THE Student-Athletes Protection Bill has been signed into law by President Aquino as Republic Act 10676 on Thursday, a development that outlaws the residency rules adopted by the country's collegiate leagues.
Cayetano reported on Twitter that the bill which she authored was signed by Aquino on Wednesday.
“Happy to announce that UAAP residency issue will now be put to rest with the passage of RA 10676 signed by the Pres yest. #StudentAthletes,” wrote Cayetano on her @piacayetano Twitter account on Thursday.
The enactment of the bill into law is expected to be a boost to the case of Hubert Cani, an incoming Ateneo sophomore who was declared ineligible by the UAAP recently.
Under the old UAAP ruling, Cani had to undergo a two-year residency period like all high school graduates transferring to a different member school for college.
Cani transferred from National University to Ateneo before the start of the 2014 season and should have been eligible had the UAAP junked its residency rule in anticipation of the Cayetano bill being passed into law.
However, the UAAP board voted to declare Cani ineligible, ruling that the Student Athletes Protection Bill will not be adopted retroactively.
Ateneo officials said they will be appealing the board's decision before the start of Season 78 on September 5.
Happy to announce that UAAP residency issue will now be put to rest with the passage of RA 10676 signed by the Pres yest. #StudentAthletes— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) August 27, 2015