ASPIRANTS for the different positions in the coming Philippine Olympic Committee elections, including presidential hopeful Go Teng Kok, are all invited to the Candidates’ Forum to be supervised by the elections committee on November 15 at the PhilSports auditorium.
Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou, a member of the body overseeing the quadrennial political exercise, on Friday also announced that the candidacy of Go will continue to be on hold until such time that questions on his eligibility are settled.
Palou said during the weekly SCOOP sa Kamayan session that the elections committee could not yet act on Go’s eligibility because of his failure to submit to the POC a copy of a Supreme Court decision nullifying a persona non grata motion filed against him by the Olympic governing body.
The SC Third Division earlier corroborated verdicts of the Regional Trial Court and the Court of Appeals nullifying the motion against Go, the controversial head of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.
Only bona fide members can vote and be voted upon in any POC election.
But while Go already received a copy of the SC decision, POC insisted it hasn’t gotten its own copy, forcing the election committee headed by former congressman Francisco Chavez to hold in abeyance its decision on whether Go is eligible to run or not.
“We need an official notification that President Cojuangco’s camp has, indeed, received its copy of the Supreme Court decision. Habang wala pa kaming natatanggap, we can’t act on Mr. Go’s eligibility,” said Palou, an Ateneo Hall of Famer.
“But since Mr. Go has shown us his copy of the decision, it looks like he is qualified to run. That’s the reason why we have to invite him to the Candidates’ Forum.”
Palou announced his committee has set November 29, eve of the political exercise, as deadline for the Cojuango camp to get the SC decision copy and submit it to the electoral body.
“Maybe he can also ask the clerk of court to give certification that Mr. Cojuangco’s camp or their lawyers have received a copy of the decision,” Palou said.
Palou, a proud member of the Ateneo Blue Eagles during his college days and San Miguel team in the commercial league, assured that the election committee is doing everything to solve the impasse with utmost fairness and impartiality.
“For us, Congressman Kokoy and Bro.(Bernie) Oca, this election is a unifying factor for everybody in the sports community for the betterment of sports and the Filipino athletes,” Palou said.