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    Despite wave of criticism, UAAP board upholds new residency rule for HS transferees

    Apr 16, 2013
    Ateneo recruit Jerie Pingoy and incoming La Salle big man Ben Mbala are just two of the high-profile players affected by the controversial residency rules. Jerome Ascano

    THE UAAP board on Tuesday voted to uphold its decision to impose a two-year residency requirement on high school transferees despite a wave of criticism from players and fans.

    After seven hours of deliberation during its annual meeting inside the National University campus, the league's board of trustees stood by its original decision to lengthen the residency requirement for UAAP junior players moving to another member school in college from one to two years.

    The new residency rules will take effect starting next season.

    In a statement, the board said it will be working on the explanatory rules on the application of the residency requirement which it hopes to finalize within the month.

    “The UAAP board of trustees, at its annual board meeting, with all the member universities duly represented, voted to uphold its decision to impose the two-year residency requirement effective UAAP Season 76,” said the league in a statement.

    “The board is working on the explanatory rules on the application of the said residency requirement and will finalize the same within the month,” the league added.

    With the new rule, two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy will have to wait for two years before he could play for Ateneo following his transfer from Far Eastern University.

    Foreign players like Ben Mbala, who has transferred to De La Salle from Cebu's Southwestern University, will also be affected by the new rule as he will only be eligible to play for the Archers during the 2015 season.

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    Ateneo recruit Jerie Pingoy and incoming La Salle big man Ben Mbala are just two of the high-profile players affected by the controversial residency rules. Jerome Ascano
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