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POC assembly to reinstate BAP?

‘POC assembly to decide BAP fate’
By Aldrin Cardona and Julius Manicad
The Daily Tribune 10/14/2006


Go Teng Kok.

Remember him? Well, he is at it again in an issue where he claims he has business delving into, and is now pulling through the last remaining strings he has in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), which he now wants to act on the readmission of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) as a full-pledged member.

Go Teng Kok was on the other side of the fence last year and was even instrumental in the POC’s decision to boot out the BAP for its inability to lead the sport out of the gutter following years of frustration in regional events where the Philippines used to lord over.

In the few promises GTK made that proved true, the POC general assembly overwhelmingly approved the BAP’s expulsion, a prize for GTK after he had a falling out with his friend Graham Lim, the Chinese secretary general of the BAP who is facing possible deportation after he was declared an illegal alien by the Bureau of Immigration and after he was found to have faked documents to claim Filipino citizenship.

But all of it has changed now. GTK and Lim are back as friends and have gone together twice to convince Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to succeed Joey Lina as BAP president. Estrada gamely accepted, mainly due to GTK’s promise he will “do everything” to make the POC admit the beleaguered group once more.

Go Teng Kok yesterday denied ever seeking audience with Estrada. “If a senator asks for your help, and calls to meet with you, what should you do?” he said, adding further: “I’ve long been quiet, I really do not want this issue where I appear like I’m meddling in the BAP’s affair.”

But Go Teng Kok claims he has no choice but find a solution to end the basketball mess, saying he was given a blanket authority by POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco to enter into a compromise with Lim.


Blanket authority

“Peping gave me a blanket authority to enter into a compromise with Graham, I have his blessings,” Go Teng Kok said. “I was told to look for ways to end this problem even before they went to (Saitama) Japan.”

With that, Go Teng Kok believes the battle has shifted toward the POC, with the SBP soon to be a relic despite the imprimatur earlier given by the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) and the POC, on the merger formed out of the BAP and its rival group, Pilipinas Basketball.


It was reported yesterday that Go Teng Kok has 11 voted tucked away in support of the BAP, but the controversial track and field association (Patafa) president said he doesn’t want to talk about numbers this early.

But Go Teng Kok admitted the POC general assembly will now become the forum to decide on the fate of Philippine basketball. His statement completely disregarded the SBP, which is now led by communications mogul Manny Pangilinan, its chairman and president for an agreed time its incorporators called as “transitory period.”

“Only a simple majority is needed for the BAP to make it back to the POC family,” Go Teng Kok said. Simple majority in the POC general assembly is translated into 50 percent of the 38 voting members, plus one.

‘MVP resign’

As Go Teng Kok’s group muscles its way into the assembly, BAP hardliners —or at least, those who claim so — yesterday demanded the resignation of Pangilinan as SBP president, sending the fledgling merger into possible collapse just over a month after it was formed.

The BAP hardliners, who did not want their names revealed, also threatened to resign from the SBP — just like what their patron Graham Lim did — if Pangilinan will not give up one of his posts in favor of Estrada.


But with Pilipinas Basketball officials remaining firm with the SBP, and saying they will honor their commitment with the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), there is no chance the SBP will give up its bid to become a full-pledged National Sports Association (NSA).

“We are being set aside,” a disgruntled regional director who requested anonymity said. “The new basketball body is composed of commercial leagues and there seems to be no room for us. We will protest if Mr. Estrada will not be the president.”

The threat, however, will pose a direct collision with the Fiba mandate calling for the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball to merge.


A source privy to the formation of SBP, however, said although the Fiba has a standing mandate for a united front, BAP’s withdrawal will not totally hamper the recognition of the merger since it will still have the majority with Pangilinan at the helm.

It might even work to SBP’s advantage since Fiba officials, especially secretary general Patrick Baumann who was tasked by the Fiba Central Board to immediately lift the suspension once the merger takes place, will get an idea how BAP has put the country’s basketball programs in disarray.


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BAP office to open Monday
Waylon Galvez
Peoples Journal 10-14-2006


IF plans push through, the beleaguered Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) may soon find itself back in its old home inside the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) administrative building.

BAP secretary-general Graham Lim admitted yesterday that the padlocked office located at the second floor of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be opened on Monday afternoon as promised by PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez to new BAP president Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

“The senator is hoping that Ramirez will keep his word, because we’re clinging to that,” said Lim.

Estrada personally requested Ramirez to open the BAP office during the Senate budget hearing last Monday. The room has been padlocked since June 2005 when the BAP was expelled by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

The former San Juan mayor later announced the opening of the BAP office during the BAP National Congress last Wednesday when he formally assumed the presidency of the association following the resignation of former Senator Joey Lina.

PSC special assistant Joseph Encabo, however, said there is no instruction yet from the Chairman’s Office whether or not the BAP office will finally be opened.


“I haven’t heard any word from the chairman regarding BAP office to be opened,” said Encabo.

Reacting on Estrada’s statement on the matter during the BAP affair, Ramirez said he has nothing against the reopening of the BAP office on the presumption the cage body and the POC will be able to thresh out their differences.


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NBA head reacts on Lina resignation
Sunstar Bacolod


NEGROS Basketball Association (NBA) president Oscar 'Dodong' Bascon hopes the announced resignation of former senator Jose Lina as president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) will lead to the further unification of the national basketball leadership.

Bascon was reacting to an announcement Tuesday saying Lina has decided to resign his position as BAP president in order to give way to someone who is acceptable to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

The NBA president also said he hopes the dispute in the top leadership of Philippine Basketball will finally be resolved once and for all "for the benefit of the sport."

"RP basketball has suffered for so long because our top cage leaders did not see eye to eye. I hope that Mr. Lina's resignation will ultimately lead to the end of this leadership dispute so that everyone can rally behind the new and unified leadership of Mr. Manny Pangilinan as president and chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP)," Bascon told Sun.Star Bacolod Tuesday.

Bascon likewise said that as a gesture of support to the new national cage leadership, the NBA has decided to formally affiliate with the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the country's leading amateur basketball entity.

"I have already talked to PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad and in a short while we will be working on the papers that will formally link us (the NBA) with the PBL," Bascon said.


At the same time, Bascon said the NBA is willing to facilitate the PBL application of Negrense amateur standouts who may want to try their luck with the country's premier amateur league.

"In fact I would have wanted our interested Negros players to join the PBL rookie camp so they will have an opportunity to be seen by interested PBL clubs," Bascon added.

Bascon said he was thinking of players like West Negros College Mustangs Ely Olarte and Vengie Vergara but added that he understands the two are still committed to contribute to the Mustangs' title-retention campaign in the ongoing 2006 Nopsscea season.


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BAP office stays "off limits" until POC unites w/ BAP

PSC won’t re-open BAP office
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 10/15/2006


Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez yesterday said the re-opening of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) office will depend on the results of the ongoing talks between the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the BAP.

Ramirez said the BAP, now under a new president in Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, is trying to patch things up with the POC, led by its president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco. The two high-profile leaders met over dinner last Thursday at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Brought up in the meeting was the BAP’s reinstatement as a regular member of the POC as well as its major representation in the newly formed Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas.

Neither issue, which could supersede one another, was settled although both Estrada and Cojuangco agreed to keep their communication lines open.

The BAP, a 70-year-old institution, was expelled from the POC last year, leading to the creation of a new group which is Pilipinas Basketball, led by Bernie Atienza, and eventually the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas with businessman Manny V. Pangilinan at the helm.

Ramirez said whatever comes out of the POC-BAP talks will help the government sports agency decide whether or not it would re-open the BAP office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex which is being run by the PSC.

The PSC provides financial assistance to all national sports associations (NSAs) recognized by the POC and their respective international federations (IFs). The use of offices at the sports complex is another privilege granted by the PSC to these NSAs.

The BAP office was padlocked last June at the height of the basketball controversy that forced the International Basketball Federation or FIBA to place the Philippines under suspension.

The PSC said the office would remain closed until the problems hounding the sport are solved.

Since then, the BAP has held office at the Cityland Condominium fronting the historic sports complex. The BAP announced last Friday that Ramirez had already agreed to re-open the padlocked office.

In fact, the BAP said Estrada will be at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex tomorrow afternoon to personally witness the re-opening of the BAP office.

But Ramirez told The STAR that the re-opening will depend on the ongoing talks between Cojuangco and Estrada.

"What Senator Estrada and I agreed upon was that the office will be re-opened once the BAP reconciles with the POC. I told the good senator that if that happens today or tomorrow, the office will be immediately re-opened.

"There’s a rule to follow and I think Senator Estrada knows this. So I’m really hoping that the BAP and the POC will come to an agreement. Then we will re-open the office," said Ramirez.

Pangilinan has agreed to serve as chairman and president of SBP. But the BAP said it would be better if the PLDT and Smart big boss takes the role as chairman, and leave the presidency to Estrada, who recently replaced Joey Lina as BAP head.


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Henson confirms it was Lim who persuade Estrada

Graham for president
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 10/15/2006


Whether you like him or not, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary-general Graham Lim must be credited for his incredible survival instincts and imaginative maneuvering.

Lim is always one or two steps ahead of those who hate his guts and are out to permanently kick him out of sports. In chess, he would be a grandmaster for sure. His staunchest rivals acknowledge that he’s no easy foe to bring down. There’s clear proof of that. Lim is an elusive character and a deep thinker.

Don’t let his unassuming personality fool you.

I’ve known Lim for years. And I respect him for how he has managed to stave off every attempt to boot him out of the country.

A deportation order was issued by the courts and he was detained in a Bicutan cell for a while. I heard some Congressmen lobbied for his deportation with Malacañang and the Bureau of Immigration was ordered to swoop down on Lim. The heat eventually dissipated. How Lim has confounded Congressmen and even Malacañang is a tribute to his backroom tactics. The guy’s a slick operator, no doubt.

You’ve got to hand it to Lim.

Someone said Lim travels without a passport and carries only some kind of document that allows him to move in and out of countries. Whatever that document is, it’s foolproof. A source intimated the document was issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and lists Lim as being "stateless."

I remember last year, I bumped into Lim on the streets of Denver during the NBA All-Star Weekend. I forgot to ask Lim if he had a valid passport and if he only showed a travel document, how he convinced those tough US immigration agents to let him through? And what about a US visa? Surely, Lim had a stamp of some sort to enter the US.

I personally think deporting Lim is going a bit too far. He was born here, after all. If there is a legitimate charge — like falsifying a public document — against him, then he should be tried in court for it. But the penalty shouldn’t be deportation. Lim is a Filipino of Chinese descent like so many millions who live in this country. He is not a citizen of Taiwan or China.

Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) president Go Teng Kok has always said he will back up Lim in his fight to stay here — even when he went against Lim in the BAP’s quarrel with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

The scuttlebutt is Go and Lim were responsible for convincing Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to replace Joey Lina as BAP president. They were seen visiting Estrada in his office twice last week. So the Chinese connection is still a force to reckon with.

Someone said bringing in Estrada was a coup for the BAP and Lim, in particular.

It’s no secret that Lim has an axe to grind against POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. (who instigated the BAP’s expulsion as a National Sports Association), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez (who padlocked the BAP office at the Rizal Memorial Complex) and Lina (for compromising the BAP in negotiating a settlement of the country’s basketball problem).

By convincing Estrada to join the BAP, Lim found an ally who can stand up to his enemies without batting an eyelash.

Lina has resigned as BAP president so he’s now out of Lim’s way. Ramirez has assured Estrada the BAP may again occupy office space at the Rizal Memorial Complex and Estrada recently told Cojuangco he wants the BAP reinstated as an NSA.

With Lim manning the controls, it appears there is a renewed attempt to stymie the unification efforts leading to the full emergence of the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the consequent collapse of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball (PB).

Lim has found a force in Estrada to push his agenda of installing a BAP representative as SBP president, stalling the move forward of the three-man panel to unify the country’s basketball landscape, reinstating the BAP as an NSA, bringing the BAP back to the Rizal Memorial Complex and staying in power.

The soft-spoken Lim has time and again showed the ability to fluster the courts, defy Malacañang and work his magic to blind even senators into thinking they’re fighting for a just cause when they’re just following his lead.

There’s more than meets the eye when you face the timid-looking, bespectacled man at the BAP helm. Make no mistake about it. When you go to war, you’d like Lim to be on your side.


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Jinggoy pleads case to PBA
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The Manila Standard 10-15-2006


SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada, the newly installed president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, has reportedly sought a meeting with Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala to discuss his belief that the BAP should be given the presidency of the unified basketball organization Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

Eala is reported to have told the Estrada emissary that he was in no position to make any commitments, but that he was willing to meet with the senator. In fact, Eala invited Estrada to watch the PBA games tomorrow when Barangay Ginebra, Estrada’s favorite team, battles Red Bull at the Araneta Coliseum.

In a previous dinner meeting with POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Estrada referred to the 70 years of history and tradition of the BAP and indicated it had a right to a responsible position in the SBP. But with Pilipinas Basketball supporting the chairman of the three-man panel, businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan as concurrent chairman and president, the chances of giving Estrada the position of president was effectively ruled out.


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Ramirez to open BAP office today?

Ramirez to risk job for Jinggoy
By Aldrin Cardona
The Daily Tribune 10/16/2006


Chances are Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez will turn over the long padlocked Basketball Association of the Philippines to newly-installed BAP president Senator Jinggoy Estrada at 2 p.m. today.

And chances are Ramirez will receive hot stares from Malacañang, be forced to answer issues with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and be at the receiving end of blames should the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) merger forged by the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) collapse.

But Ramirez said he is willing to put his job on the line, saying he is torn between two supporters of Philippine sports who both mean well.

Estrada took over the BAP presidency last week after former Laguna governor Joey Lina resigned following his failure to claim the SBP presidency.

“You know, I can sacrifice myself, my job, if ever it will come to that,” Ramirez said. “Senator Estrada has been very supportive of the PSC, he helped us a lot when we were pleading for funds. Yes, I promised to open the BAP office when he asked for it.”


Estrada’s family, however, has been the nemesis of President Arroyo. Arroyo was catapulted to power through Edsa II, a coup d’etat of civilians and top military hierachy. Estrada’s father, former President Joseph Estrada, remains under house arrest for alleged plunder.

And Ramirez’s granting of privileges to the BAP, an association already disenfranchised by the POC, may trigger calls for his removal.

“But I’m just doing this to the good senator who’s been very helpful in our efforts to get as much government support as we could,” Ramirez claimed.

Ramirez will also have to face the POC after turning his back on an earlier declaration he will not extend support to organizations not recognized by the local Olympic movement.

Ramirez padlocked the BAP office, located at the second floor of the PSC building at the age-old Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC), after the POC expelled the group for incompetence and inefficiency.

Philippine basketball suffered setbacks in international competitions under the BAP, with the blame thrown against its secretary general Graham Lim. Lim, a Chinese citizen, is also facing possible deportation for violations of immigration laws.

Ramirez claimed the order to padlock the BAP office was “a collegial decision,” and that he will still consult with the other commissioners before he will grant the BAP’s office space back.

Ramirez, however, also risks contempt before the Court of Appeals, which, two years ago, declared with finality that the BAP is an illegitimate association. The CA said it is the group named Basketball Association of the Philippines Inc. (Bapi) that should be recognized as the legitimate National Sports Association (NSA) for the sport in the court.

The BAPI is led by Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) pioneer Nic Jorge. The Bapi is part of Pilipinas Basketball, the BAP’s rival group with which it merged with to form the SBP.

The SBP, led by communications mogul Manny Pangilinan, is also expected to question Ramirez’s move.

Ramirez was first appointed PSC commissioner by President Estrada. He was the only commissioner retained from his batch after Edsa II and subsequently succeeded former champion swimmer Eric Buhain after Buhain’s transfer to the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) early this year.


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Jingoy did not show up! BAP quarters still sealed.

Jinggoy no show; PSC keeps BAP office sealed
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 10/17/2006


The Philippine Sports Commission yesterday stood firm in its decision not to re-open the Basketball Association of the Philippines office without the concurrence of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

"The PSC is just being consistent. The board approved before to have it padlocked. And we just agreed not to re-open it yet," said PSC commissioner Ritchie Garcia.

"Not unless the BAP reconciles with the POC," he added.

The PSC board held an emergency meeting yesterday noon after reports came in that Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, the new BAP president, was coming over at 2 p.m. to witness the re-opening of the office.

But the sports-minded senator did not show up even as BAP supporters, including some referees, waited at the PSC parking area for more than an hour.


Top BAP officials were nowhere in sight, probably holed up in a nearby hotel or at their rented office across the PSC parking lot, eagerly waiting for the senator to arrive.

The BAP announced last week that PSC chairman Butch Ramirez had promised Estrada that he would re-open the BAP office with or without the concurrence with the POC.

The PSC chairman, however, told The STAR last Saturday that this was not the case, and the agreement between him and the senator was that the office will be re-opened only after the BAP reconciles with the POC.

The BAP office, located at Room 204 of the PSC administrative building, was padlocked by the PSC last year due to the controversy that led to the FIBA suspension on the Philippines.

The BAP was expelled by the POC and lost all the privileges being granted by the PSC, the government’s funding arm to sports, to legitimate national sports associations (NSAs).

Receiving financial assistance from the PSC and the free use of an office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex are among the privileges the BAP are now trying to regain.

But the BAP might get nothing in the end as the newly-formed Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, led by businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, is already poised to take over basketball in the country.


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BAP pushing to postpone unity congress on Oct.21?

SBP unity congress to be postponed?
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 10/19/2006


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There is talk that certain officials of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) are demanding a postponement of the "unity congress" being organized by the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Oct. 21.

But lawyer Marievic Anonuevo, closely coordinating the effort to unify the country’s fragmented basketball landscape, said she has not received any official notice of a postponement.

Curiously, the BAP has lost its personality to even beg, much less demand, for a postponement.

If the "unity congress" is postponed, it will be because the three-man panel (or is it down to a two-man panel?) made the decision. From what I understand, the interim 25-man Board of Trustees — named by the panel — will assemble for the first time to elect the SBP officers at the "unity congress" in the presence of representatives of leagues and associations validated or undergoing validation as SBP members.

A source said newly designated BAP president Sen. Jinggoy Estrada will not be in the country on Oct. 21 and that’s why the BAP is pushing for the postponement. The same source speculated that another reason could be the BAP is bargaining for more time to lobby for the scrapping of the interim Board and the election of a permanent Board by the 66 BAP affiliates and 21 Pilipinas Basketball (PB) affiliates.

"Based on the raw lists of affiliates submitted by the BAP and PB to FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball) in Tokyo, the BAP will have the numbers advantage in an election," said the source. "But the lists are unvalidated and it appears that most of the BAP affiliates are ghost organizations."

Lobbying for an election of the permanent Board, however, won’t prosper because a decision had already been made by the three-man panel to stick to the interim Board until June 2008.

Someone said the decision and others similarly compromising the BAP led to the squeeze-play that in turn, led to Joey Lina’s resignation as BAP president.

Lina said he resigned on his own in an act of supreme sacrifice when he found out he wouldn’t be acceptable to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) as SBP president. The POC subsequently denied influencing the choices for SBP positions.

Lina allegedly presented himself as a candidate for SBP president even after Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan’s offer to become SBP chairman and president on an interim basis drew widespread support from basketball sectors all over the country. Lina reportedly tried to woo PB president Bernie Atienza’s support by offering to back him up as SBP executive director.

A source said Lina even offered to sit as SBP president for only six months, later reduced to three.

Lina apparently overplayed his hand during a three-man panel meeting where he tried to eliminate the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) from the SBP rolls on the grounds that they don’t use FIBA rules.

Aside from the members of the three-man panel, the meeting was attended by Fritz Gaston, Moying Martelino and Anonuevo at the SyCip, Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Office in Makati.

Martelino, a former Asian Basketball Confederation secretary-general, told Lina that FIBA does not prohibit leagues affiliated to National Federations from using different rules. A clear example is the National Basketball Association whose players are qualified to see action in FIBA competitions.

Lina threatened to write FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann for a clarification on the matter.


As for the BAP’s posturing, POC legal counsel Emigdio (Ding) Tanjuatco said it is a futile exercise. "A reality that is being overlooked by self-styled pundits is the BAP is a non-existing entity," said Tanjuatco. "It’s not because the BAP was expelled by the POC or the court denied its attempt to be reinstated by the POC. It’s because in the joint communiqué for the unification of basketball, it was agreed to merge the BAP and PB. When you merge two entities, you become one with one of the two as the surviving entity or with a third organization to be created. In this case, neither the BAP nor PB will survive because the SBP was created out of the merger."

Tanjuatco said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is not in a legal position to reopen the BAP office at the Rizal Memorial Complex because the BAP has ceased to exist in the first place.

"For whom will the office be open?" wondered Tanjuatco. "If the condition is for the POC to recognize the entity that will hold office, the question is what entity will the POC negotiate with to recognize? The BAP is not even an incorporated association. It is not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and has no juridical personality."

Tanjuatco said PB, as a registered corporation, will eventually lose its legal personality because of the merger. "It will undergo an unwinding process because unlike the BAP, it is a registered corporation," said Tanjuatco. "There’s no choice in the matter because PB, like the BAP, is bound by the joint communiqué."

For all intents and purposes, the BAP has lost its right to exist.


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POC to probe athletics chief
By Nick Giongco
The Manila Bulletin 10-19-2006


THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) yesterday appeared to have broken its ties with Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association President Go Teng Kok after the POC announced the creation of a committee to look into reports that the controversial track official is the mastermind behind the move to reinstate the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) back into the local Olympic organization.

POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr. yesterday appointed POC Chairman Robert Aventajado to head the committee after reports reaching the POC board indicated that Go is going around soliciting the signatures of national sports associations leaders to support a petition to reinstate the BAP.

The BAP was expelled from the POC last year after repeatedly bringing embarrassment to Philippine basketball in the international community by sending third rate teams to international competitions where the country racked up new records for futility.

Swimming association head Mark Joseph came out with the specifics of the case involving Go, in Tuesday's POC executive committee meeting and it was his report that prompted the creation of a committee.

However, there is nothing in the POC rules that forbids a member from circulating a petition whether it is for or against certain policies of the POC.

At best, the POC as a body could seek Go’s resignation from its standing committees after declaring loss of confidence, said an official.

Go holds several high positions in the POC, including co-head of the Asian Games task force. He also is special assistant to Cojuangco serving as his right hand man after Cojuangco’s election. Go supported the expulsion of the BAP and was in various delegations that met with various FIBA officials to work for the recognition of a new basketball association.

Many now believe he was actually "spying" for the other side.

"We now suspect he was working for his BAP friends," said a source who requested not to be identified.

POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros said Go might even be declared "persona non grata" by the POC Board if the investigation comes out with solid evidence linking him to the issue.

"If the committee finds out that he has been really acting on his own, there will be sanctions," said Hontiveros without specifying the sacntions.

Joseph said the decision to form a committee to check the veracity of Go’s participation was "unanimous" and it was forged during the POC Executive Board meeting on Tuesday by 11 members of the Executive Committee.

Go refused to make a statement when contacted by the Bulletin yesterday. He said that whatever he says won’t come out in print anyway.

Cojuangco said there is no specific timetable for the committee to finish its probe.

Joining Aventajado in the committee is Frank Elizalde, the International Olympic Committee’s representative to the Philippines, Cojuangco said.

With the POC’s move to put Go under the microscope, sports officials believe that Go’s world may have shrunk a bit more. At present, he is at loggerheads with Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez whom he is trying to topple by circulating alleged cases of corruption.

This was after Ramirez refused to release funds to Go whom he said must first account for the millions of pesos previously released to the PATAFA.

Meanwhile, Cojuangco reiterated that the BAP can no longer be welcomed back into the POC.

"(Bringing the BAP back) is out of the question," said Cojuangco during the formal launch of the second POC Olympic Festival at the Milky Way restaurant in Makati. "Expelled na ‘yan.

The BAP is non-existent," said Cojuangco, saying the 70-year-old association was given several chances to shape up but blew every one of them.

"They had three opportunities. First was when I staged a basketball summit. Secondly was when we brought the matter to (the FIBA) in Geneva and the third was the one that happened recently."

"The problem with the BAP is that if they could not get what they want, they back out (from talks)," said Cojuangco.

Moves to reinstate the BAP recently acquired new life after the election of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada as BAP president last week.

Estrada was able to extract a promise from Ramirez to reopen the padlocked BAP office during a recent talk. But Ramirez said the reopening was contingent on the reinstatement of the BAP as member of the POC.

Last Tuesday, the PSC board ruled with finality that the BAP office will remain closed.


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GTK defends himself, may part ways w/POC

I am loyal to POC – GTK
By Nick Giongco
The Manila Bulletin 10-20-2006


ATHLETICS CHIEF Go Teng Kok yesterday lashed out at key members of the Philippine Olympic Committee as he denied any involvement in a signature campaign aimed at bringing back the Basketball Association of the Philippines into the POC family.

Go reacted strongly to the creation of a fact-finding committee meant to check the veracity of reports that he is leading a move to reinstate the BAP with the help of 38 national sports associations.

"I deny everything that appeared in the newspapers," Go told a group of scribes at the PSC-POC media offices at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. "My loyalty stays with the POC."

Go assailed POC Vice-President and Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella, POC Secretary General Steve Hontiveros and table tennis association head Victor Valbuena. He said they should be the ones to be investigated by the POC and not him.

He said he was not working for the reinstatement of the BAP adding he was even responsible for the BAP’s expulsion.

The fact-finding committee chaired by POC Chairman Robert Aventajado was created following a unanimous vote by the Executive Committee last Tuesday based on reports that Go has been seeking the support of other NSA heads.

"If this investigation finds out I am guilty, I will be kicked out. But if I can clear myself, I will resign from all the positions that were appointed to me by POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr.," said Go.

Go was named special adviser to the POC president during the infancy of Cojuangco’s presidency. He also co-chairs the Asian Games Task Force.

During his meeting with the press, Go also denied that he accompanied BAP secretary general Graham Lim to the office of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to help convince the senator to accept the post of BAP president which Estrada did days later.


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Cancellation after cancellation...When can we really move forward?
SBP congress reset again for Nov.11


SBP gab, election reset for Nov. 11
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 10/25/2006


The Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas has called for another date to hold its national congress and hopefully an election that would put the newly formed association back on track.

The SBP’s bid to put things in order as far as RP basketball is concerned was derailed by some unexpected turn of events earlier this month.

This time, however, representatives of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, Pilipinas Basketball and SBP are hoping to finally iron things out on Nov. 11.

The holding of the national congress, previously set Sept. 30 and Oct. 21, was pushed to another date by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who replaced Joey Lina as BAP president.

Bernie Atienza, president of Pilipinas Basketball, said Estrada personally requested SBP stalwart Manny V. Pangilinan to call for the national congress and the election.

Atienza said the national congress is tentatively set at the Dusit Hotel.

Once an election is held, and its results verified and upheld, the SBP will have to take over the chart of Philippine basketball, and the BAP and PB will have to fade away.

Lina’s resignation, which the former senator did as form of a sacrifice, came at a time when everything seemed well and working for SBP.

When Estrada took over, hard-core BAP officials suddenly called on the senator to head the SBP while batting for BAP’s reinstatement at the Philippine Olympic Committee.

But POC president Jose Cojuangco said BAP’s reinstatement is already a foregone conclusion and so much time and effort have already been spent on the formation of SBP.

This created a mild impasse on the ongoing developments, and some questions on how the International Basketball Federation or FIBA would react.

The Philippines suspended by FIBA last year, and said it would only be lifted if the country comes up with a new organization and a set of officers acceptable to everyone.

"I hope everybody attends this time. I hope they (BAP officials ) will join," said Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, a member of the 25-man SBP board of trustees.

The board is composed of 12 representatives each from the BAP and PB, with the 25th slot occupied by Pangilinan who is being pushed as BSP chairman or president or both.

During the national congress, however, all 66 listed members of the BAP will be allowed to attend, along with the 21 from PB.

Trinidad is hoping that the entry of Estrada in the BAP will help some of its members realize that the formation of the unified SBP is the only solution to the crisis.

"I hope the senator’s entry will put some sense into the minds of these BAP officials. I know that Senator Estrada loves basketball," he said.


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Ayaw talagang sumuko ng mga ito...ibang klase!
Si Estrada na humingi ng extension, ngayon naman sasabihin ng iba malabo sila sa Nov.11....anak ng :banghead: !!!
BAP continues to pull down basketball progress



BAP undecided on SBP merger; hardliners not hot on convention
By Julius Manicad
The Daily Tribune 10/26/2006


Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary general Graham Lim yesterday claimed his group is still undecided whether to honor the invitation by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), which plans to hold its convention on Nov. 11.

Lim, said BAP hardliners will also have to clarify their position on the merger proposed by the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

The SBP is led by business mogul Manny Pangilinan as president and chairman following a consensus among the members of the three-man panel that include former BAP president Joey Lina and Pilipinas Basketball president Bernie Atienza.

Without the BAP officials’ presence, the merger will be put in peril and may even give the Fiba more reasons not to lift the suspension it imposed on the Philippines last year following the POC decision to boot the BAP out of its roster.

BAP’s lack of stand, however, could be put in question by other groups comprising the other half of the SBP as the convention was requested by newly-elected BAP president Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

Estrada was said to have asked the SBP to postpone an earlier gab until his return from the United States where he is on a week-long vacation.

“We don’t know whether we’ll participate or not because we have yet to have any concrete discussion with other BAP officers,” Lim said, debunking reports it was Estrada who personally scheduled the convention after a dialogue with Pangilinan. “Jinggoy is not yet here. We’ll wait for his return before we call an executive committee meeting.”

The national congress, which also coincides with the general elections, was supposed to have been held last Sept. 30, exactly 30 days after the International Basketball Federation (FIba) instructed both parties to assemble a united front. It was later pushed to another date on Oct. 21, which, unfortunately, was spoiled by Lina’s sudden resignation as BAP president.

Lina’s move, however, was branded as a “delaying tactic” on the BAP’s part.
“We don’t know why they are in a hurry. Even my resignation and Joey Lina’s resignation have not been discussed. Why hurry things if they don’t have any direction to attend the discussion?” Lim, who also resigned being part of the SBP’s 25-man board of trustees, said.


Note: In the highlighted words in yellow-By Jawo

Graham Lim is questioning why the SBP is in a hurry. This shows how this BAP and Lim does not care about the best for Philippine basketball much more that they does not respect the efforts of the people who have been trying to solve the frustrating matter for 3 months now. The clamor is to finish the horrible situation, yet some people would rather delay the healing process for their own interest...ibang klase talaga :banghead: !


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IOC briefed on RP caging issue
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 10/26/2006


Once again, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) was reminded by its foreign counterparts to "stay the course" and ensure that genuine reforms take place and help Philippine basketball get back on its feet.

During the recent World Forum on Sports, Education and Culture in Beijing, POC representatives Monico Puentevella and Mark Joseph had the chance to meet with some of the world’s top sports leaders.

Joseph, the swimming president and deputy secretary-general of the POC, said they had ample time to brief International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge on the basketball situation in the country.

The Philippines is still under suspension by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as a result of a bitter dispute that resulted in the expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) from the POC.

Negotiations are underway among officials of the BAP, Pilipinas Basketball (PB) and the newly formed Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) that could lead to the lifting of the FIBA suspension.

The process, however, has encountered some rough sailing because of what Joseph said was "the BAP’s intransigence in spite of its obvious instability" considering that it hac been expelled from the POC.

"(This) is really failing to create a positive impression for BAP on world Olympic leaders," said Joseph, referring to a recent move by the BAP to have itself reinstated by the POC.

"(The) IOC leaders pointed out that the issue of a sports federation or any leader trying to dictate its will on the Olympic committee is an old, old story," said Joseph.

"Membership in an NOC is and must be governed by principles defined in the IOC charter, and not on personalities, opinions and vested interests. The POC is mandated to protect and enforce these in the Philippines."

Joseph added that some FIBA officers from Asia and Europe are planning to question Patrick Baumann, the FIBA sec-gen, for his "personal decision" to continue to recognize the BAP.

Joseph said Baumann’s decision is "in violation of the FIBA by-laws requiring all other federations in the world to have their NOC recognition (in this case the POC) to remain FIBA members."

Joseph said many leaders whom they spoke to in Beijing "were alarmed to find out that the BAP seemed poised on backing out of the unification process especially after three attempts at unification."

The POC, according to Joseph, was also reminded that in all past cases involving conflicts of this nature, Olympic culture and values have always prevailed.


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SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 10/29/2006


Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) president Go Teng Kok admitted the other day he accompanied Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) secretary-general Graham Lim to meet Sen. Jinggoy Estrada in his office off Roxas Boulevard two weeks ago but said it had nothing to do with a plot to reinstate the BAP as a member of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Go denied reports that he met Estrada twice to map out a plan for the BAP’s reinstatement.

"Graham asked me to join him in the meeting with Sen. Estrada," related Go. "I only went because Sen. Estrada wanted to talk to me. We met for about five minutes. He offered to help in solving our basketball problem and I promised to back him up all the way. I explained to him that since the BAP is still recognized by FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball), it would be easier to just reinstate the BAP but I told him it’s too late for that. Still, I mentioned that nothing is impossible. I advised him to talk to (POC president) Mr. (Jose) Cojuangco to clear up the issue of how he could be involved in solving the problem."

Go said he never instigated a signature campaign among POC members to reinstate the BAP.

"There is no such thing," he said. "I know Graham has verbally asked some POC members for support to reinstate the BAP but he’s doing it on a personal basis. I have nothing to do with that because for as long as I am Mr. Cojuangco’s special assistant in the POC, I will never go against him."

Reports of Go’s alleged involvement in plotting for the BAP’s reinstatement triggered a POC executive board resolution designating POC chairman Robert Aventajado and International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative Frank Elizalde to clarify the issue with the controversial PATAFA head.

Aventajado conferred with Go in a breakfast meeting last Thursday and it appears the issue has been settled.

Go said judging from his meeting with Aventajado, there is neither basis nor interest to investigate him.

POC spokesman Joey Romasanta told The STAR last Friday that Aventajado and Elizalde were assigned to clarify the issue with Go, not to conduct an investigation. Romasanta said Go has not resigned from his POC positions and will leave today to represent the POC in a three-day Sports For All conference in Cuba.

Go disclosed that before the Tokyo conference with FIBA officials, he met with Aventajado and Lim to broker a compromise where the BAP would no longer challenge its POC expulsion, Lim would take a leave of absence and Joey Lina would become president of the new, unified basketball organization.

Go said Peter Gaisano was even in the meeting briefly because Aventajado asked for his advice on how to proceed in organizing the Philippine Olympic Festival in Cebu.

The compromise, however, became academic when Lina resigned as BAP president and Philippine Long Distance Tel. Co. chairman Manny Pangilinan offered to assume the chairmanship and presidency of the Samahang Basketbol Ng Pilipinas (SBP), the organization that emerged from the merger of the BAP and Pilipinas Basketball (PB).

Go said he has done nothing wrong against the POC and sees no reason why he should clear his name. He lashed out at certain POC executive board members for sowing intrigue in trying to smear his name.

"I challenge (POC first vice president) Congressman (Monico) Puentevella to call for an inquiry to look into rumors that I am supposed to be involved in human smuggling with Graham," said Go. "I have nothing to hide. I’ve been accused of being a kidnapper and a drug pusher before but those accusations are baseless."

On the SBP, Romasanta said he was informed that the unity congress was postponed to Nov. 11 for Estrada to attend since the senator is out of the country until Monday.

Romasanta said it is unfortunate that PB president Bernie Atienza has been the target of unfair black propaganda and suspected it was the handiwork of a BAP official.

"It’s not true what they’re saying about Bernie," said Romasanta shortly before leaving for Kuala Lumpur last Friday morning. "As for the BAP, they’re dreaming if they think that during the unity congress, they can vote in behalf of the 66 so-called leagues and associations they claim to be affiliates. Those leagues and associations are still undergoing validation. Besides, it is the interim Board of Trustees that will elect the officers of the SBP."

Romasanta confirmed talks within the SBP that Estrada may be elected chairman and Pangilinan, president, by acclamation during the unity congress.


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