Coach Francis Vicente says online criticism becoming personal, mulls legal action
"Watch out, kapag ako maghiganti, iba ako maghiganti," says coach Francis Vicente. Jaime Campos

KUALA LUMPUR — Philippine women’s volleyball team coach Francis Vicente said he is not discounting the possibility of a legal action if his online critics get more personal.

Fans have been calling for Vicente's resignation during the latter stages of the country’s campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

The calls for Vicente’s ouster heated up after Thailand defeated the Philippines in the semifinals and grew even more after the Filipinas were beaten by the Vietnamese in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

"Hayaan mo sila," said Vicente, when asked to comment on the bashing.

"Hindi nila alam kung ano 'yung nangyari dito. Hindi nila alam kung ano 'yung pinagdadaanan nilang lahat," said Vicente.

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He did not provide details about the comments, but Vicente said the criticism has become personal, affecting his family during the SEA Games campaign particularly after the three-set loss to Thailand.

"To be honest, galit na galit ang anak ko, galit na galit ang asawa, lahat ng kamag-anak ko. Gustong sugurin 'yung taong 'yun kung sino 'yung mga 'yan. And watch out, kapag ako maghiganti, iba ako maghiganti," said Vicente.

"'Wag lang sila maging personal. Masyadong personal eh. I'm a son of a lawyer. I know my rights and I will do my best to observe my rights. Pangit 'yun. Respectable man ako. Kumakalat 'yan sa buong mundo. Kapag sira ako, sira pamilya ko," said Vicente.

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