MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) admitted that getting rid of overstaying and non-performing leaders of countless national sports associations is not as easy as reciting the alphabet.
Garcia said there are numerous leaders who have become more of a liability but the PSC is not mandated by law to flex its arms against these erring NSAs..
"Madaling sabihin na tanggalin but how to remove them is difficult. They go through the process of being elected."
"Merong mga leaders ng NSAs na dapat mag-resign na. I am not naming names but walang direction pinupuntahan nila. I just hope the NSAs will start doing their programs."
While Garcia remains saddened by the lackluster showing of the 11-man Philippine team to the London Olympics, the agency should not bear the brunt of the criticisms.
"Bear in mind, we've been here for only two years. Our administration has just started to implement certain programs for development of sports," said Garcia, who assumed the chairmanship in 2010.
Garcia said that the PSC doesn't have any involvement in the recruitment of athletes, adding it is the NSAs that handle the matter not only of recruitment but of training as well.
"We have nothing to do with selection and training of athletes. Training and selection process are not the roles of the PSC," stressing that the PSC is only a funding arm.
The Philippines has gone home empty-handed the last four Olympics, stretching back to the 2000 Sydney Games.