CAGAYAN DE ORO

Biantan: At the crossroads

LAST month was a busy month for me. Despite of my illness (Had stroke last June and I write with only one eye as my right eye is blind) I survived.

I spent one week in Davao and two days in Marawi.

I was in Marawi on October 18 to 19 to help the Henry V. Moran Foundation’s Liga Eskwela Futsal program. We kicked off the program with the “Teach the Teachers Futsal” two days training course.

Then from October 21 to 25, I was in Davao for Ricky Yanson’s Mindanao Cup football tournament where I witnessed some of Mindanao’s best young footballers display their talents.

But many don’t know that days before I left for Marawi, there was a strife among the young writers of Pinoyfootball.com against me.

Someone has censured me for writing against the current Philippine Football Federation (PFF) regime.

I, our US-based publisher David Pallasigue, and webmaster Andrew Sienes have maintained Pinoyfootball.com as an online publication to inform the Filipino football fans.

We started this in 2010 when I met David in London. We had several webmasters who worked with us until we settled for Andrew who has worked tirelessly to make this website as one or probably the most significant Filipino football website in the country today.

During that time in 2010, I was busy with my job in the United Kingdom and I told David that I could not really do this full time so we allowed our contributors free access to our website so they could download any contribution they give directly without asking permission from us. So we asked Andrew to give them the passwords.

Writers and photographers come and go. They might have enjoyed writing for us for they get recognition and free access to any Azkals matches or any football events by registering as Pinoyfootball.com writers or photographers.

Now last month, the campaign for the race as PFF president also started. I declared my support for Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) president Ricky Yanson against incumbent Nonong Araneta.

I wrote many things in support of Ricky. When I started criticizing Nonong, someone made my opinion columns disappear. They disappeared like bubbles splitting into thin air.

I was furious. Who the hell disrespected me? In our messenger chat box, I challenged the guy who took away my column to a fistfight. Of course, I do not know who was responsible. I was just angry.

I told everyone that my column is an opinion column and my byline is enough to remind everyone that what I wrote is only my opinion not that of Pinoyfootball.com and I am entitled to my own opinion.

I told them that if they want to write about Nonong or write against Ricky then they can do that. But they did not.

They have underestimated me and my friendship with David. We started this website and I do not want any d***head just to censure me because they are scared that they could not get access to the PFF or to any football events.

I have been writing sports and particularly football for almost 30 years now. Why should I be scared this time?

They did not realize how easy it was to stop them. Just cancel their passwords. Now only me, David and Andrew have passwords for Pinoyfootball.com.

If these supposed to be writers tell you that they resigned from Pinoyfootball.com do not believe them. We just cancelled their passwords.

Now if they represent Pinoyfootball.com in your events do not entertain them. They do not belong to us anymore.

So anyone who would like to write for us is welcome. The only down side is that everything here is pro bono.

I have been writing for Pinoyfootball.com for almost a decade now and I do not get any cent. Why do I do this? For the love of football.

(l.biantan@gmail.com)


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