THE Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) is in danger of getting “zero” budget for 2014 because of its failure to act on the cases of multi-awarded Filipino athletes which led to their exclusion from the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this December.
During plenary debates on the proposed P182.3 million 2014 PSC budget on Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Pia Cayetano has moved to defer the consideration of its budget citing its inability to uphold the interest of Philippine sports.
At the same time, Cayetano said that she is also seriously considering filing cases against PSC officials who have been remiss of their job in promoting Philippine sports and protecting the welfare of the athletes.
“I ask that this budget be deferred while I am making up my mind, and it will include the filing of cases against officials who are not doing their job. This is clearly neglect and abuse of authority,” Cayetano stressed.
She expressed disappointment over the actions of the PSC and the POC that because the team doesn’t like its new coach, they decide not to send the dragon boat champions to the SEA games.
The lawmaker also rejected the reason stated by the PCS that the commission has no power over the national sports associations which has sole discretion in endorsing the athletes for the SEA Games.