JERIE Pingoy finally playing for Ateneo in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament next season?
Such a scenario became a possibility after a move to re-visit, and eventually repeal, the college league's new two-year residency rule for incoming players who transferred from one UAAP school to another gained ground among presidents of the member schools.
A Spin.ph source said a number of school presidents are already asking the league to repeal the controversial rule that was approved earlier this year but was met by criticism from several quarters, including the Senate and the Lower Court.
The move to repeal the rule is reportedly “gaining numbers” from among school heads, according to the same source, which could pave the way for several high school graduates who transferred from one UAAP school to another to immediately play for their new teams as early as the coming season.
Among those players is former two-time junior MVP Pingoy, who moved from Far Eastern University-Diliman to Ateneo after graduating in 2012. Following the approval of the two-year residency rule, the son of former PBA player Jerry Pinggoy could only be eligible to play for the Blue Eagles in the 2015 season unless he gets a formal release from the Tamaraws.
UAAP secretary treasurer Malou Isip of host Adamson refused to confirm or deny the repeat move but said the UAAP board will be reviewing the league's entire organization during its annual meeting in the summer of 2014.
“We will review the organization, pero we would rather talk about it during the annual board meeting sa April,” she stressed.
As of now, Isip said discussions to repeal the new residency rule are not yet in the agenda of the board’s annual meeting.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa ‘yan sa agenda. May mga ganyang issues pero sabi ng board na pag-usapan na lang namin ‘yan, na lahat ng plans namin for next season will be discussed,” she added.
Although he expressed opposition against the rule, Pingoy is still serving his residency with Ateneo, and currently plays with the school’s Team B which sees action in smaller offseason tournaments.
However, no one was more brazen in opposing the rule than swimmer Anna Bartolome.
Through her father, former referee Vic Bartolome, Anna sought the help of Senator Pia Cayetano on the matter, eventually leading to a formal Senate inquiry.
Bartolome even sued the UAAP and her high school team University of Santo Tomas after the rule initially prevented her from competing for new team University of the Philippines.
The young swimmer got a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court that eventually allowed her to compete in the UAAP swimming championships on September.