Stop Bullying among other things in the UST Womens Football Team!!
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We from the UST Football Alumni group is writing this letter to bring to your attention something that we believe is unfair and requires attention. We would like to appeal regarding the attitude and behavior of Ms. Priscilla Rubio, Head Coach of the UST Women’s Football Team specifically during the last 2 games of the recent UAAP Finals. To wit;
A. April 23, 2017 VS DLSU sometime in the first half the coach let her best player stand in the sideline until halftime. The player remained standing until the end of 1st half, and remained in the same spot during the halftime while her team carried out the halftime meeting and water break, she eventually returned to the game at the second half and play, they eventually lost the game 1-3.
B. May 4, 2017 VS ADMU the goal keeper was made to go to the sideline after they conceded a goal leaving the goal post open, the keeper continued standing/kneeling/crouching for almost 12 minutes in which a 2-1 lead turned 2-3 deficit by halftime (ADMU scored 2 goals while the keeper was away/sidelined) eventually they won the game.
Republic Act No. 10676 or better well known as the “Student Athletes Act”1 provides that:
SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. – Article XIV, Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution recognizes the role of the State to protect and promote the right of all the citizens to quality education at all levels, and to take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all. Further, Section 19(1) of the same Article provides that the State shall promote physical education, sports programs and competitions alongside training for international competitions to foster self-discipline, teamwork and excellence for the attainment of a healthy and alert citizenry. Thus, the State shall recognize and uphold the rights of student-athletes to further hone their skills and abilities in their respective fields of amateur sports without neglecting their education and general well-being.
Section 4 Second Par. Also states that:
No school, or its representative, shall be authorized to perform the following acts on a student-athlete on the sole reason of his/her transfer to another school:
(1) File an administrative charge for possible violation of school rules and regulations;
(2) Require the payment of tuition and other miscellaneous fees covered by the scholarship granted, including monies given and the cash equivalent of non-monetary benefits received;
(3) Refuse to issue or delay the release of grades and school records, clearance, or transfer eligibility;
(4) Give incomplete grades in subjects in which the student-athlete is exempted by virtue of being a student-athlete; and
(5) Impose other forms of punishment.
Clearly, in the above mentioned incident, Ms. Rubio violated her Thomasian Code of Ethics Agreement particularly to wit:
No. 5, Letter A:
“ Failure to perform and / or unsatisfactory performance of his/ her duties and
responsibilities under the agreement;”
No. 5, Letter B:
“ Commission of any act that offends the ethics or ideals of UST or brings
discredit or harm to the good name of UST; “
Coach Rubio's actions while employed by our beloved Institution have concerned many members of our community, both young and old. Her unprofessionalism has been witnessed by numerous people even on National TV who felt disappointed at her. Having been there we are definitely sure that the said athletes under the coaching of Rubio have suffered both emotional and physical stress. Whether or not the students are star athletes, no coach should have that effect on anyone especially on crucial games. Is this how our beloved Institution wants to show its care and concern about our student athletes? The University of Santo Tomas should have the students' wellbeing in its best interest.
The Thomasian Alumni Football United is geared towards achieving the Thomasian Core Values which are compassion, competence and commitment that2 makes the Thomasians stand out as they take the challenge to live up to the legacy bequeathed on them by the University of Santo Tomas, under the inspiration of St. Dominc who ardently preached the Word with a deep compassion for the poor, and St. Thomas Aquinas who devoted his life ”seeking the truth founded in love.”
In line with the above incident, given that Coach Rubio has an unorthodox style of training the athletes, let it be known that Coach Rubio is still not entitled to humiliate worse bully our student athletes not just in person, but in front of National TV. We cannot take this just by sitting only. We have been players ourselves and Coaches are there to hone, motivate and support her players in all aspects. If this will not be addressed properly, thus, we would be constrained to file a complaint against Coach Priscilla Rubio.
SEC. 8. Prosecution of Action. –
(a) Who May File. – For purposes of this Act, a written complaint may be filed by a student-athlete, his/her parents or guardians, member schools or their alumni, or any person or any entity in behalf of a student-athlete who, or a school which, may be affected by any violation of this Act.
(b) Who are Liable. – School officials, athletic directors, coaches, members of the coaching staff, administrators, alumni, or representatives shall be liable for any violation of this Act. Athletic associations or schools shall likewise be liable for knowingly permitting or failing to prevent such violations, without prejudice to any direct liability by the aforementioned individuals.
(c) Investigation. – Athletic associations may, motu propria or upon written complaint, investigate violations of this Act and impose the appropriate penalties, such as suspending or banning the student-athlete from playing and/or the school from participating in their respective leagues: Provided, That if the respondent is the athletic association, or if there is reason to believe that the athletic association will not act upon the complaint, a written complaint may be filed directly with the DepED or the CHED.
(d) Appeal. – Within fifteen (15) days upon receipt of the decision of the athletic association, an appeal may be filed with the DepED or the CHED.
(e) Inaction or inhibition. – Within thirty (30) days from filing of the complaint, there being no action from the athletic association, the student-athlete or his/her representative may directly file a written complaint with the DepED or the CHED.
(f) Sanctions and penalties. – Upon notice and hearing, the DepED or the CHED may impose the appropriate penalties under relevant laws, rules or regulations, including:
(1) On erring schools:
Any violation of the provisions of this Act shall be punishable by suspension from participating in the athletic organization/s and/or a fine ranging from one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) to one million pesos (P1,000,000.00) depending on the gravity of the offense; and
(2) On erring athletic associations:
Any violation of the provisions of this Act shall be punishable by a fine ranging from one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) to one million pesos (P1,000,000.00) depending on the gravity of the offense.
The availment of remedies under this Act will not preclude the complainant from seeking further recourse from the courts of law.
(g) Nothing in this section shall prevent any of the persons mentioned herein from filing for a temporary restraining order or any other injunctive relief in court if there is no other plain, speedy, and adequate remedy in the ordinary course of law.
SEC. 9. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – Within ninety (90) days from the approval of this Act, the DepED and the CHED, in consultation with the PSC, shall promulgate the rules and regulations implementing the provisions of this Act. The implementing rules and regulations issued pursuant to this section shall take effect thirty (30) days after its publication in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.
We from the Thomasian Alumni Football Community would like to request for a dialogue and at the same time petition to sanction or terminate Ms. Prescilla Rubio as Head Coach of UST Women’s Football Team. Attached is the petition letter of the Thomasian Alumni Football United who is against the conduct unbecoming of Coach Prescilla Rubio.
Very respectfully yours,
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