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Top 10 Controversial Athletes in the Philippines
We list 10 athletes in the Philippines who’ve been hit with the worst controversies.
By: Macky Soriano  |   Published on: Sep 16, 2010 - 12:00pm

Nancy Navalta in her element.


Gender issues cut short Navalta's once promising athletic career. In a December 25, 1994 article publihed in The Filipino Express, Lily O. Ramos wrote: "Sprint champion Nancy Navalta might be the most important talent discovery of the first-ever Philippine National Games (PNG), a 23 event, 11-day sports conclave held here recently. But the dusky 17-year-old is still precariously waiting for the results of a series of sex tests confirming her gender." Ramos further added: "The pony-tailed, androgynous, low-pitch voiced Navalta underwent psychiatric, gynecological, and ultrasound tests to verify her gender at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, University of the Philippines General Hospital and two other hospitals." Shortly after that, according to the same report, Navalta decided to "decline participating in track and field competitions to stop the insinuations about her gender."


Rolando Navarette in his prime.


After an illustrious professional boxing career, Rolando Navarette, who was once the a World Boxing Council Super Featherweight champ, still lived up to his nickname as the —œBad Boy from Dadiangas— when he out of the ring. Sometime in the mid-'80s, he was charged with sexual assault and served three years in a prison in Hawaii. From 2005 to 2008,he survived fights where he was hit with a steel pipe, clubbed by a shotgun, and stabbed in the neck. Perhaps, the only good news for Navarette is that his son, Rolando Jr., is following his footsteps and training to be a professional boxer.

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  • iamwindyrose
    at d ko na ma-retrieve yung page eh..pano kaya ma-view yon?
    Sep 23 2010 @ 05:34pm     Reply  
  • coach ato
    In the 70's Robert Jaworski and Big Boy Reynoso were banned for life when they mauled a referee during a Crispa-Meralco championship game.
    Sep 21 2010 @ 09:41am     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    ..add ko lang yung incident sa Ayala Alabang kung saan nahuli ng mister ang misis nya na kaulayaw si bong alvarez sa sarili nilang kwarto at tumakbong nakahubo't hubad si bong papunta sa kotse nya...
    Sep 16 2010 @ 05:02pm     Reply  
  • Jowana Bueser
    Kulang iyong kay Bong Alvarez. Pinakamalala nang mabaril siya sa buttocks sa labas ng isang sauna.
    Sep 16 2010 @ 02:29pm     Reply  

    Manny Pacquiao is on the "Top 10 Athletes and Their Alleged Affairs" list:

    Sep 16 2010 @ 01:36pm     Reply  
  • What about...
    What about Richard Gomez? That is if you consider him an athlete. Remember when he used MAD (Mamayan Ayaw Sa Droga) as his party list?
    Sep 16 2010 @ 01:29pm     Reply  
  • iamwindyrose
    bakit wala c manny pacquaio? d ba controversial yung kanila ni krista?
    Sep 16 2010 @ 01:29pm     Reply  
  • Mina
    still the most controversial for me, Nancy Navalta,..sayang ang talent niya~~ saan na kaya siya now? tsk3
    Sep 16 2010 @ 01:14pm     Reply  
  • Mina
    yeah,..I think most of the athletes here are indeed controversial.
    Sep 16 2010 @ 01:09pm     Reply  
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