Butch Ramirez Joins Duterte Cabinet as PSC Chairman

Former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez accepted the offer by the incoming President Rody Duterte to head the commission he previously managed. Sec. Butch Ramirez, who sat as PSC Chairman 2005 to 2009 confirmed to the media that he will be back as the leader of the country’s sports development programs.

PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez

According to Ramirez his marching orders from Pres. Duterte is to revive the institute of sports and expand the regional training centers in the provinces. The projects which were discontinued by his successors in the PSC after Ramirez stepped down from her post seven years ago.

There’s an instruction from the President that we have to go to the provinces and the communities to identify more talents,’’ said Ramirez.

The newly appointed PSC Chair Ramirez said that he will meet with the current PSC chairman Richie Garcia at the PSC administration office on June 28 to discuss the transition as instructed by incoming Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

According to Ramirez, Presidential special assistant Christopher “Bong’’ Go would formally announce the rest of the PSC board members prior to Duterte’s oath-taking on June 30 with basketball legend Ramon Fernandez as one of the commissioners.

Butch Ramirez is best known for his contributions in Philippine sports history as he was credited for the Philippines’ first overall title in the Southeast Asian Games in 2005 Manila. The national team also had an impressive showing in the 2006 Doha Asian Games with an impressive output of four gold medals.

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