DE La Salle coach Aldin Ayo has had enough of the hurtful insinuations that his transfer from Letran is motivated by money or politics, more so since he's already hurting from personal turmoil that prompted him to seek a "fresh start" with the Green Archers in the first place.
Ayo revealed that a series of problems rocked his personal life on the way to leading Letran to the NCAA Season 91 men's basketball title, shattering his confidence and testing his resolve.
First, he and his wife separated in the days following Letran's championship run. Then, the champion coach also admitted he got burned out from all his personal problems, including some struggles in the family business, which prompted him to give up his re-election bid for councilor in Sorsogon City and consider quitting coaching altogether.
His devotion to work left his personal life in tatters, admitted Ayo.
“The very reason na kaya naman tayo nag-tatrabaho ay dahil sa pamilya. ‘Yung sa akin, ‘yung trabaho ko, winala nito ‘yung pamilya sa akin. I lost my family because of my job. ‘Yung dahilan para magtrabaho, nawala. Nagkaroon ng mga misunderstanding dahil sa pagtatrabaho, hindi nagkaunawaan,” said Ayo, adding he abandoned his plan to quit coaching after La Salle offered something more valuable than money.
“New environment, fresh start, new opportunity. Kaya kahit hindi ko alam ‘yung figure (ng salary), um-oo na agad ako (sa La Salle). I don’t have any intention to talaga. Ayoko na bumalik sa Manila kasi very trying talaga. Sinubukan talaga ako,” said Ayo.
Still, Ayo's transfer to DLSU has been unable to provide some resolution to his problems. Particularly, he has not seen his two children since the separation - to this day.
“Mag-isa ako. Miss na miss ko na mga anak ko dahil hindi ko na nakikita. Ayoko na ngang isipin na trabaho ‘to kasi sa totoo lang, eto talaga ‘yung dahilan kung bakit naghiwalay kami. Nasa kanya ‘yung custody ng anak ko. Ayoko namang sisihin dahil nangyari na," said Ayo, who adds that one thing that keeps his head up is the trust La Salle gave him.
“Kinuha ako ng La Salle. Para sa akin, La Salle gave me another chance,” he added.
Ayo felt accusations hurled against him by critics, including Letran alumni, have gone too far.
“Sa akin, ayoko na talagang i-tackle ‘yan kaya lang, alam mo ‘yung binabanggit na dahil sa pera o dahil sa politics, for me, napaka-unfair. Nandoon ka na sa sitwasyon na ‘yun tapos kakatayin ka pa especially ‘yung ibang alumni sa Letran. Sa akin, personal ‘yun. Pinaghirapan ko rin naman ‘yung trabaho ko sa Letran,” said Ayo.
Ayo also denied that he signed a three-year, P9 million contract with La Salle, adding that the actual contract is “way low.”
“Hindi naman ganun kalaki. Walang ganun. Sa sinasabing pera, sa totoo lang lugi pa nga ako kasi ‘yung presence mo sa negosyo, nawala ako dun. Tingin ko mas malaki ‘yung losses,” said Ayo.
Ayo hopes that, eventually, his personal problems will be sorted out and that he will reconcile with his wife and reunited with his family in the near future.
“Sana. Siyempre. Ganun naman talaga. Ang pinaka-importante sa akin, pamilya lagi,” he said.