CONTROVERSIAL athletics chief Go Teng Kok will be eligible to run for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee once he submits the Supreme Court decision junking the motion made by the Olympic body declaring him as a persona non grata.
However, Ricky Palou, one of three members of the election committee chaired by former Rep. Victorico Chavez, said they were still waiting for a copy of the SC decision at the POC office until late Monday afternoon when the elections committee held one of its regular meetings.
“Hindi pa siya eligible,” said Palou. “We are still waiting for the Supreme Court ruling to be submitted to the POC.”
Go claims that the SC has already junked the POC’s decision to make him a persona non grata for "lack of due process." The POC, whose executive board and general assembly were the ones who declared Go as such, said it has not received any document on the High Court’s verdict.
“Kasi may mga sinasabi na nanalo siya sa kaso pero ang sinasabi ng POC, wala silang natatanggap na document that affirms that, so we are waiting for that. Kapag dumating ‘yun saying that it is in Go Teng Kok’s favor, then he is free to run,” said the Ateneo athletic director.
Go, president of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, said he’ll go to the SC first thing in the morning on Tuesday to ask that the court transmit a copy of its decision to the POC.
Meanwhile, the rest of the candidates had been given the green light to run in the November 30 poll to be held at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
Incumbent Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco is seeking a third straight term as president of the country’s highest Olympic governing body, while current chairman Monico Puentevella of weightlifting seeks another term against Tom Carrasco of triathlon.
Boxing and handball’s Manny Lopez and Joey Romasanta of karatedo are contesting the first vice president position, while Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis and Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino of cycling and chess will fight it out for the second vice president post.
The post of treasurer is being contested by wushu’s Julian Camacho and squash’s Romeo Ribano, even as former congressman Prospero Pichay of chess and Godofredo Galindez of golf will fight for the position of auditor.
Eyeing seats in the board are Cynthia Carreon of gymnastics, Hector Navasero of baseball, Jonne Go of canoe kayak, Dave Carter of judo, Ernesto Echauz of sailing, Victor Africa of fencing, and Gener Dungo of volleyball.
Palou said Tolentino, the secretary general of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, is eligible to run for the position of second vice president even though Pichay, the NCFP head, is running for auditor.
“There is nothing that says na hindi siya pwedeng tumakbo,” said Palou, referring to Tolentino.
The POC had asserted that Dungo is not eligible to run for a seat in the board since he had only served as volleyball president for less than two years. But the elections committee said otherwise.
“Pero (naging) vice president din siya, so eligible din siya,” said Palou.
Aside from Chavez and Palou, also a member of the elections committee is Bro. Bernie Oca of De La Salle.
The three were also part of the elections committee during the 2008 POC poll.