THE De La Salle leadership on Friday stood behind the school's two representatives in the UAAP board in response to a claim by an Ateneo official that Edwin Reyes and Henry Atayde are not qualified to be part of league's all-powerful body.
In an official statement released on the university’s official Facebook account, De La Salle affirmed that Reyes and Atayde are part of the school’s administration and therefore qualified to represent the school in the board under the league's by-laws.
The Taft-based school said Reyes is the executive director for advancement and alumni affairs while Atayde is the director for sports marketing.
La Salle added Reyes and Atayde report directly to school officials, therefore making them part of the university’s administration.
“Both offices, which were previously under the Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission and Alumni Relations until AY 2012-2013, are now reporting directly to the Office of the President and Chancellor," the statement read.
“In DLSU, executive directors and directors are in the level of Deans and Chairs, respectively, and are considered as administrators.”
The statement was in reaction to a claim made by Ateneo’s representative to the board Ricky Palou that Reyes and Atayde are not qualified to be part of the UAAP board, pointing out that league rules require board members to be either an athletic director or part of the school’s administration.
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Palou’s statements came after a heated board meeting on Thursday that debated possible sanctions on Ateneo coach Bo Perasol for being present in the Blue Eagles’ match against University of the East last weekend while serving a one-game suspension.
A source said De La Salle stood in favor of penalizing Ateneo for breaking a league rule that bars suspended team officials from being at the venue during games.
The board later ordered Perasol to serve the one-game suspension again in a crucial match against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.