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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, November 11, 2019
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Sta. Ana takes legal
action vs. NOPSSCEA
BY NIDA A. BUENAFE

 

The Colegio de Sta. Ana – Victorias, through its lawyer William Mirano, asked the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) to provide the school a copy of the report of its investigation relative to the Nov. 2 brawl during the high school basketball semi-finals between CSA-V and STI-West Negros University at the latter’s homecourt.

Sta. Ana also asked for a copy of the minutes of the meeting among NOPSSCEA officials the day after the incident, during which it was decided to impose a one game suspension on both CSA-V and STI-WNU, thus declaring Bacolod Tay Tung High School as champion by default.

In his Nov. 8, 2019 letter addressed to NOPSSCEA president Mark Ryan Molina, Mirano, representing CSA-V, is also inquiring about the sanction meted to STI-WNU head coach Dennis “Jack” Tumayan after a video footage circulated online showing him violently confronting a CSA-V player.

The 16-year-old player, according to the CSA-V letter, sustained injuries and was treated at Victorias Municipal Health Center along with the other players.

Molina forwarded the letter to NOPSSCEA Committee on Sports head Dr. Carlitos Orola, who said that the decision to declare BTTHS as champion by default after CSA-V and STI-WNU were suspended, was made based on the recommendation of basketball tournament director Anthony Agustin.

“I concurred with the recommendation of the tournament director and Mr. Molina, as NOPSSCEA president, was informed about it. As to the sanction against Coach Tumayan, we will definitely take action until all investigations are completed,” Orola said.

He added that CSA-V is also asking the NOPSSCEA to defer the selection of players who will represent the league in the provincial meet next month until the issues they raised are resolved.

Orola said that the college basketball competition, that was originally scheduled to start on Nov. 16, was also moved to Nov. 22.

Earlier, Molina, who is also the executive vice president of STI-WNU, told the DAILY Star that Coach Tumayan’s status as head coach of their college team will be decided after the school’s Student Services has completed its own investigation of the Nov. 2 brawl .

“That we’d know until we have the report of our Students Services. That would serve as STI’s report for NOPSSCEA ,” Molina said.*

 

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