The University of St. La Salle Stingers opted to join the La Salle-Bacolod community in distributing relief goods to victims of typhoon `Yolanda’ in Panay island while waiting for their schedule for the best-of-three final series in the NOPSSCEA men’s basketball.
USLS External Relations director and Stingers team manager Rhoderick Samonte said the basketball team will be leaving tomorrow evening on board a roll-on roll-off sea vessel bound for Dumangas and will travel to Roxas City, Capiz, the first stop of the USLS Operasyon Yolanda.
Also joining the group are former varsity players of USLS, the Ceres-La Salle football team, Balayan staff, student volunteers, the Institute for Negros Development, and the Integrated School Community Service Center.
Samonte said transportation will be provided by Ceres Bus Lines.
From Capiz, he said the USLS group will proceed to Carles and Estancia towns in northern Negros to distribute the relief goods.
The Stingers joined the campaign to help the typhoon victims in the midst of the resignation of NOPSSCEA Sports Task Force chairman Anthony Carlo Agustin from the NOPSSCEA Board.
In a text message sent to the DAILY STAR, Agustin said he tendered his resignation to the NOPSSCEA Board and advised this writer to get information about the remaining basketball games from NOPSSCEA information officer Carlos Legaspi.
Prior to Agustin’s resignation, NOPSSCEA basketball tournament manager Dante Albao announced that all games, including the final series between USLS and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in the college division, were rescheduled and will be played this weekend due to typhoon `Yolanda’.
Albao also refused to comment about the complaint against a UNO-R player, who is a member of the nucleus of the Rams’ lineup that beat the defending champion West Negros University Mustangs twice in the semifinals.
When asked to comment about the issue, Samonte said he can not make any statement about it although he confirmed that the NOPSSCEA Board called an emergency meeting yesterday and USLS Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Bob Bergante was there to represent the school.
Samonte said they will abide by the decision of the NOPSSCEA Board and the Stingers are ready to play in the finals but not this weekend since the team has committed to join the USLS Operasyon Yolanda.
Meanwhile, NOPSSCEA Outreach Committee head Pastor Edwin Madlangbayan, whose name was floated as the acting chairman of the Sports Task Force in view of the resignation of Agustin, refused to make any comment.
He advised the DAILY STAR to wait for the official statement from the NOPSSCEA Board that will be issued by Legaspi today.*NAB
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