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University of the East (UE) player Ralf Olivares was seen seated behind the UE bench at the Mall of Asia Arena yesterday, 8th September 2013, during the men’s basketball game between the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles and the UE Red Warriors. Given that Ralf Olivares had been issued a one-game suspension by the UAAP 76 Commissioner Chito Loyzaga, a suspension that he was supposed to serve yesterday, his presence behind the UE bench during yesterday’s game time is a violation of UAAP 76 Rules and Regulations, which under “Sanctions” says: “a suspended athlete shall not be allowed to sit in the bench and its immediate vicinity during the period of suspension. A violation of the condition of the suspension shall result in the forfeiture of the game where such suspended athlete was found present”. In view of this, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) respectfully requests that the UAAP 76 Board conduct an investigation of this matter and that the appropriate sanctions be imposed in accordance with the UAAP 76 Rules and Regulations. In addition to the foregoing incident, we would like to seek clarification as well on the following games, among others, where suspended players were likewise seen in the immediate vicinity at times when they should have been serving a suspension: 25th August 2013, UAAP 76, Match #40 between UE and Far Eastern University (FEU) where RR Garcia was seen in the immediate vicinity of the FEU bench; 31st August 2013, UAAP 76, Match #44 between UE and National University (NU) where Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros were seen in the immediate vicinity of the UE bench; 1st September 2013, UAAP Season 76, Match #46 between AdMU and De La Salle University where Thomas Torres was seen sitting on the DLSU bench and the immediate vicinity of the bench 4th September 2013, UAAP Season 76, Match #48 between UE and DLSU where Lord Casajeros was seen in the immediate vicinity of the UE bench.
Please also look into similar violations in games of the Juniors’ and Women’s Basketball Divisions. We thank you for this opportunity to be heard and are hopeful for an outcome that would ultimately be favorable to the UAAP and its ideals.
Very truly yours,
RICHARD N PALOU UAAP Board Member (AdMU)