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    As leadership stalemate drags on, POC finds self with two sec-gens

    Jul 4, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    SUDDENLY, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has two secretary generals.

    POC chairman Bambol Tolentino clarified that Patrick Gregorio has not yet resigned from his post and, therefore, remains as the official sec-gen of the national Olympic body.

    Tolentino cleared the matter in light of the recent move by POC executive board members allied to acting president Joey Romasanta appointing Atty. Charlie Ho as secretary general.

    “Secretary-general Patrick Gregorio has not resigned. He is still the POC secretary-general until a new, legitimate president appoints his replacement,” said Tolentino.

    “So Mr. Gregorio shall discharge the function of the office of secretary-general until at that time.”

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      The executive board announced Ho's appointment as secretary-general since it considered Gregorio’s tenure co-terminus with Ricky Vargas, who resigned as POC president two weeks ago.

      The secretary-general is an appointed position within the board.

      Because of this, Tolentino has written the board a letter dated June 28 questioning the appointment of Ho as sec-gen and Robert Bachmann as deputy sec-gen.

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      “As chairman, I have not been informed of, participated in or seen any document pertaining to such appointments,” said the POC official in his signed letter.

      “There is no doubt that the POC chairman is entitled to such information so I expect an explanation on the issue.”

      Curiously, both Ho and Gregorio sent out notices to the executive board about the scheduled July 8 special meeting to be held at the POC office.

      Both letters of notice bear the same date of the meeting, with the same agenda to be tackled, according to Tolentino.

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