POC president Vargas removes board members

Mark Escarlote on May 27, 2019 02:40 PM
POC president Vargas removes board members
Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas dropped the hammer on a number of POC Board members.

Philippine Olympic Committee Ricky Vargas sacked members of the board during a heated general assembly on Monday.

Vargas gave membership committee head Robert Bachmann, board members Joey Romasanta, Peping Cojuangco, chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario and deputy CDM Charlie Ho the boot from their respective positions saying that ‘the individuals I mentioned have lost my trust and confidence.’

He stripped Bachmann of his position as membership committee chair and was replaced by General Lucas Managuelod. Vargas withdrew the chairmanship of Cojuangco in the constitutional amendments committee and assumed the position.

Del Rosario and Ho were forced to vacate their positions and will be replaced within the few days, Romasanta was bumped off his spot as CDM to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Vargas nominating POC chairman Bambol Tolentino as his replacement.               

Vargas’ decision came after the group held unauthorized meetings last April 30 and last Saturday.  

Vargas said that he did not approve of these meetings but the group went ahead anyway even without his, Tolentino and Secretary-General Patrick Gregorio’s presence.

The letter that resulted out of the April 30 meeting was signed by board member Clint Aranas, who Vargas said ‘never attended a single board meeting or general assembly in recent memory’, International Olympic Committee representative to the PHI Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and members of the board namely former POC president Cojuangco, 1st vice-president Romasanta, 2nd vice-president Jeff Tamayo, treasurer Julian Camacho and auditor Jonne Go.

“I am puzzled by the inclusion of Ms. Jaworski. I will send a query to the IOC about their representative meddling in the internal affairs of our organization. My understanding is, she is part of the POC board to protect the interest of the IOC and the Olympic Programme. Not to interfere in internal conflict,” said Vargas in his statement.

Vargas called the letter of the meetings as ‘offensive, insulting, vilifying and demeaning’ as it pointed several questions about him with a stern 5-day deadline to reply ‘like a reprimanded subordinate or a recalcitrant child.’   

“But this was too much. It was too offensive for me to honor so I kept my peace and let the deadline pass as I prepared to take my case to you here in this General Assembly,” said Vargas.

The president swiped at the group saying, ‘This group sees me as an interloper, an outsider. I am not one of them. I am unwelcome.’

Before adjourning the meeting, Vargas in his statement dropped the hammer on the group.

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