Press Release
November 7, 2011

Trillanes elected TATAP President anew

Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV has been formally elected as President of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP), the governing body for the sport.

Trillanes, named head in acting capacity prior to his election, has been elected by TATAP's board of trustees last October 30, 2011 at the TATAP Office in Malate, Manila.

"My election further confirms the trust and confidence of the board and members of TATAP. This will serve as an inspiration for us to further strengthen TATAP, support the welfare of our table tennis players and promote the sport all over the country," Trillanes said.

"To do that, we have planned to strengthen the national junior program by introducing table tennis at the grassroots level, which we hope to turn into a breeding ground for future champions," the young senator added.

Trillanes said he is also extending his support for the country's table tennis delegates to the 26th Southeast Asian Games from November 11 to 22 to be held at Jakarta, Indonesia.

In his capacity as President of TATAP, Trillanes said he will pursue numerous programs for the sport closest to his heart, having played table tennis in high school and during his cadet days at the Philippine Military Academy.

The Senator further added: "We will stop politicking in this sport and focus on the programs we will set forth for the development of table tennis."

It can be recalled that the Philippine Olympic Committee last year withheld the recognition of Trillanes as acting president of TATAP when the senator was still incarcerated.

Together with Trillanes, the newly-elected officers and board of trustees are Jacinto Omila Jr., Chairman; Jose Ortalla, Vice-President; Prof. Oscar Santelices, Secretary; Engr. Eddie Tadea, Treasurer; and Jessica Honorides, Auditor.

The others who were elected as board members are Victor Valbuena, Mayor Eduardo Dimacuha and Dario Hernane.

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