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.