Mikee Romero calls for a total overhaul of POC: 'Maawa tayo sa Philippine sports'
"Enough is enough,” says PBA chairman Mikee Romero. Jaime Campos

PBA chairman Mikee Romero took a jab at the leadership of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Monday, which the party-list congressman said needs to be ‘totally overhauled.’

Romero, owner of GlobalPort team, made the call during his speech at the presser for the pro league’s 42nd season held at the Shangri-la in Makati.

“It’s time to overhaul the POC, overhaul Philippine sports. Maawa tayo sa Philippine sports,” said Romero, who at one time, served as president of the country’s shooting and cycling associations.

The latest tirade raised against the Olympic governing body comes 10 days before the POC holds its new election of officers.

Incumbent Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco is seeking a fourth straight term, but his lone opponent in Ricky Vargas of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP), has been disqualified by the election committee headed by former International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde.

The group of Vargas is planning to file a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that would prohibit the POC from holding the November 25 election. A resolution has also been passed in the Senate, calling for an inquiry into the controversy.

Romero said his call for an overhaul of the POC and Philippine sports as well, is borne out of him being a member of Congress and one of the team owners in the PBA, which stands as a major stakeholder in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

“It’s time for change, let the democratic process find its own path and let it flow,” said the sportsman-businessman. “For me, it’s time to overhaul the POC. Enough is enough.”

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