The Philippine baseball team that won the gold medal in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games cried foul over alleged maltreatment by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). Members of the team said that the PSC cut their monthly allowances and were told to vacate their quarters inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
“The PSC is not giving our monthly allowances since January this year and now they are trying to remove us from our quarters inside the PSC,” 10-year veteran Jonash Rances Fulgencio Jr. told The Manila Times on Friday in a phone interview.
“We are doing our best to represent the country in different competitions abroad but the PSC doesn’t appreciate it,” he added.
National players are entitled to receive P15, 000 to P25, 000 monthly allowances from the PSC. Fulgencio also said that PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez is also questioning why they accepting coaching jobs, “We are teaching baseball to different schools or clubs and PSC Commissioner Gomez is against it. We don’t understand why he doesn’t like it since the PSC is not providing us our monthly allowances since January. We have families to feed.”
Fulgencio added that the national baseball team would seek the help of Senator Pia Cayetano for their grievances to be heard.
Garcia for his part said that the PSC has an order from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to evict the national baseball players from their Rizal Memorial Sports Complex quarters because their association, the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA), is not recognized by the POC.
“We will welcome the Senate inquiry anytime,” Garcia said in a separate interview. “The POC doesn’t recognized the leadership of PABA since they have no election since 2000. At the same time, the POC ordered the removal of their allowances and their quarters.”