Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) wanted pole vault star EJ Obiena to stop representing the national team following the results of its investigation on the Olympian over falsified liquidation documents and late payments to his coach.

/ 5 January 2022

In a press conference on January 4, Tuesday, president Philip Ella Juico said that the body decided to adopt the six recommendations made by the Patafa committee.

Aside from excluding Obiena in the national pool, Patafa will file a criminal complaint against Obiena who allegedly did not turn over the salary of EUR 6,000 (PHP 360,000) to his coach.

Patafa will file a complaint against Petrov before World Athletics for the violation of the Integrity of Code of Conduct and will be terminated as a national team coach.

The body also wants American businessman James Michael Lafferty to be declared persona non grata.

Lastly, Patafa will send appropriate documents to Philippine Sports Commission and Commission on Audit to show that Obiena and his mother Jeanette misappropriated funds intended for Petrov’s wages with 61,026.80 euros (P3.6 million) and P624,116.76, respectively. 

“Now he has to face the consequences,” said Juico pertaining to Obiena.

Meanwhile, Obiena shared in a Facebook post how saddened he was but not surprised with the action of Patafa.

“I am relieved that I now finally know what I am being charged with . . . I am ready to face all cases and charges filed against me in any court or forum. I am hopeful that I will have my fair day in court and that I can finally end this baseless witch hunt,” Obiena said in a post.

“I thank the POC for doing what is right for the nation and as the National Olympic Committee . . . I do not jump for Mr. Philip Ella Juico or the PATAFA. I jump for my beloved nation,” said Obiena.