JOSE ‘Peping’ Cojuangco declined to comment on the result of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) won by Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) president Ricky Vargas, who called for a reconciliation following the contentious polls.
Cojuangco’s 13-year reign as POC president ended on Friday when the former Tarlac congressman lost to Vargas, 24-15, during the re-election held at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
Cojuangco declined to speak to reporters as he left the election venue with his daughter and International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.
“Wag na muna ngayon. Saka na,” said Cojuangco.
Cojuangco said he was saddened by the move by the POC’s election committee chaired by former IOC representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde to declare Vargas eligible to run for the polls.
A possible challenge from Cojuangco could also be in the offing as he intends to inform the IOC about the decision of the POC election committee that confirms the court order by the Pasig Regional Trial Court to include Vargas in the re-election.
Vargas declined to comment on Cojuangco’s plan, and instead called for unity under his new leadership.
“We will cross the bridge when we get there,” Vargas said. “We have to reconcile.”