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    Juan GDL's UAAP eligibility remains uncertain after stint in 3x3 pro league

    Nov 21, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    JUAN Gomez de Liano's UAAP eligibility remains uncertain as University of the Philippines has yet to discuss the matter with league officials.

    UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag told Radyo5's Power and Play with Noli Eala that Gomez de Liano and the University of the Philippines has yet to submit any documents in relation to his stint with Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 League.

    "In general, wala pang nag-aapply sa amin," he said.

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    Gomez de Liano secured a special guest license (SGL) from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) to be able to play while in the professional 3x3 league while trying to preserve his amateur status.

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    Gomez de Liano, the UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year, still has two playing years left for the Fighting Maroons.

    Saguisag said that under current UAAP rules, any player who suits up in any professional league automatically forfeits their eligibility.

    "Sa UAAP, if you play in a professional league, then you lose your eligibility to participate in the UAAP," he said.

    The special guest license is a new innovation on the part of GAB, one that the UAAP has yet to discuss with the government arm.

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    Saguisag bared that the UAAP has been made aware of the creation of the said special guest licenses, although there were reservations on the league's part to safeguard the welfare of the student-athletes who choose to secure the said document.

    "In general, we're made aware of the GAB resolutions on the special guest license. However, may conditions doon, which is the certifications coming from athletic association na bonafide player sila and it's one of the documents to be passed to GAB before an SGL can be issued. Isa yun sa important documents," he said.

    "Yung undertaking doon ang importante, na they will not receive any kind of remuneration kasi baka maabuso sila."

    In the case of Gomez de Liano, the UAAP has not received any files from UP to clear the case up, but Saguisag said that he has yet to have a dialogue with GAB and the respective parties for the issue to be cleared up.

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    "Sabi ng GAB, case-to-case basis yan, so we'll see," he said.

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