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Jan 4, 2022 @ 21:32
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Pia Cayetano imbiyerna sa aksyon ng PATAFA vs Obiena

Nagpahayag ng pagkadismaya si Senadora Pia Cayetano sa aksyon ng Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) laban sa pole vaulter na si EJ Obiena.

“I am beyond disgusted with the latest actions and statements of PATAFA’s Philip Juico who is single-handedly killing the spirit of Filipino athletes,” sabi ni Cayetano sa isang statement.

“Despite the underhanded treatment EJ received from PATAFA, even after rendering a full accounting of his training funds and his coach’s confirmation acknowledging receipt of his full payment, it must be noted that EJ himself has said that he was willing to join the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) mediation process after the POC has concluded its own investigation,” dagdag nito.

Una rito, inirekomenda ng Patafa investigative committee na tanggalin si Obiena sa National Training Pool of Athletes sa lalong madaling panahon.

Plano din ng Patafa na kasuhan ng estafa ang Tokyo Olympian na si Obiena.

“What should have been a feel good movie with EJ ending the year as the top Asian pole vaulter and ranked #3 in the world, has turned into a horror movie where a vindictive Juico is attacking and attacking EJ,” sabi ni Cayetano.

Naunang idineklara ng Philippine Olympic Committee si Philip Juico, presidente ng Patafa, na persona non grata kasunod nang lamat sa pagitan ng asosasyon at ni Obiena.

Samantala, nanawagan naman si Cayetani sa Philippine Sports Commission na mamagitan at tapusin na ang sigalot sa pagitan ng Patafa at ni Obiena.

“During the Senate’s budget deliberations last December, PSC Chair William Ramirez committed to step in and act decisively,” ani Cayetano.

“The PSC even warned in a subsequent statement that it would be constrained to sanction PATAFA should the mediation process fail,” sambit pa nito.

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