Ramirez accepts 2019 SEA Games chef de mission position
Mark Escarlote on May 29, 2019 12:23 PM
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez takes over as chef de mission for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez formally accepted the position as chef de mission for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday.
Ramirez officially took over the role of ousted Monsour Del Rosario in a press briefing held at the PSC headquarters.
“I humbly accept the Chef de Mission post for Team Philippines’ 2019 Southeast Asian Games participation,” said Ramirez in a statement referring to the position in the biennial meet that the country will host in November.
Del Rosario is one of the Philippine Olympic Comittee board members removed from their committee spots by POC president Ricky Vargas on Monday during their General Assembly for ‘loss of trust and confidence.’
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Ramirez on Tuesday initially declined the nomination of Vargas as Del Rosario’s replacement.
“Yesterday, I declined the offer to be chef de mission team Philippines for the upcoming 30th SEA Games, which we host in five months. I declined for many reasons, two topmost of these are that I see no need to have a title to help the team, being already involved as the Chairman of the government’s sports agency and delicadeza,” said Ramirez.
The PSC head added that he was in constant communication with his bosses in Malacanang ‘continually monitoring and assessing the sports landscape of the country.’
Ramirez said that he was given firm instructions to carry out.
“I accept the challenge of the CDM position, aside from the instructions of my bosses, is to heed the call for help of the Philippine Olympic Committee. As the sports government arm, we show our readiness to step in, to help in the capacity being requested and if possible, mediate to make unity happen,” he said.
Here is the full statement of Ramirez: