MVP meets Blue Eagles after split from Ateneo

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Sep 28 2012 04:53 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2012 12:53 AM

MVP personally assures his support until end of season

MANILA, Philippines – Businessman Manny V. Pangilinan  met with the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles Thursday night following his split from the Katipunan-based school.

In a dinner at a restaurant in Libis, Quezon City, the telecommunications magnate personally reassured his support to the UAAP defending champions up to the end of the basketball season.

“We just had dinner then talked with MVP. He wanted to let us know he won’t abandon us because he wants us to be able to achieve our goal,” said a source present during the meeting.

The AdMU is hoping to win its fifth straight UAAP men's basketball championship.

Pangilinan earlier severed his ties with the Jesuit-run Ateneo due to differences over various issues, including mining and the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

The businessman has made significant contributions to the Ateneo in recent years, including the Manuel V. Pangilinan Center for Student Leadership building.

However, Pangilinan decided to withdraw his support from Ateneo after the so-called Jesuit Paper critical of mining in the Philippines was circulated.

The paper took a stand against mining, one of Pangilinan's key businesses in the country. Pangilinan is chairman of one of the country's biggest mining firms, Philex Mining.

The Pangilinan-Ateneo split also prompted Eagles coach Norman Black to offer his resignation ahead of the Final 4 series which starts tomorrow.

Black, however, decided to stay put after talking to the businessman.

Black, who helped engineer the Eagles’ four straight title wins, was already set to step down after the 75th UAAP season. He is set to take over the reins of Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, which is owned by Pangilinan.

“Our coach is still with us and we already know MVP is going to see this season to the end,” said the source.