Resigned POC officials barred from special board meeting

Mark Escarlote on Jul 05, 2019 02:09 PM
Resigned POC officials barred from special board meeting
Resigned Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino (middle) and Board member Clint Aranas (left) are barred from attending the scheduled special meeting on July 8.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday gave a directive to the Philippine Olympic Committee to exclude the members of its board who have formally resigned from attending the scheduled special meeting on July 8.

In a letter, dated July 4, the IOC said that it received two notices from different groups calling for the special POC Executive Board meeting to be held on Monday, which the governing body said had ‘added confusion to the existing situation’.

Both secretary-generals Patrick Gregorio, who was appointed by resigned president Ricky Vargas, and Charlie Ho, who was chosen by the Board after Vargas stepped down and was assumed by POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta, submitted their own notices of the scheduled meeting to the IOC.

Romasanta’s claim to the seat as president was disputed by resigned chairman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino because of technicalities based on POC’s bylaws and that Gregorio is still the secretary-general.

The IOC asked the parties involved to ‘refrain from making their own interpretation of the applicable rules of the POC constitution’ and let the General Assembly decide on the matter.

The IOC directed that all eligible members of the Executive Board to attend the July 8 meeting except those who resigned from their positions specifically Vargas, Tolentino and Board Members Clint Aranas and Cynthia Carrion ‘to avoid further disputes or challenges, and in the interest of the POC as an institution.’

In a letter addressed to the POC on Wednesday, the IOC recommended a guideline of dates and steps to follow leading to the POC special election to fill the vacated seats.

[Related story: POC to set election on July 28]

The world Olympic governing body suggested that a special board meeting 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.  



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