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  1. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    IF the reports are true, De La Salle University should not only return its 2004 University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball title, but its 2001 crown as well.

    A highly reliable source told Sports Times that Mark Cardona’s entry in the Green Archers 4 years ago is now being questioned since his Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificate of Rating (PEPTRC) was also reported to be spurious.

    The source, who requested anonymity, also said the people who allegedly helped Cardona gained the tampered PEPTRC were the same persons who fixed the papers of Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian, whose certificates from the Department of Education were also suspected to be forged.

    Cardona, now playing in the Philippine Basketball Association for Talk ’N Text, was a major part of La Salle’s 2001 title season in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines against archrival Ateneo de Manila University, a feat that completed the Green Archers’ rare “four-peat.”

    He also won Rookie of the Year honors that season and played three more seasons, helping the team win the 2004 UAAP title before deciding to forgo his remaining year of eligibility to join the PBA draft this summer.

    “Cardona tried out for NU [National University] in 2000 and the coach liked him, but when he was asked to show a high school diploma, he disappeared,” the source said.

    NU Bulldogs mentor Manny Dandan confirmed this, saying he even knows that Cardona—called “Captain Hook” in basketball circles—did not pass the PEPTCR test on his first try.

    It could not be confirmed if the 6-foot-1 guard with the unusual jump shot tried to or failed to take a second test, which gives a person the equivalent of a high-school diploma.

    “We wanted to get him, but he failed the PEP test. How could that happen?” said Dandan, adding that Cardona did try out for 2 weeks but never showed up again when asked to produce the document.

    According to the source, the people behind the scam are a former member of La Salle’s coaching staff and the team’s liaison officer, but he refused to divulge their names since La Salle is currently investigating the controversy.

    “That former member of the coaching staff has close contacts in the DepEd. They know the fixers there,” the source added.

    The former member of La Salle’s coaching staff is now part of the coaching crew of one UAAP school, the source said.

    Curiously, Benitez, Gatchalian and Cardona all played for Jose Rizal University’s juniors team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

    According to an insider at the Department of Education, Cardona’s PEPTRC is now under scrutiny following La Salle’s own expose last week that one of its players had faked his PEPTCR to enter college.

    Newspaper reports (not in the Times) and Internet forums earlier identified Benitez and later Gatchalian.

    La Salle officials were supposed to make an announcement on the investigation on the first player on Friday, but on Tuesday they learned that a former player of its team who suited up in the 2004 season—identified in news and Internet reports as Gatchalian—was also being questioned for the same case.

    Now that a third Archer is under siege, the school’s investigation will need more time as more individuals are being linked to the controversy.

    The controversy has forced the DepEd to look deeper into the issue, finding out that nine other students also took the same route Benitez did in being admitted into college.

    Although the DepEd refused to name the other students, Sports Times learned that two NCAA schools and another in the UAAP had students with spurious PEP certificates.

    It cannot be confirmed if these are student-athletes or just regular students.

  2. Join Date
    Aug 2003
    while they're the first to admit it, something tells me la salle isn't the only one doing this

  3. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Naisip ko lang... If the scenario was Cardona is ineligible, tapos natuloy din yung ineligibility ni Arwind Santos; 5 peat na yung Ateneo all of a sudden sa basketball.

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    Oct 2002
    tsk tsk tsk really bad...................

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    May 2004
    wow, bad uaap image.

    badkuk, anong school pa nasa isip mo? hehe...

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    Oct 2002
    may chismax din na a total of 9 players from different teams ang iniimbestigahan ngayon. meron din daw sa ateneo eh.

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    Oct 2002
    Actually matagal ng nangyayari yan either NCAA or UAAP.

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    Nov 2002
    malamang nyan e NU ang champion :D

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    Jul 2005
    Quote Originally Posted by akoyon
    malamang nyan e NU ang champion :D
    sa wakas magcha-champion din NU pag nagkataon... hehehehe...

  10. Join Date
    Aug 2003
    aba'y malay ko sir silhouette B). the other universities are quite mum about this issue though

    i think sa HS e some are bending the rules to accomodate "veteran" varsity players. i even heard some rumors about a certain high school "Re-enrolling" a player who graduated a year ago.
    Last edited by badkuk; October 21st, 2005 at 10:43 AM.

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Cardona also under fire in La Salle fiasco