Ramirez nag-referee sa athletics controversy
TULUYAN nang nagpahayag ang Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) sa isang mahabang pagdedetalye ng panig nito bilang ahensiya ng gobyerno sa sports sa lumalalang usapin sa pagitan ng atleta ni Ernest John “EJ” Obiena at kinaaaniban nitong Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa).
Inihayag mismo ni PSC Chairman William Ramirez ang naging detalye ng mahabang oras ng pag-uusap kasama ang buong miyembro ng Executive Board na sina Ramon Fernandez, Charles Raymond Maxey, Arnold Agustin at ang natatanging babaeng commissioner na si Celia Hicarte Kiram hinggil sa usapn.
“This morning, the Philippine Sports Commission Board met to discuss our collegial action on the athletics issue, which took several ugly faces yesterday. I would like to relay the following on behalf of my colleagues in the PSC Board,” pagsisimula ni Ramirez.
“Patafa’s dropping of EJ from the athletics national team without any chance given for the athlete to appeal was a sad development. Due process requires proper disposition of issues and cases whether in government or private venues, including in administrative proceedings.”
“We also express our disappointment that the mediation process was not realized,” punto ni Ramrez.
“When the POC declared their involvement, we hoped they would bridge the gap between EJ and Patafa, both being under their authority. However, the issue became more muddled with the declaration of (Philip Ella) Juico as persona non grata and now calling on us to intervene on the Patafa’s removal of EJ from the national team,” sabi nito.
“This is a simple case of liquidation,” paliwanag ni Ramirez.
“EJ has given his partial liquidation report and the documents are now being examined and verified. This is a good step. Do not allow anyone to use those against you by getting it done. Finalize your liquidation and then you can focus on the other concerns.” Pahayag ng PSC Board. .
“With this situation, the PSC now took a second look and have started to craft policies on the requests of NSAs to fund and support someone into becoming an elite athlete at the international level. This issue has once again highlighted how NSAs do not give due consideration on the investment of the government and the people,” sabi ntio.
“We will implement stricter guidelines on granting of financial assistances to NSAs and will require their submission of a disciplinary code or protocol in case anything like this happens in their sport. We shall also be requiring them to include the policy on arbitration within their by-laws as mandated under RA 11232. Failure to comply with these two policies by the end of the month shall constrain the PSC Board to review and reconsider granting of assistances to all non-complying NSAs,” paliwanag ni Ramirez. (Lito Oredo)