Mon Fernandez bares rotten system in the POC

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SUSAN PAPA

Ramon “Mon” Fernandez, one of the active commissioners of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has exposed the stinking system within the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Fernandez has been consistently revealing POC misdeeds in social media, TV and news. He knew that the PSC was created by the virtue of Republic Act No. 6847 in 1990 to be the “sole policy-making and coordinating body of all amateur sports development programs and institutions in the Philippines.”

Its primary function is “to provide the leadership, formulate the policies and set the priorities and directions of all national sports promotion and development, particularly giving emphasis on grassroots participation.

In an interview by Boy Abunda in the latter’s TV program recently, Fernandez stressed that the POC is a non-government organization, like a national sports association (NSA). Being a private entity, the POC must be recognized by the PSC and is required to be registered under Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).


Once registered with the SEC, the POC must comply with Philippine laws.

In the past, the PSC was sort of an arm of the POC particularly during the term of former President Benigno “Pnoy” Aquino III, who is the nephew of POC President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco.

Cojuangco then endorsed Ricardo Garcia to be chairman of the PSC.

A lot of NSAs were indebted to Cojuangco during that time because he asked the PSC and Garcia to give ample funding to his chosen associations. Those were the same NSAs that kept him in power despite the overwhelming call for him to step down.

The Philippines performed poorly in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), the lowest level of international sports competition because of politics and corruption in the country’s sports leadership. In the recent SEAG, the country took home a lesser number of gold medals compared to its output in Vietnam two years ago.

Fernandez, in his quest to stop corruption in local sports, released via social media, the Notice of Finality of Decision from the office of the Commission on Audit (COA) concerning the PSC’s unliquidated cash advances (see accompanying photos).

Fernandez said, “that there are a lot of things to be done and we shall start with policy-making that ensures government funds are protected”.

Fernandez is willing to listen to complaints of different stakeholders in PH sports with the aim of gathering useful information to stop corruption in the POC.

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