Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) had to delay the mediation offer between EJ Obiena and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) as Obiena stated disinclination to participate.

/ 26 January 2022

Obiena already submitted his liquidation documents, which will now be reviewed by the PSC’s accounting office and the Commission on Audit.

However, the Olympian pole-vaulter bared that he will not participate in the mediation process of the institution.

“The Philippine Sports Commission has received communication from Mr. EJ Obiena, sent through his lawyer via email, that Mr. Obiena “will no longer participate in the mediation proceedings,” PSC said in a statement.

As a result, the mediation offer is “temporarily on hold” for it requires that both parties involved should be willing to cooperate.

“As mediation requires for the voluntary agreement of both parties for the process to proceed, we inform you that mediation is temporarily on hold.”

Still, PSC is keen to solve the conflict and while it stands for the mediation offer, the PSC and Commission on Audit are carrying out their duties by reviewing Obiena’s liquidation reports.

“Despite this development, we maintain our stand that mediation is still the best option to resolve this matter.

“Mr. Obiena has submitted his liquidation reports. The PSC’s accounting office and the Commission on Audit shall proceed with their normal post-audit process of checking and verification on submitted liquidation documents,” the PSC stated.