Miraflores suits up for Nopsscea but protest stands

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CAMILLE Andrea Miraflores of University of St. La Salle-Integrated School gets the nod to represent the Negros Occidental School Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) in this year’s Provincial Meet Elementary Taekwondo event set December 7-12.

This was revealed by her grandmother Nenita Javellana, who disclosed that new Nopsscea Sports Committee Chairman Rev. Edwin Madlangbayan told her that her granddaughter Camille will be fighting for Player 4.

The decision came after they filed a formal protest action against Bacolod Christian College of Negros’ (BCCN) jin Ma. Katrina Mercurio and its sports coordinator Ronald Tanlogon for the alleged falsification of documents during the regular Nopsscea Taekwondo Tournament.

Javellana said on Friday that BCCN, through the sports coordinator certified and submitted alleged false documents claiming Mercurio to be a Grade 6 pupil.

“My granddaughter fought Ma. Katrina (Mercurio) as Player 4 in the elementary division. At the start of the game, we already suspected something was wrong because some of the kids who personally knew Ma. Katrina claimed that she is already a high school student, thus questioned why she is still playing in the elementary category,” Javellana stressed.

Driven by the suspension, Javellana first filed an inquiry before the Committee on Sports last October 8.

“During our inquiry, we had able to confirm that Mercurio is already in Grade 7. That based on the NOPSSCEA rules, Grade 7 is already high school,” she explained.

“Upon further inquiry, we have discovered that the Form 137 submitted by Mercurio is that of Maranatha Christian Academy – where she graduated her elementary last year,” he said.

However, despite getting a favorable action from the Nopsscea, Javellana and group will still push through with the case as they believe that this practice should be stopped. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2013.


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