ON the eve of their varsity teams’second game for the much-coveted UAAP basketball crown, National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday had a simple message to University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University officials and students: ‘Sport Lang.’
He issued the statement in the wake of the issue surrounding UP Regent Frederick “Spocky” Farolan following his cryptic social media post and suggestions of violence against members of the Ateneo Blue Eagles who beat the UP Fighting Maroons in game 1 of their best-of-3 title series last Saturday.
Eleazar appealed for calm among UP and Ateneo community and called on all concerned to refrain from posting ‘inflammatory messages’ in the social media.
He, however, expressed confidence that there will be no violence in today’s Game 2 at the Araneta-Smart Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City owing to the presence of top students and graduates of the two prestigious schools.
“Enjoy the moment and set a good example. This is not just a basketball game between 10 players on the court. It is a game between top students in our country, and all students nationwide are watching you,” he told the Ateneo and UP communities.
The NCRPO chief likewise ordered a stepped-up crackdown against ‘scalpers’ selling UAAP tickets at exorbitant prices. This after his men arrested 17 ‘scalpers’ during separate operations outside the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last Saturday.
Eleazar ordered Q.C. Police District director, Chief Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. to help secure the Araneta Coliseum and its vicinity in today’s game two by fielding more uniformed and plainclothes officers. He also instructed Esquivel to immediately apprehend anybody who will create trouble in today’s game.