by Jonas Terrado
A swimmer from the University of the Philippines, Anna Dominique Bartolome, has filed a case against the UAAP seeking to overturn a league rule that requires high school graduates moving from one member school to another to undergo a two-year residency.
Bartolome, represented by father Vic, filed the complaint last Wednesday where the plaintiffs asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the residency requirement.
The complaint is also seeking the issuance of a writ of preliminary prohibitory injunction and writ of preliminary mandatory injunction commanding Bartolome’s high school University of Santo Tomas to issue a release or a permanent injunction and declaration of nullity of the rule.
Hearing has been set on Monday with judge Leah Domingo Regala hearing the arguments for the case.
Senator Pia Cayetano, who held a hearing against the residency last April, is providing a lawyer for the 17-year old Bartolome, who hopes to play for University of the Philippines in the UAAP swimming competition set to open on Sept. 19 at Trace College in Laguna.
“I have nothing at stake here, it’s just that tinulungan ko sila with lawyers and the legal aspect of the case,” said Cayetano.