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PSC calls for dialogue with PATAFA, EJ Obiena; demands both parties to 'refrain from issuing statements'

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Wednesday demanded the  Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and EJ Obiena to refrain from issuing statements to the public as it eyes to hold a dialogue with both parties.

In a statement, PSC clarified that it has not taken the issue lightly and has already "quietly started a series of separate dialogues with each of the concerned parties" even before stating earlier this week that it "shall only intervene when appropriate."

And as a series of investigations is now underway, PSC demands both parties to avoid issuing statements to the public and on social media as the agency wishes for the matter "to be handled with confidentiality."

Aside from the dialogue with PSC, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and PATAFA have already started with their own probes.

"While we wish for the matter to be handled with confidentiality, we are bound by duty to mediate and call both parties to the table in the interest of truth and arresting the damage this tussle has done on our country’s image in the international sporting world," the statement read.

"We now demand the parties to refrain from issuing statements to the public and on social media.  We hope the imposition of this moratorium will allow this proposed dialogue a chance to help all of us arrive at a proper resolution on this matter."

PSC added that one of its missions is to protect the national athletes and ensure the proper use of any financial assistance given to any organization.

"The PSC was created with the athletes in the heart of its being, to protect their welfare and ensure a conducive environment for sports excellence. We have been dedicated to fulfilling this mandate."

PSC said it will update the public once a positive outcome of the dialogue and settlement of these issues between the parties involved are reached. — LA, GMA News

Tags: EJ Obiena, PATAFA, psc