Mr. Patrick Baumann:
I saw your letter to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco inquiring the status of the two factions in the BAP-SBP organization – the Congressman Luis Villafuerte-Prospero Pichay faction and the Manny Pangilinan faction – during our POC Executive Committee meeting on May 11, 2009.
I am amused by your letter, considering that it was you tried to gain the respect of Mr. Cojuangco in your attempt to secure his vote for your International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership.
When the POC chairman read your letter regarding your query, we all broke into laughter since it was the POC, after all, which was responsible for the expulsion of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) in 2005.
While you initially were against the BAP’s expulsion by the POC, you later made a complete turnaround and even kicked the BAP out of the FIBA family even if the national basketball federation has been a member since 1936.
I strongly advise you to respect the Bangkok Agreement and recognize the legitimate BAP-SBP leadership, which is the group of Villafuerte and Pichay.
The Villafuerte-Pichay group has followed all the legal procedures in holding an election on June 4, 2008. Still, the FIBA secretariat, through your guidance, continues to recognize the Pangilinan group, which held its own “election” on June 12, 2008 that is bereft of any legal basis since there was no quorum during the aforementioned “election.”
Because of your decision, our national basketball federation has been thrown into a huge mess and rumors have been going the rounds that the FIBA has become a corrupt organization under your leadership.
As a word of advice, do not again ask the POC any issues that have something to do with the BAP-SBP feud. The POC cannot be an impartial arbitrator and was guilty of illegal representation in the past when it entered into an agreement with the FIBA secretariat.
As POC Special Assistant to the President, all communication has to course to my table for proper review.
I hope you can settle this matter immediately so the FIBA will be able to regain its credibility and integrity throughout the world under you leadership as FIBA secretary general.
Go Teng Kok