Azkal Scandal?? Cristy Ramos accuses 2 Azkals of sexual harassment

3 03 2012

A sexual harassment complaint was filed by Cristy Ramos against football players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado before the  disciplinary committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The case stemmed from an incident before the friendly game between Philippines and Malaysia last February 29. She sent a letter addressed to Mr. Lim Kia Tong, chairman of the AFC Disciplinary Committee.  The letter detailed her experience while being Match Commissioner of the friendly.

In her letter she said that as the Match Commissioner, it was her responsibility to check and verify the player’s identifications before the game. The Philippine National Football Team popularly known as the Azkals were at their changing room when she was to inspect the players. She narrated that the players were rowdy and did not take the inspections seriously.  No. 25 (Lexton Moy) stood by her said and apparently said “Must be a B cup”, the remark elicited laughter from the other players. No. 12 (Angel Guirado) was only wearing his briefs during his inspection while the other players keep on laughing according to Ms. Ramos, who is a daughter of ex-President Fidel V. Ramos.

Moy, Guirado, and the rest of the Azkals are now in Nepal for the AFC Challenge Cup. They will face North Korea on March 9. Last year, some Azkal members were accused of rape by a model but the issue eventually died down as no formal charges were filed while the accused players vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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6 03 2012
doodle

In football around the world, there is such a thing called locker room mentality. Everything that happens inside the locker room is the normal behavior of an athlete, whether they are quiet or hyperactive. It is how certain athletes react towards an upcoming match. Cristy Ramos, match commissioner, you should act as one! If the players are not ready to have their names and jersey checked, then give them a warning. It is your own responsibility whether you get in a LOCKER ROOM and still see players not yet in attire. Why do you enter a locker room when you know that players are not yet fully dressed? If you are not intimidated by seeing young man’s body, and so enter, then why do you react when you have seen one in front of you when his name has been called? Cristy Ramos, daughter of former President Ramos, why do you go to AFC and complain to an ASIAN federation and DISGRACE your OWN country, while it is just based on your OVERREACTION TOWARDS THE OPPOSITE SEX? You are the match commissioner, you were the one controlling the situation, instead you cry to another power, and lower your own standards. Cristy Ramos, you’ve just disgraced yourself, while disgracing your OWN COUNTRY’S REPUTATION and STANDARDS. Believe it or not, trying to suspend two players and trying to blame the rest of the team, will NOT give you any RESPECT from people. Because people are not stupid! as you try to make them believe they are. Be proud of FINALLY something that is MAKING A BETTER NAME for THE PHILIPPINES. And you are the one try to mess things up, because of some behavior YOU think is SEXUAL HARASSMENT? Look it up before you speak about it.

Cristy Ramos, internationally, the media walks inside locker rooms, while players are still taking showers. Sexual harassment? Maybe for the players. Did you know they can file SEXUAL HARASSMENT towards YOU, because you stared as his half-naked body? Or they can file, because you were looking around while players were still dressing up? It’s not just because you are a FEMALE that you can file for SEXUAL HARASSMENT, without it being SEXUALLY HARASSED. So when someone on the beach approaches you and tells you that you look sexy in your two-piece bikini. You will file for SEXUAL HARASSMENT?.. No! You just should NOT have gone to the beach in a two-piece bikini! If you enter a locker room and you are insecure and intimidated when seeing the opposite sex, then DON’T ENTER. Or even better, DON’T BE A MATCH COMMISSIONER FOR MALE SPORT.

7 03 2012
hansel

“People are not stupid!” Based on your long and ranting comment, some people apparently ARE stupid. Know the facts before you accuse Cristy Ramos. She DID give the team time WARNING AND TIME to dress and prepare themselves for the inspection. It was the players who refused to get dressed and behave themselves even after she entered the locker room. OVERREACTION TOWARDS THE OPPOSITE SEX? There is a big chance that you’re a man since you think it’s perfectly normal for a woman (an official at that, who deserves respect from the players) who just wants to do her job but has to receive wise cracks about her bra size while the whole room of males laugh at her expense. You probably think it’s also normal for one of the team players to face this official in his underwear, when they were all instructed to get dressed. STARED AT HIS HALF-NAKED BODY?? So now you are implying that Cristy Ramos is some desperate woman who’s just drooling over these half-naked half-breeds??

AZKALS MAKING A BETTER NAME FOR THE PHILIPPINES??? HAHAHA don’t make us laugh. ALL THEY DO IS KEEP LOSING GAMES. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO WIN ANYWAY? THEY SHOULD JUST QUIT FOOTBALL AND JOIN SHOW BUSINESS HERE SINCE TRYING TO LOOK CUTE AND WAVING IN FRONT OF CAMERAS ARE ALL THEY ARE GOOD FOR (AND BEING ACCUSED OF SEXUAL OFFENSES, YOU DO KNOW THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THEY ARE BEING ACCUSED RIGHT?).

And if you take the time to look around the internet, you will see that Ms. Ramos is actually getting a LOT OF RESPECT FROM THE PEOPLE HERE FOR STANDING UP TO THOSE PLAYERS. You’re right, the people here are NOT stupid. Just because some teenage girls are screaming over good-looking losers on the field, the rest of us will not allow these men to come to our country, overshadow other FIlipino athletes who can actually play but who are not half-Spanish, half-British, etc. and strut around like they’re gods and disrespect female officials.

As for your last paragraph, I won’t even bother to waste time. Your entire statement is COMPLETELY BASED ON SEXISM AND PATRIARCHY THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY GO TO YOUR GRAVE BELIEVING ALL WOMEN ARE JUST WAITING TO BE RAPED AND SEXUALLY ABUSED AND THAT THEY ARE ASKING FOR IT. To put it simply in terms you can understand: it was HER JOB to enter that locker room to do the inspection, she earned her position as an official. It was the PLAYERS’ JOB to get dressed and show respect (like the other teams that she previously inspected). They did NOT take her seriously and instead pranced around in their underwear and made jokes about her cup size because obviously, LIKE YOU, THEY DID NOT THINK SHE DESERVED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY SINCE SHE IS A WOMAN. It’s because of people like you who glorify these players (even if they’re not winning) which makes them thing they can do whatever they want in this country.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ A THING OR TWO ABOUT FEMINISM BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!!

22 03 2012
Mafalda Reyes

@Hansel: DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
What it is? Between the sexual harassment & racist comment surrounding the Azkals

What it is
by rick olivares

What is it? Or what it is. Let’s get this out of the way… I am a firm believer in a strong grassroots football program that will give chances for our homegrown players to be world-class. I also believe that match officials should be respected in and out of the locker room. And I am unequivocally against sexual harassment and racism. I have experienced the latter while working abroad and truly bristle at the mere mention of it but this is not about me. It’s about this seemingly interminable complaint of Ms. Cristina Ramos about being sexually harassed by a couple of members of the Philippine Men’s Football National Team during a routine inspection of the players inside their locker room prior to the recent friendly match against Malaysia.

I grimaced when I heard of the incident. Oh, no. I thought to myself. What happened? Is this for real?

When I read of her complaint that came out in media, I once more grimaced. Why did this happen, I asked? Is this for real?

One thing is for sure and that is we do not know all the facts and whatever is out there is pretty much one-sided. Again I do not condone sexual harassment or racism in any form but I do believe that due process and protocol should be followed. Having worked with Ms. Ramos in the local organizing committee for the past two home matches of the national team, she was a joy to work with for her thoroughness, candor, and her energy. She reiterated time and again to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of which I was a part of about adhering to the rules as well as following protocol and processes. And in my opinion, there lies part of the problem.

Immediately after her inspection of the Philippine national team, she seemed distressed and upset. She went to the match commissioner’s room where some of the secretariat and the LOC members were to inform them about “being disrespected”. She was advised to include in her report her complaint. The following day, she met up with Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano V. Araneta during the PFF-UFL (United Football League) Fellowship Night to do the same.

Now what shocked everyone was why and how she filed the report to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and not the PFF. She said that the PFF office was closed the following day so she took it to AFC.

For someone who says she is a stickler for protocol she sure broke it right there. If her complaint is being blocked and whitewashed locally, I can understand taking it to the press. But it is not. The PFF hired her to serve as Match Commissioner not the AFC. And as per Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and AFC rules, Match Commissioners should not talk to the media.

In the AFC Guidelines, Section C Article 5 of Common provisions for Match Officials (page 16), it is written that, “AFC Match Officials shall adopt a reserve attitude towards the media and shall not pass comment on the referees and assistant referees or any of their decisions. Neither may they make any forecasts about forthcoming decisions by the Disciplinary Committee in connection with any incidents that have occurred at the game.”

In the AFC’s Match Commissioners’ seminar last January 17-20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it is written in the Basic Principles (section B5 Communication), “Absolutely no interviews may be granted while on assignment.”

Two days after the incident, she met with the PFF’s Araneta and General Secretary Rolly Tulay about the incident and it was there that she informed them that she had already informed the media about her complaint. I know media officers are not supposed to talk about any incidents for up to 48 hours after the end of their assignment and I don’t know if that applies to Match Commissioners but nevertheless, this – again no one is whitewashing anything – matter should have been resolved from within. In that same meeting, she also asked if the PFF was willing, to be assigned as Match Commissioner in the next home match so she could discipline the team!

Her complaint also came out with the players not in town and unable to defend themselves. If the players are found guilty then I say that they should be punished in a manner that fits their folly. Whatever the rulings and findings are, I would like to think that they will be based on facts and whatever legalese you might want to thrown in. But as it is, they were already tried by publicity.

Ms. Ramos has gone on the offensive in media and social media about the issue. Now here are a few things that I have to throw into the mix to gain further perspective on things.

On Friday, February 24, five days before the match against Malaysia, a Pep Rally for the Azkals was held at the SM Megamall. After the match, the LOC and the players trooped to the nearby Kenny Rogers restaurant for dinner. During that dinner, Ms. Ramos blurted out to the committee (the Azkals were seated nearby but I don’t think they heard the diatribe), “What’s with this, ‘I’m from Chinatown, New York’ and ‘I’m from Spain’. Why don’t they just say that they are Filipino?” She then asked the team’s PR liaison officer Patrick Ace Bright if the team was put through etiquette and public speaking courses.

I answered her, “What is wrong with what they said?” Obviously, she was referring to Azkals midfielders Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado.

I told her not to take this out of context. During the fan session of the Pep Rally, LOC head Richard Joson asked the players to introduce themselves. Azkals wingback Roel Gener led it off.

“I am Roel Gener and taga-Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo ako.”

That was followed by Iranian-Filipino Misagh Bahadoran who said that although he was born in the Philippines, he didn’t speak English and Filipino well.

The third player to introduce himself was Ed Sacapaño: “Ako si Eduard Sacapaño at taga-Bacolod, Negros ako.”

Moy, the fourth player to speak, followed the pattern of introduction while Guirado was one of the last.

Take a gander at the order of the Azkals during the Pep Rally: Roel Gener, Misagh Bahadoran, Eduard Sacapaño, Lexton Moy, Aly Borromeo, Michael Weiss, Angel and Juani Guirado, and Jason Sabio. Not in the picture is Dennis Wolf. The Younghusband brothers arrived late and sat on the opposite ends.
Now this might be a stand-alone episode. Yet it also might not because she also decried the team’s “Fil-foreigner flavor” to many of us in the LOC and anyone involved in local football willing to listen. In fact, during the post-Malaysia match press conference, she spoke with one of the press officers about how the team should be represented by locals and not the Fil-foreigners.

I cited how the German National Football Team is beset with similar problems with the influx of players of foreign descent like Mesut Ozil (who has Turkish roots), Sami Khedira (whose father is Tunisian), Mario Gomez (whose father is Spanish), and Jerome Boateng (whose father is Ghanaian and his brother Kevin Prince plays for the Black Stars). They are not alone in that respect. France has featured a multi-racial squad for years with some born domestically while others originating from former colonies. Are they violating any rules? No they are not. It is prescribed not just with FIFA but also with almost every other sports body in the world. We are unlike other countries like Qatar that opt for naturalization as opposed to utilizing citizens with dual citizenship.

How about Paulino Alcantara? He is Spanish-Filipino and yet he played for both the Spanish and Philippine flags. Isn’t that balimbing? But no. The rules of that time said it was possible. Personally, I feel about him the way Argentineans feel about Lionel Messi (if you don’t know what that is I recommend that you read up on that). But if they say he is the greatest Filipino footballer ever, well…

Incredibly, sometime last year, Ms. Ramos was raving to me about Eduardo Teus, a Filipino who played for Real Madrid! She even took a picture of it and placed it on her Facebook account. I have no idea if Teus’ mother was Filipina but he was born in the Philippines. But former basketball star, Alex Compton, who was born in Makati City, is not considered a Filipino and was refused play in the PBA until he was in the twilight of his career.

When the national team arrives, Moy and Guirado will be given 48 hours to file their reports about the incident. The PFF, which has followed protocol on this situation, says that this has gone on too long and they hope it can come to a resolution. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this one is going to end any time soon.

Not when it was compounded by this ugly “racist” comment that GMA7 host/anchor Arnold Clavio uttered during the show, “Unang Hirit.”

Who is a true Filipino? History books have shown us that the first the first occupants of the Philippines were the Callao and Tabon men, the Negrito tribes, and those who left Borneo, China, India, and other countries. Having been colonized and occupied by the Spanish, Dutch, English, and Americans, ours is a mixed race. I find it funny that Clavio thinks the “kayumanggi” race is who we are? Should the Aetas be insulted by his comment?

Someone asked if Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado were given a chance to suit up for the national teams of the United States or Spain, would they play there? I think you go where you think it is best for you. Just like many of our countrymen who opt to work abroad as opposed to staying home. Where is it best for you? And why stop at football? Take a look at pro basketball as well as our national teams for tennis, swimming, and what else – they have many Filipinos of foreign lineage.

We are quick to embrace anyone with an ounce of Filipino blood as Filipino. You saw that during American Idol. And we see that in showbiz. How many are of foreign lineage? But when someone, say like Matthew Hartmann or Anjanette Abayari does something wrong, we say, “Go back to where you came from?” And we add, “Ah, kasi puti o Amerikano.” Where did that come from?

The world is a much smaller place. Made smaller by immigration, technology, and business. Look at the New York Knicks’ wunderkind, Jeremy Lin. Will he crack the lineup of the US Men’s National Basketball Team? For his position, point guard, the Americans are at least four deep. So does he play for his parents’ country of origin, Taiwan?

I think we should be a little more broad-minded when it comes to these matters. That and adhering to protocol rather than trial by publicity. The last I checked, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

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