Bambol urges opponents: Practice sportsmanship

Published November 17, 2020, 1:18 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from Philippine News Agency

Incumbent Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Bambol Tolentino has taken a prudent path as he seeks a reelection for a full four-year term on Nov. 27.

“I, being a long time legislator and public servant, my accomplishments in public service have been my best form of political campaign,” Tolentino said in a letter addressed to his fellow POC members on Tuesday.

“I will not do falsehood in order to win and will remain the same even in the POC elections.”

His statements came in the light of the recent development where archery president Atty. Clint Aranas and his group sought for the disqualification of Tolentino and his running mates Tom Carrasco of triathlon (for chairman), gymnastics’ Cynthia Carrion (for treasurer), and surfing’s Dr. Raul Canlas and judo’s Dave Carter (for board members).

Filed with the POC’s elections committee chaired by Atty Teodoro Kalaw IV, Aranas’ protest alleged that Tolentino, Carrasco and Carrion received allowances from the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee last year, while Canlas has been president of his association for only two years and not the prescribed four years.

Carter’s federation is also allegedly having issues with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tolentino, also the cycling head, claimed the allegations against him are part of the group’s unsportsmanlike tactics as the POC elections draw near.

 Tolentino added sorting to black propaganda “is not on my list of political arsenal.”

He, however, urged fellow POC officials to practice the spirit of Olympism and sportsmanship, and trusted that the Election committee, which is chaired by Atty. Teodoro Kalaw IV, to get through this matter.

Other members of the Election committee are former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde and University of the Philippines president Danilo Concepcion.

There are 54 voters in the POC elections—51 NSAs, Athletes Commission representatives Hidilyn Diaz and Jhessie Lacuna and IOC representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.