INCOMING Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez will use his connections with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and key persons in his administration to propel Philippine sports to greater heights.
Speaking on Tuesday to sports reporters for the first time since he appointed as head of the government sports agency for the second time, Ramirez said his close relationship with Duterte and his group will be key in uplifting the state of local sports.
“Now that the president is my friend, the executive secretary is my friend, and Pagcor is my friend, I think the problem is with us (if we don’t perform),” said Ramirez.
Ramirez is part of the inner circle of Duterte that includes executive secretary Bong Go and Pagcor CEO Andrea Domingo. The three were part of Duterte’s election team.
Having the right people in place, Ramirez expressed confidence the government sports agency can finally collect the backlog in contributions from Pagcor revenues.
The PSC has claimed time and again that it is only receiving 2.5 percent out of Pagcor’s gross revenue instead of five percent as mandated under Republic Act 6847.
“There is a big percentage that we are going to get it. First, we can talk to the executive secretary anytime, we can talk to Pagcor anytime because these are people who compose our campaign group during Duterte’s time," said Ramirez.
"Everytime we complain about non-performance, we always say ‘yung hindi nareremit ng Pagcor. There is so much reason that Pagcor should remit that amount to the PSC,” he added.
Ramirez and his transition team met with outgoing PSC chairman Richie Garcia on Tuesday along with the agency’s new board which is officially set to assume office on July 1.
Also attending the meeting was Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.
"Our group was very appreciative with the information that we received from chairman Garcia," said Ramirez.