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Despite losing CDM role, Monsour Del Rosario remains "thankful"

Monsour Del Rosario has no ill feelings about his removal from the CDM post. From Del Rosario's Facebook page
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Makati congressman Monsour Del Rosario accepted his fate as he was stripped of his role as the chef de mission for the Philippine team in the Southeast Asian Games.

Exactly a week ago, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas axed Del Rosario from the CDM spot as part of a huge shakeup within the organization.

The CDM position was eventually handed to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez.

But Del Rosario, in a statement on Monday night, did not hurl hard feelings on Vargas about his removal from the CDM position.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to serve our country as chef de mission," the former taekwondo champion and actor said.

He even called on everyone to support Ramirez.

"I urge everyone to support the next chef de mission because while national team success is dependent on the quality of athletic talent and coaching, effective leadership of Team Philippines is equally critical for a successful participation in the SEA Games," Del Rosario continued.

He added, "As former chef de mission of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, I will continue supporting the national team in whatever capacity to ensure its success."

In conclusion, he said, "I call on the sports community to set aside our differences and unite toward the goal of reclaiming our former lofty status in international sports."

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