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Former La Salle guard selected as next PSC president; The term Eala is ‘collateral damage’


Four months after appointing the person in charge, does Malacañang just want someone to warm the seat for the permanent seat of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)?

Dino Aldeguer, the former La Salle basketball star in UAAP two decades ago, is thought to be very high on the very short list of candidates who will replace Noli Eala in the coming days — if not before. end of the year — and start the race for the government’s sports sponsorship agency.

The Inquirer learned about the development from three separate trusted sources, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not in a position to speak on the matter. Sources said that the appointment of Aldeguer is pending the signature of President Marcos.

Eala, a former commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), was assigned by Malacañang on August 30 last year. But nearly 120 days since, the Office of the President has yet to fill the three positions of the four-man ‘commissioner’ of the board, formerly named bowling Hall of Fame member Bong Coo. “What I do know is that this position has been offered to Dino,” said a source familiar with what was going on behind the scenes. “Only some details are being worked out.”

Another source—a president of the national sports association (NSA)—was made aware of the impending change of PSC leadership and added that Eala “has been very cooperative with the needs of the athletes.” our encouragement. But I think he is a collateral damage here.

The NSA president added that Eala was “appointed for the term of [former executive secretary] Vic Rodriguez is his biggest disadvantage here. And we know that basketball player (Aldeguer) has traces inside [as Eala’s replacement].”

Hail Mary

47-year-old Aldeguer, whose college basketball career was marked by a Hail Mary three-pointer in Game 3 of the 1999 UAAP Finals against the University of Santo Tomas, the game that eventually led to his fifth title. two of the Green Archers’ four consecutive titles under Franz Pumaren, could not be reached for comment.

Graduating in sports management from La Salle in 2000, Aldeguer went on to have a two-year career with Alaska after being selected by Purefoods in third place overall in the 1999 PBA Draft.

The 5 foot 9 point guard then packed his bags and continued to play in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association before calling it a career after 4 years, as he is now in business built while fathering two athlete sons and a daughter.

Two years ago, the Philippines would have the banner, where weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, Japan, in August 2021, before winning the Gold medal at the World Championships. world champion less than two months ago to complete his collection.

Alex Eala also became the first Filipino to win a tennis Grand Slam title by dominating the US Open for teenage girls, while the women’s national soccer team qualified for the FIFA World Cup. Fifa (International Football Federation) will be held next year in New Zealand and Australia.

That’s why one of Eala’s first projects was the proposal for a world-class facility where national athletes could train and the country could host international events. big.

The Philippines prepares to campaign for the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in less than five months, and Eala, despite not having a complete panel, responded. meet the needs of the NSA.

“The NSA has a lot of needs related to the SEA Games,” said another source with direct knowledge of the situation. “What my NSA knows is that Noli will be replaced and Aldeguer is likely to be the replacement.”

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