CSB asks NCAA to look into 'ligang labas' issue involving Perpetual
A letter has finally been submitted regarding the "ligang labas" issue involving four Perpetual players
College of St. Benilde is set to submit to the NCAA a letter of inquiry regarding a report that put into question the eligibility of four players of the University of Perpetual Help.
“We have filed an inquiry, not a protest, asking the Mancom (league management committee) to look into the issue regarding Perpetual,” school president Bro. Dennis Magbanua, FSC said.
Just a week ago, a report first broken by Christian Jacinto of spin.ph found out that Altas lead guard Edgar Charcos, versatile forward Kim Aurin, and key reserves Kyt Jimenez and Tonton Peralta played in a commercial league last year.
The four reportedly played for the Las Pinas Home Defenders, a team not affiliated with Perps in any way, in the Metro Basketball Tournament a year ago.
According to sources closely monitoring the situation, NCAA rules on residency is understood to be like this – a player undergoing residency is only allowed to see action in another league if he will still be representing the school.
Since the news broke, however, the issue has been untouched as a formal letter has to be submitted before the league’s Mancom could act on it.
As per CSB, though, the NCAA has already begun doing due diligence. “We laud the Mancom for already looking into it even without a letter from any school yet,” Bro. Dennis said.
Last Thursday, the Blazers were eliminated from contention after they were defeated by San Beda University.
That, in turn, gave the fourth and final playoff berth to Perpetual.
This isn’t the first time in the season that a team has faced an issue regarding commercial leagues.
Just last August, San Sebastian College-Recoletos was forced to forfeit two of its wins after it was found out that gunslinging guard RK Ilagan played in a commercial league in Quezon City.
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