MANILA, Philippines ? There?s no need to rush filling up the vacant posts in Philippine Sports Commission, said its former chairman, Philip Ella Juico, allaying fears that the delay could disrupt the preparations for the Guangzhou Asian Games in November.
Juico, who is also among the names reportedly in the shortlist to become the agency's next boss, said President Benogno ?Noynoy? Aquino III must be given enough time to fill up other positions in his new administration.
?In Asian Games, we're only taking part in how many events? 12? Only a handful of our athletes are included there. We don't have to worry about it because I'm sure the President knows that,'' Juico told the Inquirer.
It stemmed from last Friday's mass exodus of PSC board including outgoing chair Harry Angping who said he was not reporting to office anymore.
That vacuum left deputy executive director Merly Ibay to man the fort in the 20-year-old agency, based on the memorandum circular issued by Malacañang ordering all previous administration's appointees to vacate their posts.
?I'm not reporting anymore,'' said Angping in a text message.
Juico, who served from 1996-1998, said he has done his part in Philippine sports. But he said he would like to help through the Department of Education.
?Well we know that the backbone of Philippine sports is truly the school sports,'' Juico said.
He cited the Southeast Asian Games in 2005 where the country emerged overall champion, only to finish sixth in the 2007 SEAG in Thailand.
?Kumbaga sa golf, naka tsamba ng maganda tapos lumabas ang natural (It was like golf, we started well but later on showed our true colors),? he added.
Juico?s wife, Margie Juico, has been named chair of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, one of the agencies funding the PSC.