THE outgoing members of the Cebu Football Association (CFA) denied speculations that they had a hand in filing the “election-related protest” before the Philippine Football Federation.
Eugene Ynclino III, formerly the man in-charge of CFA's referee committee, told Sun.Star Cebu that the protest was not from the former board members.
“No. I assure you, it’s not from us. Dili naman mi ganahan mudagan balik sa board,” said Ynclino.
In fact, Ynclino said, during the elections last March 30, former CFA president Richard Montayre and board member Eleazar Toledo decided to pull their names out of the list of nominees, to show that they are no longer interested to run.
The said “election-related protest” prompted the national football body to hold the recognition. They are still awaiting the decision from the membership and legal committee on the matter.
PFF, however, did not specify in its communication with CFA who filed the protest and what exactly the protest was about.
Sun.Star Cebu has been trying to contact legal committee head Atty. Edwin Gastanes but to no avail.
Although he denied that the protest came from them, Ynclino still expressed his disappointment with the election that happened months ago.
He said many clubs were not happy with the elections.
"It really doesn't matter who won as long as the procedures were followed," said Ynclino.
In the last elections, regular and probationary members were allowed to vote, totally disregarding the voting criteria set by the former board, which only gave the voting rights to the regular members.
"Rules should have been followed and the election was not done right," he added.
New board member Glen Quisido brushed aside opinions about the irregularity of the voting procedure.
"As of now, we just have to wait for the PFF decision," said Quisido.
Chad Songalia of Don Bosco United also expressed his thoughts on the matter.
"Kapoy na ang politics. Let's make our actions do the talking for the good of Cebu football," said Songalia.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 04, 2012.