Pormal ng inanunsiyo ng University of the Philippines Varsity Pep Squad (UP Pep Squad) ang kanilang di pagsali sa taunang UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
Sa kanilang Facebook post, malungkot na sinabi ng UP Pep Squad na ang hindi naresolbang protesta nila noong nakaraang taon ang rason kung bakit umatras na sila sa naturang kumpetisyon.
"Last year was one of the most striking seasons in the history of our team. If you have been following our story since, thank you for your interest and patience. Finally, we can share the news to those who have been wondering that, regretfully, we will not be part of this season’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition.," pahayag ng Pep Squad sa kanilang Facebook page.
"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," ayon sa kanilang statement.
"Though you may not all agree with us, we hope that our supporters will understand our decision and remain behind us in harnessing our freedom to prioritize our principles and the welfare of our student athletes," dagdag nila.
Matatandaan na noong nakaraang taon, naghain ng letter of protest ang coach ng UP Pep Squad na si Lalaine Juarez-Pereña kung saan kinukwestyon nito ang resulta ng 2015 UAAP Cheerdance Competition.
Pero sa kabila ng protesta ng UP, hindi sinagot ng organizers ng kumpetisyon ang ilang sa mga punto na kanilang iginigiit.
"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. 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," pahayag ng UP Pep Squad.
Sa naturang resulta, 2nd runner up lamang ang UP Pep Squad habang 1st runner up ang UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe at NU Pep Squad ang panalo.
Nagsilbing host school ang University of the Philippines noong nakaraang UAAP Season 78.