Newly elected Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Edgardo Cantada challenged Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco to justify his actions against the PVF as well as other National Sports Associations (NSAs).
“Respect the autonomy of all NSAs. I dare Mr. Cojuangco to face the general assembly and explain why he masterminded the alleged ouster of the PVF from the POC and replaced it with his self made and manipulated new association,” said Cantada.
He stressed that the PVF remains as the true volleyball body in contrast to Cojuangco’s claims, citing the POC constitution that only a 3\4 vote of the assembly could decide the fate of a member.
“There’s no such vote, not even an opportunity for us to discuss our problems with the POC, if there’s any. All we got now from Cojuangco is a decision that is highly irregular and very illegal,” said Cantada.
The PVF has been working since late last year to solve its internal problems, and succeeded to unite all conflicting parties en route to a new set of officers.
“All of us are duly elected officers and regular members of the PVF. Cojuangco’s new volleyball body is composed of outsiders and business minded individuals. Can he explain that?,” stressed Cantada, who also added that he is ready to seek legal opinions about the issue which has also been plaguing other NSAs ever since Cojuangco took over POC.
“Let us review Cojuangco’s track record as POC president – deteriorating Philippine campaign in all international events even the Southeast Asian Games – check. NSAs in turmoil with POC involved – check. Mismanagement and corruption especially with his favorite NSAs – check. POC under martial law – check,” he said. EMIL C. NOGUERA