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PSC chair Ramirez declines SEA Games chef de mission offer

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MANILA — Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez declined an offer to become the chef de mission (CDM) for the Philippine team to the Southeast Asian Games later this year.

He confirmed that Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Bambol Tolentino offered him the said position.

“After some moment of introspection, and to finally put to rest all speculations, I now issue this statement to humbly and officially decline the offer,” Ramirez said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Thank you very much for considering this humble servant,” he added.

Despite declining the CDM offer, Ramirez assured that he and the PSC will still be there for the national team in the SEA Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 this year.

“Whether or not I am CDM, I and the PSC will surely provide our full and sincere support to Team Philippines especially in the SEA Games 2019,” Ramirez vowed.

The chef de mission spot for the SEA Games was declared vacant after POC president Ricky Vargas on Monday relieved Makati Rep. Monsour Del Rosario from the said position as part of a major revamp.