GO Teng Kok said it is absurd that his candidacy for Philippine Olympic Committee president has yet to be confirmed only because the Olympic body wants to receive a required document directly from the Supreme Court.
Ricky Palou, a member of the POC elections committee, said Go will not be eligible to run until the SC has sent a copy of the decision that, according to Go, junked a motion made by the Olympic body declaring him persona non grata.
“His status right now, it has not been determined,” said Palou in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum, adding that it is the High Court, not Go, which should give the official decision to the POC.
“I think that the sheriff should deliver it to the POC,” Palou said.
The Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association chief said he had received the SC’s verdict on October 15, and that copies of the decision were sent to different people and offices including the POC.
The controversial athletics chief said he found it odd that the POC now claims it has yet to receive a copy of the decision.
“How can Go Teng Kok have a copy which I gave to the media, the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) and all the NSAs, and now the POC now claims that they don’t have it?” Go said.
Go is challenging incumbent POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco for the presidency although his eligibility is still in question following the Olympic body’s decision to declare him persona non grata.
The Pasig Regional Trial Court had earlier ruled in Go's favor, saying the POC’s decision was unlawful. The POC made an appeal but the SC apparently denied the motion.
An exasperated Go said that “it is up to them,” referring to the POC, if they want to declare him eligible for the November 30 polls at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.
“Bahala na sila,” Go said. “Ginagawa nilang alibi. Kung gusto nila talaga akong i-disqualify, i-disqualify na nila, kung ano-ano pa sinasabi.”
Palou clarified that they are not disqualifying Go from the elections.
“After reviewing the process and rules of elections, we, the commission said that everybody is eligible to run with the exception of Mr. Go. But it doesn’t mean that he is disqualified. We are just waiting for POC to receive the SC ruling which was decided in favor of Mr. Go," he said.
“Apparently, the POC has not received a formal document that says the case was decided in Mr. Go’s favor. If we receive it, he is eligible to run,” said Palou.