KL: Tri-Org Majority Horseowners, Kaisa Pa Rin

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KARERA LANG!  By Jenny Ortuoste for Tumbok,  Tuesday, 8 January 2008 

Suggested heading: Tri-Org Majority Horseowners Kaisa Pa Rin 

Nagkakaisa pa rin ang majority ng horseowner-members ng MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners), Philtobo (Phil. Thoroughbred Owners’ and Breeders’ Organization), at KDJM (Klub Don Juan de Manila) na ituloy ang “racing holiday” o ang hindi pagpapalahok ng kanilang mga kabayo sa karerang Martes at Miyerkoles na takdang ganapin sa San Lazaro Leisure Park (SLLP).

Ang racing holiday ay sinimulan noong karerang Sabado at Linggong nakaraan na dapat sa Santa Ana Park. Ito’y kilos-protesta laban sa nakakadismayang performance ni Philracom chairman Gen. Florencio Fianza bilang “manager” ng racing industry. Sa kanyang mga kamay, imbis raw lumago ang industriya e lalo itong bumagsak.

Alam po ninyo, maraming salitang lumilipad back and forth. May sinasabi ang horseowners. May isasagot naman si Gen. Fianza. Ngunit ang salita po ay puedeng mani-obrahin. Ito ay ang tinatawag ng media practitioners na “spin” – kung saan ka panig, yun ang bibigyan mo ng positibong panghihilamos upang paniwalaan at panigan ka.

Ngunit may kasabihan na “numbers don’t lie.” Kaya tingnan nating ang mga numero ng sales – ang kadalasang basehan ng epektibong manager.             

Noong 1999 hanggang 2005, nagkaroon ng average industry growth na 13.52%.  Noong 2006 naman, ang unang taon ng panunungkulan ni Gen. Fianza, bumagsak ng  -2.78%  ang growth rate. In fairness, remember that was the year na tinanggal ang Daily Double event ng ilang linggo upang sugpuin ang mga illegal bookies na matagal nang salot ng industriya.              

Subalit, itong 2007, ini-expect natin na maka-recover ng husto ang industriya at makalapit uli sa P9.03 billion na gross na timano noong 2005. Lalo dahil nadagdagan ang budget ng Philracom para sa 2007– mula sa dating P38.45 million, ginawa itong P80.82 million – ang pinakamalaking budget sa history ng Philracom!             

But despite the ga-elepanteng increase na 114% sa budget, ano ang naging resulta? Langgamistic na 1.17% increase. Eh, -2.78%  rate nga tayo noong 2006! Ibig sabihin, down pa rin tayo sa 2007 by 1.61% from 2005!              

Tingan nga natin uli ang mga numerong iyan – dagdag 114% sa budget against 1.17% additional gross sales. Helloooww…? Okay ka lang?

Marami pang ibang concerns ang mga majority horseowners sa pamamalakad ni Gen. Fianza. Given all these, ang panawagan nila kay Presidente Arroyo ay ang revamp ng pamunuan ng Philracom. Balita ko nga na may ibang horseowners na humihiling sa mga commissioners na bumaba na sila sa kanilang puwesto.  

Ngunit iyan ay gagawin lamang ng tao kung siya ay may delicadeza. Ito ay isang bagay na sinasabing in short supply na dito sa Pilipinas. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata!

Karera lang talaga – walang personalan!

 

Photo: Gen. Florencio Fianza

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8 Comments on KL: Tri-Org Majority Horseowners, Kaisa Pa Rin

  1. ATTY. MARIO A. COSTO
    7 January 2008 at 7:30 am (3605 days ago)

    Regarding the call for a revamp of the PHILRACOM, history dictates that majority of those people appointed by Malacanang to head the helm of the government agency do not have this kind of DELICADEZA. Their favorite slogan is always, “Tell that to the Marines”. Their seats they are occupying might have an underground chamber that is why they cannot be dislodged easily even if you cry out loud. Even if you bring with you all your fanatics and sympathizer, the point is you have to give General Fianza a chance to defend himself. What is this Kangaroo Court? The sales does not depend on how General Fianza manages the office of the PHILRACOM. It is only one of the department of the government. The Club themselves, three (3) Horseowners group, who should be the one to be blamed on the dismal sales. Why blame the government, this is unfair and irrational. You mean to say General Fianza must do his utmost best to sell to the whole world
    to patronize horseracing or, it’s the other way around. Who is the seller in this case in order to invite the public into patronizing the racing industry, is it General Fianza or the horseowners. If it is General Fianza, then the syndicates might be winning the war of words. Who says the racing is losing revenues? that’s bullshit. Dont they know that if you rig the race, if you manipulate the outcome of the race, you lose the confidence of the racing industry. I believe in the saying, “the more you hate the more you love. General Fianza might have stumbled on the iceberg of a big plan to manipulate the racing industry putting to shame the government. In his hey-days, General Fianza, knew how to pin down/catch criminals. There might bemany of them in the racing industry. That is why, they hated most a Police General manning the helm of an agency. After, PHILRACOM is neither a polica precinct, a City Jail, a Police block nor a Police Headquarter. My only advise to General Fianza, sir, sit down with the three (3) horseowners group, and talk, just like conducting a preliminary investigation. You know that sir when you would like to discover the probable cause. What’s the probable cause why the three (3) Horseowners group are up in arms against your management. There might be a compromise agreement on the matter without sacrificing yourself at the mercy of the syndicates thriving in the racing industry. After all, due process must always prevail in your case and that of your counterpart. Kung hei fat choi and Advance happy valentine to all!!

  2. milo gutierrez
    7 January 2008 at 7:40 am (3605 days ago)

    tama ang iyong nabanggit na numbers don’t lie, kaya nman nagtataka lang ang maraming taga suporta ng industriya at naghihintay sa aksyon ng administrasyon …..sila ang nag luklok kay fianza sa posisyon,bakit hanggang ngayon ay wala silang mabanggit hinggil sa kinaka harap ng industriya???at pwede ba huwag niyang gawing excuse ang pagtanggal sa betting ng dd dahil sandaling panahon lang nman yun!!!ginoong fianza nawawalan na ng kompiyansa ang mga taong kasama mo sa industriya…..ano pang hinihintay mo???

  3. Caballero
    7 January 2008 at 1:32 pm (3605 days ago)

    UPDATE ON HORSEOWNERS PROTEST (01/07)
    As of 11:30 am today Jan. 7, 2008 twenty-eight pa lang ang nagdeklara sa SLLP…whick means malayong-malayo pa ito sa ideal number para matuloy ang karera. Another fact is magkakalayo pa itong mga deklaradong kabayo ng mga grupo.

    They are extending the declarations up to this afternoon.

    Sa side naman ng horseowners, even if makabuo ang SLLP ng line-up, their battle cry will be “WALANG TATAYA”. There are plans also to picket the Philracom office in Makati to pressure the board to resign.

    PAKIUSAP:

    May I request the members of MHP to respect the ongoing protest of these horseowners. They are major players of this industry who just feel they are being short-changed by the way things are being managed in the agency. Let us put ourselves in their shoes…we would do the same just to protect our hard-earned investment.

    I understand some of your own grievances (betting public) of which I also belong. Pero tayo din ay kasama sa ipinaglalaban ng mga horseowners na ito. Tanong ko lang sa inyo—-KINUNSULTA BA TAYONG MGA KARERISTA NUNG GINAGAWA AT INIMPLEMENT ANG BAGONG RULING?

    MAY PALIWANAG BA NA GINAWA SA MEDIA KUNG ANO AND DETALYE NG BAGONG HANDICAPPING RULES?

    MAY NAPANOOD BA KAYO SA VIVA-PRIME o MAKISIG NA IPINAPALIWANAG ANG NEW HANDICAPPING?

    Ako mismo sa TV panel, nais kong ipaalam sa abot ng aking kaalaman ang bagong handicapping rules. Subalit ako mismo eh hindi sigurado sa batas na biglaan na lang isinaksak sa ating mga programa.

    MORE PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING GUYS.

  4. racingggg
    7 January 2008 at 4:06 pm (3605 days ago)

    baka naman nangangamoy pulitika, mas yadong malaki ang budget? ito kaya ay isang paghahanda? nagtatanong lang po sir general

  5. caberin
    7 January 2008 at 6:14 pm (3605 days ago)

    I believe the budget figures are in million pesos instead of billion pesos. Otherwise, the government is losing a lot of money on the industry.

    On the ongoing racing holiday rammed down the bayankarerista’s throat by the horseowners groups, one of their gripes is lack of consultation on the part of the Philracom before implementing major changes to existing rules. However, the horseowners groups themselves are guilty of the same offense considering that they took this route without consulting the other players in the industry like the jockeys, racing clubs, raceday employees, OTB operators and OTB tellers who stood to lose the most on this decision. What about the ordinary bettors, or the bayankarerista?

    You cannot be protesting one thing and at the same time doing that same thing while protesting!

    These horseowners are acting like spoiled brats who are quick to resort to throwing tantrums when they cannot get what they want pronto!

  6. Jargon
    8 January 2008 at 8:25 am (3604 days ago)

    Alam naman ng lahat na sa larangan ng karera ay di nawawala ang perder o biyahe.Walang sigurong thrill ang karera kapag walang biyahe.Ang hinete at horseowner lang ang nakakaalam kung dapat ipanalo ang kabayo.Tama si Gen Fianza sa exclusive report niya sa ABS-CBN na itinalaga siya ng malakanyang para sugpuin ang anomalya sa karera na karamihan sa may-ari ay mga pulitiko katulad Benhur Abalos, Micky Arroyo, Cojuangco atbp.Kung tutuusin ang ang bayankarerista nag kawawa dito.Katulad din ito sa nangyari sa Jai Alai kung saan inamin ng isang pelotaryo ang dayaan.Ang mga horseowner lang ang yumamayan sa industriya ng karera na tila baga walang pakialama sa hinaing ng bayankarerista.Kaya Mabuhay ka Gen Fianza at sanay masugpo mo ang anomalya sa karera.Wag kang padala sa intriga o pagkaisahan ka ng mga horseowners.Ituloy ang LABAN !!! Mabuhay ka.

  7. HECTOR EVARISTO
    8 January 2008 at 2:05 pm (3604 days ago)

    Ano ba dahilan ng pagpatupad ng mga bagong rulings sa groupings ng commision? Eto ang problema hindi ipinaliwanag ng mabuti ang dahilan sa likod ng bagong rules. At ang isa pa ay walang akong nkikitang benepisyo sa mga new rulings ng 2yr olds kesyo sa horseowner o sa betting public. Eto ang kailangan tumbukin ng mga nag proprotestang horseowner, tukuyin nila kung ano ba talaga reklamo nila sa mga new rulings at tukuyin din nila kung sino ang nag benefit sa new rulings na ito. Sa pagbigay linaw sa tanong na,”who stand to benefit from these new 2yr olds ruling & the implementation of the 3yr olds rulings?” Tinityak ko sa inyo iisa lang o iilan lang yang mga pinapaboran ng rulings na ito. At tintiyak ko rin sa inyo na hindi ito ang betting public at hindi rin ito yung mga pang karaniwang horseowner ng majority tulad ng tatlong grupong nagproprotesta na siya talagang backbone ng industriya na tumatangkilik sa local bred horses, local feeds at kung anu ano pang lokal na enterprises ungnay sa racing industry na siyang sumusuporta sa maraming pamilyang Pilipino na nakaasa dito. kapag natukoy ng malinaw ang issue na iyon ay dapat magawan ito ng solusyon, basta’t ang importante ay maprotektahan ang betting public at mangibabaw ang majority horseowners over sa iilang horseowner na nais mag dominate sa industriya sa di patas na paraan.

  8. Rey Alonzo
    9 January 2008 at 11:20 am (3603 days ago)

    Latest Update from Gen. Fianza (Malaya, Jan 09)

    No end in sight to racing holiday
    Fianza: Solution is for horse owners to end boycott

    PHILIPPINE Racing Commission chief Florencio Fianza yesterday proposed a possible solution to the three-day racing holiday that has already cost the government lots of money in lost taxes–the owners to declare their horses for the races.

    For the third straight day, horse owners making up three major groups continued their boycott that started over the weekend and pressed for the resignation of Fianza and the Philracom board members.

    Fianza, however, refused to budge, saying he has done nothing wrong to hurt the industry and urged the owners, whom he said are waging a personal war against him, to end the impasse.

    “This has boiled down to them waging a personal war on me and it is a pity this (boycott) had to happen.” Fianza told a group of scribes yesterday. “They don’t want to be led by someone who they cannot control. That’s the bottom line.

    “In fact, if they really don’t want their three-year-old horses to be included in the progressed handicapping system, then all they need to do is not run those horses and propose a resolution.”

    There was no end in sight to the racing holiday, however, with Eric Tagle, vice president of the Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners, reiterating the horse owners will not lift the boycott if Fianza and the members of the Philracom stay with the racing body.

    “The only solution to this is Mr. Fianza and the Philracom board should tender their immediate resignation. We are not talking here of who will be in control. We are talking here of the interests of all industry players,” said Tagle, adding the three groups of horse owners will not break ranks in their call for a revamp of the racing body.

    Fianza said owners belonging to the Marho, Philippine Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Organization and Klub Don Juan de Manila who are leading the boycott have not really declared their real agenda.

    “All they want is my head, because they refuse to state their real agenda,” Fianza explained. “I have not polarized myself from them. They have polarized themselves from the Philracom.”

    Fianza, also President Arroyo’s Special Envoy on Transnational Crime, said he wrote letters addressed to the three groups last year and requested for a dialogue on how to improve, among other things, the handicapping system.

    “But they never came to the office and instead sent their secretaries,” the 60-year-old former police general said. “They don’t want the (new) rule because it doesn’t favor their interests. And that is the one hurting the industry, not me.”

    The progressed handicapping scheme, which does not allow the covered age brackets to go down in group, took effect last Jan. 3, raising a howl of protest from the owners’ groups which wanted the system to cover only their two-year-old horses.

    “How can that be, when their three-year-old horses were their two-year-old horses last year, meaning the same horses will be covered by the same rules?” Fianza said. “And we are the only country left in the world that allows such (going down) rule.”

    Fianza reiterated he has a moral obligation while he continues to hold office–to protect the interest of the betting public.

    “I serve at the pleasure of the President,” said Fianza, adding several members of the boycotting group have approached him to say they will start declaring their horses by Thursday. “If protecting the interest of the people is such a bad thing to do, then by all means I am at fault.”

    According to rough estimates, at least P4 million in taxes are being lost each day because of the boycott.

    “That’s a small price to pay if we want to uphold the integrity of the sport,” Fianza said.