Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday requested Department of Education (DepEd) officials in the province to investigate the brawl during the Neg. Occ. and Iloilofootball secondary boyschampionship match at the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet in Iloilo City Wednesday.
Lacson said he is hopeful the DepEd will come up with their own version of what happened and update the provincial government about the incident.
He said a lot of stories are coming out in the social media and has created a conflict among social network users of Iloilo and Negros. Lacsonadmitted that he himself was informed through a text message about the incident, thus, he was simply receiving raw information.
The vice governor, who is a known supporter of football in his hometown of San Carlos and in the province, expressed sadness over the incident.
But it is premature to conclude who is at fault because many knew about the incident only from reports and the social media, he said.
The high school football match between Negros Occidental and Iloilo Wednesday afternoon was stopped after a fight broke out between the Negros bench and Ilonggo referee Steve Supresencia.
Supresencia ordered Negros head coach Ian Combate out of the field for questioning a call and their argument erupted into physical blows with Supresencia head-butting Combate and the Negros players ganging up on the referee.
Meanwhile, the WVRAA technical officials for football declared Iloilo as champion in the secondary competition after forfeiting the championship match scheduled yesterday.
Negros Occidental DepEd Provincial Sports head Romeo Sison said the tournament officials suspended Negros Occidental football coach Ian Combate and assistant coach Christopher Valderama and three Negros players, who got involved in the ruckus.
Without the head coach and assistant coach, the technical committee can not allow the Negros team to play, as such, Iloilo was awarded the gold medal in the secondary boys' football event, Sison said.
Meanwhile, Lacson congratulated the participants from the province and thanked them for carrying the banner and bringing home the honor in behalf of the people of Negros Occidental.*
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