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SUSAN PAPA In Philippine swimming, it is time to change the system. The policy of exclusivity being practiced and imposed by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and National Sports Associations (NSAs) and the culture of “palakasan” patronage and politics must come to an end. The POC and NSAs should be…

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SUSAN PAPA Joan Mojdeh, mother of Philippine Swimming League swimmer Jasmine, who recently broke national junior records, wrote to Malacañang regarding the discriminatory and unfair selection process of the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSi), the National Sports Association in swimming. In the letter, Joan said she learned through a Singaporean friend…

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SUSAN PAPA When President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech, I often hear him saying, “If you destroy my children, I will kill you!” The most recent speech I heard him say it was during the induction of Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Dante Jimenez at Malacañang Palace. Our dear President is…

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SUSAN PAPA (Conclusion) The problem in swimming is the same problem bugging other sports discipline—corruption and abuse of authority. Mark Joseph’s manipulation worked in swimming, thus other leaders in National Sports Associations (NSAs) followed the same system of exclusivity and wrongdoings. This system could have been changed much earlier. All…

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SUSAN PAPA The exceptional talent of Philippine Swimming League (PSL) swimmer, Jasmine Mojdeh, 11, became a catalyst for change in Philippine swimming and perhaps the entire Philippine Sports. The PSL was created in 2010 with the aim of democratizing PH swimming. I placed my faith in God then to finally…

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SUSAN PAPA Jasmine Mojdeh, 11, is among the Philippine Swimming League’s (PSL) finest swimmers. During the PSL’s last campaign in the Middle East Open Championship in Dubai, she clocked 2:25.00 breaking the 2:26.00 Philippine junior record of Regina Castrillo in 2013. In the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa NCR selection phase,…

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SUSAN PAPA Victorico Vargas, the newly elected president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), was sent by God to Philippine sports. Filipino athletes have suffered in the past several years because of corruption, mismanagement and abuse of authority. There is an urgent need to break the chain of corruption that has…

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SUSAN PAPA (Conclusion) That was also the time when former Senator Nikki Coseteng became the voice of Philippine Swimming League (PSL). Coseteng saw clearly the discrimination and abuse of power in Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and its National Sports Association (NSA). She saw that there was no grassroots development program…

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SUSAN PAPA THE past administration of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has miserably failed to provide the leadership in the development of national sports, particularly in the grassroots level. This is palpable in the swimming community. Many parents are asking: When is change coming in Philippine Swimming? And when will…

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