Political struggle in Philippines football continues

The batlle for leadership in the Philippine football community continued into 2007 with the National Capital Region Football Association obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order from the Mandaluyong RTCC preventing the Philippine Football Federation from holding an Extraordinary Congress in Iloilo City on 7 January. According to Mike Limpag in the Sun Star, the central issue in the 26-page complaint submitted by NCRFA Secretary General Jojo Rodriguez is the the nullification of the PFF elections of 29 November 2003 because "at the time of their elections, PFF had ceased to become a corporation …the Certificate of Registration of PFF was revoked by the SEC on Nov. 3, 2003.” The NCRFA also alleged that the PFF's planned Extraordinary Congress “was for the sole purpose of passing and adopting the proposed amendments to a spurious By-Laws in order to undermine and dissolve the legal existence of the plaintiff.”

In a counter-claim filed on 11 January, PFF president Johnny Romualdez said the NCRFA filing was "maliciously filed" and "clearly [a] nuisance suit.” Romualdez asked for P500,000 for moral damages, each, for him and for the PFF for besmirched reputation, and actual damages of P300,000 for the cancelled congress. The PFF also asked for the dismissal of the complaint and for the lifting of the TRO and the denial of the preliminary injunction. PFF also contended that the court has no jurisdiction over the case since Article 60 of the FIFA statutes says, “FIFA recognizes the independent Court of Arbitration for Sport to resolve disputes between FIFA, members, confederations, leagues, clubs, players, officials, licensed match agents and players’ agents.”

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