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    UST, NU officials, lawyers appear before IATF probe into pandemic training

    Sep 1, 2020

    OFFICIALS from University of Santo Tomas and National University finally appeared before the government-created probe body on Tuesday in relation to the alleged offseason training of their respective varsity teams.

    UST was represented by legal counsel Atty. Alfonso Verzosa and legal coordinator Atty. Elgin Michael Perez, while NU had athletic director Otie Camangian for the Tuesday afternoon meeting with a group created by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Emerging Infectious Diseases to set the parameters for the gradual return of sports events in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Both schools are accused of violating the government's health protocols by conducting team training during the lockdown.

    Hearing their case are Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) national training director Marc Velasco, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commissioner Prospero de Vera and executive director Atty. Cindy Jaro, Department of Health (DOH) representative Rodley Carza, and Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chair Baham Mitra.

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      Also present were UAAP president Nonong Calanog of La Salle and executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag.

      This was the first time representatives from both schools appeared after they missed the meetings back in Aug. 22 and 26.

      UST has been under the microscope since the Growling Tigers' so-called Bicol bubble came to light. Head coach Aldin Ayo is accused of housing his men's basketball players in Capuy, Sorsogon since mid-June for team training.

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      NU, meanwhile, was also in hot water as clips of its women's volleyball team training inside its Sampaloc and Calamba campuses circulated in social media.

      CHED is still interpolating both schools as of posting time.

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