Rhenz Abando (UAAP)
Rhenz Abando has reportedly left UST.(UAAP)

A total of four Tigers have left the lair.

Rhenz Abando and Ira Bataller have reportedly parted ways with University of Santo Tomas Sunday afternoon, following the departure of former teammates CJ Cansino and Brent Paraiso.

The development was first reported by Tiebreaker Times.

One of the reported frontrunner schools for the Abando recruitment is Letran, a sister-school of UST.

“Malapit na yan,” a reliable source told the Manila Bulletin, regarding Abando’s transfer.

San Beda University also expressed interest in recruiting Abando, another source confirmed.

Abando, for his part, hinted that reports were true by posting on his social media accounts.

“Thank you for your unending grace!!!” Abando wrote on Twitter, with a yellow heart emoji. On Instagram, he posted a photo of UST’s Main Building with the same caption via Stories.

Should Abando decided to suit up for a UAAP school, he will only have two playing years left. But if he chooses to commit to a non-UAAP school, like the NCAA, three more playing years await him.

Abando is no stranger to controversy as the 22-year-old cager from Pangasinan was benched by head coach Aldin Ayo in one of the games during Season 82.

Poaching attempts from other schools were reportedly cited as one of the reasons behind the benching.

This time around, Abando and Bataller were part of the group chat that Cansino exposed on social media Wednesday.

Players discussed with their parents the living condition in the Sorsogon “bubble,” with some expressing their grievances on food and health among others.

These eventually led for Cansino, who transferred to University of the Philippines, to be kicked out of the team while Paraiso left on his own accord.

The UST fiasco is coming to a close this Tuesday as the UAAP presents the school’s findings to officials of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) Group and Commission on Higher Education (CHED). (With reports from Waylon Galvez)

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/31/uaap-rhenz-abando-ira-bataller-leave-ust-report/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uaap-rhenz-abando-ira-bataller-leave-ust-report)