PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino said a verbal commitment to resign is binding as he urged members of the executive board to honor their word and step down from their positions for a special election to push through.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said in a letter that resignations by the POC executive board should be done formally and in writing. It also said the POC general assembly should convene to fill up the vacant positions with the presence of IOC and OCA observers.
The letter was signed by IOC director of Olympic solidarity and NOC relations James McLeod and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) director general and technical director Hussain Al-Musallam.
“Resignations need not be in writing. A verbal contract is just as binding as a written one. POC officials are expected to live up to their word, guided by the tenets of Olympism,” Tolentino said.
Seven members of the POC executive board led by Tolentino gave their word to step down during a meeting last week. So far, only three of the seven board members have filed resignation letters — Vargas, Clint Aranas and Cynthia Carrion.
“I spearheaded the offer to resign during that meeting and it was followed by BM Clint Aranas, BM Cynthia Carrion, Auditor Jonee Go, treasurer Julian Camacho and after a protracted pause, first vice president Joey Romasanta.”
“I call on all of them to honor their word which they gave in front of the POC general assembly members last June 25. And to those who were not present, I also urge them to heed the members call.”
Tolentino insisted that the election should be held on Friday and that those who seek places in the board submit their intention on that day.
Tolentino, however, said he is amenable to moving the date of the special elections but not later than July 18 as vacancies must be filled up after 30 days, according to the POC by-laws. Vargas resigned from his post as POC president on June 18.
“I am in complete agreement with the position of the IOC and the OCA as enunciated by Messrs. McLeod and Al Mussalam that the wishes of the general assembly should be respected and followed,” Tolentino said in a statement.
“In the meeting last Tuesday, June 25, it was apparent what the majority of the GA members wanted. They were tired of all the infighting and bickering, and at the instance of fencing president Mayor Richard Gomez, asked for the resignation of all POC board members.”