DROPS ANDRADA AS PRESIDENT
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Thursday night junked the results of the elections called by Philippine Lawn Tennis Association president Salvador “Buddy” Andrada and ordered the Philta to revert to its old set of officers.
Lawyer Charlie Ho, the netball president who stood as representative of the Olympic council in the Philta polls last February 8, reported the result of the elections as "unacceptable."
Ho said Andrada violated the Philta by-laws when he was elected president on July 29, 2016 by the 12-man board of trustees following the resignation Edwin Olivarez. He is supposedly serving the time left on Olivarez's term
Then, in a meeting on Sept. 26 and 27 with International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty and top POC officials led by POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Andrada vowed to call for a general election on January 8, for all positions.
He reiterated this on Dec. 14, saying he will step down due to his deteriorating health condition.
“The election that happened on two occasions, July 29 and February 8, were not in accordance with their constitution and by-laws,” said Ho, a neuro-optometrist and member of the POC sports science team.
“First, Mr. Andrada was elected by the members of the board of trustees with expired terms of office and are serving only on a holdover capacity. It means that his election is null and void. Second, he refused to open the nomination for Philta presidency on February 8, which is not in accordance to what was originally agreed upon.”
Ho recommended that Philta should reinstate Olivarez as Philta chief and give him the power to call an election for the 12-man board of trustees, which will then elect the new set of officers.
Olivarez and Jean Henri Lhuiller, who is being groomed by some quarters for the Philta presidency, reportedly met yesterday to settle the issue.
Details of their meeting, however, are not yet available as of press time.
“To untangle this mess, we have to impose a status quo,” he said.
“We have to recall Mayor Olivarez and ask him to call for an election. Because in the eyes of the POC, he remains as the legal president of Philta and only him can call for an election.”
Aside from selecting new board members, Cojuangco stressed that Philta should also grab the chance to expand its membership by adding more stakeholders, especially from various provinces.
Cojuangco said this is the perfect time for the federation to clean its house and come up with a united stand.
“I suggest that they take this opportunity to expand their general membership,” he said following the marathon meeting last Thursday that took more than four hours to conclude.
“This is a perfect time for them to revisit their constitution and by-laws and make it compliant with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) mandate that the election should be fair, democratic and should include as many stakeholders as possible.”