Bambol bares ticket for POC election

Published September 26, 2020, 12:38 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

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Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino (PSA Images)

Incumbent Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino on Saturday bared his full ticket for the POC elections scheduled on Nov. 27.

Tolentino, who seeks reelection, announced triathlon chief Tom Carrasco as his contender for the chairmanship, while gymnastics president Cynthia Carrion and baseball head Chito Loyzaga will run for treasurer and auditor, respectively.

Muay secretary general Pearl Managuelod, judo president Dave Carter, surfing president Jose Raul Canlas, and chess chief Butch Pichay also eye seats in the powerful board.

The Tagaytay City representative earlier announced the partial composition of his ticket, with basketball president Al Panlilio and modern pentathlon head Richard Gomez targeting the first vice president and second vice president positions, respectively.

“This is the lineup that we want for the new POC under the new normal,” said Tolentino.

The cycling chief won the POC presidency over athletics chief Philip Juico in a special poll held last July 2019. The snap election was staged following the resignation of boxing’s Ricky Vargas, who took the seat from the long-reigning Peping Cojuangco.

“We aim for good governance and a trusted team of the Philippine Sports Commission and the private sector. Kailangan may trust ang private sector sa POC so we can ask their assistance when needed,” Tolentino said.

Tolentino will go head-to-head with archery chief Clint Aranas for the top post.

Aranas recently declared his partial ticket which includes incumbent POC chairman Steve Hontiveros of handball, and Juico and rugby president Ada Milby for first Vice President and second Vice President, respectively.

Aranas said in recent reports that Milby is running as an independent candidate but they are adopting her because they have the same vision on accountability and transparency.