MANILA, Philippines - Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan said he and the Ateneo de Manila University have agreed to temporarily set aside their differences on mining, in order to move their sports partnership forward.
"Well, we decided to set aside issues about mining for the moment," Pangilinan said in an email to ANC, when asked whether he and Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin have settled varous issues he had earlier cited as reasons for severing ties with the university.
Last September, Pangilinan cut his ties with the Ateneo due to their opposing views on mining. The Philex Mining chairman, who graduated from Ateneo with a degree in economics, has been a staunch supporter of the university.
On the issue of the Reproductive Health bill, Pangilinan said there was never any disagreement regarding the matter so the issue was not discussed with Villarin.
Villarin on Monday announced the Ateneo has renewed its ties with Pangilinan, who will be giving a significant donation to its Sports Endowment Fund.
Pangilinan said he is prepared to continue supporting the Ateneo's sports program.
"Yes, I’m treating sports as a standalone activity which I’m prepared to continue supporting. This simply reflects my conviction that the values which sports represent must be greater than any one of us, above potentially divisive issues," Pangilinan said. - Report from Coco Alcuaz, ANC