BENT on convincing the UAAP to junk the two-year residency period for high school transferees, Senator Pia Cayatano is set to meet the league's board of trustees again in a private meeting after holding a Senate inquiry into the controversial new rule.
A UAAP board member who declined to be identified confirmed that Cayetano is scheduling a meeting with the 16-man board in private next week to press for the review and junking of the rule that increased the residency period for transferring high school athletes from one to two years.
“I will really beg and plead on my knees,” said Cayetano at the end of the Senate hearing on Monday.
[Listen to the interview of Cayetano here]
The lady senator, a former member of the University of the Philippines women’s volleyball team in the early 1980s, also did not rule out taking legal action against the league to protect the rights of athletes.
“I will not hesitate to explore legal action also to ensure that the rights of these athletes are protected,” she said.
At the same time, Cayetano said there may be a need for more Senate hearings to look into other problems in the college leagues, including "uncapped" allowances and perks given to student-athletes which give big schools the edge in the recruitment war.
Not all board members were present during the heairng on Monday, with only one board member who voted for the new rule, Adamson’s Fr. Max Rendon, heeding the Senate’s invitation.
Ateneo and University of the Philippines, which voted against the rule, also sent representatives while Nilo Ocampo and Junel Baculi of National University, which abstained from the voting, attended the inquiry in their capacity as president and secretary/ treasurer, respectively, of the UAAP.
It is not clear whether the absence of several board members was the reason for the holding of another meeting.