Court up­holds Philra­com share in MMTC earn­ings

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Claim­ing it as a vic­tory for the jock­eys and the Philip­pine Rac­ing Com­mis­sion, the Philra­com is legally en­ti­tled to de­mand from the Metro Manila Turf Club one-half per­cent of MMTC’s gross re­ceipts from the time of its op­er­a­tion on Feb. 19, 2013, ac­cord­ing to the Re­gional Trial Court Branch 147 of the City of Makati.

The to­tal amount owed by the MMTC, which as of June, 2017, to­tals ap­prox­i­mately P53.7 mil­lion, is for the jock­eys and horse train­ers’ in­jury, dis­abil­ity and death com­pen­sa­tion fund cre­ated un­der Re­pub­lic Act. No. 309.

On Jan. 11, 2016, Philra­com chair­man An­drew Sanchez re­ceived a re­quest from the the pres­i­dent of the new Philip­pine Jock­eys’ As­so­ci­a­tion, seek­ing the com­mis­sion’s help in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re­lease of the Jock­eys and Train­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Fund due to the NPJS from Metro Turf.

The Philra­com acted on the NPJA re­quest. Ex­er­cis­ing its man­date un­der the law, the com­mis­sion asked the as­sis­tance of the De­part­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment on how it may be able to hold and ad­min­is­ter the fund. The DBM then au­tho­rized the Philra­com to get one-half per­cent of the gross re­ceipts from the sales of bet­ting tick­ets from Metro Turf.

Metro Turf, how­ever, re­sponded that the de­mand was also the po­si­tion of the Philip­pine Race­horse Train­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, say­ing it was with­hold­ing the funds un­til the court de­ter­mines the right­ful re­cip­i­ent of the funds.

The Philra­com replied by cit­ing per­ti­nent pro­vi­sions of PD420, as amended by PD 1095, say­ing that “The Jock­eys and Horse Train­ers In­jury, Dis­abil­ity and Death Com­pen­sa­tion Board cre­ated un­der Re­pub­lic Act No. 6115 is hereby abol­ished and its func­tions, to­gether with the Jock­eys and Horse Train­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Fund, are hereby trans­ferred to the Philra­com.”

Even the Act Grant­ing Metro Turf a Fran­chise to Con­struct, Op­er­ate and Main­tain a Race Track for Horse Rac­ing stip­u­lates that “one half per­cent shall be set aside for the ben­e­fit of the jock­eys and horse train­ers.”

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