Cojuangco, Vargas battle anew for POC presidency

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2018 11:26 PM
Cojuangco, Vargas battle anew for POC presidency
Ricky Vargas of Association of Boxing Alliance of the Philippines filed his certificate of candidacy Wednesday to challenge Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The battle for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency continues after incumbent leader Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and Ricky Vargas of Association of Boxing Alliance of the Philippines filed their certificates of candidacy Wednesday.

Both parties submitted their certificates of candidacy at the POC office inside the Philsports Complex in Pasig City where an election committee headed by Frank Elizalde will review their eligibility to run in the scheduled election on Friday.

Cycling federation president and Tagaytay City representative Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino and table tennis head Ting Ledesma also filed their COCs.

The 82-year-old former Tarlac representative Cojuangco won his fourth term as president unopposed during the November 2016 POC election after Vargas was disqualified to run after allegedly failing to meet the qualifications of being active members of the POC general assembly.

Tolentino, who ran as POC chairman during the poll two years ago, was also disqualified for the same reason.

Vargas, whose attempt for a temporary restraining order on the 2016 poll was denied by the Pasig Regional Trial Court, won an election case his camp filed on the same court December last year.  

According to the court decision, the ‘elections of POC last Nov. 25, 2016 for Chairman and President is null and void” and ordered a reelection.

An extraordinary POC general assembly was called Monday regarding the election with Vargas again fearing disqualification.  

The election will be held 12:00 noon at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

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