Ateneo wants La Salle reps out of UAAP Board
MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou asked for the removal of La Salle representatives Henry Atayde and Edwin Reyes from the UAAP Board during their meeting on Thursday, claiming that they are not qualified for the position.
In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, Palou confirmed that he pushed for the removal of Atayde and Reyes from the UAAP Board.
“If you look at the rules, they are not qualified to be UAAP Board members,” Palou said. “The rules say that each university will be entitled to two board members. One must be an athletic director or a PE director, and the second board member must be a professor or a member of the administration.”
“Atayde and Reyes are consultants,” he said.
But Atayde, in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, stressed that both he and Reyes were qualified for the position and have been approved by the Board at the start of the season.
“I am a sports marketing director for the Office of Sports Development, and I am also the president of the World Union of Former La Sallian Students. I am a sports consultant for La Salle Green Hills,” Atayde told ABS-CBNnews.com.
According to Atayde, Reyes “goes to the office three times a week and plans out fundraising activities for DLSU.”
Atayde pointed out that they are following the rules, since he comes from the sports office, while Reyes is a member of the administration.
When told that Atayde insisted that he and Reyes were qualified to be board members, Palou said: “That’s a lie. That’s a big lie.”
“I asked them before I brought this topic up, and they said that they’re consultants,” he said.
The UAAP Board did not act on Palou’s motion. Instead, UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson University will convene the presidents of the other member schools in a meeting next Sunday to discuss the matter, as well as the other issues that have plagued the league in Season 76.
When asked if he plans to continue to push for the La Salle representatives' removal from the league board, Palou answered: "Of course."