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UNO-R rep mulls giving up
seat in NOPSSCEA Board

University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Student Affairs Office director, Carlos Legaspi, said resigning his seat as UNO-R representative in the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association Board is an option he might take after the body disregarded his chairmanship of its Committee on Press Relations.

Legaspi said he was surprised to read in a local paper, not the DAILY STAR, about the Board’s decision overruling the petition of UNO-R to play the second game in the championship series of the collegiate basketball against West Negros University.

He said the Jury of Appeals recommended that Game 2 should be played, but the NOPSSCEA Board voted against it, 5-4, in a meeting held October 23, 2012, and attended by 10 of its 15 members.

Legaspi said he left the meeting and inhibited himself from voting during the division of the house, out of delicadeza.

He said he was not informed by the secretary of the Board about the decision and only knew about it two days later after Fr. Louie Gabinete, UNO-R Vice President for Student's Welfare forwarded to his office the letter sent by the NOPSSCEA informing the school of its decision.

“Obviously, NOPSSCEA is giving more priority to sports than academics. Maybe it’s about time for me to turn over my seat in the Board to the president or the vice president of the school (UNO-R) for proper representation,” Legaspi said.

He added that the Board also bypassed his office as chairman on press relations when a copy of its decision was released to the media.

“There was an agreement among the Board members that the office of the PRO should make all public announcements. Unfortunately, this agreement was also disregarded,” Legaspi said.

NOPSSCEA president Dr. Gerson Cabarles confirmed to the DAILY STAR that letters were already sent to UNO-R and WNU about its decision.

Refusing to elaborate on its content, he said the media should just “wait for the official statement”.*NAB

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