Vargas praises Ramirez for ‘personal sacrifice’
ABS-CBN Sports on May 29, 2019 04:31 PM
I thank PSC Chairman William "Butch” Ramirez for his personal sacrifice in coming to a difficult decision in reconsidering his appointment as Chef de Mission to the 30th SEA Games -- POC president Ricky Vargas
Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas expressed his gratitude to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez’s ‘personal sacrifice’ of accepting the position as chef de mission to the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Vargas released a statement on Wednesday after Ramirez in a press briefing formally assumed the spot, two days after the POC head removed a number of board members from their key committee positions including ousted SEA Games CDM Monsour del Rosario.
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“I thank PSC Chairman William "Butch” Ramirez for his personal sacrifice in coming to a difficult decision in reconsidering his appointment as Chef de Mission to the 30th SEA Games,” Vargas said.
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Vargas also thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for his support on his leadership amid the issues surrounding the POC.
On Tuesday, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued a statement of support to Vargas and POC chairman Bambol Tolentino.
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“I am most humbled by the statement of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson announcing that the Palace supports the Philippine Olympic Committee under the leadership of Chairman Abraham "Bambol” Tolentino and yours truly,” said Vargas.
“I express my sincere appreciation to President Rodrigo R. Duterte for coming to the side of the athletes in their quest for glory in the coming Southeast Asian Games,” he added. “The President has shown that he will always put the welfare of the athletes above all else.”
Vargas again called for unity for the welfare of Philippine sports.
“I call on all parties in the POC to draw inspiration from the pronouncement. We can never achieve our goals if we are not one in ensuring the success of the SEA Games,” he said.
‘Let me assure everyone that whatever issues we faced together or against each other, it was never personal to me,” said Vargas. “And I will make sure the POC institution is always safeguarded. The necessary mechanisms to do so are in place.”
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