June 04, 2014
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
Vito Cruz, Manila
Its been almost 10 months since something controversial and unsportsmanlike happened in the in the start of the second round of the 76th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) junior basketball tournament.
That was on Aug. 17, 2013, Saturday.
This is how I remember things on that day:
“…The scenario started to unfold while I was still at home, waiting for the rain to go away.
I would have watched the game between the UPIS Junior Maroons and the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs had I not been stuck at home by a downpour which lasted for almost four hours.
While waiting, I ended up enjoying a re-run of an episode of “Be Careful With My Heart.”
In this episode, Maya has quit her job as the nanny of Ser Chief’s three children.
Ser Chief is trying to woo her back, and the family joins Maya as she spends New Year with her family. But Maya, who had a run-in with Ser Chief’s relative earlier, refuses a raise which she was offered.
She felt Ser Chief is belittling her abilities.
The two are quarelling and are keeping their feelings of affection to each other to themselves.
As the episode unraveled on TV, UPIS coach Allan Gregorio fielded in a controversial and ineligible cager, Jozhua General and allowed him to play for 21 minutes over at that Blue Eagle gym in Katipunan Ave. in Quezon City.
And it was a real-life drama which I wanted to see for myself…”
Things that I did that morning, I took note in my blog entry: https://pektuscorner.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/varsity-sports-updates-uaap-junior-basketball-be-careful-with-my-heart-the-upis-junior-maroons-the-tro-and-joshua-general/
— THE DISMISSAL OF THE JOZHUA GENERAL CASE
(Jozhua General in action. Photo sourced from UAAP Sports.TV, Richard Esguerra).
Season 77 Secretary-General Rodrigo Roque of the University of the East briefly mentions to me when I call him up Wednesday afternoon.
He tells me what happened to the case of General.
Joshua General is the guy whose parents sued the league over its decision to disqualify him from playing in season 76 last year.
Mr. Roque, who is busy rewriting the season 77 schedule and is involved in planning out how the rest of the season will go,t confirmed this after receiving a report from legal counsel Rene Villa.
He reads Mr. Villa’s message.
According to Mr. Villa, presiding judge Ma. Rita Bascos-Sarabia of Quezon City Regional Trial Court branch 99 said in her order that the case has been dismissed “for being moot and academic.”
This was in relation to event which took place last year.
In August 2013, the board ruled that an elementary violation of a long-standing rule on eligibility has prompted the league to declare General as an ineligible a player of the team.
The UAAP board had clarified General has already consumed his eligibility with UPIS and the league.
Under “Other Requirements” of the Player’s Eligibility rule of the UAAP’s Rules and Regulations in its Articles of Incorporation and By Laws, “A [High School] athlete shall have a maximum of four playing years within five [High School] years reckoned from the academic year of elementary graduation.”
But, after the boy’s parents obtained a temporary restraining order, the league let General for only five playdates.
General, who had played a few games in the first round before NU filed a protest, graduated in elementary at 11 at the Naga Parochial School in Camarines Sur in 2008.
It was learned that he attended San Beda Taytay for his freshman year as a high schooler, but dropped out in October of school year 2008-2009.
General enrolled the following school year at Lourdes School Mandaluyong not as a high school freshman but as a Grade Seven student and graduated a second time in elementary in 2010. He then enrolled at UPIS for his high school in 2010-2011 school year.