A MOVE to oust Gener Dungo as Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president is gathering steam, according to two PVF officials whom Dungo sanctioned for pushing through with the formation of a national team committee and tryouts for the national women’s squad to the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games without board consent.
“There is going to be an ouster letter (against Dungo) and more important, we will have it signed by the major stakeholders who really love the sport,” said Dr. Adrian Laurel, who was removed as a PVF board member, on Tuesday in the PSA Forum at the Shakey’s Malate branch in Manila.
“The UAAP, the NCAA, and the coaches and referees who have lost confidence in the present PVF board are expected to sign this petition,” bared Laurel, a former UST varsity standout and current TV volleyball analyst, at the session sponsored by Shakey’s and Pagcor.
Joining Laurel was former national standout and PVF secretary general Vangie de Jesus, who was suspended by Dungo for authorizing the creation of the national team committee headed by veteran international volleyball official Ramon 'Tats' Suzara, allegedly without PVF board approval.
He disclosed the petition demanding Dungo to step down was a follow-up move to the letter he and De Jesus submitted to the Philippine Olympic Committee last Monday to question their sanction and look into the term of the present PVF officials.
The PSA also invited Dungo to appear in the same forum, but he begged off.
“Based on the PVF constitution and by-laws, our term is for two years which we submitted to the POC and Securities and Exchange Commission,” Laurel explained. “If we were elected in 2010, then we should have elections now.”
Both of them questioned the action against them by the PVF president, pointing out that until yesterday they had yet to see a copy of the PVF board resolution that led to their sanction.
“We were unceremoniously suspended. We did not see a board resolution, the attendance sheet and the board resolution number (of the decision). What we got was a mere photo copy of a memorandum,” Laurel said. “That is why I consider my removal and Vangie’s suspension invalid.”
De Jesus, who was the country’s top national setter in the eighties until the early nineties, said the controversy stemmed from her decision to solicit the help of Suzara in forming a national women’s team last November while she attended an Asian Volleyball Confederation seminar in Thailand.
“I asked Tats (Suzara) to help us and he was only willing to do so,” said De Jesus of the International Volleyball Federation and AVC officer. “This is why I wrote the PVF board last December of the offer.”
She added that Suzara gave her a program, which she e-mailed last December to all the PVF board members, including Dungo, who failed to act on her correspondence, prompting her to go up Baguio and seek PVF chairman Pete Mendoza’s approval.
With no action being taken and with the best interest of local volleyball in mind, De Jesus decided to push through with the appointment of Suzara, who immediately conducted tryouts that drew numerous applicants vying for a slot in the national squad.
“I was also a former national player so I know how it feels, we have had no national team since 2005. I believe that one of the PVF’s priorities is to have a national team,” said De Jesus, who was in near tears. “That is why I told the other board members, kung hindi natin magawa di maghiwalay-hiwalay na kami.”
Laurel said he met with Dungo last week and requested that the PVF prexy be open-minded about the matter since the association would not spend a single centavo on the tryouts. But according to him, “he (Dungo) would have none of it."
“When I asked him outright what his plans were for the national team, Dungo said that he had none for the next three years and that he would concentrate on youth development. He did not realize the talent we had right now and the opportunity being given us.”