NATIONAL University coach Roger Gorayeb says Jaja Santiago's inclusion in Foton's roster did not go through proper protocol, but they are not barring the UAAP star from seeing action in the commercial league.
Gorayeb refused to go into detail about Santiago’s decision, but admitted he and others in the team were not informed of his wards’ planned stint in the Super Liga.
“Ayaw ko munang pag-usapan ’yan. Kasi masyadong masalimuot ’yang pagpunta ni Jaja doon. Kasi walang paalam sa aming lahat ’yan eh. Pero syempre above na sa decision ko ‘yan.”
The 6-foot-4 national team player was part of the initial lineup submitted by Foton recently for the import-laced tournament opening on October 10 in Binan, Laguna.
“Syempre gusto sana namin dumaan sa tamang protocol ’yung pagpunta niya doon,” said Gorayeb.
Santiago also played for the Philippine national volleyball team under Goyareb and PLDT Home in the V-League Open Conference recently.
NU setter Ivy Perez was also in Foton’s initial lineup along with American reinforcements Lindsay Stalzer and Katie Messing.
If Santiago ends up playing for Foton, she will again be battling elder sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who will return action for defending champion Petron.