The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said on Friday that the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) was right in cutting the monthly salary of the national baseball team and ordering to vacate their quarters at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
POC First Vice President Joey Romasanta told the Manila Times on Friday there is a directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for baseball and softball to be under one international federation.
At the same time, Romasanta said the POC does not recognize the latest election of officers of the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA).
“There is no national team so far because PABA is not recognized by the POC due to its unrecognized elections,” said Romasanta, who was tapped by the POC together with lawyer Ramon Malinao to handle the problem of the association.
“The PSC just did their job,” he said.
“We’re studying the by-laws of their association and at the same time, the directive from the IOC. We’re also waiting for baseball and softball officials to communicate with us, but they are not communicating so how can we determine their stakeholders,” Romasanta said.
The merger of the international federations of baseball and softball is similar to that of the Dragon Boat and Canoe-Kayak last year, which the IOC ordered and the POC implemented late last year.
Baseball national player Jonash Rances Fulgencio Jr. has said they will seek the help of Senator Pia Cayetano to air the team’s grievances against the PSC.
JOSEF T. RAMOS