Limpag: Sen. Trillanes sets a dangerous precedent-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
SO Sen. Antonio Trillanes is taking on the Philippine Sports Commission for being a rubber stamp of the Philippine Olympic Committee, threatening to slash the PSC’s budget and even filing a malversation case against the chairman for malversation of funds.
A national daily reported that Sen. Trillanes, “wants to cut the proposed P178-million budget of the PSC after during the hearing of the Senate sub-committee on finance.”
He also accused the PSC and POC of supporting bogus NSAs and for those who don’t know the background, it seems Sen. Trillanes is marching in like a knight in shining armor for those who have been oppressed by the PSC and POC.
But that’s not really the case.
Sen. Trillanes is involved in a dispute for the leadership of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines--the NSA for table tennis--and his actions regarding the PSC and POC would be as condemnable had President Aquino stepped in in the Hacienda Luisita dispute.
A public official using his authority to balance the power in his favor in a private dispute, doesn’t that stink to the high heavens?
Perhaps, there’s a truth in Sen. Trillanes statement, that the PSC is becoming the rubberstamp of the POC and I, for one, have questioned some of the PSC policies in the past but does that mean the PSC deserves to have its budget slashed?
And what of Sen. Trillanes’s accusation of bogus NSAs?
There are no bogus NSAs actually. There are only those recognized by the POC and those that are not. And does the POC have a say on which NSA should be recognized? No, it’s the international body that these NSAs belong to that has the say.
Just a brief background in the family of sports bodies. The POC is the umbrella organization of the NSAs in the country, and the NSAs, in turn, are also members of the international sports bodies; i.e. PFF with FIFA and SBP with Fiba.
There was a time, of course, when sports officials here tried to circumvent the power an NSA has by trying to change the leadership of one without the blessing of the international body.
The result? The Philippines got suspended from international basketball, the country’s past time. Curiously, Sen. Trillanes is now the president of the defunct Basketball Association of the Philippines aside from heading a faction of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines.
Internal disputes in NSAs are supposed to be settled internally and of course, the recent elections showed how some people can be attached in the political dynamics of small groups like a barangay and an NSA. That partly explains why internal NSA disputes here in the country take a long time to get settled. Case in point--BAP vs. SBP, PASA vs. ASAP (that’s swimming) and now, Trillanes vs. Tiu in table tennis.
Yes, the PSC and POC do have questionable policies, the composition of the Southeast Asian Games team for one but I don’t agree with this move by the senator to slash the PSC budget, because he is not getting his way in an internal dispute.
It sets a dangerous precedent; a faction in an NSA siding with a political figure, who then uses his or her authority to get their way.
Besides, one of the problems of the PSC is the lack of funds for sports, slashing it, just because a public official wants to show his power, is not the solution.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.