BOXING icon Manny Pacquiao is among those being considered for membership to the
board of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines, Inc. (ABAP).
In its first general assembly and election on Friday at the Quezon City Sports Club, the group will also formalize the changing of its name from the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, as mandated by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
ABAP chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan and president Ricky Vargas are expected to run unopposed in the election. Various companies under the MVP Group have been bank-rolling the association’s local and international tournaments as principal sponsors of the boxing program.
All the 31 voting stakeholders of the ABAP throughout the country have been set and are expected to attend the meeting.
“If we are to continue our involvement in boxing, we need to make sure the stakeholders themselves want us there. And the best way to determine that is to go through the election process. We want our leadership validated,” said Vargas.
Aside from Pangilinan, Vargas and Pacquiao, who won a second term as congressman for the lone district in Sarangani, others being nominated to the ABAP board and who have accepted their nominations former Misamis Oriental Governor now Cagayan de Oro
Mayor-elect Oscar Moreno for Region X, House Deputy Speaker Raul Daza for Region VIII, Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. for Region III, Tayabas Vice Mayor Venerando Rea for Region IV-A, and Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn for Region IV-B.
ABAP executive-director Ed Picson said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines headed by Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista has also been allotted a seat on the board.
Picson said that after the election by the General Assembly, the board members will elect from among themselves the officers of the association. The positions of Secretary-General currently held by Patrick Gregorio and Executive Director are appointive posts.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco designated POC Secretary-General Steve Hontiveros as observer in the proceedings. FRANK CALAPRE