THE Association of Professional Boxing Promoters, Managers, Matchmakers, Judges, Trainers, and Boxers announced their support for the retention of Chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra and his Board of Commissioners in the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
In a petition letter dated June 30, the group asked President BongBong Marcos to consider the retention of Mitra’s group in the government professional sports agency citing the productive six-year stint of the former Palawan Governor and Congressman.
“Our association believes that in the case of professional sports, particularly boxing, significant professional boxing programs have proven to be beneficial in the boxing community (under the GAB leadership of Mitra),” the group said in its petition forwarded to the Office of the President.
GAB, like the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is under the OP.
The group cited the GAB’s initiatives during Mitra’s term such as free medical examinations for boxers and other contact sports, purchasing of CT scan machines, and ambulance units, learning program through Sports Summit, and licensing of pro leagues in various sports.
Since 2017, GAB was honored twice as Boxing Commission of the Year by the prestigious Mexico-based World Boxing Council (WBC). Also, during Mitra’s term amid COVID-19 pandemic, professional sports sprout like mushrooms with the establishment of the country’s first professional volleyball, women’s basketball league, chess, 3×3 basketball and e-Sports.
“We believe that the GAB under chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra and commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Braulio Lagrisola have performed extraordinarily well through remarkable specific accomplishments and initiatives,” the petitioners said.
Among those who signed the petition were boxing promoter-manager Maria Laurita “Cucuy” Elorde, the daughter of the late boxing great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde and Laura Elorde; promoter-manager Shielhawy Lalanto, managers Col. (ret.) Roque Salcedo Marban, Charlemagne Marban and Charlemagne Marban IV, former pro Dino Olivetti and coach Victor Saludar III.
As SOP for Presidential appointees, Mitra, and the two commissioners are expected to tender their courtesy resignation. So far, Mitra remained at the helm as no announcement yet from Malacanang.