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REPORT: UST’s ‘Bicol bubble’ waiver letter surfaces

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A copy has surfaced of the alleged waiver for parents and guardians which allows members of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to train.

In a tweet by Philippine Star’s Abac Cordero, the letter dated June 2, 2020 is addressed to Rev. Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP — the director of UST’s Institute of Physical Education and Athletics.

The waiver states that the activity, not officially sanctioned by the school, is voluntary, and that UST is not liable if any untoward incident occurs.

And yes, it clearly states that the practices were held in Sorsogon.

Tiebreaker Times REPORT: UST's 'Bicol bubble' waiver letter surfaces Basketball News UAAP UST  UST Men's Basketball UAAP Season 83 Men's Basketball UAAP Season 83 Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo by @AbacCordero

Another document also emerged — a release letter to be signed by the parent or guardian of the Growling Tiger.

It states that the parents “agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify UST, its coaching staff, and managers, from any and all claims and lawsuits for bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death, medical illness, etc. which may result during this activity”.

Tiebreaker Times REPORT: UST's 'Bicol bubble' waiver letter surfaces Basketball News UAAP UST  UST Men's Basketball UAAP Season 83 Men's Basketball UAAP Season 83 Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo by @AbacCordero

Earlier in the day, UST said that it only knew about the activity on Sunday morning.

“Today, we heard the news about the alleged breach of quarantine protocols by the UST Basketball Team in Sorsogon. Accordingly, we created a committee to investigate and to inquire into the matter,” the school’s statement read.

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Section V of the Joint Administrative Order clearly states that recreational and non-professional contact sports and activities will not be allowed even in places under Modified General Community Quarantine “until an effective vaccine and/or appropriate standard of care for COVID-19 cases is developed”.

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