SEN. Pia Cayetano on Thursday said Senate Bill 2166 or the Magna Carta for Student Athletes was filed to protect athletes from ‘unfair practices’ by collegiate leagues, citing specifically the UAAP’s controversial two-year residency rule for high school transferees.
Cayetano said the bill protects student-athletes from being treated as a "commodity" by schools and even their parents, which have led to incidents of piracy in collegiate leagues.
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“If you are only talking about scholarships and a slot in the team, then we will not have this problems." Senator Pia Cayetano
“Why is there piracy? Because they offer an amount no longer disclosed,” said Cayetano during a public hearing at the Senate on Thursday. “If you are only talking about scholarships and a slot in the team, then we will not have this problems.”
The bill was made in the wake of criticism on the controversial two-year residency rule imposed by the UAAP on high school graduates moving to a different member college.
Once the bill is passed into law, the contentious two-year residency rule will automatically be outlawed as it specifically states that collegiate leagues are not allowed to impose any residency period on high school graduates transferring to a different school.
Cayetano, however, said there is actually no need to pass the Magna Carta for Student Athletes if collegiate leagues like the UAAP protect the athletes' interest.
“For those who say in the UAAP board that I don’t know what I’m talking about, sumasakay lang ako, that’s not true. I don’t need this. I’m happy to be part of the solution,” said Cayetano.
The bill also discourages student-athletes from receiving excessive perks aside of the scholarship grants and other similar benefits in nature.
“In my bill, it is the obligation of the schools and the parents to protect the athletes. The minute we start dealing with benefits beyond the admission to the team, then we have to change the nature of the athlete into a commercial student athlete,” said Cayetano.