Vargas steps down as POC president

Mark Escarlote on Jun 18, 2019 01:10 PM
Vargas steps down as POC president
Ricky Vargas resigned from from his post as POC president

Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post as Philippine Olympic Committee President on Tuesday following an executive session with the board at POC’s headquarters at the PhilSports compound in Pasig City.

Vargas, who won the position via re-election against Peping Cojuangco February last year, will be replaced by 1st Vice President Joey Romasanta.    

"We had a very succesful board meeting where in we ironed out issues and everything. But at the end of the day, the president, Ricky Vargas decided... he tendered his irrevocable resignation as POC president. We respect that so by way of succession Mr. Romasanta stepped up as president of the POC," said POC spokesperson Atty. Clint Aranas, who is also the archery president.

Vargas met with the majority of the 13-man POC board for a dialogue regarding pressing issues including his role in the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Foundation, Inc., the group that now claims to be on top of preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines from 30 November to 10 December, despite the absence of a POC Board approval.

What the POC Board approved was the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (or simply Phisgoc, not Phisgoc Foundation), with former Foreign Affairs Secretary and now Taguig Congressman-elect Alan Peter Cayetano as its chairman, with Vargas and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez as co-vice chairmen.

Vargas, however, incorporated the Phisgoc Foundation with Ramon Suzara, Donald Caringal, Tom Carrasco, Ed Picson, Dexter Estacio and Monica Ann Mitra.

Vargas immediately left after the session and declined to grant an interview. The Board then proceeded with their meeting without Vargas.

An extra-ordinary general asembly will be called by the Board next week.

"The general assembly will be called June 25 at the GSIS gymnasium which will be rented by the Philippine Olympic Committee at 11:00 a.m.," said Aranas.  



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