MANNY V. Pangilinan may no longer be running for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) but just the same, his allies are expected to carry on the torch in the November 30 poll at the Ayala Alabang golf club.
Save for the position of president, the MVP camp is expected to field a complete lineup for the highly-anticipated POC election, with Manny Lopez of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) leading the way.
Lopez, the Abap vice-president, is seeking to retain his position as POC first vice-president, with cycling head Bambol Tolentino as candidate for second vice-president, and either Sonny Barrios of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas or Romy Ribano of squash as possible treasurer.
In a text message, however, Barrios said he’s not qualified to run as treasurer as candidates seeking executive positions within the Olympic governing body should have served at least two years as a National Sports Association official. The former PBA commissioner said he’s been SBP executive director for only one-and-a-half years.
Filing of certificate of candidacy will be until 12 noon of Friday at the POC office inside the Philsports Complex.
Lopez said he’ll file his candidacy by Friday morning before departing for Bago City to attend the ongoing ABAP Area Visayas tournament.
“Sayang, presidente lang ang wala sa amin, but we have the blessing of MVP,” said Lopez on Thursday, adding that no less than ABAP president Ricky Vargas will be the group’s campaign manager.
“Our platform is reform and to offer alternative leadership to Philippine sports,” added Lopez.
Completing the roster are Monico Puentevella, who is also seeking a second term as POC chairman, either Jun Galindez or Caloy Coscolluela (golf) for treasurer, and Victor Africa (fencing), Mario Tanchanco (sepak takraw), Gener Dungo (volleyball), and Jamalil Kiram (pencak silat) for seats in the POC's board of directors.
Citing the demands on his time as a one of the country's top notch businessman, Pangilinan shelved a plan to run for the POC top post, saying "now is not the right time for me to join the POC in an executive capacity."