The rumor is real. The University of the Philippines Pep Squad will not join this season’s cheerdance competition.
After the event’s order of performance was revealed on Wednesday, the squad posted on their official page about their boycott.
“From our first request for an informal meeting, to the letter of protest advised by the organizers themselves, we have exhausted all our efforts to reach a resolution. We have repeatedly sought out the delegated individuals to no avail. And after many weeks, months, and now a year of waiting, our issues and questions remain unresolved,” read the statement.
The team filed protests last year after a controversial 3rd place finish which saw National University defend its crown and UST Salinggawi beat the Diliman squad on the podium.
“Reared in the institution we represent, we abide with our principles of honor and integrity, and stay true to our word of foregoing with the competition, should the same organizers be hired to handle the event again,” said the UP Pep Squad
The team is tied with UST with the most number of championships. However, the UP Pep Squad has always finished on the podium in the competition’s history.
Read the full statement below:
NU will try to extend their winning streak on November 19 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.