PSC corruption must be exposed

PSC corruption must be exposed

BY SUSAN PAPA ON MAY 28, 2018 http://www.manilatimes.net/psc-corruption-must-be.../401991/ If President Rodrigo Duterte has not gotten a whiff of the corruption at the Philippine Sports Commission, then it must be exposed so that he will be informed. The PSC should be investigated for its discriminatory, unconstitutional and baseless grant of financial assistance to some National Sports Associations (NSAs) like the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSi). Since the last quarter of 2016, PSi President Mark Joseph has been missing, according to a PSi board member. But the PSC continues to release millions of pesos despite Joseph’s absence. Joseph has been mocking President Duterte in social media but he has been receiving millions of pesos from government sports agency under the Office of the President. The PSC allowed Joseph to run PSi even if he is not in the country. Funds were poured even to the self proclaimed PSi president, Lani Velasco. Even if the Philippine Olympic Commission no longer recognizes PSi as NSA, funds were still given out to PSi. The PSC was given the power and mandate to supervise NSAs especially when their actions are contrary to the Constitution. Another issue of corruption is the exclusion of Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, the most bemedalled athlete in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. Micaela won six gold medals and one silver and broke two Palarong Pambansa records and yet she has been barred from the forthcoming 42nd Asean Age-Group to be held in Los Baños, Laguna in July. The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) sent a letter to the PSC and POC, saying that the rules imposed by the PSi are unconstitutional, discriminating and contrary to law. But PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez had posted his thoughts on social media that NSAs operate as private business entities. We cannot advocate despotism. NSAs are private entities. However, they are receiving funds from the government. Joan Mojdeh, mother of Micaela Jasmine, appealed to Malacañang. She was given due course on March 26, 2018 by the office of the Presidential Complaint Center under Assistant Secretary Jaime Mabilen, who asked PSC Chairman William Ramirez to take appropriate action. However, up to this time, Joan Mojdeh has not heard a word from the PSC, the sole policy making and coordinating body of an amateur sports development programs and institutions in the Philippines, whose primary functions is to provide leadership, formulate the policies and set priorities and direction of all national sports promotions and development particularly giving emphasis on grassroots participation. Does the President know that Chairman Butch Ramirez is facing another case before the Sandiganbayan along with PSi President Mark Joseph and Efraim Genuino? President Duterte, the Philippine sports community is appealing to you to finally break the chain of corruption in Philippine sports.