POC hopeful Philippine sports will be in good hands under Duterte presidency
POC vice president Joey Romasanta says he needs only to look at the Davao City Sports Council model to be confident about the future of Philippine sports under presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte. 

THE Philippine Olympic Committee is confident it will maintain a healthy relationship with the Philippine Sports Commission under the new administration.

The PSC, under chairman Ritchie Garcia, enjoyed strong links with the POC and its president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.  

Garcia has been PSC chief for the entire six years of the administration of President Aquino, but former North Cotabato governor Manny Piñol, a sports columnist, has been mentioned as one of the possible candidates for the post.

However, reports emanating from Duterte's base in Davao City said Pinol, an avid golfer who also used to support a stable of boxers, is more interested in the Department of Agriculture portfolio.

POC, a private organization under the International Olympic Committee, and the PSC, the government’s sports arm, work together as the country sees action in international sports events such as the Olympics, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games.

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“If there is any indication, ‘yung Davao City kasi, meron silang sports department. Meron din silang mini-POC na Davao Sports Council na tinayo nila na parang may mga NSAs (national sports association) din sila, may mga iba’t ibang sports,” said POC first vice president Joey Romasanta.

“Given what they have in so far as their concern for sports, kasama sa governance nila. We hope they carry this in a national scope,” said Romasanta.

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