WILLIAM 'Butch' Ramirez is set to have a second run as chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
After much prodding, Ramirez finally accepted the offer of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to once again head a government agency which he served in the same capacity from 2005-09.
It will be a historic homecoming for the Davao-based sport official as he becomes the first and only two-time chairman of the PSC since it wad first established in 1990 during the time of the late President Corazon Aquino.
"I have accepted the offer. I will take the job seriously," said Ramirez in a statement.
Several sports personalities were earlier mentioned as possible replacement for outgoing chairman Richie Garcia, among them four-time PBA MVP Mon Fernandez.
But in the end, Presidential Special Assistant Bong Go announced that it is Ramirez, 65, who the chief executive had long wanted for the position.
Ramirez, who played a key role in Duterte's campaign team, had previously said that he's not interested in returning to the government sports agency, but stressed it's hard to ignore the offer especially if it came from the President.
He will be the 10th chairman to head the agency in 26 years after the late Cecil Hechanova, Perry Mequi, Mel Lopez, Philip Ella Juico, the late Butch Tuason, Eric Buhain, Harry Angping, and Garcia.