OFFICIALS running for different positions in the coming Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) elections will be given the chance to present their respective plans and programs in a public forum to be conducted by the Olympic governing body’s election committee on Thursday next week.
The presentation of the POC official candidates will be held at the Audio Visual Room of the PhilSports Complex in Pasig beginning at 3 p.m.
Former congressman Victorico Chavez, chairman of the elections committee, said all candidates are going to be presented in the special forum and will be asked to present their respective plans of action.
“Please focus your presentation on your proposed plans and programs if elected,” said Chaves in a signed memorandum addressed to all national sports association officials, International Olympic Committee representative Frank Elizalde, and athletes.
“You will be given a five-minute presentation. Questions might come up after your presentation. Please be ready for such queries,” the memorandum also stated.
“We invite all NSAs to come to the gathering and listen to all the candidates speak about their programs and what they intend to do for Philippine sports,” said Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou, a member of the three-man committee together with Bro. Bernie Oca of De La Salle.
Palou hopes the forum will lead to a united POC.
“We want the POC to be united and be a family, not fragmented and fighting against each other,” he said.
Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco is eyeing his third term as POC president. Opposing him is athletics president Go Teng Kok, whose eligibility to run for the position still hangs in the air.
Go believed he is already eligible to run for POC president following a Supreme Court ruling junking the Olympic body’s decision to declare him persona non grata. The POC stressed it has yet to receive a copy of the SC decision.
Others running for position in the POC executive board include weightlifting president Monico Puentevella and triathlon head Tom Carrasco, who will be vying for the chairmanship of the body.
Jose Romasanta of karate and incumbent Manny Lopez of boxing are going to contest the first vice president post, while running for the second vice president position are Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis and Abraham Tolentino of cycling.
Julian Camacho of wushu looks to get a fresh mandate as treasurer against Romeo Ribano of squash, while chess federation president Prospero Pichay battles golf secretary general Godofredo Galindez for the position of auditor.
Up for grabs are four seats in the board to be contested by Cynthia Carreon of gymnastics, Dave Carter of judo, Ernesto Echauz of sailing, Gener Dungo of volleyball, Victor Africa of fencing, Hector Navasero of baseball, and Jonne Go of canoe kayak.