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PATAFA formally says yes to mediation

The PSC is now awaiting EJ Obiena's decision on whether he will formally throw his name in the mediation with PATAFA. Reuters (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The much anticipated mediation process between EJ Obiena and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association could be one step away from finally happening.

PATAFA has formally confirmed its participation in the said mediation to be led by Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez.

In a letter sent to Ramirez by PATAFA board of trustees member Datu Yusoph Mama on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Dugout Philippines the day later, PATAFA president Popoy Juico, legal counsel Aldrin Cabiles, and Alfonso Sta. Clara will represent the said national sports association in the mediation.

Mama also reiterated in his letter to Ramirez PATAFA's earlier decision to defer the sanctions it is supposed to slap on Obiena, including him being taken out from the national team and charged with an estafa complaint, until Jan. 19.

Obiena has yet to confirm his participation in the mediation, although he said in a letter sent to Ramirez that he is willing to undergo the process.

Obiena underwent knee surgery to repair a small tear in his meniscus, which probably delayed his formal entry to the mediation.

[Related Story: PSC chief Butch Ramirez confirms EJ Obiena to undergo knee surgery]

Ramirez sees the mediation as the only way to resolve the feud between Obiena and PATAFA, which stems from a liquidation issue.

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