Cayetano hails TRO vs UAAP's 2-yr residency rule
MANILA – Sen. Pia Cayetano hailed a Quezon City court's order stopping the UAAP from enforcing its two-year residency rule against former University of Sto. Tomas swimmer Anna Dominique “Mikee” Bartolome.
Cayetano supported the swimmer in seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) against UAAP and UST.
Bartolome wanted to join the UP swimming team, but the league’s 2-year residency rule prevented her from doing so.
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 226 Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz, Jr. granted Bartolome’s request.
“Sweet victory! QC RTC has issued a TRO v UAAP's 2yr residency rule. Mikee Bartolome will swim for UP!” the senator said through her Twitter account.
Sweet victory! QC RTC has issued a TRO v UAAP's 2yr residency rule. Mikee Bartolome will swim for UP!
— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) September 3, 2013
The UAAP residency rule compels high school graduates transferring from one UAAP member school to another to go through a two-year residency.
Cayetano, who heads the Senate committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, found the rule unfair and wanted the UAAP Board to revoke it.
The UAAP enforced the new rule after Far Eastern University (FEU) player Jerie Pingoy joined Ateneo.
Pingoy will now have to wait for two years before playing for Ateneo.