WHILE the departure of its biggest supporter may be a huge blow, an Ateneo official has expressed hope that there would be generous patrons who will step up and support the school's sports program.
Emmanuel Fernandez, Ateneo’s representative to the UAAP board, is thankful that Manny Pangilinan helped put in place a program that they could continue to run even after the departure of their main patron.
“Of course, it’s a huge blow for us. But we have to move on. The important thing is that there is a program in place and we thank MVP for that. We give him due credit because he laid the foundation on how it should be done,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez likened their situation to archrival La Salle, which is back a legitimate title contender this season with Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco as chief backer.
“Look at La Salle. Did they collapse? They didn’t crumble. Same here. That is something that we need to think about in the future,” said Fernandez.
Pangilinan severed his ties with the school over “irreconcilable differences” on the issue of the reproductive health bill and mining.
Ateneo issued a statement on Tuesday saying it respects Pangilinan’s decision to cut ties with the school while honoring his contributions to the school.