LVPI condemns cyberbullying on National Team coach and player
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 24, 2019 07:39 PM
LVPI condemned the malicious accusations and cyberbullying towards Philippine national women's volleyball team head coach Shaq delos Santos and open spiker Ces Molina. (Photo courtesy of @ThailandVolleyball)
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the 'accusations of inappropriate relations' directed towards Philippine national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos and open spiker Ces Molina.
The two received a barrage of criticism as well as hurtful comments during the Nationals' campaign in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
LVPI as well as the Philippine Superliga, where Molina plays as part of multi-titled club Petron mentored by Delos Santos, warned that they're currently working on a probe to track down the culprits and promoters of hate on the two.
"The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. and the Philippine Superliga Inc. condemn in the strongest terms the abuse by some quarters of access to social media by using lewd and vicious language and accusations of inappropriate relations directed at Ms. Ces Molina, member of the women’s national team, to the recently-concluded ASEAN Grand Prix held in Thailand, and Mr. Shaq Delos Santos of the said team," LVPI said in a statement.
"The comments, made under the cowardly cloak of anonymity will not go unpunished," the statement continued. "We are working with overseas and local authorities to track down these promoters of hate and bring them to justice."
Molina, who has been a member of the Nationals since 2017, became a target of attacks on social media after receiving significant playing time in the 14-woman team while Delos Santos drew flak for his choice of players in the rotation.
Although constructive criticisms and expression of opinions coming from rabid Filipino volleyball fans are acceptable, LVPI condemned those who crossed the line with malicious accusations.
"We can speculate on their motive - pure hate or envy, to pressure the coaching staff to change the line up and thus benefit others, or to promote some bizarre cause - but rest assured the full force of the law shall bear on them," the statement warned.