PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco defended sports officials in light of statements made by 1Pacman party list Representative Mikee Romero earlier this week about the sad state of Philippine sports.
Romero recently urged all sports officials to step down and give way to new leaders, citing the poor track record of Philippine sports in the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games the past few years as proof that a leadership revamp is in order.
However, Cojuangco insisted during the POC’s weekly radio program on DZSR that sports officials should not be blamed, and instead should be lauded for their efforts to uplift the state of Philippine sports despite the absence of full support from the government.
"Isa sa mga bagay na kailangang maintindihan ay gaya nito, yung mga president, chairman, secretary general ng mga NSAs, wala silang mga sweldo. That’s one of the things that people should understand. ‘Yung mga NSA officials, sariling kayod ‘yan na tumutulong sila sa hindi maibigay ng gobyerno," said Cojuangco.
Cojuangco, who has been the POC president since 2004, urged the public to understand the situation of sports officials.
"I hope na imbis na pintasan, maintindihan sila. Wala silang tinatanggap na kahit anong suweldo o allowance para sa sports," said Cojuangco.
Instead of firing back at Romero, the POC president expressed his hope that incoming president Rodrigo Duterte will hold sports close to his heart.
"I’m counting on the next administration on this matter,” said Cojuangco.