Decision reached on protest over Vargas disqualification, but Elizalde keeps mum
The POC election committee, headed by Frank Elizalde, has reached a decision on Ricky Vargas' protest over his disqualification from the presidential race. Jerome Ascano

THE election committee of the Philippine Olympic Committee has arrived at a decision on the appeal of Ricky Vargas against his disqualification from the POC elections but refused to divulge it until the papers are signed by all the Comelec members.

Frank Elizalde said a decision has been reached on Vargas' protest over the election committee's decision to disqualify him from running against incumbent Peping Cojuangco in the POC elections on the grounds that he is not an 'active member' of the POC general assembly.

However, the former IOC representative said the letter still needs to be signed by his fellow election committee members Abono party list Rep. Conrado Estrella and La Salle’s Bernie Oca.

Also yet to be signed by the group is its decision on the protest lodged by Philcycling president Rep. Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino, who was also disqualified by the poll body from running for the chairman's post.

“I signed it already and my two colleagues have to sign it. So by tomorrow, it will be in the hands of Mr. Vargas and Congressman Tolentino,” said Elizalde.

[See POC election committee hears out appeal on Vargas disqualification]

Elizalde refused to say what the election committee’s decision is, adding that he wants the parties involved to be the first ones to be informed.

“I don’t know,” said Elizalde, when asked what the decision of the election committee is.

A decision was expected to be announced on Friday after Vargas met with the POC election committee the other day to present his side on the disqualification case.

Vargas lodged a protest after he was disqualified to run for POC president against Cojuangco, as the election committee said the boxing association chief is not an active member for not attending the required number of general assemblies in two years.

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Vargas, however, said he should not be disqualified as the term “active member” is vague, and open to different interpretations.

Tolentino is lodging a complaint for the same reasons as Vargas.

Vargas said he won't hesitate to take the issue to court if the decision of the election committee is not in their favor.

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