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PRESIDENT MARCOS THANKS FILIPINO ATHLETES FOR THEIR HARDWORK AS EJ PAYS COURTESY CALL

PRESS RELEASE PBBM THANKS FILIPINO ATHLETES FOR THEIR HARDWORK AS EJ PAYS COURTESY CALL Top pole-vaulter, Ernest John Obiena visited Malacanang Palace today and presented the 2022 World Athletics Championships Pole Vault Bronze medal he won last July to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. in a courtesy call today.  Accompanying Obiena were Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) … Continue reading

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PATAFA endorses EJ Obiena for SEA Games as mediation ends

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  World-ranked Filipino pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (Photo from EJ’s FB page) MANILA – The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and world-ranked pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena have finally settled their misunderstandings as Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairperson Butch Ramirez succeeded in reconciling the two parties through the mediation … Continue reading

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Solon wants to defund PATAFA after Obiena’s non-inclusion in WIC

By Filane Mikee Cervantes  Pole vault Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (Photo from EJ’s Facebook page) MANILA – A party-list lawmaker on Monday called on the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to defund the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) after its non-endorsement of pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena for the World Indoor Championships (WIC) in Serbia. … Continue reading

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Senator Go rues wasted chance of not having Obiena in pole vault worlds

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  Pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (Photo from EJ Facebook page) MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Sunday expressed his disappointment after Ernest John “EJ” Obiena confirmed the night before that he will not be in the World Indoor Championships next week in Belgrade. His absence means Obiena, the world No. 5 … Continue reading

Philippine Sports Commission’s statement on EJ Obiena’s backing out from mediation proceedings
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Philippine Sports Commission’s statement on EJ Obiena’s backing out from mediation proceedings

STATEMENT     The Philippine Sports Commission has received communication from Mr. EJ Obiena, sent through his lawyer via email, that Mr. Obiena “will no longer participate in the mediation proceedings.”   As mediation requires for the voluntary agreement of both parties for the process to proceed, we inform you that mediation is temporarily on … Continue reading

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Ramirez vows to resolve PATAFA-Obiena row before term ends

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez (Screengrab from PSA Forum) MANILA – Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez said he is looking to finally settle the score between the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association and pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena before he bids goodbye to his post. Ramirez … Continue reading

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‘Let athletes focus on bringing glory’, Go to sports officials

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (File photo) MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go called on sports officials to promote the welfare of national athletes and let them focus on their training, instead of dragging them into issues that should be resolved amicably by sports officials. “Trabaho ninyo na tulungan sila. Iresolba at ibigay mga pangangailangan nila. Pagaanin ang … Continue reading

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Asia’s pole vault king Obiena dropped from PH team

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (File photo) MANILA – The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) has taken out Asia’s pole vault king Ernest John “EJ” Obiena from its pool as their ongoing row took yet another major turn. PATAFA announced on Tuesday that it is recommending Obiena’s removal from the national team … Continue reading

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Philippine Olympic Committee declares Juico persona non grata

By Jelly Musico  PERSONA NON GRATA. The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Executive Board tackles the rift between athletics chief, Dr. Philip Ella Juico, and Olympic pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena during a meeting at the East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City on Tuesday (Dec. 28, 2021). The board approved the recommendation of the … Continue reading