To make sure that it is supporting legitimate federations, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) wants to send an observer in the election of various national sports associations (NSAs) as part of its accreditation requirements.
The idea was raised during the directional meeting over the weekend in Tagaytay City, with no less than PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez saying that they want to make sure only the legitimate NSAs and their respective athletes are getting financial support from the government.
Aside from sending an observer, also part of the PSC's accreditation requirements is the endorsement from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), submission of constitution and by-laws and general information sheet, Certificate of Incorporation from the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the signing of undertaking with the PSC.
Ramirez, however, vowed that the PSC would not meddle in the electoral process as the affairs of the NSAs should be free from any government intervention.
The idea, however, might create a crack in the improved relationship between the PSC and the POC as determining the legitimacy of an NSA is the mandate of the POC.
POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros said if and when the proposal is carried through, this would be the first time the government is sending an observer in a purely private affair such as the electoral exercise of an NSA.
Hontiveros said he expects Ramirez to sit down with POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco anytime soon to discuss the feasibility of the idea.
“Chairman Ramirez knows that sending an observer in an NSA election is not part of the mandate of the PSC,” said Hontiveros, adding that Ramirez is no stranger in the PSC after serving as commissioner and chairman under the administration of former President Arroyo.
“Yes, he raised that during the directional meeting last Friday. But as far as I know, it’s not yet final. He has to meet Cong. Peping to discuss it properly. Wala naman hindi nadadaan sa maayos na usapan.”