VALUE formation over monetary considerations.
A University of Santo Tomas official vowed the school will continue to adhere to this very same principle even after losing the general championship of the UAAP for the first time in 14 years to De La Salle.
Fr. Ermito de Sagun, O.P, UST's representative to the UAAP board, said the school will definitely not offer financial compensation just to lure possible recruits to enroll in the 400-year old learning institution.
“Hindi tayo makikipag-sabayan sa kanila sa pagbabayad,” said De Sagun, without elaborating.
But lest his statement be taken out of context, De Sagun clarified he’s not singling out anyone or anybody in particular.
It just so happened that’s not the way it is at UST, which he said always tries to preserve value formation among its student-athletes.
“Importante ang value formation,” said De Sagun. “We won’t destroy our value system just to win. We want to win and win the general championship by focusing on the core values.”
UST saw its 14-year reign as general champions come to an end after La Salle edged it out for the trophy this season, winning by a margin of 293-277.
At the same time, De Sagun said the amended league rule requiring a two-year residency for junior players who transfer from one UAAP school to another in college is favorable to the Espana-based school
"In a way it favors UST," he said. "Madaming nawalang players sa UST kasi. It's good for us."
De Sagun cited the case of Ateneo star player Alyssa Valdez, National University skipper Dindin Santiago, and La Salle setter Kim Fajardo, all of whom were products of the UST girls’ volleyball team.
“They're taking away all of our players," he added. "But we're trying to keep them specially the girls’ volleyball team."
"We cannot force them to stay, but we will pursue the value of amateurism. Ayaw namin magbayad ng athletes."
But De Sagun said he is happy that UST was able to retain the high school overall championship for the fourth straight year with 220 points.