Issue of January 8, 2017

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Probe ordered on sports–related issues
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

Mayor Mauricio Domogan has ordered separate investigations of two sports-related incidents that became the subject of complaints from concerned citizens.

In administrative orders issued Dec. 19, the mayor has created two committees to handle the probes into complaints on the alleged gambling activity and barring of athletes at the tennis court at the Baguio Athletic Bowl, and on the alleged negligence and mishandling of the athletes who joined the 2016 Batang Pinoy national finals in Tagum City.

The first team composed of City Legal Officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes or his representative, City Environment and Parks Management Office Assistant Department Head Ruben Cervantes and Secretary to the Mayor Rafael Tallocoy was tasked to investigate claims of gambling activities happening at the tennis court and that the young athletes were denied full access to the facility in the presence of disgruntled parents.

In Administrative Order 18, s. 2016, the mayor said there is a need to investigate the allegations and review the contract or agreement covering the court for the city to come out with revised rules and regulations on the use of the facility.

The committee was tasked to find out if there is truth to the report, find out who are responsible, and undertake the review of the contract.

In Administrative Order 187, s. 2016, the mayor tasked City Administrator Carlos Canilao, Office of the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Officer-in-Charge Augustine Laban III, and Rabanes or his representative to look into reports on the Batang Pinoy event.

“Complaints had reached our office regarding the alleged negligence and mishandling of the Baguio City athletes relative to their means of transportation from Nasipit Jeepney Terminal going to Butuan City and from Butuan City to Tagum City,” the mayor said.

The incident allegedly resulted to the team’s loss by default in their event.

“An investigation regarding the incident must be conducted to find out what actually happened, who are responsible among the Baguio City coordinators, and most importantly, to prevent similar incidents from happening again,” the mayor said.

Both committees were given 10 days to complete the investigations with recommended actions.

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