Philippine Sports Commission

PSC seeks SolGen help to seize assets of payroll scammer

Delfin Dioquino
The Philippine Sports Commission requests the assistance of the Office of the Solicitor General in its complaint against Paul Michael Padua Ignacio, who it claimed embezzled at least P14 million

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has sought help of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to seize the assets of its former employee whom it accused of falsifying the payroll of national team athletes and coaches.

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez wrote to the OSG requesting for assistance in its complaints against Paul Michael Padua Ignacio.

The sports agency alleged that Ignacio embezzled at least P14 million in the last 5 years from the payroll of national team athletes and coaches.

“We need all the help we can get to get to the bottom of this and make every effort that nothing of this sort ever happens again,” said Ramirez in a statement.

Ignacio used to work under the PSC Personnel Office. He was tasked to prepare the monthly allowance of qualified athletes and coaches and forwarded their names to the Land Bank of the Philippines.

The PSC, however, said it found out that Ignacio padded the payroll by including inactive coaches and athletes, and placed his own bank account under their names.

The National Bureau of Investigation arrested Ignacio on July 14. (READ: NBI arrests PSC employee for P14 million fraud)

In an interview immediately after his arrest, Ignacio said he was willing to ask help from his relatives and sell properties to return the money he is accused of embezzling.

Ramirez said the PSC needed “fresh eyes to take a look at our processes and seek out areas that need to be strengthened.” He said the government sports agency approved the hiring of process and organizational auditors. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.