The mediation process involving the country’s top pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena is on hold, for now.
The Philippine Sports Commission, however, reiterated in a press statement that “mediation is still the best option” to resolve the dispute between Obiena and his national federation the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.
Agency officials discussed their stand after receiving word that Obiena won’t be involved in a dialogue with the PATAFA, adding that they have put the talks between both parties on hold.
The PSC, led by PSC chairman William Ramirez, however remains upbeat that they can still get both sides together to thresh things out.
“As mediation requires for the voluntary agreement of both parties for the process to proceed, we inform you that mediation is temporarily on hold. Despite this development, we maintain our stand that mediation is still the best option to resolve this matter,” said the PSC in a statement.
Obiena, whose dispute with the athletics’ federation involves his alleged questionable liquidation papers, has already submitted his financial reports that are now being processed by the PSC accounting office and the Commission on Audit.
Obiena is currently preparing for an indoor meet in Germany this week.
He said that he has lost faith in the mediation process, alleging that there was bad faith on PATAFA’s side.