THE upper management of Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) has broken its silence on issues that has hounded the school's varsity program on and off the court.
EAC vice president for external affairs Joseph Noel Estrada said the school is looking into the players’ claims the team failed to get two months’ worth of food and beverage supply from management, led by team manager Estifanio Boquiron and management committee representative Marlon Carlos.
“EAC has always provided the needs of its players even with limited resources,” Estrada told Spin.ph on Tuesday. “We are still in the process of looking into the veracity of these complaints. And I don’t want to provide premature comments until we have come into full evaluation of the overall management of the team for this season.”
Estrada pointed to frustration amid a trying season as the probable reason for the players and management getting embroiled in an internal conflict.
“Obviously, at this point everyone is frustrated looking at a forgettable basketball season coming to an end soon,” Estrada said in a statement released to a handful of news outlets also on Tuesday.
The Generals are currently stuck at the bottom with just four wins to show in 16 outings in their final probationary year.
“Frustration sets in not only among the players and coaches, but also with sports officials of the school. And this is what these recent complaints are all about,” he added. “This frustration reached its peak when the team got involved in a fight with the Mapua Cardinals team and things got out of control.”
Estrada said the school is also ready to punish their players who were involved in the bench-clearing incident.
“There is no excuse for violent behavior and EAC will conduct its own investigation of the incident and eventually impose sanctions to its players involved,” the lawyer said. “After all, these players are foremost students who, more than everyone else in EAC, are expected to exemplify and embody school discipline off-campus.”
“But this is not about looking for whom to blame,” he was quick to add. “But I assure you that EAC will evaluate everything during the offseason, all issues -- on and off court.”
“We thought we could have done better this season, but we will try to bounce back and try to be a better EAC team next year,” Estrada concluded.