And the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View comments
Australia’s selectors endured a barrage of criticism for a trio of surprising picks in the Ashes squad but the hosts’ dominant 10-wicket win over England in the series-opener at the Gabba may have left them feeling more than a little vindicated.The selection of opener Cameron Bancroft, wicketkeeper Tim Paine and number six Shaun Marsh all looked to have backfired early in the series-opener but all three finished strongly in Brisbane to help Australia to victory and boost their confidence ahead of the second Test in Adelaide starting on Saturday.Having replaced hometown favourite Matt Renshaw, Western Australian Bancroft had a nervous start to his Test debut at the Gabba and was out for five after fishing at a Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings.The 25-year-old batted superbly in his second chance, however, putting on a record unbeaten opening partnership in a successful fourth-innings victory chase with David Warner, as they mowed down the 170-run target.Bancroft’s 82 was also the highest score by an Australian debutant in a fourth innings, replacing Norm O’Neil’s 71 from 1958.He later endeared himself to the Australian media with his humorous account of being “headbutted” in a “weird” greeting by England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow at a Perth nightspot after the tourists’ arrival Down Under.The decision to bring in Paine for Matthew Wade left plenty bewildered, given he was not even keeping for state side Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield when he was recalled for his first Test in seven years.Paine’s first day at the Gabba was largely forgettable as he grassed a nick behind from England number three James Vince off the bowling of spinner Nathan Lyon.advertisementHe recovered well, however, with smart work to stump all-rounder Moeen Ali on day four, a wicket that triggered a middle order collapse and hastened England’s dismissal for 195.Marsh’s selection saw spin bowling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell discarded and the Western Australian batsman had a nightmare start to his eighth recall in Tests.He clattered into pace spearhead Mitchell Starc in a fielding mishap, a clash that gave the Gabba crowd a scare when the bowler came off for treatment with a hole in his trousers and a cut on his knee.At the time, Maxwell was well on the way to a maiden double-century for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.The 34-year-old Marsh later dropped a very easy catch in the deep and was under huge scrutiny when he joined captain Steve Smith in the middle with their team teetering at 76 for four in their first innings.Marsh survived a number of nervy play-and-misses but remained to score 51, his eighth half-century, in a crucial 99-run stand with Smith that dug Australia out of trouble.