• UAAP: UE alumni bewail Loyzaga’s ‘unfair treatment’ of Red Warriors

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    The suspension of three University of East players is proof that UAAP Commissioner Chito Loyzaga is subjecting the Red Warriors to “unfair treatment,” the school’s alumni association said.

    Loyzaga suspended 6’8 Charles Mammie, Lord Casajeros and Raffy Olivarez for two games each for unsportsmanlike fouls in their games against Far Eastern University and National University.

    In an open letter to UAAP management, the UE Alumni Association Inc. drew attention “to what appears to be instances of unfair treatment” towards UE players.

    “There are several such instances in UAAP 76 of inequitable treatment towards particular members of the UE men’s basketball team, such that essaying them all can easily lengthen this document,” the association said.

    UE Head coach Boyzie Zamar also defended his players, saying they have no intention to hurt.

    “They are just playing their best,” said Zamar, noting that Olivarez didn’t see NU player Nico Javelona lying on the floor during a rebound play last Saturday. “Raffy didn’t see him because going for a rebound and he unintentionally stepped on him.”

    But Loyzaga insisted the suspended players deserved the sanctions since they violated the spirit of fair play. Loyzaga, who did not elaborate, said every decision is based on UAAP by-laws.

    UAAP Board secretary treasurer Malou Isip of host Adamson backed up Loyzaga’s decision.

    “He displays fair play and sportsmanship to the games which is our mission and vision,” said Isip. “We believe in him and there’s no bias.”

    JOSEF T. RAMOS

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