IN an unprecedented move, the Philippine Taekwondo Association has lowered the boom on Sydney Olympic Games veteran Donald Allan Geisler, expelling him from the PTA and declaring him “persona non grata (unwelcome or unacceptable).”
The decision was handed down by the PTA Sanction Committee headed by Dr. Manolo Gabrield last Sept. 17, a copy of which was obtained by Malaya-Business Insight.
“Accordingly it is respectfully recommended that Donald David Geisler III be expelled from the Philippine Taekwondo Association and that all rights and privileges to him as a PTA member be deemed forfeited and terminated; declared persona non grata,” the notice said.
A taekwondo training instructor with his own club, Geisler filed a case against the PTA and sued PTA secretary general Rocky Samson for libel after he invited national athletes Samuel Morrison and Arven Alcantara for a virtual training session without securing the PTA’s permission last June.
Samson and national coach Dindo Simpao said that Geisler violated guidelines concerning public invitations to national athletes.
National athlete and 30th Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Pauline Louise Lopez declined to take part in a similar webinar because she was aware of the protocols, according to Samson and Simpao.
Feeling aggrieved, Geisler filed a complaint against the PTA with the Philippine Competition Commission and then sued Samson for libel and cyber libel for statements that were published both in print and online.