|PSC commissioners Chito Loyzaga and Salvador Andrada being interviewed in ANC's Hardball sports program.
MANILA, Philippines – The new leadership of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said it wants to eliminate alleged corruption from the agency amid reports of overpriced goods and services, such as a monthly budget of P33,000 for newspapers.
PSC commissioner Salvador “Buddy” Andrada said the cash-strapped sports body will look into alleged anomalies that have sapped funds intended for the country’s athletes.
“The problem is simply just simple corruption. That's why ang pakay namin is really to clean Philippine Sports Commission starting with [ex-PSC chairman Harry] Angping's administration going back to us,” Andrada said.
Andrada, who appeared with fellow commissioner Chito Loyzaga on ANC’s Hardball sports program last Wednesday, said there have been several questionable transactions in the PSC that they want to look into.
“Matagal n’yo nang nadinig ito pero hindi ako naniwala… About the security guards and those janitorial services, [they] get something like P3 million every month,” he alleged.
He also claimed there was something wrong even with the PSC’s newspaper subscriptions.
“It’s a very small matter but we found out, on the newspapers alone, we're spending P33,000 a month,” said Andrada.
Newly-appointed chairman Richie Garcia earlier said the PSC may need P700 million a year to be able to succeed in its campaign to improve Philippine amateur sports.
“We have a request with the DBM [Department of Budget and Management ] for a budget of P700 million. I understand we only get P300 million from the general appropriations,” said Garcia.
Appointed with Garcia and Andrada to serve as PSC commissioners are Loyzaga, Little League Philippines administrator Jolly Gomez and Akiko Thomson.
The new PSC leadership has already made peace with the POC and its president, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, burying differences which began during the time of former PSC chairman Harry Angping.
Loyzaga, meanwhile, said the PSC is prioritizing the athletes’ preparations for the Asian Games in November.
The 2010 Asian Games is set in Guangzhou, China, from November 12 to 27.
The Philippine contingent would like to break the medal record achieved 4 years ago in Doha, Qatar, where they hauled 4 gold medals.
“Our priority at this point really is the athletes and the athletes participating in the Asian games in November. We’re basically trying to give all the support that they need so that they could perform to the best of their abilities,” said Loyzaga. -- With a report from the Philippine Star