UAAP's Jao insists ties to MVP group not an issue

By Camille B. Naredo,

Posted at Jun 19 2014 03:21 PM | Updated as of Jun 19 2014 11:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – UAAP Season 77 Commissioner Andy Jao may work for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters as a consultant, but he said this should not create problems for him or for his office once the 77th season of the UAAP starts on July 12.

"I work for Talk 'N Text as a consultant, and that's a professional team. I've worked for several teams in the professional league," Jao explained on "The Score" Wednesday night.

"This time, I'm working with Talk 'N Text, but before I entered this, before I even accepted this, I had told MVP (Talk 'N Text owner Manny V. Pangilinan) that they were going to ask me to be the UAAP commissioner," he continued.

"And I said, I like the job, it's a challenge, and MVP is a sportsman. He has a passion for the school that he of course represents and that he has helped finance," Jao added, referring to the Ateneo de Manila University.

"But he (MVP) is not going to ask me to do anything. I think everybody knows that MVP is a sportsman. That's not a problem, and I don't think that's a problem also with the other members of the board."

Jao has already served as UAAP Commissioner in 2011, and hopes that he can fulfill his role this time as well.

"The exact job of the commissioner is to make sure that the games are officiated properly," he said. "The games and the running of the tournament belongs to my office."

"The most important thing here – and I think that's what everybody is after – is that there will be a good sense of judgment and fairness as far as the games are concerned," he added.

"That's supposed to be my job, and I hope I can do a good job with that."

Last season’s commissioner, Chito Loyzaga, installed several cameras in the venues to review incidents during games, which partly led to the increase in suspension of players.

Jao doesn't think he will use this tactic – "I know for a fact that ABS-CBN has a lot of cameras which I can use," he said – but he will be bringing back a system that has helped him in the past.

"One thing I did, which they didn't have in the last few years, was I had my own computer with a video recorder, and a guy that I had to bring in. I can recall any portion of the game at any time, spliced already," he said.

"So in the first half, for example, I don't like this call, I don’t like that call, or somebody's complaining about a call. All I have to do is go inside the locker room, show it to the referees, (and say) you didn't make a good call, you weren’t in a good position," Jao added.

"(If) somebody is complaining about a call, I show him (the video and say), 'Hey, it's correct,' which I actually did to one of the managers of the teams, and he appreciated it," he added.

"I'm going to recall it again this year."