Gutierrez Steps into Big Shoes as Successor to Araneta
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) elected John Gutierrez as the new president to succeed Nonong Araneta.
Gutierrez, representing the Bukidnon Football Association, was elected during the PFF’s extraordinary congress in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The proceedings were witnessed by Fifa council member Kohzo Tashima and Fifa regional director for Asia and Oceania Sanjeevan Balasingam.
Araneta relinquished the role he held since 2010 when he served the remaining year of the late Mari Martinez’s term. He can no longer run for reelection under PFF by-laws but will remain a Fifa council member and vice president of the Asean Football Federation.
Lawrence Lemuel Fortun was voted first vice president and Jay Adriatico second vice president while Filipinas team administrator Belay Fernando-Dela Cruz was elected to the new PFF board. Others elected include Rufino Arellano, Virgilio Imperial, Lovely Gladys Mae Tababa, Alvin Yalung for Luzon, Elmer Gallardo, Rodney Orale, Renee Songalia, Roceller Sumbillo for Visayas, and Irvin Banga, Gemayel Gampong, Stephen Gorgonio, Damsel Merced for Mindanao.
Gutierrez will have to fill big shoes after the Philippines experienced landmark moments during Araneta’s tenure, including the Filipinas’ qualification to the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Azkals’ stunning upset of Vietnam in the 2010 AFF Cup.