COLLEGE of St. Benilde is set to file a letter of inquiry to the NCAA Management Committee regarding the eligibility of several players of Perpetual Help, sources told spin.ph.
“CSB will be filing a letter of inquiry asking the Mancom to look into the issue regarding Perpetual. We laud the Mancom for already looking into it even without a letter from any school yet,” said Bro. Dennis Magbanua, College of St. Benilde president.
It’s the first step towards an investigation that could – in the worst case – forfeit all the wins that the Altas have scored this season, and cost them a spot in the Final Four.
This comes after nearly two weeks of a ‘wait and see’ where several school officials, sources said, hoped that the Mancomm made the move to open an investigation even before a member files a formal protest.
“Hindi naman sa kung sino ang mag-gain mula dito e, I think the issue here is there’s a clear breach of rules na lumabas na and it’s something we have to act on,” a school official told Spin.ph.
The Altas, 11-5, clinched a semis spot on Thursday following the Blazers’ 75-62 loss to the Lyceum Pirates.
Spin.ph nine days ago posted an article regarding residency issues of Edgar Charcos and Kim Aurin, who played in the Metro Basketball Tournament last year in their redshirt year with Perpetual Help.
Another source said that several members of the policy board — the highest set of officials in the league — have been urging their respective Mancomm representatives to act on the issue.
According to the same source, the investigation is already backed by at least five schools and believe the number could rise when a protest is filed.
“What they want to avoid is to set a bad precedent moving forward,” the source said.
If the investigation pulls through, the basketball committee of the Mancomm, chaired by Perpetual’s Mancomm representative Frank Gusi, will be tasked to investigate on the issue.
A key point of the investigation is finding out if the Altas submitted a letter to the NCAA last season to seek for permission for their players to represent the Las Pinas Home Defenders, and if the NCAA allowed it.
“Kahit na may maipakita silang letter, at the end of the day, ang hahanapin diyan is the letter of correspondence from the NCAA giving them the go-signal to play,” said another school official.