TRO granted vs UAAP's residency rule
MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City court has issued a 20-day temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevents the UAAP and the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) from enforcing the two-year residency rule against former UST swimmer Anna Dominique “Mikee” Bartolome.
Bartolome filed for a TRO last week after UST refused to grant her release that will allow her to represent the University of the Philippines (UP) in the upcoming UAAP seniors swimming competition.
Both the UAAP and UST were named as defendants in the case filed before the Quezon City RTC Branch 226.
“All persons acting for and in behalf of the defendant are hereby ordered to cease and desist from imposing the two-year residency rule and allow the plaintiff Anna Dominique A. Bartolome to be eligible in the UP swimming line-up so that she can participate in the UAAP swimming competition senior division this coming Sept. 19, 2013,” presiding Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz, Jr. said in the resolution issued on Tuesday.
The newly enforced UAAP residency rule compels high school graduates transferring from one UAAP member school to another to go through a two-year residency.
Bartolome, who won several medals in four UAAP seasons as a high school student in UST, was hoping to make it to the UP swimming team’s final line-up for the UAAP competitions. Deadline for the submission of line-up was set on Wednesday.
“In this case, the urgency lies in the fact that the inclusion in the UP swimming line-up is only up to September 4, 2013 and that petitioner will not be eligible to join because of the two year residency rule,” Sta. Cruz noted.
“In order not to render the issues in this case moot and academic, the court grants the temporary restraining order as prayed for, for a period of twenty (20) days from receipt of this order,” he said,
The court, meanwhile, scheduled a hearing on September 11 that will tackle Bartolome’s request for a preliminary injunction asking her release from UST.