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first_imgPSC chairman Butch Ramirez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–As much as possible, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez wants to insulate Filipino athletes from the harm that the wranglings among sports officials can generate.The new leadership of the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) are earnestly working out to find a common ground and resolve the issues surrounding the country’s forthcoming hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “The President (Duterte) is aware of the issues, but directed us to keep our focus on the athletes and let the others sort out their issues within their ranks,’’ said Ramirez during Thursday’s press conference at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.READ: Butch Ramirez accepts SEA Games chef de mission postFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We must isolate our athletes from all these issues so they can focus on their mission,’’ said Ramirez, also the Philippine chef de mission tasked to lead Team Philippines to the overall title of the 11-nation Games.POC president Joey Romasanta, who took over the helm after Ricky Vargas resigned Tuesday, would have to sit down with Phisgoc chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and reach an agreement on the functions and roles that both the local Olympic body and the Phisgoc have to play. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ateneo closes in on PBA D-League crown, gets back at CEU LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vargas registered Phisgoc as a foundation with the Securities and Exchange Commission and gave the organization the full authority to organize and manage the Games without the approval of the POC board.READ: Ricky Vargas resigns as Philippine Olympic Committee presidentRomasanta said the Phisgoc should function as a committee and get the POC on board in so far as the progress of the country’s hosting preparations is concerned.“The POC problem is a painful experience and they have to solve it quick. In due time, it will be resolved. The Phisgoc will settle its gaps with the POC,’’ said Ramirez.The PSC chief also dismissed talks that the SEA Games would be postponed for next year brought about by the POC leadership change.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “The SEA Games will push through as planned. To our friends and leaders of the sporting community, I reiterate my call to unity,’’ said Ramirez.“I know most of you personally, and I trust that our shared love for the sporting community and pure desire to push our athletes to achieve more will guide us to carefully weigh our next decisions and take steps toward the betterment of Philippine sports,’’ added Ramirez in his appeal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READlast_img read more

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