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    Ricky Vargas steps up to challenge 12-year reign of POC chief Peping Cojuangco

    Oct 24, 2016
    Abap president Ricky Vargas and his team formally file their candidacy. Gerry Ramos

    SEEKING change in Philippine sports, Ricky Vargas finally made official his candidacy for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) on Monday as he looks to end the 12-year reign of incumbent Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco.

    Vargas, president of the Alliances of Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP), formally filed his candidacy at the POC office in Pasig, beating the afternoon deadline set for all candidates to submit their respective papers.

    The TNT Katropa board of governor in the PBA is the grandson of Jorge Vargas, founding member and former president of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation, forerunner of the POC.

    "I hope he's guiding me and I know he's guiding me," said Vargas to SPIN.ph.

    “I know there, he’s guiding me, and he’s probably very happy.”

    But Vargas, one of the known trusted men of businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan, is out to do it on his own, believing he has formed a team worthy enough to give Cojuangco and Co. a run for their money in the November 25 elections.

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    “I think we have a very good team, a fresh team, and ready to serve,” said the 64-year-old Vargas, who came from the nearby Marco Polo hotel, where he earlier met up with the rest of his officers before proceeding together to the POC headquarters to file their candidacies.

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    “It’s your choice between more of the same or try something new.”

    Making up the team of Vargas are Rep. Bambol Tolentino of cycling (chairman), Rep. Albee Benitez of badminton (1st vice president), retired Gen. Lucas Managuelod of muay thai (2nd vice president), Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios (treasurer), and Ting Ledesma of table tennis (auditor).

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    Abap president Ricky Vargas and his team formally file their candidacy. Gerry Ramos
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