Student-athletes are not commodities

On the newest UAAP residency controversy
Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Principal author, Student-Athletes Protection Bill
18 August 2015

“The UAAP Board has once more displayed its arrogance and immaturity by invoking its unjust two-year residency rule against a high school student-athlete who has transferred to a different school in college. This is the very same UAAP rule that an RTC court struck down two years ago in favor of swimmer Mikee Bartolome. In the case of basketball player Hubert Cani, he has even served ONE YEAR of RESIDENCE already and was hoping to play this season.”

“It is irrelevant that the Student-Athletes Protection Bill has not been signed by the President YET. The UAAP must respect a student-athlete’s right to study and play for the school of his choice. The UAAP is not a commercial but an amateur league. The UAAP Board should stop treating student-athletes like commodities.” #

Sen. Pia S. Cayetano leading the Senate public hearing on proposals to protect the rights of student-athletes (File photo / 10 April 2014)

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