FORMER University of Santo Tomas Institude of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP did not want for the Tigers to train in Capuy, Sorsogon, but changed his mind on coach Aldin Ayo's insistence.
A report by the school paper The Varsitarian tagged the controversial coach as the mastermind of the controversial Bicol bubble which led to the collapse of what was once touted as a promising men's basketball program.
Ayo's request for the training camp in his hometown was initially turned down, the report claimed. He returned a week later, supposedly telling the officials that the players wanted to train "since they had nothing to do in their hometowns."
Waivers dated June 2 and addressed to Abogado were signed by the players and their parents and guardians prior to the team's departure for Sorsogon.
It's unclear, however, if Abogado officially approved the activity.
According to the report, the players were made to undergo to 3-on-3 basketball trainings and attended "a seminar on farming and visited a piggery."
Daily practices were done in two sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rest days were set on Tuesdays and Sundays.
But two months in, the bubble training reached a point where then-team captain CJ Cansino, according to Spin.ph sources, spoke to Ayo on behalf of the team and asked that they be allowed to go home.
He, together with Brent Paraiso and Bismarck Lina, came back to Manila on August 19. He was banished from the team days later.
It was only a matter of time before the bubble burst, leading to Cansino fleeing for University of the Philippines and the subsequent departure of four more key players from the Growling Tigers' UAAP Season 82 roster, namely Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, Ira Bataller, and Jun Asuncion.
Abogado and Ayo have also since tendered their resignations, although that hasn't stopped the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) from continuing their probe into possible violations committed by the school.