UST pleads: Reconsider Aldin Ayo’s ban

Published October 7, 2020, 10:37 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Aldin Ayo
UST Tigers coach Aldin Ayo (UAAP)

Confident with the result of the Sorsogon police investigation, University of Santo Tomas is endorsing an appeal to the UAAP to reconsider the indefinite ban that was slapped to former men’s basketball coach Aldin Ayo.

In a post by the university’s official publication The Varsitarian, a “high-ranking UST official” who requested anonymity said they “strongly believe that the penalty imposed by the UAAP Board is too harsh.”

Last month, the UAAP Board of Trustees ratified the decision of the Board of Managing Directors to ban Ayo indefinitely from the league.

The decision was based from the school’s internal probe which proved Ayo’s fault in endangering the health of the student athletes when he conducted training in Sorsogon in the middle of quarantine.

Surprisingly, the office of Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero certified a police report that cleared Ayo of any legal liability.

Ayo even said in a statement that he has “dutifully raised matters overlooked by the UST fact-finding committee in their findings which became the basis for the UAAP decision.”

He added: “These pertinent matters, if properly considered, may significantly alter the decision of the UAAP board.”

Ayo said in a sworn statement that during their stay in Capuy, Sorsogon, the players were engaged in “farm work” and were allowed to train in the basketball court and gyms individually as opposed to reports.

They have also obtained necessary travel documents, conducted tests and followed the 14-day quarantine.