Sports media throws support for Ramirez

Davao’s two major sports media organizations have thrown their support to the candidacy of former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez who is seeking for a city council seat in the first district.

Calling it “one sports vote,” the Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines (SCOOP)-Davao Chapter and the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) made their joint manifesto of support to the 54-year old Ramirez who was at the helm of the country’s sports agency for 10 years before deciding to join the race for the city council in the coming May 10 polls.

Scoop-Davao president Lito delos Reyes of Mindanao Daily Mirror and DSA counterpart Charles Maxey of Sunstar formally relayed the two organizations’ agreement to initiate the “one sports vote” campaign which seeks to push for representation for the sports sector in the city council.

“We are one in this noble agenda of advancing the cause of sports development and physical fitness as well as championing the welfare of the Davao sports community comprised mainly of young athletes who have pursued a healthy and competitive life away from the menace of drugs and vices, and have given the city a tradition of honor and pride with their accomplishments in the sporting front,” the joint Scoop-DSA statement said.

The two organizations are composed of sports journalists from the city’s media organizations and sports events organizers.

The Scoop-DSA initiative hopes to generate the support from other local sports organizations like the city-based national sports associations (NSAs) and sports adventure groups in the coming days.

Ramirez has earned the respect of the national sporting community during his 10-year tenure as PSC chairman highlighted by his able leadership that gave the country the overall championship in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. It was during his administration that national athletes were given increase in allowances and better housing facilities inside the Philsports and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

The former teacher-coach-athletic director of Davao schools Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College and St. Francis Xavier Seminary is currently the chairman of Sports for Peace Mindanao, Inc. and erstwhile vice chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP). He is credited for opening the venue for Mindanao athletes to participate in the biennial Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia and the father of the Mindanao Friendship Games and the Mindanao Children’s Games.

Ramirez also served as sports consultant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from 1996-1998 before making the jump to the PSC as Commissioner, and later as Chairman. He was the longest-serving PSC chairman in the history of the PSC. He resigned last January to announce his desire to run for public office. (pr)

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