THE Philippine Olympic Committee election was hounded by allegations of "money changing hands" prior to the proceedings, delaying the start of Friday's polls.
Elections committee spokesperson Ricky Palou said there were reports that reached fellow member Bro. Bernie Oca that there were "money exchanges" that occurred before the elections.
Palou said that according to Oca, the incident allegedly involved weightlifting head and chairman hopeful Monico Puentevella and a karatedo official.
The issue was taken up on the floor with Puentevella denying the claim, saying his intention was only to give a Christmas gift.
“When he was asked, Congressman Puentevella said that (that what he gave) was a Christmas gift. In fact, binabawi na niya ‘yun to that person and the person will return it,” said Palou.
The voting proceeded after Puentevella’s clarification but some officials suggested that the issue should be taken up by the POC ethics committee.
“We just announced it to the general assembly and suggested the POC board to investigate further,” said Palou.
Puentevella lost the chairmanship to Tom Carrasco, 18-21.
For his part, POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco, who ran unopposed, said that it will be up to the executive board if it will investigate the matter.
“We just can’t do that (investigate). The executive board will have to meet on that particular issue. We will discuss it thoroughly and the executive board will decide,” Cojuangco said.