CJ Cansino posted screenshots of the group chat he created with the parents of the players who were in the Sorsogon 'bubble' even as the University of Santo Tomas' athletic director resigned in the wake of the alleged quarantine protocol violations by the Growling Tigers under head coach Aldin Ayo.
Hours before the second meeting between the UAAP, Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusements Board, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Health started yesterday afternoon, Cansino showed screenshots of the Tigers' grievances inside the "bubble" environment in the group chat created last August 9.
Food was the most common concern by the team, which found it to be lacking.
Later in the afternoon, Cansino deleted the screenshots on his Twitter account.
At the height of UST's internal investigation regarding allegations on the men's basketball squad conducting workouts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P. reportedly resigned as the school's athletic director.
Abogado's predecessor Fr. Ermito de Sagon, O.P., who headed UST's highly-successful sports program for 16 years, is returning from his old position.
The drama continued for the Tigers, as Cansino posted damning details regarding the poor conditions of living under Ayo’s alleged "bubble".
Cansino's former teammates Brent Paraiso and Ira Bataller complained to parents of “oily” and “tasteless” food in the "bubble". They were said to be getting sick, stressed and even allegedly abandoned by those who supposed to be taken cared of, according to Rhenz Abando.
“Hindi po namin nagugustuhan yung food dito at konti lang kasi kaya yung iba sa amin, nag-oorder ng fast food," said Cansino, who commmitted to play for University of the Philippines last Friday after being dismissed by the team.
Soulemane Chabi Yo, the reigning MVP, went homesick, according to the group chat, as boredom and poor cellphone signal also bothered him.
“I’m trying to adjust but it’s difficult. I am homesick, very bored. We have poor signal and different routine from what we are used to. Not happy with this at all,” said Chabi Yo.
“For me even if I can go back to Manila now, I’m ready. But if not yet pa, basta uwi na tayo after two to three months maximum. Everyone of us has food that we prefer to eat but here we just eat what they cook even if we don’t like it," the Benin native added.
Ayo has still neither confirmed or denied the Tigers' supposed training sessions that have been going on in his hometown since June.
According to sports website Tiebreaker Times, quoting multiple sources, Abogado’s resignation was submitted and accepted by the school last Tuesday.
Abogado, who since being named as athletic director last 2017 saw UST win three consecutive UAAP general championships in the collegiate and high school divisions, was caught in the middle of the "bubble" controversy.
On Sunday, a copy of the alleged waiver, which has Abogado's name on it, surfaced online. The parents had to sign the said waiver to clear the team of any damages if something wrong happens in the said Sorsogon sessions.
Abogado has yet to issue a statement regarding that matter.