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to the vir­tual dis­in­te­gra­tion of the Archer nu­cleus of Ayo, Mbala and Rivero—a chill­ing de­vel­op­ment that caused the pre­ma­ture col­lapse of a much­bal­ly­hooed re­nais­sance for the Taft-based squad.

After Ayo moved to Univer­sity of Sto. To­mas last year, La Salle got fur­ther crip­pled by Mbala’s sud­den de­par­ture to play for a pro­fes­sional team in Mex­ico.

And, as if that was not enough, La Salle would next see the exit of Rivero for the flim­si­est of rea­sons that his prod­uct en­dorse­ments would dis­bar him from con­tin­u­ing to don the La Salle jersey.

Next thing we knew, Rivero is with the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines and is set to play as a Ma­roon next sea­son.

La Salle, sud­denly now in tat­ters, is in a re­build­ing process, yes, but its woes are such that its Kiwi re­in­force­ment Samuel Taane is on the in­jured list, leav­ing a huge hole in the mid­dle.

So, who was sur­prised when Ate­neo scored that 71-55 rout of La Salle on Satur­day for the Archers’ third loss as against the Ea­gles’ fifth straight win against a lone de­feat? Not me. Now this: Will the Ate­neoLa Salle re­match in Round 2 draw the same sell-out crowd of Round 1? In fair­ness, I say yes. Only their matchup that we see, con­sis­tently, a crowd that cares only for the game they watch. Never the re­sult. urge our po­lice au­thor­i­ties to run after the killers and bring them to jus­tice the soon­est pos­si­ble time,” part of the group’s state­ment read.

In a sep­a­rate state­ment she is­sued Mon­day evening, Chief Jus­tice Tere­sita De Cas­tro has called on law en­force­ment agen­cies to hunt down and ap­pre­hend the sus­pects.

Jac­que­line de Guia, Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights spokesper­son, said they will also con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing of Pin­tac.

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