THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) is asking the ‘new’ Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) to resolve a ‘technicality’ issue in its constitution and by-laws before pushing through with its planned election for a new set of officers.
POC first vice-president Jose Romasanta said the new Abap, which also goes by the name Asosasyon ng Boksingerong Amatyur sa Pilipinas Inc., appears to have a different personality from the previous Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines based on its constitution and by-laws.
Romasanta said it is for this reason that the POC didn’t send him as an observer to the boxing association’s scheduled election in Maasin, Southern Leyte, which was to be held in conjunction with its ongoing national championships.
“There appears to be a conflict between the constitution that it wants to use in so far as its election is concerned,” Romasanta said. “They have an entirely new constitution now which they submitted to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). We now have the previous Abap and the new corporation.”
Abap’s move to change its name was prompted by a directive from the International Boxing Association (Aiba) to drop the word ‘amateur’ in all national federations around the world.
While the POC respects Aiba’s move, Romasanta said the constitution and by-laws of the previous group should not be ignored.
“We can’t ignore the previous constitution and by-laws because it was those members from the previous constitution who voted. Mukhang may bago silang listahan ng members,” said Romasanta.
Incumbent Abap president Ricky Vargas and chairman Manny V. Pangilinan are expected to be re-elected once the election pushes through.