THE UAAP stands by its earlier decision to impose the controversial two-year residency rule on transferring high school graduates as the league holds its annual board meeting next month in preparation for Season 77.
Speaking on behalf of the league as the incoming secretary-treasurer, Rod Roque of host University of the East said there are no plans at the moment to revisit the contentious rule during the board meeting to be held in April.
“Status quo ‘yun. Two-year residency pa rin. We stand by our decision,” said Roque.
The controversial two-year rule has spawned anger from different camps following its enactment in 2012 as calls for its abolition even reached the Senate through Sen. Pia Cayetano.
Cayetano even helped the cause of swimmer Anna Bartolome, who sued the UAAP after she was not granted a release by her high school alma mater University of Santo Tomas to transfer to University of the Philippines.
Another athlete affected by the rule was Ateneo cager Jerie Pingoy, who now enters the second year of his residency after he moved from Far Eastern University to the Katipunan-based school.
Ateneo representative to the UAAP board Ricky Palou, however, believes the rule should be revisited.
“We are revisiting a lot of rules. Kasi I heard that (Sen) Pia Cayetano is filing a bill in the Senate about Magna Carta for students and she will be forcing all these issues. We have to get our acts together,” said Palou, whose school is one of two which voted against the implementation of the two-year residency rule.
Still, Roque said the controversial rule is not on the agenda in the coming board meeting.
At the same time, Roque pointed out the board has not soften its stance on the issue despite growing clamor against it.
“We have already talked about it. We approved it. There is no need to talk about it,” said the UE official.
Roque said the court case against the league is still ongoing and is far from being settled.
“Sabi nila, ‘yung mga ganun kasi, it will drag on for years and years and years. Baka wala na kami sa UAAP board, wala pa ring desisyon,” he added.