University of Santo Tomas will not tolerate any misconduct that might be revealed in the school’s investigation of the ‘Bicol bubble’ of the Growling Tigers.
In its first statement since the allegations were raised, the school said that it has begun its inquiry on the matter.
“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 statement read.
Over the past few days, rumors have swirled that the Growling Tigers are in Sorsogon, training over the past few months.
However, 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”.
CJ Cansino, though not commenting on the trip to Sorsogon, has said that the past few months have caused him mental stress.
The school is therefore not condoning any violation of the current standards and guidelines.
“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. We always endeavor to support the concerted government effort to ensure that proper social and physical environments are in place.”
Once done with its investigation, UST will submit its findings to the group that consists of the PSC, GAB, DOH, and the UAAP.
Moreover, it won’t hold back in punishing the team if found guilty.
“We wish to assure you that the university does not tolerate any form of violation of government regulation, and it responds promptly by taking the appropriate action.”