PSC lauds POC move on polls

Published February 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Nick Giongco

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) welcomed Monday the decision of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to let the General Assembly intervene in the leadership crisis that has been hounding the governing body.

“An election gives legitimacy to one’s leadership,” said PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez yesterday when asked about the possibility of the POC staging an election for president and chairman on Feb. 23 on orders from a local court.

The POC was forced to call an extraordinary General Assembly on Feb. 19 to determine whether boxing chief Ricky Vargas can be allowed to challenge incumbent president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.

Vargas was ruled ineligible by the POC in the runup to the November 2016 elections that saw Cojuangco earn his fourth four-year term.

Vargas camp protested and sought help from a local court that later ruled that the 2016 elections was null and void.

Still, Ramirez believes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) intervention was timely and this will give the national sports associations that chance to decide on their fate.

Last week, the IOC wrote the POC about the situation in the country and deputy secretary general Pere Miro told Cojuangco to call for a GA to resolve the matter.