|PSC chairman Butch Ramirez formally accepted the SEA Games chef de mission post. PSC|
By Ivan Saldajeno
BINAN--In a huge change of heart, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez will now take over the Philippine team's chef de mission spot for the Southeast Asian Games.
Ramirez announced the change of heart on Wednesday.
"I humbly accept the chef de mission post for Team Philippines' 2019 Southeast Asian Games participation," Ramirez said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Ramirez initially declined the offer, but following an intervention from the national government hours later, he made the deferment.
"Last night, I was given firm instructions which I shall carry out, knowing beyond any doubt that national interest is [a] primary concern of the government and should be of all."
He then added that his 180-degree turn is a proof that the PSC is ready to intervene for Philippine sports.
"As the sports government arm, we show our readiness to step in, to help in the capacity being requested and, if possible, mediate to make unity happen," Ramirez continued.
Ramirez will replace Monsour Del Rosario, who was stripped of the CDM position on Monday by Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas.
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