HOST Adamson said it is satisfied with how Chito Loyzaga has been running Season 76 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament so far, giving the commissioner a much-needed vote of confidence.
Board secretary treasurer Malou Isip of Adamson believes Loyzaga exemplifies fairness in doing his job despite mounting complaints over some of his decisions and questions about his competence as a commissioner.
“We have good faith in him that he will display fair play and sportsmanship which is our mission and vision,” said Isip during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Isip’s statements comes as a timely boost for Loyzaga amid criticism of the suspensions he handed out to University of the East players Charles Mammie, Lord Casajeros, and Ralf Olivares.
UE appealed the suspensions before the UAAP technical committee, saying that a few of the sanctions came following video reviews and not due to calls made by the referees during the game.
The UE alumni association also said the banned players were denied due process by Loyzaga.
So far, only the case of Casajeros has been downgraded by the technical committee, although UE has also expressed its intention to appeal the case of Olivares.
Isip, however, said they have given Loyzaga the authority to penalize players.
“We believe in him. More or less, kung ano ‘yung sanctions na binibigay niya, more or less tama naman for our league. At least, ‘yung mga suspensions na binibigay niya, ‘yung mga players nagiging aware of their place,” Isip said.
Some quarters claim Loyzaga has been biased with his decisions, but Isip believes otherwise.
“I can’t speak for him pero sa side namin, I think walang bias. Clear naman ‘yung mga fouls and clear naman ‘yung mga sina-cite niya,” said Isip.