Former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Philip Ella Juico has been named as the new president of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) during the association’s election on Friday at the Orchids Garden Hotel in Vito Cruz, Manila.
The 10-man board member voted Juico to the PATAFA’s top position, replacing longtime leader Go Teng Kok, who decided to relinquish his post after suffering illness in the past few months.
“I am not a replacement of Mr. Go because Mr. Go cannot be replaced. We are coming up with a master plan. A plan for continuity,” said Juico.
Lawyer Nicanor Sering was voted as the vice-president while Alipio Fernandez retained his post as chairman. Maricor Pacheco (secretary), Lucy Artiaga (treasurer) and Jeanette Obiena (auditor) were the other elected officers.
Go, however, is still in the Board of Trustees along with Chua Pio, Cham Teng Young and Rufus Rodriguez.
Go served as athletics chief for 24 years when he replaced Jose Sering in 1990.
Asian Athletics Association honorary secretary Maurice Nicholas of Singapore was present during the election.
“We have already reported [to the association]the results of the Patafa election. They are aware of what’s happening here in Manila,” said Nicholas.
Under Go’s administration, the national track and field team known as the GTK Army has been successful in major international tournaments. The Patafa was the most decorated national sports association in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, winning six gold medals.