Senate awaits autopsy report, plans probe as player's death raises red flag
Family and friends gather during the wake of CJ Servillon. Jerome Ascano

THE Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports is now closely monitoring developments surrounding the death of Jose Rizal University high school player Carl Jinwell 'CJ' Servillon.

Committee chairman Senator Sonny Angara told they are just waiting for the result of the autopsy before deciding if an inquiry will be necessary to address issues that led to the 17-year-old's death.

“We will wait for the (result of) the autopsy,” said Angara, who is already aware of the incident that has shocked the basketball community.

Servillon, a 6-foot-1 high school senior who was set to make his debut in the NCAA this season, collapsed during a preseason game against De La Salle Zobel on Friday morning.

He died on Sunday night after two days at the ICU.

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Among the issues raised following the incident is negligence on the part of organizers of the pre-college season tournament, Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-Season Cup, particularly the lack of medical services at the venue.

Fans have also raised a red flag over the lack of check-ups done on players before tournaments.

Another concerned fan revealed that airconditioning at The Arena in San Juan is shut down during junior games in the preseason tournament.

Initially dubbed as the Homegrown Invitational Cup, the Filoil preseason games have been in existence since 2006 and has consistently attracted some of the best college teams in the country.

Servillon was one of the most consistent players of JRU in its first two games in the tournament, ranking in the Top 5 in assist and in the Top 10 in defensive rebounds with six a game.

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