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Sports leaders tell Cojuangco to follow court order on polls

DESPITE IOC SUSPENSION THREAT 

A clamor for the recall of Jose “Peping” Cojuangco's election as Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president yesterday snowballed after national sports association (NSA) leaders – both from the executive council and the opposition – demanded he abides by a recent local court ruling nullifying his fourth straight claim to the post.

This despite Cojuangco earlier saying the Philippines stands to face suspension from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) if he recognizes a local court's authority over the POC.
Cycling president Bambol Tolentino said Cojuangco has no recourse but to call for another election after doubts were cast on the outcome of the previous polls in which boxing chief Ricky Vargas was disqualified from seeking the POC presidency on technicalities.
Tolentino said they should “obey and face the election as sportsmen” to strengthen their mandate.
Like Vargas, Tolentino was also barred by the POC elections committee composed of Frank Elizalde, Bro. Bernie Oca and Cong. Reynaldo Estrella from seeking the POC chairmanship after failing to meet the minimum number of attendance in the monthly POC general assembly two years before the 2016 elections.
The Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 155, however, favored the opposition bloc and declared the election null and void. The court also ordered the POC to call for an election on Feb. 23 with the inclusion of Vargas and Tolentino as candidates.
Cojuangco, however, brushed off the decision. He is expected to file a motion for reconsideration that will pave the way for an appeal. He can also go to the Supreme Court for redress.
Tolentino said they are ready to campaign and face Cojuangco in an open court, if and when the long-time POC chief will call for an election.
“It’s true that we should obey and face the election as sportsmen,” said Tolentino, who was part of the opposition group when the late Arturo Macapagal nearly defeated Cojuangco in the elections in 2008.
“Is there a problem with an election? Let us check the real score of the Philippine sports community if they wanted a change for a new leadership,” he said.
A member of the POC executive council in board member Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics echoed Tolentino’s statement, saying only an election will put doubts on Cojuangco's leadership to rest.
It will also reveal if Cojuangco still enjoys the trust and confidence of the 47-man POC general assembly, Carrion said.
“Who knows, he might even win in the elections,” said Carrion, who broke off with Cojuangco following the country’s sorry stint in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Robert Bachmann of squash also said: “Yes, I do think that there should be re-election for the positions of president and chairman.”
But Karen Caballero of sepak takraw stressed that it’s about time for new faces to run the POC.
“Yes, it is the only way to go if the intention is really in the service and future of Philippine sports,” she said. “For the sake of Philippine sports, I hope not. Three terms is already way too much.”

2 comments

  • leon

    TAMA NA!!! SOBRA NA!!! PALITAN NA!!! that was their battlecry against marcos before. now, it is his turn to step down and eat his own words as there were no significant changes or progress in phil sports in the past 3 terms he had served.

    leon Thursday, 04 January 2018 15:59 Comment Link
  • Rico

    If i may ask...what does mr cojuangco do for philipine sports?

    Rico Thursday, 04 January 2018 07:48 Comment Link

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