POC to set election on July 28

Mark Escarlote on Jul 04, 2019 02:46 PM
POC to set election on July 28
The simple reading of the letter will reveal that the IOC/OCA are trying its best to try and help us resolve the issues which the POC has been facing the past few weeks. A schedule had been suggested which we’ll have a special Board meeting on Monday, July 8, and the general assembly on July 18 and the election on July 28 -- Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will heed the call of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the guidelines on how to resolve its leadership dispute.

In a letter addressed to the POC Board, dated July 2, the IOC requested country’s Olympic body to ‘follow due process to avoid any further challenges and hold free and fair elections for these vacant positions in accordance with the Olympic Charter, the POC constitution and the basic principles of good governance.

The IOC has been observing the situation of the POC since Ricky Vargas stepped down as president June 18 followed by the formal resignation of POC Chairman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino and Board Members Clint Aranas and Cynthia Carrion.   

The IOC recommended a guideline of dates and steps to follow leading to the POC special election to fill the vacated seats.

“The simple reading of the letter will reveal that the IOC/OCA are trying its best to try and help us resolve the issues which the POC has been facing the past few weeks. A schedule had been suggested which we’ll have a special Board meeting on Monday, July 8, and the general assembly on July 18 and the election on July 28,” said Tolentino, who is still working as chairman on a holdover capacity, on Thursday in a press conference held at Golden Bay Restaurant in Pasay.

“The letter also recognized four vacancies based on the written resignations so far submitted by the officers of the POC Executive Board,” added Tolentino, who also announced his intention to run as president.

So far the positions vacated are that of the president, chairman and two board members while three other officers who verbally resigned last Monday in a meeting last week at the GSIS gym in Pasay City have yet to tender their formal resignation.

Treasurer Julian Camacho, Auditor Jonne Go and 1st Vice President Joey Romasanta, who assumed the position as president but is not recognized by Tolentino due to technicalities on his eligibility, has yet to put their intention to resign in writing.

The IOC letter suggested that a special board meeting to be held not later than July 8, an extraordinary general assembly not later than July 18 and an election not later than July 28 with the presence of an IOC/OCA representative.   

Here is the IOC letter on the guidelines and purposes of the said POC meetings and election:

 

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