NEWS report: The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) withdrew its recognition of the Philippine
Karatedo Federation (PKF) and suspended all financial assistance over alleged misappropriation of
The same report said: The PSC, headed by Chairman Butch Ramirez, said it would also wait
for the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which had similarly been conducting
an investigation on the matter.
Well, where would the athletes be without the PSC and its staunch and strong-willed
officials -- Ramirez and commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agusitn and Celia
You do not want know.
Ever since taking over at the helm of the country’s government sports agency under
President Duterte, Ramirez and his commissioners have set out to put the house in order, take
politics out of sports and make sure the people's hard-earned money will be properly spent on sports
It is a task as daunting and intimidating as the 12 Labors of Hercules but the rewards would
surely be as delightful and enjoyable as the ascend to Mount Olympus.
“It’s a thankless job, but that’s what we are here (in PSC) for,” said Ramirez during a
dialogue with the officers of the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the PSC
Administration Bldg. inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex last Feb. 8.
“No less than President Duterte put us here in the PSC to look after sports in our country,
especially the welfare of our athletes,” explained Ramirez, who also personally administered the
oath of office to the newly-formed association composed of sports editors, sportswriters,
columnists and photographers of the country’s leading national tabloids.
“Fortunately, we have the President's ears. We have his full support,” added Ramirez, who
also served as officer-in-charge of the Davao Sports Development Division and adviser for sports
of the then-Davao Mayor Duterte in 2009.
It is President Duterte's trust and confidence on Ramirez and his four commissioners that
provides inspiration to the new PSC leadership to pursue a no-nonsense drive to make the local
sports world a much better place again.
Even if it means crossing sword with Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Peping
Cojuangco and the so-called “Old Boys Club.”
What have the PSC done in less than two years in office under President Duterte?
Let us count the ways.
-- Launched a comprehensive, nationwide grassroots sports development program in
cooperation with local government units.
-- Introduced the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) under Marc Velasco.
-- Curbed corruption by investigating several national sports associations with still
unliquidated financial assistance given to them by past PSC administrations.
-- Resolved leadership conflicts in several NSAs.
-- Organized the PSC Children's Games: No to Drugs, Yes to Sports program in select
cities and provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
And more importantly,
-- Uncovered anomalies in sports, such as the alleged failure of the POC and Joey
Romasanta to give the Olympic Solidarity allowances to the 13 Filipino athletes who competed in the
Olympic Games in Rio amounting to P1.6 million, and the misappropriation of funds given to the PKF
as exposed by the athletes themselves and became the subject of an NBI investigation.
Is it government intervention in sports?
You can't help it, since these NSAs asked and were given government money and the PSC is
mandated by law to protect the interest of the government.
“As long as we're doing what we think is right, we will continue to do it and exercise the
same political will as shown by President Duterte in running our country,” said Ramirez.
Ramirez, Fernandez and Maxey did not hide their excitement with the creation of TOPS and
meeting the sports editors and writers, whom they call as their “partners for change.”
To them, it’s a good beginning.
And turning their sights on the court-ordered POC elections on Feb. 23, they now hope
for a real change. Maybe an era in sports is finally coming to end.
A welcome ending for good of sports.
Last Feb. 8, the PSC talked about beginnings and endings.
* * *
Please say a prayer to one of my favorite uncles Ernesto “Bobby” Susano, whose family
is marking his eighth death anniversary today (Feb. 12). Uncle Bob was avid fan of PBA
legend Robert Jaworski and his Barangay Ginebra team. Bobby and his brother Tony were my
regular companions when watching the Crispa-Toyota games at the general admission section of
the Araneta Coliseum in the late 70s.
We missed him today.
NOTES -- Belated happy fiesta of Our Lady of Lourdes to all our relatives and friends in
Quezon City last Feb. 11. The celebration was made even more memorable since it was the 160th
anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France. The National
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in La Loma is now one of the most beautiful churches in the