THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB), as one of the signatories of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO), will be investigating the alleged violation by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers when it allegedly scrimmaged against Sorsogon.
GAB Chairman Abraham Khalil "Baham" Mitra reiterated that under the JAO, his office alongside the Department of Health and the Philippine Sports Commission drafted, only allowed pro-sports to resume training in accordance with the provisions stated in guidelines.
“Under the JAO, non-pro athletes are not allowed to practice. And, UST is not a pro [team],” stressed Mitra, who added that they would like to hear the side of UST on the issue.
Mitra also said that UST will try to settle the issue within their level if indeed, scrimmages were held.
“If not, we may be forced to elevate the matter to the IATF,” he added.
Meanwhile, in the official statement by UST, it has already created a committee to investigate the alleged breach of quarantine protocols by its basketball team.
“While we adhere to the belief that physical activity can have a profoundly positive impact on the students’ physical and mental health, we believe that the undertaking should be done in compliance with the guidelines issued by the government,” the UST statement said.
“We always endeavor to support the concerted government effort to ensure that proper social and physical environments are in place,” the statement added.
The university also made the assurance that it does not tolerate any form of violation of government regulation and it responded promptly by taking the appropriate action.