BACOLOD Tay Tung High School sued the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports and Cultural Educational Association (Nopsscea) in what could be the first court case filed related to alleged violation of the Student-Athletes Protection Act.
A clarificatory hearing has been set on December 4 in Bacolod City for Civil Case 15-14642 after Tay Tung High School, represented by vice chairman of sports committee Jose Montalbo, filed a petition for mandamus with damages against Nopsscea, represented by president Geoffrey Bob Bergante.
In documents furnished to Spin.ph, the case arose after two of Tay Tung’s high school basketball players were not allowed to suit up in the league as Nopsscea claimed they still need to take residency after transferring to the school.
Tay Tung, however, believed Nopsscea’s decision is in violation of Republic Act 10676 or the Student-Athletes Protection Act which states high school students transferring from a different athletic association to another are not covered by any residency periods.
The athletes in question, Nicole Diether Rallos and Jayson Puray, are former players of the Iloilo Sun Yat Sen High School, a school not part of Nopsscea.
RA 10676 came into law months ago.
Tay Tung High School claimed the league remained defiant despite a letter written by Sen. Pia Cayetano, author of RA 10676 which became a law months ago, urging Nopsscea to abide by the law and an order from no less than the Department of Education.
Local media reported Tay Tung High School is seeking P1 million for damages.
Earlier this month, Nopsscea the semifinal game between Tay Tung High School and West Negros University indefinitely.
Incidentally, Rallos and Puray were able to play in two games following the DepEd order and was not met with any protest, Spin.ph learned.