Philippine Sports Commission Chair (PSC) William “Butch” Ramirez said on Monday that he is willing to go through another six years in his office if entrusted with the job by the incoming administration.

“It’s really time to go,” Ramirez said as he led the PSC’s flag-raising ceremony one last time on Monday. “But without pretensions, if the [new] president and the executive secretary offer me the position to be retained, I’ll be honored to accept it.’’


Combining political and financial acuity with his affinity for athletes, Ramirez turned the PSC into one of the vital cogs that led to the Philippines ending its near-century gold medal drought in the Olympics via Hidilyn Diaz’s victory in Tokyo last year. He had a solid set of commissioners who performed their tasks mostly under the limelight: basketball legend Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Celia Kiram and Arnold Agustin.

And he wants a shot at making sure the gains made under the latest of his two terms at the helm of the sports funding agency won’t go to waste.


“[G]iven the opportunity to serve again by the president for the country, I will run Philippine sports more efficiently,’’ said Ramirez, who served as PSC chair under the administrations of President Duterte and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.



His name, an Inquirer source said, was among those forwarded to President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez.



“We are prepared to brief the incoming chairman and board of the PSC and ready for the transition,’’ said Ramirez, who will officially step down as chief of the government sports agency on Thursday during the inauguration of President Marcos.

In his latest six-year term as PSC chief, Ramirez also took on lesser heralded yet meaningful projects like the PSC Children’s Games, which earned plaudits from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.



Date: June 28, 2022 | By: June Navarro | Newspaper: Inquirer | Source:


IWF Hall of Fame awardee Monico Puentevella. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

(UPDATED) SAMAHANG Weightlifting sa Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Hall of Fame on Saturday during the IWF Special and Electoral Congress held at the Albania Congress Convention Hall in Tirana, Albania.

Puentevella was recognized for his lifetime achievements in the sport. Under his presidency, the Philippines won its first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, Japan last year courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz.

"To God be the Glory. What more can I ask? When it rains, it pours. A gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics! And now to be installed into the IWF Hall of Fame. This recognition belongs to all our lifters, coaches, officials and my family. My only dream left is to win another gold medal in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Then I'm ready and done, Lord. Praise Thee. Mabuhay ang Pilipino," Puentevella told The Manila Times after receiving the award from Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Sam Coffa of Australia.
Puentevella was a former chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee and commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). He also served as congressman for three terms and mayor of Bacolod City.

The Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy, a national tournament for children 15 years old and above, is a brainchild of Puentevella when he was PSC commissioner.

Besides Diaz, the Batang Pinoy has produced 2022 Vietnam SEA Games double-gold medalist Vanessa Sarno of Bohol and Rose Jean Ramos of Zamboanga, who pocketed two gold medals at the IWF Youth World Championships last June 12 in Leon City, Mexico.



Date: June 27, 2022 | By: Jean Malanum | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source:



MANILA, Philippines — Sa huling pagkakataon ay nakiisa si Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez sa flag raising ce­remony kahapon sa PSC Office sa Rizal Memorial Sports Complex sa Vito, Cruz, Manila.

Nakasama ni Ramirez sina PSC Commissioners Ra­mon Fernandez, Celia Ki­ram, Charles Maxey at Ar­nold Agustin at ang mga PSC employees.

Handa na sina Ramirez, Fernandez, Kiram, Maxey at Agustin sa paglisan sa kani-kanilang mga opisi­na para sa mga bagong ita­talagang PSC Board ni Pre­sident-elect Bongbong Marcos, Jr.

Sinabi ni Ramirez na uuwi na siya sa kanyang ta­hanan sa Davao City pa­ra makapiling ang pamilya niya.

Payag rin ang 72-anyos na dating varsity coach at athletics director ng Ateneo de Davao na maging advi­ser para sa bagong papasok na PSC chairman.

Ang pagbibigay ng solidong suporta at pagtingin sa mga atleta ang ilan sa mga bagay na dapat isipin ng papalit sa kanya sa sports agency.

“You cannot expect our athletes to perform in the international stage if we don’t take care of them. Mahalin mo sila at mamahalin ka rin nila,” wika ni Ramirez.

“Parang sa eskwelahan, kung mayroong ma­gagaling at mapangalaga na teachers or coaches, nagpo-produce sila ng ma­gagaling na estudyante or in our case, athletes,” dag­dag nito.

Si Ramirez lamang ang tanging chairman na da­lawang beses nailuklok sa PSC top post.

Una ay sa administras­yon ni Pangulong Gloria Ma­capagal-Arroyo noong 2005 hanggang 2009 at ang pangalawa ay sa lide­rato ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte simula noong 2016.

Sa kanyang pamama­hala sa komisyon ay dalawang beses na hinirang na overall champion ang Pilipi­nas sa Southeast Asian Games.

Nangyari ito nang pa­nga­siwaan ng bansa ang SEA Games noong 2005 at 2019.

Naamit rin ng Pinas ang kauna-unahang Olympic Games gold medal sa pamamagitan ni weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz noong nakaraang taon sa Tokyo, Japan.

Isa lamang si Sama­hang Weight­lfiting ng Pi­li­­pinas (SWP) president Mo­­nico Puen­tevella sa mga bumati kay Ramirez.

“Good job. Thanks for all the support. Or else I wouldn’t be here for my Hall of Fame. Salamat and Godspeed,” ani Puen­te­vel­l­a.


Date: June 28, 2022 | By: Russell Cadayona | Newspaper: Philippine Star | Source:



OLYMPIC champion France defeated Germany, 25-16, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, to sweep the Quezon City leg of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

But on top of the sweep, it was the Filipino hospitality and enthusiasm on the game that pleased and amazed the world No. 3 French.

“It’s the first time I discovered the Philippines and it’s really nice to play here. The experience is fantastic,” said Tokyo Olympian Stephen Boyer, who posted 16 points and six digs in their fourth win on Philippine soil. “We’re hoping that we inspired the Filipinos with our performance.”

Despite struggling in the third set, the French, who only lost to World No. 1 Poland in Week 1 last June 12 in Ottawa, Canada, had a steady performance in the fourth set to claim the important win witnessed by more than 7,000 fans who grew to more than 10,000 later in the day.

“It’s always good to win. It’s not the best way but it’s okay. We have to restart in the fourth set and the most important is the victory.  We are going to rest and travel. Our next stop is our games in Japan and just continue to go on our way,” he added.


Tokyo Olympics Most Valuable Player Earvin N’ Gapeth returned with 18 points on top of two blocks, nine digs and four receptions after one match rest against crowd-favorite Japan, as the French spikers improved to a league best 7-1 record.

Japan, meanwhile, pulled off a 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Slovenia to cap its Quezon City stint with a 3-1 record also on Sunday.


The Slovenians rallied from a 17-22 hole in the second set with an 8-0 run capped by a Rok Mozic’s powerful kill to level the match.

“We lost a set…we didn’t attack,” Yuki Ishikawa said through an interpreter.

Japan, which lost to France in the Tokyo Games final last August, pulled its act together behind Ishikawa, Yuji Nishida and Kentaro Takahashi to return home with a 6-2 record overall,.


“The result is okay, we did get three points,” said Ishikawa, who led his team with 21 points on three service aces, eight digs and seven receptions.

Tatsu Otsuka hammered 13 kills with 10 receptions and eight digs, while Nishida had two service aces to finish with 12 points with eight digs and seven receptions. Mozic led Slovenia with 20 points including two blocks and six receptions, Toncek Stern added 16 points, while skipper Tine Urnaut had 11 points, six receptions and four digs.

Slovenia fell in a tie with Germany with a 3-5 card in the event that has Mikasa, Ganten, Gerflor and Senoh as global sponsors and global suppliers, PLDT Home as presenting partner, Rebisco, MG Philippines, TOP Speed Insurance, Asics and Maynilad as official sponsors, Havas Ortega, The Look Company, Summit Outdoor Media, Marketing Media Ventures, Strong Media Advertising Solutions. 91.5 Win Radio, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, City of Taguig, Quezon City and F2 Logistics as official suppliers.


Date: June 27, 2022 | By: Josef Ramos | Newspaper: Business Mirror | Source: