Vargas' fate in hands of POC election committee after filing certificate of candidacy
Ricky Vargas has once again filed his candidacy for POC president, months after being disqualified by an election committee formed by rival Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco. Jerome Ascano

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco and Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) president Ricky Vargas have formally submitted their certificate of candidacy on Wednesday.

Also filing their certificates of candidacy were cycling federation president and Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino, an ally of Vargas, and table tennis head Ting Ledesma.

Cojuangco and Vargas filed their certificates of candidacy on Wednesday at the POC office inside Philsports Complex in Pasig City before the 12 noon deadline, putting their fate to an election committee that will now scrutinize their eligibility.

Ironically, the election committee is again chaired by Frank Elizalde, who also headed the Comelec that disqualified Vargas and Tolentino during the 2016 election for not meeting an ‘active member’ of the POC general assembly.

That decision was eventually overturned by the Pasig City Regional Trial Court, which ordered a reelection set to be held on Friday.

Vargas, however, is expecting another disqualification from the POC election committee following an extraordinary general assembly on Monday.

“The process they are leading to was towards disqualification. Strongly, they might (disqualify me),” Vargas said.

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