JOSE “Peping” Cojuangco lashed back at Senator Antonio Trillanes for criticizing his leadership as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Trillanes on Wednesday blasted Cojuangco’s leadership and referred to the two-term POC president as the “the greatest stumbling block to sports development.”
But Cojuangco believes the Senator’s rant have been fuelled by his bitterness over the POC's non-recognition of Trillanes’ leadership in two different national sports associations (NSAs).
The uncle of President Benigno Aquino III and former Tarlac congressman said he denied Trillanes’ presidency in both sports bodies because of the people behind his leadership.
Trillanes was elected head of the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (Tatap), but the election was not recognized by the POC because Cojuangco said its members had questionable characters.
The senator was also voted president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), the same entity that was replaced by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as the governing body for basketball in the country duly recognized by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba).
“These are the people that are associated with Trillanes. Ewan ko kung nakikita niya ‘yan,” Cojuangco said.
Instead of criticizing the POC, Cojuangco said Trillanes should help sports in his capacity as senator.
“Hindi ko maintindihan na senador na siya pero gusto pa niya maging presidente. Katulad ni Sen. Pia (Cayetano) tumutulong rin siya sa sports, pero hindi siya naghahangad na maging presidente,” said Cojuangco.
Cojuangco also lambasted Trillanes' tantrum during a Senate hearing where he threatened that NSAs which will vote for the incumbent POC president in the November election will be deprived government support.
Trillanes called for a committee hearing on amateur sports competitiveness last Tuesday to assess the country's lackluster performance in the London Olympics.
Cojuangco did not attend the hearing due to a previous commitment.