The Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to launch an all-out fight against bullying, abuses (verbal and physical) and corruption in sports.
The agreement was signed by VACC Founding Chairman/President, Dante LA Jimenez and PSL Chairman Anna Dominique Coseteng. The respective board members of both organizations were present during the signing of the MOA.
I have compared the birth of PSL many times to giving birth to a child. It’s been said that the human body can withstand up to 45 del (units) of pain, and yet during childbirth, a mother feels up to 57 Del (units) of pain. This is similar to 20 bones getting fractured at the same time.
The PSL is fighting to democratize swimming and free it from the hands of unrighteous and evil men. It depends not on human works but on God’s works.
Challenges abound in developing swimmers from grassroots level.
The PSL and its swimmers has experienced suffering because of the abusive practices of Philippine Swimming, Inc. President Mark Joseph, former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia and other PSC commissioners.
The PSL distances from corrupt leaders and organizations but is eager to work with people who are willing to sacrifice for the glory of the country.
It is therefore imperative for the PSL to partner with VACC.
There are heinous crimes happening in sports. And these crimes are perpetuating because of the corrupt and manipulative practices of people running sports in the country.
In this fight we put our hope in God. God’s name is higher and greater than anything. God’s word is a mighty fortress that cannot be shaken.
I believe that divine providence is behind the PSL-VACC partnership.
We are expecting tribulations and trials ahead but the goal is always to protect our young swimmers.
With our partnership with the VACC, the PSL under its advocacy program provides seminars to educate the swimming community about their basic constitutional rights particularly under the “open-to-all” sports policy so that every Filipino swimmer/athlete will have the equal opportunity to hone their talent and ability.
Many young swimmers, coaches, swimming teams and parents have become victims of abuses (verbal and physical) as well as corruption and thus, they recognize the important role of the VACC in their quest for justice and protection against any person and organization, both government and private, that violate their constitutional and human rights.
The VACC is committed to extend assistance to PSL members and other athletes who are victims of crimes and are seeking justice.
“The VACC takes cognizance of a case referred by PSL, no amicable settlement of cases with the respondents/accused shall be entertained by both parties and the said case should be decided on its merit,” Jimenez stressed.
Whatever happens, PSL’s value will be determined by God and not by men.