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    UP president disassociates school from regent's 'threat' to Ateneo players

    Dec 2, 2018

    THE president of the University of the Philippines has disassociated the state-run school from comments made by Board of Regents member Spocky Farolan which netizens felt 'threatened the welfare of Ateneo players.'

    On Sunday, lawyer Farolan, in a Facebook post, hinted Ateneo won't be complete for Game Two of the UAAP Finals against the Maroons since three of its players will be injured,

    "Pili na kayo kung sinu-sino mga yun," he said.

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    In succeeding comments on the thread, Farolan suggested a 'composite strike by all UP frats' as a 'sign of unity.' He added a rumble between UP and Ateneo frat members can serve as a side show at halftime.

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    Farolan later deleted the post saying "there was sarcasm in that comment which may not have been immediately and easily perceived by some."


    UP president Danilo Concepcion didn't take the matter lightly.

    Acting quickly, Concepcion said the school is disassociating itself from the post and from the actuations of Farolan - "matters which I intend to take up with the Board of Regents," he added.

    Sources said the UP Board of Regents is set to have a meeting on Monday.

    Here's the UP president's statement in full;

    '" Facebook post made by a Regent of the University of the Philippines has been making the rounds of social media, advocating the use of violence against members of the men’s basketball team of the Ateneo de Manila University.

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    "While this regent has deleted the post and has apologized for its contents, claiming that they were made in jest, I wish to make it clear the University of the Philippines takes these statements seriously and dissociates itself from the post and from the actuations of this regent, matters which I intend to take up with the Board of Regents.

    "They do not in any way represent the values of the University, and the high esteem in which it holds sportsmanship, fair play, and civility in athletics as well as in other aspects of our academic and social life. Let the UAAP championship resume in the noblest of spirits and intentions. UP Fight! One Big Fight! Mabuhay ang pagkakaisa at diwa ng Katipunan!"

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