Ricky Palou questions designation of Peter Cayco as voter for LVPI in POC elections
V-League head Ricky Palou says under the POC by-laws, he is the rightful person to cast a vote for the volleyball association in the coming elections. Jerome Ascano

RICKY Palou has sought that he be nominated as the rightful voter for Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI), being its secretary general, in the coming Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) elections.

In a letter to POC election committee chairman Frank Elizalde, Palou expressed his objection to the list of voters for the November 25 polls that had current vice-president Peter Cayco as the voter for LVPI being its 'acting president.'

Cayco, according to the list of voters released last October 26, is currently the acting president of LVPI in lieu of Joey Romasanta, which prompted Palou to file an objection letter.

Forty-one members, including the LVPI, two members of the athletes’ commission, and the International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines are set to cast their vote in the November 25 elections where Peping Cojuangco is seeking a fourth four-year term.

His rival, boxing association head Ricky Vargas, is in the process of fighting a decision of the POC election committee to disqualify him from the elections.

[See Vargas not ruling out court action if disqualication from POC polls not reversed]

Palou cited Article 5, Section 1, subparagraph i which states that a national sports association in a general assembly shall be represented by the president, secretary general, or a vice president “duly authorized by the President in writing and attested by the Secretary General.”

Palou claimed Cayco, despite being the vice president, is not authorized to vote on behalf of LVPI in the POC elections, due to an absence of an authorization from the president and an attestation from the secretary general, in this case, Romasanta and Palou, respectively.

Palou, a former PBA official and one of the persons behind the Shakey’s V-League, also said, based on records by the LVPI, Romasanta neither resigned as president, nor was replaced by Cayco.

With Romasanta also the president of the Philippine Karatedo Federation and Cayco not authorized to cast his vote for the volleyball association, Palou believes he automatically becomes the rightful voter for LVPI.

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In the letter, Palou also criticized Romasanta, who is running under the ticket of Cojuangco, for heading two NSAs at a time.

“These positions are incongruous to each other. If a person can be allowed to represent more than one NSA, who can then prevent one person to represent all 41 members of the POC, and thus be the lone voter during POC elections?” Palou wrote.

Curiously, Romasanta is seeking another term as first vice president of the POC in the coming elections, while Palou is allied with the group of Vargas, and is rumored to be appointed as the next secretary general if Vargas wins the POC elections.

When asked for his side, Romasanta declined to comment on Palou’s statements and his complaint letter.

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