4 senators want Patafa board cited in contempt over EJ Obiena issue

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Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena during the Orlen Copernicus Cup.

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena during the Orlen Copernicus Cup. ORLEN COPERNICUS CUP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Four senators are pushing to cite the board members of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association’s (Patafa) in contempt for “disobeying” the Senate order to settle differences with Filipino Olympian pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena.

The motion was filed Wednesday before the Senate committee on sports by Senators Pia Cayetano, Francis Tolentino, Panfilo Lacson, and Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

In the said motion, the senators pointed out that in a hearing conducted by the Senate committee on sports back in February, Obiena and Patafa were ordered to settle the issue regarding the athlete’s liquidation reports through a mediation proceeding to be conducted by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

However, the senators said the Patafa filed an…

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