Friday, June 15, 2012

Cebu FA in a limbo

(This report by Cheska D. Geli was published in Sun.Star Cebu on June 15)
OUTGOING Cebu Football Association President Richard Montayre stands firm that no turnover will happen unless the new board is recognized by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

PFF suspended the recognition of the new set of officers because an election-related protest was filed against the new officers, led by president Ricky Dakay. The PFF did not name the complainant and PFF president Mariano Araneta said he doesn’t know who filed the complaint.

Montayre said that there can be no official board for Cebu until they receive the blessings from the PFF and hence he can’t turn over control of the CFA.

This was a departure from his earlier statement to Sun.Star Cebu a month after the election when he said he was willing to have the turnover done as long as the right procedures were followed and the former CFA board members were present.

But he said, his decision to put on hold the turnover to the new board was prompted by his conviction to do the right thing.

“If you want to do the turnover right, it should be to the set of officers already accepted by the PFF,” said Montayre.

The matter is now to be resolved by the membership and legal committee who are expected to give out the decision this week per instructions from the PFF President Mariano Araneta.

However, incoming CFA secretary general Joey Herrera questioned the former board’saction of delaying the turnover.

“If they are not the one protesting, why are they not doing the turnover with us? Mao ra na ako question this time which means that they know there was a protest or worse, they are the ones protesting,” said Herrera.

Montayre and the rest of the former board had denied that they filed the protest before PFF.

Herrera already e-mailed the former board that they are willing to accept whatever they will turn over--balls, flags, training equipments, financial and accomplishment reports, board resolutions and pending projects.

“Does it make sense? They were quoted naman nga naghuwat ra sila namo nga mudawat unya I e-mailed them sa ila account and to the former secretary-general’s personal account pud, wala man ni-reply,” said Herrera.

Last May 12, former CFA secretary general Bro. Mari Aberasturi said, “I still have to wait until Richard’s arrival but the materials and books were already prepared and ready for turnover.”

The CFA elections was held last March 31.

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