Farming seminar, 3-on-3 training allegedly included in UST bubble

As the government investigation of the UST Growling Tigers men's basketball team rolls along, more details are now being divulged regarding what allegedly happened in Capuy, Sorsogon.

UST student publication The Varsitarian reported on Monday, September 7, that the Tigers were apparently made to attend a farming seminar and visit a piggery on top of 3-on-3 scrimmages.

According to the report, the team practiced from 8:30 to 11:30 am and 3 to 5 pm every day except Tuesdays and Sundays.

This development comes as just a rotten cherry on top of a mountain of incriminating evidence against the Tigers, coincidentally on the same day the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) acknowledged the existence of the so-called "Bicol bubble."

Heads have rolled within the UST camp two weeks after the issue first made the headlines as head coach Aldin Ayo and his lead assistants McJour Luib and Jinino Manansala resigned from the team.

Five players have also left the team in the wake of the controversy – former captain CJ Cansino, Rhenz Abando, Brent Paraiso, Ira Bataller, and Jun Asuncion.

All 5 have found new collegiate homes, with the latest being the trio of Abando, Paraiso, and Bataller committing to the reigning NCAA champion Letran Knights.

However, the investigation still moves on, with CHED already submitting reports to the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Justice for possible sanctions.

The UAAP Board of Trustees will also convene soon to discuss their own sanctions based on the recommendation of the league's Board of Managing Directors. –