The NCAA vowed to finish its investigation of last week’s incident between San Beda College and San Sebastian College within the next two weeks.
In a statement, the NCAA’s Management Committee said that it is treating the issue “with a spirit of fairness and justice.”
“The NCAA Mancom decided to make itself the body to investigate and come up with a decision,” said the league through Mancom chairman Dr. Ramon Cercado of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta. “We will fast track the process and we intend to finish the task within two weeks.”
The NCAA was dealt with a big blow after a melee involving San Sebastian women’s volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb and the San Beda men’s basketball team broke out during its volleyball tournament at the San Beda gym last December 2. Gorayeb incurred a swollen eye and bruises in his body while San Sebastian libero Mae Crisostomo also received a wayward hit during the incident.
“We are saddened by this development. The NCAA is celebrating its 87th season this year. We have problems in the past but we survived it. With God’s grace we will overcome this one,” the statement added.
“In the meantime, we appeal for sobriety. We are also asking the prayer of the supporters of the NCAA so that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our deliberations and decision.”
Cercado also said that they will also investigate the bench-clearing melee that broke out during a PCCL match between San Sebastian and San Beda last Monday.
Days removed from the melee in San Beda, eight players were ejected after Calvin Abueva and Kyle Pascual were involved in a fracas with 2:10 remaining in the game.
“Unfortunately, we have to investigate it because it involves NCAA teams. But we will have to wait for the full report from PCCL executive director Joe Lipa before we can act on it,” Cercado said.