FEU denies it is releasing Pingoy

Posted at 02/12/2014 1:54 PM | Updated as of 02/12/2014 1:54 PM

No one has asked for Pingoy's release papers: Montinola

MANILA – The Far Eastern University’s (FEU) representative to the UAAP Board denied that the school is willing to release former UAAP juniors Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jerie Pingoy, which would have given the athlete the freedom to play for Ateneo in the coming season.

A report on Spin.ph on Tuesday cited unnamed sources who claimed that FEU is “ready to grant the two-time juniors MVP a release.”

But during the inauguration of the FEU Diliman Sports Center later Tuesday, FEU’s UAAP Board representative, Anton Montinola, quickly put an end to speculations, and revealed that Pingoy has not even asked for a release from the university.

“No, he has never asked for a release. Nobody asked for a release,” said Montinola.

Pingoy, who attended Tuesday’s inauguration, confirmed that he and his family did not request a release from FEU.

“Hindi rin, hindi pa namin naisipan muna ‘yun,” he said. “So as of now, ginagawa namin, antayin na lang talaga muna.”

Pingoy won a championship with the FEU Baby Tamaraws in 2012, but caused a stir when he decided to commit to the Ateneo Blue Eagles for college. His decision led to changes in the UAAP’s eligibility rules, such that an athlete from a UAAP high school transferring to another UAAP school for college is now required to sit out two years in residency, unless he is granted a release by his former school.

Pingoy served the first year of his residency last year but said he is not losing hope that he will be granted a release.

“AKo iniisip ko na lang, think positive na lang,” he said. “Kung hindi man ako makapaglaro this season, antayin ko na lang next year kasi one year na lang din ako mag-aantay. Pero kung may chance makapag-laro ako this year, mas mabuti, ‘di ba.”

Montinola believed that Pingoy’s presence at the ceremony Tuesday was indicative of the former Baby Tams’ desire to return to FEU, saying the star athlete was welcome anytime.

“I think the fact that he showed up says something. I think he wanted to see his teammates, he wanted to see his former school, he wanted to see and he was quite impressed with our gym,” said Montinola. “He lives nearby, so maybe, maybe, he wants to try. We will give him the honor of taking the first shot.”

Pingoy, however, reaffirmed his commitment to Ateneo. “I choose Ateneo talaga,” he said.