UP Pep Squad May Not Join UAAP CDC Next Year If Protest Remains Unanswered

Seems there’s trouble brewing for the cheerdance tilt of the UAAP.

After finishing third place in this year’s cheerdance competition, the University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad reportedly filed a formal protest following the results, which saw the NU Pep Squad defending its title from last year, and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe landing second place, according to a report by GMA News.

UP Pep Squad Cheerdance Competition 2015

Photo Credit: Jiru Rada and Kim Pauig of Maroon Pride

A formal letter was reportedly sent to the UAAP Cheerdance Committee on October 5, two days after the competition, and was endorsed by UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and also the President of the UAAP Board of Trustees. Local reports say that Chancellor Tan  expressed that his endorsement is under the belief that if the committee does not answer any of the points raised in the letter, the cheerdance sport and the UAAP as a sports federation will “remain under a cloud of doubt”.

The UAAP Cheerdance Committee, however, did not answer the points raised by the UP Pep Squad in their complaint, simply saying that they have carefully reviewed the points raised in their letter, and have concluded that “the results of the 2015 UAAP CDC are valid”.

According to the UP Pep Squad, they are just seeking clarification of the results in regard to the UAAP CDC regulations, where they felt there was “prejudice in the scoring”. In a local news report, UP Pep Squad coach Lalaine Juarez-Pereña was quoted saying that if they do not get the answers they are seeking, whether face-to-face or written, then the UP Pep Squad will be “out of CDC next year”.

Did you watch this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition? What do you think of this?

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