Aldin Ayo formally resigns amid UST investigation

UST Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo has formally stepped down after weeks of issues and investigations surrounding him and the team, per a statement on Friday, September 4.

“I have tendered my resignation as Head Coach of the UST Men’s Basketball Team. I deeply apologize to all those who have been adversely affected by our activity and unnecessarily exposed to much condemnation especially the University,” Ayo said.

“I take responsibility for my actions and shall face the appropriate sanctions. And I shall go for a personal retreat,” he continued.

This is the first time in more than two weeks that the multi-titled tactician referenced the “Bicol bubble” investigation. Prior to his resignation, he declined to comment on the situation but promised full cooperation with the proper authorities.

Ayo came under fire for allegedly bringing the entire UST men’s basketball team in Sorsogon for a training camp, which is a violation of the government’s health protocols amid the pandemic.

So far, multiple government agencies have already been involved in the issue, namely the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Health (DOH), the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), and most recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Ayo’s resignation is just the latest blow to the flourishing Tigers program which has seen 5 players leave the roster, either by exile like ex-team captain CJ Cansino, or by voluntary exit like Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, Ira Bataller, and Jun Asuncion.

Meanwhile, the investigation will move forward despite this latest development as the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) group composed of the PSC, CHED, DOH and GAB will elevate the matter to the DOJ for possible sanctions on either Ayo alone or the Tigers program as a whole.

Likewise, the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) are set to meet soon after the league’s Board of Managing Directors (BMD) reportedly recommended their own sanctions, as well.

Where Ayo will end up next will depend on the sanctions that will possibly be imposed. –