Luat, Grandea make ‘foul shot’, are sacked

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    THE Billiards and Snooker Confederation of the Philippines sacked coaches Rodolfo Luat and Reynaldo Grandea last January for allegedly committing a “foul shot” after the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December.

    A BSCP source said Luat and Grandea illegally took close to P1 million in cash incentives as the coaches’ share for the billiards and snooker medalists in the last SEA Games from the Philippine Sports Commission without the BSCP’s authorization.

    “During (a) meeting with BSCP president Atty. Alito Malinao and BSCP chairman Putch Puyat last January, Luat and Grandea admitted getting the incentives without BSCP authorization,” the source, who declined to be identified, said. “They could not explain how they got it without authorization.

    “Atty. Malinao was furious over the revelation and terminated both from the BSCP while immediately notifying the PSC that they were no longer connected with the sports association.”

    National billiards players were among the country’s headliners in the last SEA Games, capturing four gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

    Under Republic Act 10699, the revised incentives law, a SEA Games individual gold medal is worth P300,000; silver P150,000; and bronze P60,000, with coaches of the medalists entitled to half of the corresponding bonuses.

    Based on this law, Luat and Grandea received a total of P975,000 that was earmarked for Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante, who were endorsed by the BSCP to the PSC as the coaches of the national team, according to the source.

    The same source said the BSCP had planned to sue Luat and Grandea for fraud and misrepresentation, but this move was overtaken by the Luzon lockdown in mid-March to curb the spread of the novel corona virus.

    “The BSCP is still in the process of securing the documents to show that Luat and Grandea, indeed, received the monies from the PSC,” the source said.

    The source pointed out that Luat was not entitled to any incentive “because he was already the competition manager for the billiards and snooker event in the last SEA Games, receiving P40,000 a month, on top of  being on the PSC payroll as coach.”

    Informed of this development, PSC deputy executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday the government sports agency would start an investigation.

    “I have asked the head of our NSA Affairs during the time Luat and Grandea were able to get the incentive to file a report and explain how both were able to get the bonuses without the authorization of the NSA,” Iroy said.

    Iroy mentioned three conditions under Section 9 of RA 1069 that will entitle coaches to the rewards: if they had coached the athletes six month before they won in an international competition, a written certification from the athletes attesting to their claim, and this should be duly attested to by the NSA concerned in writing to the PSC.

    “If these coaches do not meet these conditions then they are not entitled to the incentives.

    They should return the money,” Iroy stressed. “Or else we will run after them.”