THE Federation Internationale de Volleyball has started its proceedings to resolve the long-running leadership conflict between the Philippine Volleyball Federation and Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas, Inc., calling on both parties to prepare their respective positions in claiming the legal sports association to govern volleyball in the Philippines.
In a letter dated Feb. 16, 2017 and signed by Jaime A. Lamboy Riley, Chairperson of the Ad-Hoc Commission for the Philippines, the special committee has informed both PVF President Edgardo ‘Tito Boy’ Cantada and LVPI chief Jose ‘Joey’ Romasanta of the action and set the deadline for the submission of the said document not later than March 13, 2017.
The FIVB noted in its letter that “On 23 January 2017, the Ad-Hoc Commission of the Philippines held its first meeting in order to organize how the proceedings before the Ad-Hoc Commission will be conducted. To that effect, the Ad-Hoc Commission has decided to request the following information from the parties.”
The PVF brought its case against the LVPI and the POC before the FIVB Congress last year, and the world governing body found merit to grant the PVF appeal for an investigation.
On Dec. 8, 2016, the FIVB Congress created an Ad-Hoc Commission to investigate the governance of the sports of volleyball in the Philippines and make a recommendation to the Board of Administration.
“Change is coming in Philippine sports and the PVF fervently prays that it’s for the better. Let truth and justice prevail in this case,” said Cantada. “Kailangan ilagay sa tama. Walang puwang ang pagmamalabis sa puwesto at pagmamanipula sa proseso at pang-aapi sa kapwa sa Philippine sports.”
Cantada has also put the Philippine Olympic Committee to task for illegally stripping the PVF of its membership in the POC, replacing it with the LVPI. Cantada decried the glaring manipulation by the POC, citing the absence of a General Assembly to rule in favor of LVPI “ironically headed by the same person (Romasanta) the POC supposedly assigned to resolve the internal PVF problems.”