Long-time amateur golf standout Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla has been appointed commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission by the Office of the President.
His appointment papers, dated June 13 and signed by President Aquino, arrived at the PSC office on Tuesday. The papers came from the office of Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa.
Clavecilla, many-time Philippine Seniors champion and founder of the Ateneo Golf Foundation, joins chairman Ricardo Garcia and commissioners Salvador Andrada, Jose Luis Gomez and Akiko Thomson-Guevara in the five-man board.
Shortly after former basketball star Chito Loyzaga resigned in April, Clavecilla’s name quickly surfaced as one of the top candidates along with those of Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general Steve Hontiveros and actor-sportsman Richard Gomez.
Clavecilla is skipper of the Luisita golf team, of which Garcia is also a member. Luisita is owned by the family of POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. who, sources said, pushed for Clavecilla's appointment.
Loyzaga, a former professional cager, tendered his irrevocable resignation last April apparently after PSC’s prioritization program -- which he had pushed -- was met with criticism. The program is geared towards supporting only 10 sports where the country can realistically challenge the world powers.