Belano bats for Magna Carta for student-athletes

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

UNIVERSITY of the Visayas Green Lancers head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. wants the Magna Carta for Student-Athletes passed soon to help curb player piracy.

“I salute Sen. Pia Cayetano’s concern for student-athletes. Although this gives players the freedom to chose which school they want to play, it would also give security to schools which spend time, money and effort in developing athletes. It could put an end to piracy of players who transfer because of juicier offers,” Belano told Sun.Star Cebu.

UV is currently trying to cope with another round of player piracy.


Last November, the Green Lancers lost prized Cameroonian recruit Mike Harry Nzeuzeu to a school in Manila, which reportedly dropped a juicier offer. Now they lost forward Leonard Santillan and rookie point guard June Kent Manzo to Manila teams. Santillan was reportedly pirated by National University, while Manzo is in another Manila school.

“The problem with them (Nzeuzeu, Santillan and Manzo) they didn’t talk to the management. I myself won’t stop them if it is for their own good but to jump out of the team without the blessings or the knowledge of the management is a different thing. They can’t have their records, sila ra pod ang lugi,” Belano said.

Without their records, the players could not get the promised monthly allowances, perks and benefits from their recruiter.

“The school owners are very broad-minded. They won’t stop players from seeking better opportunities. Like the case of Gregg (Slaughter), UV released him to Ateneo, Ralf Olivarez was released to UE and Paul Desiderio to UP. All of them got the blessings of the school,” Belano added.

Belano said the passage of the Magna Carta for Student-Athletes is the only way to stop this practice.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 12, 2014.


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