To: FIBA Asia President/Secretary General/Executive Committee
FIBA Secretariat Patrick Baumann/Borislav Stankovic/Bob Elphinston
Re: Let’s Hear the TRUTH, and nothing but the TRUTH
How are you, gentlemen, collectively known as the “Three Stooges”. May I be allowed to greet all of three of you a Merry Christmas! I wish the holidays will give you time to reflect on the various mistakes you have done to tarnish the image of the FIBA organization.
In June 2011, FIBA Asia held an Executive Committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the meeting, the issue regarding the name of the Philippines’ national basketball federation was raised. According to the 2007 Bangkok Agreement, the FIBA and FIBA Asiaagreed to name the Philippines’ Federation as “BAP-SBP.” How come the FIBA Secretariat now declares that the federation is simply “SBP”?
Baumann was in attendance, but suspiciously he sat through the meeting with his mouth shut.
Allow me then to refresh your mind once again so that the other members of the FIBA family around the world would know the real truth behind the substances.
Firstly, Baumann’s deafening silence can be equated as guilt. No remorse for his wrongdoing, this corrupt racist of the first order is so enamoured with greed and power. He may better off reflecting on the downfall of several despotic leaders in the Arab world in recent months.
Watch your backs, my favourite Three Stooges. Be prepared, for it could also happen to FIBA Secretariat. You three are so unpopular in the different parts of the world, including FIBA Asia.
Manipulating and conspiring with dubious basketball personalities, to the detriment of the decent men and women in the organization, is your biggest sin.
Your systematic destruction of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), while sleeping in bed with the moneyed and corrupt businessman from our country, will not be forgotten.
The BAP was forced to compromise with the SBP under the Memorandum of Agreement (Bangkok Agreement) initiated by bright boy, Baumann, who had been boasting to his allies in the FIBA Central Board that it was he who brought this moneyed but corrupt Filipino businessman, who has been convicted of plagiarism before the bar of public opinion, to the FIBA for future marketing purposes in FIBA Asia and kick-out those presently running the FIBA Asia Executive Committee sooner or later. He claimed he had this guy under his palm.
Dear Sheikh Saud Bin Ali Al-Thani and Dato’ Yeoh Choo Hock, FIBA Asia President and Secretary General, respectively, both of you were part of the MOA between the BAP and SBP that was signed in Bangkok last February 5, 2007. The signing agreement was initiated and even witnessed by Patrick Baumann, a move that supposedly was to lift the Philippines’ suspension from the FIBA. In reality, it was an evil design aimed to boot the BAP out of the FIBA family.
Secondly, in one of the provisions of the MOA (Bangkok Agreement) that not followed to the letter, Baumann, Sheikh Saud, Hagop Khajirian (FIBA-Asia Deputy Sec-Gen), Dato’ Yeoh and the other the signatories from the BAP and SBP representatives, it was agreedupon that - 87 member associations affiliated with the BAP and 21 members from the SBP – will be allowed to vote for the next set of the merged BAP-SBP organization after a transitory of one year.
The BAP-SBP under our wings called for a general election to select the new leaders in June 2008. It was attended by the representatives of 65 member associations. The result of the voting was forwarded to the FIBA Secretariat. Yet strangely, it failed to recognize the election.
Two weeks later, the SBP faction, under the dictates of the moneyed but corrupt businessman, held its own election and the FIBA Secretariat quickly gave its blessing even if the voters did not compose the majority of the merged BAP-SBP organization.
Only 19 of their member associations were invited to attend their meeting. Therefore, its so called election of officers was a sham.
It is also worth mentioning that six (6) of them were not even listed in the official voter’s list approved in the Bangkok Agreement, one (1) association withdrew its affiliation (CESAFI association from Cebu City) reasoning that the election of BAP-SBP (SBP faction) that there was no quorum.
In effect, there was no quorum as only ten (10) member associations affiliated with SBP actually were in attendance during the meeting.
They even went on to elect a complete 25 – member Board – and how were they able to do that? That is a puzzlement that even great mathematicians can’t fathom.
The decision of the FIBA Secretariat to recognize the voting was just as unbelievable, if not ignorant.
Even when I later informed Baumann about this matter during a chance meeting in Malaysia on January 19, 2009, he just sat in silence but always denied anything, perhaps mindful that he could not do anything that would upset his Filipino businessman lackey, from whom he could extract money in the future if and when marketing scheme could be struck between them.
There are two things, among other violations of Bangkok Agreement, that I informed FIBA-Asia officials, hopeful that Sheikh Saud and Dato’ Yeoh would understand that real sequence of events regarding the Philippine basketball leadership.
The two, in fact, were signatories to the Bangkok Agreement. I have great respect for them and pray that both gentlemen will see the light and rectify these mistakes that continue to question the integrity of our local basketball federation and the credibility of the FIBA to show your concern and dignity not family as a whole.
I humbly urge FIBA-Asia members to join me in my crusade against the FIBA Secretariat and demand the resignation of Baumann, Stankovic and Bob Elphinston, the three stooges who over the years have wreaked havoc to the organization that we all love.
Let’s act now before the cancer spreads further and further so as to cause the destruction of the entire FIBA family.
As a FIBA member, I will continue to fight for what is right, fair and just in our organization even if my principled advocate takes me to my grave.
So help us all. Merry Christmas to every one!
GrAHaM C. LiM
Secretary General, Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP)
Member, National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC)