PHILIPPINE men’s football team members Angel Guirado and Lexton Moy have been cleared of the sexual harassment suit filed against them by AFC Challenge Cup match commissioner Cristy Ramos for their alleged misconduct before an Azkals’ friendly against Malaysia at the Rizal Stadium.
In a decision released on Friday, the Philippine Football Federation disciplinary committee chaired by lawyer Enrico Ingles ruled that Ramos’ complaint against the two Azkals did not have sufficient basis to be classified under Republic Act 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act.
The complaint of Cristy, daughter of former President Ramos, six months ago came after she felt disrespected by the behaviors of Moy and Guirado during the pre-game inspection of the friendly.
Moy allegedly asked for Ramos’ bra size, while Guirado was censured for being in his underwear when the commissioner did her inspection at the Azkals’ locker room.
“We do not find any grounds upon which to favor her claims as the elements under RA 7877 are absent,” read the decision.
Moy and Guirado, though, were still meted one-game suspensions.
“I’ve always been confident that there is no basis for the sexual harassment case. I’m happy with the decision regarding that matter,” Azkals team manager Dan Palami said on Friday afternoon.
“Napakita na wala naman talagang sexual harassers sa mga Azkals, maybe there was some breakdown in discipline,” Palami added.
However, Palami, coach Michael Weiss, assistant coach Edzel Bracamonte, and James Younghusband, who served as team captain that time, were castigated just the same as they were meted suspensions for their “failure of leadership.”
Palami and Weiss will serve a two-game suspension, while the rest will be suspended for a game. Striker Denis Wolf was given a reprimand.
The decision, which Palami said will be “partially appealed,” makes the banned personalities unavailable for the Azkals’ next international game against Cambodia on September 5.
Assistant coach Edwin Cabalida will handle the head-coaching duties pending the appeal.