THE Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) had little to do with the rising popularity of the sport in the country.
Shakey’s V-League commissioner Tony Boy Liao made this clear as he blasted the leadership of association president Gener Dungo.
Liao made known his thoughts when he wrote on the comments section of Spin.ph in response to an article where Dungo said he is not recognizing the national pool formed by suspended PVF officials Dr. Ian Laurel and Vangie De Leon, and FIVB development officer Ramon Suzara.
The V-League chief, who confirmed that it was indeed him who wrote the comment, said Dungo's leadership did little to lift the sport. The three leagues that have spurred its popularity - the UAAP, NCAA, and the Shakey's V-League - are not even sactioned by the PVF, he added.
“Mr. Dungo is bragging that volleyball today is very popular. Was it his own doing or the PVF's?” Liao wrote. “The NCAA, UAAP & Shakey's V-League are not even sanctioned by the PVF.”
Liao also defended Ricky Palou, who is being eyed to run for the association's presidency, on allegations made by Dungo that it was during the time of the Ateneo athletic director as treasurer when the association incurred a debt amounting to US$100,000 for the country’s hosting of the Women’s World Volleyball Grand Prix.
Liao said a few officials during the time the World Grand Prix was held are still part of the current PVF board and should be the ones held responsible for the debt.
“When the FIVB debt was incurred, it was his present PVF treasurer, Mr. Roger Banzuela, who was then the PVF president. Most of the board members during Banzuela's time are also now board members,” Liao explained.
“After Banzuela's term expired, Mr. Pedro Mendoza who is now the chairman of the PVF was elected president, but he didn’t do anything to pay the debt.”
Liao said Palou even shouldered the amount of P3 million just to make the hosting possible.
“They even ousted Mr. Ricky Palou from the board maybe because Mr. Palou shouldered P3M during the said FIVB World Women Grand Prix event which was organized,” Liao wrote.