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    Pacquiao's Senate committee to conduct hearing on controversy surrounding POC elections

    Nov 19, 2016
    Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to preside over the hearing. Snow Badua

    THE Senate is set to conduct a public hearing on Tuesday into the alleged unjust imposition of eligibility requirements on candidates running for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

    An invitation has already been sent to the POC office by the Senate committee on sports chaired by boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

    The invitation was in accordance to a recent resolution filed by Senator Sonny Angara calling for a hearing on the matter after Ricky Vargas of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) was disqualified by the POC election committee to run for president against three-time incumbent Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.

    [See Fight far from over as Vargas seeks TRO against POC elections]

    The resolution also seeks to probe the alleged unliquidated funds released to the country’s Olympic governing body.

    Incidentally, a Pasig court will hear on the same day a petition seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by the camp of Vargas on Friday, which seeks to stop the holding of the POC polls on November 25.

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    The case will be raffled off by Branch 159 of the Pasig Regional Trial Court.

    The Senate committee, in its invitation, asked the POC to submit a written position paper and relevant documents to be provided on or before Monday on issues hindering the development of Philippine sports.

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