academic records. That the two players were not legitimately enrolled in La Salle disqualified them from playing for the Green Archers these past two years.

The UAAP based its ruling on the recommendations of the fact-finding committee it created to investigate the Benitez and Gatchalian eligibility scandal. La Salle admitted to its culpability late last year.

The league board held that La Salle violated league rules when it submitted the Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificates of Rating of Benitez and Gatchalian for school year 2003-04. These were later found to be, and declared, spurious by the Department of Education.

Main crowd drawer

But in suspending the Archers, the UAAP risks alienating its main draw besides La Salle’s longtime nemesis, the Ateneo de Manila University.

The basketball rivalry between La Salle, which joined the UAAP in 1986 after bolting from the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1981, and Ateneo is the league’s main crowd-drawer.

It is also one of the factors that helped the league secure a lucrative five-year television contract with Studio 23, the other TV station of the local broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

Fans of the Archers and the Blue Eagles, which meet at least twice every UAAP season, regularly fill the 20,000-seat-capacity Araneta Coliseum every time the teams clash.

La Salle has also emerged as a force in other UAAP events besides basketball, most notably swimming, chess and volleyball.

Waiting for more explanations

The school’s top officials, however, are not accepting the UAAP board’s decision unless it gets more explanations from the league.

La Salle athletes were dismayed by the suspension, including the women’s volleyball team that is gunning for its fourth straight title in the coming season to be hosted by the University of the East.

Men’s varsity player, Oliver Cua, who could be playing his last season as a Green Archer next year, sympathized with his fellow La Salle athletes who were dragged into the controversy.

"We would have agreed to an LOA [leave of absence] for basketball, but we’re still hoping that our other sports [teams] will be spared," he said.

Looking for all possible venues

Assistant coaches Jack Santiago and Tyrone Bautista are handling the men’s basketball team, after head coach Franz Pumaren resigned a month after the school admitted the eligibility fiasco.

The women’s volleyball team is competing in the V-League, while the track and field squad will join the coming National Open. The Green Archers are also eyeing a stint in the Father Martin’s Cup of basketball.

"We will look for all the possible venues where our athletes can compete. We are committed to taking care of them, and that is beyond the UAAP," Luistro said.

gameface_one
04-28-2006, 08:31 AM
DLSU sends letter of clarification to UAAP
Submitted by chili on Thu, 2006-04-27 18:11. News
By: JP Abcede, Greenarcher.net


After the UAAP Board handed out its verdict by suspending De La Salle University for next season’s festivities, DLSU replied with a letter seeking to clarify certain points mentioned in the decision.

DLSU held a press conference at the North Conservatory on April 27 to accommodate queries and also announce a formal stand regarding the suspension. Present in the press conference to answer questions and have their thoughts heard were DLSU System President Br. Armin Luistro FSC, alumni, students, and DLSU-Manila athletes.

Br. Armin reiterated numerous times during the press conference that the letter is not an appeal but just a letter of clarification. All he is asking from the UAAP Board is to exercise “justice, due process, and fairness.”

Three major points mentioned on the letter sent to the UAAP Board were on what basis the UAAP board found La Salle “negligent”, that due process was not exercised in the handing out of the conviction, and whether the sanction imposed was commensurate to the gravity of the offense.

The letter explained that DLSU could not be negligent since it was the University who called the attention of the UAAP Board regarding the issue. Br. Armin mentioned in the press conference that De La Salle cooperated with the investigation of the UAAP Fact Finding Committee by providing them the documents they needed and by letting the people requested for questioning be present.

As for the issue of due process, Br. Armin’s letter mentioned that “no formal complaint or charges were filed against DLSU and neither was DLSU given prior notice and the opportunity to defend itself or to present its side of the controversy.”

Finally, the letter stated that the punishment is “grossly disproportionate to the ‘negligence’ (if that were so) of DLSU.” Since the suspension covers all sporting events, athletes not involved with the issue would be affected whereas it was only certain members of the DLSU men’s basketball team that were guilty of submitting spurious documents.

After the UAAP Board responds to the letter, then that is the time when the University would deliberate on their next step.

The consensus is that the community is disappointed with the decision and is asking for further explanation coming from the UAAP Board. La Salle projected a strong message. This time, it is the whole DLSU community asking the UAAP where the school is guilty.

Meanwhile, life goes on with the athletes as they try to look for other tournaments to join in. Currently, the DLSU men’s basketball team is taking part in the Fr. Martin’s Cup Summer Basketball League while the women’s volleyball squad is defending their title in the Shakey’s V-League. The DLSU Green Tracksters would participate in the National Open.

Although there is speculation that DLSU would compete in the National Capital Region Athletic Association, they could not participate because of a technicality. This might also affect their status in the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association, which is an offshoot first semester league of NCRAA member schools.

As of the present, the men’s basketball team remains without a head coach although they are being handled by assistant coaches Jack Santiago, Tonichi Yturri, and Tyrone Bautista.

true.blue
04-28-2006, 11:07 AM
There's too much bad blood between DLSU and everyone else coming out of these press releases. The more I listen to Bro.Luistro, the more I just want them to leave the UAAP.

AnthonyServinio
04-28-2006, 01:22 PM
There's too much bad blood between DLSU and everyone else coming out of these press releases.* The more I listen to Bro.Luistro, the more I just want them to leave the UAAP.
Luistro has probably been brainwashed by hanging out with communists and other shady characters! >:(

RedKfir
04-28-2006, 02:32 PM
It seems like that La Salle is threatening to burn its bridge with the UAAP with its threat of taking the league to court or to bolt from the league. The UAAP for its part should show La Salle that there is a morning after La Salle. This mess should be resolved with in three months maximum or else the league itself will suffer and with it the countless students and alumni who are the major stakeholders of the league.

true.blue
04-28-2006, 05:52 PM
There's too much bad blood between DLSU and everyone else coming out of these press releases.* The more I listen to Bro.Luistro, the more I just want them to leave the UAAP.
Luistro has probably been brainwashed by hanging out with communists and other shady characters!* *>:(


I was about to say the same thing, though I didn't want to stray into politics. But isn't he the same guy who thrust DLSU first into a GMA Resign movement whereas it seemed the La Salle community was still divided on the issue (as in everybody else in the country). And isn't he the same guy who sent his La Sallian brothers to "pray" in Fort Bonifacio in quick response to calls for people power by controversial Col. Querubin? Talk about shooting from the hip in both cases. Now he's in the same camp as coup plotters and Erap/PMAP destabilizers.

Agent 008
04-28-2006, 07:22 PM
My take is this all for show. They have to put up a face to the general public that contests the decision so as not to demoralize their community. I think deep down they realize that it is the school who has to take ultimate responsibility. Hindi puwedeng ihiwalay ang basketball team from any other team or even the school admin. Kaya nga La Salle ang nakalagay na pangalan sa uniporme dahil yun ang dinadala ng team at ang team din na yun ang sinusuportahan ng eskuwelang nagngangalang La Salle.

gameface_one
05-02-2006, 09:57 AM
UAAP ready to dialogue with DLSU

The Philippine Star 05/02/2006

The new UAAP board is willing to sit down and have a dialogue with De La Salle to answer all the questions raised by the school following its suspension last week.

But the league said La Salle would have to wait till next month since the board could not immediately convene and come up with a clarification sought by the Taft-based school.

"It really depends on everyone’s availability, May is a difficult time for meetings," said Far Eastern U’s board representative Anton Montinola, the board’s designated spokesman on the La Salle issue.

"Yes, only if there would be no quorum," Montinola added when asked if it might take the board, now chaired by Luz Sta. Ana of University of the East, until June to issue an official clarification on the suspension.

La Salle last week seeks clarification on the UAAP board verdict barring it from participating in all sporting events of the league’s Season 69 in the aftermath of the suspension slapped on the school.

"DLSU will wait for the official response of the UAAP, whether it be a clarification of the issues we raised through a letter or a formal invitation for a dialogue on the issue," said a La Salle statement released by Malou Caluma, the school’s public relations coordinator.

Montinola, however, said an informal dialogue would suffice.

"We will eventually have an informal dialogue to clarify the issues," he said. — Joey Villar