MANILA, Philippines — “I would like my identify cleared.”
This was what pole vaulter EJ Obiena informed senators on Monday because the Senate sports activities and finance committees appeared into the rift between the Philippine Athletics Monitor and Area Affiliation (Patafa) and the Tokyo Olympian.
In the course of the listening to, Obiena and his mom, Jeanette, defined how the controversy has affected their household.
“In my humble opinion, there was an intent to color me as an embezzler publicly. That is my important challenge and I would like my identify cleared as a result of I’m publicly accused and that has broken not simply me, however my mother and father, my siblings, and my cousins,” the pole vaulter stated.
“Even these people who find themselves not my family members however have the surname Obiena can be branded in public as embezzlers,” he added.
In November final 12 months, Obiena was accused of falsifying liquidation paperwork and was ordered to return 85,000 euros (over P4.8 million) in monetary assist supposed for the wage of his Ukrainian coach Vitaliy Petrov.
Patafa additionally wished Obiena to show that his coach was being paid on time for his salaries relationship again to Could 2018.
Nevertheless, the Filipino pole vaulter had denied that he didn’t launch the wage of Petrov for the providers he rendered from early 2018 onward.
Petrov himself additionally disputed Patafa’s accusations.
Obiena’s mom, Jeanette, stated they had been “shocked and harm” by the allegations towards her son.
“Diyan sa social media, napakarami pong nagko-comment. Meron pa nga pong nag-comment na masakit. At bilang magulang po napakasakit po namin na sabihin na ang anak namin pinalaki namin ng hindi tama, kaya daw po ganito ang nangyari sa kanya,” she informed senators.
(On social media, there have been a whole lot of feedback, hurtful ones. And as a father or mother, it hurts to be informed that we didn’t elevate our baby proper that’s why he turned out that approach.)
“Nagkataon din po nung unang-unang pumutok po ito sa social media, kabang kaba po ako kasi nagiisa si EJ doon. Lalo na sa gabi, kasi siya lang po mag-isa sa house niya. Hindi ko po maisip yung iniisip ni EJ dahil baka po might gawin siya. Siya lang mag-isa,” she added.
(On the time, when this challenge broke out on social media, I used to be actually nervous as a result of he was alone in his house. I don’t know what EJ is considering, he might do one thing to himself.)
Obiena, the world quantity 5, has been holed up in Italy the place he’s coaching for the final a number of years.
Jeanette stated she would all the time have her telephone open and would instantly decide up calls if it’s from her son.
“Dahil kahit papaano, dun man lang, masamahan at sabihan payuhan ko yung anak ko sa mga nangyayari [Because that way, at least I can be with him and advise him about what is happening],” she added.
She added her husband has been having breakdowns over the difficulty and is availing classes with a psychologist to assist him deal with the state of affairs.
“Apektado ang kalusugan niya, di na po makaayos ng trabaho dahil po naiisip kung ano po ang magiging kinabukasan ng anak ko sa pagkasira po ng pangalan niya sa labas, hindi lang po native, worldwide pa po,” she stated.
(His well being is affected, his work is affected as a result of he’s simply interested by his son’s future and the way his identify has been tainted domestically and even internationally.)
In keeping with his mom, Obiena has sacrificed his research to coach and provides honor to the Philippines.
“Hindi pa po tapos si EJ sa pagaaral, isang taon at kalahati pa po ang kailangan niya para matapos ang diploma niya, sinakripisyo po niya yan para po makapasok at matupad po ang kanyang pangarap na makapagbigay ng honor sa ating bansa,” she stated.
(EJ has but to complete his research, he nonetheless has one and a half 12 months left for him to complete his diploma, he sacrificed this to attain his dream of giving honor to our nation.)
She and her husband are additionally involved about Obiena’s sister.
“At yung isa pa po yung anak ko, yung anak ko pong babae na napagusapan po namin dahil Obiena rin po ang apelyido. Bago pa lang po silang gumagawa ng landas nila at tahak nila sa buhay, pero dahil sa nangayayari pong ito, apektado po sila ng mga kapangalan at ka-apelyido namin,” she added.
(And my different baby, we now have talked about our daughter as a result of she can also be affected. Earlier than she will type her personal path in life, due to what is occurring, she is affected simply due to her surname.)
For the a part of Patafa, its president, Philip Juico, stated he has additionally been on the receiving finish of insults for the reason that controversy started.
“We acquired insulted for it…if we’re speaking in regards to the insults, hearken to the insults that I personally obtain. And what do you assume this has induced my household?” Juico stated.
“ you get into this factor, there’s sure to be one thing like this except we speak issues over. Pero hindi e, bumira kaagad dun sa media, saying I demand an apology so how can we begin speaking?” he added.
Juico additionally stated that Obiena’s alleged failure to pay his coach was solely delivered to his consideration and he felt it was his responsibility to look into it.
“That is nothing private,” the Patafa president stated.
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