PFF’s Araneta files protest vs Cojuangco

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Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano Araneta filed a protest questioning the eligibility of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. to run for POC president anew.

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The POC Election Committee earlier disqualified Ricky Vargas, head of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines and running mate Abraham Tolentino to run in the November 25 election citing lack of attendance in general assembly for the past four years.

Without Vargas challenging him, Cojuangco will run unopposed.

“Finally, compared to the activity of the NSA (Boxing) headed by Mr. Vargas, and the NSA (Equestrian) headed by Mr. Cojuangco, the NSA for Boxing has participated in international events and won more international events than the NSA for Equestrian,” said Vargas in a formal protest he submitted to the POC Election Committee headed by Francisco Elizalde.

Araneta stressed that “in that sense, Mr. Cojuangco is a less “active member” of the POC and the General Assembly than Mr. Vargas.”

Araneta also cited the failure of the POC by-laws to provide a concrete definition of an “active member.”

“Considering that Article 7, Section 2 does not carry any parameter and your definition is as good as mine, if for argument’s sake Mr. Vargas’ Candidacy is denied for being not ‘active’, then the more so should Mr. Cojuangco’s candidacy should be disqualified,” Araneta added.

Araneta also said that Cojuangco’s running mate Jose Romasanta is guilty of ‘forum shopping’ and urged the POC electoral body to scrap his candidature.

“Mr. Romasanta has not filed a resignation as president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI). If ever there is one, it would be merely be just a temporary one so that he can return as president of the LVPI after the election. This is a clear case of forum shopping.”

“Mr. Romasanta could well file a leave of absence in the Karatedo Federation, then run and vote as the president of the LVPI, having both presidencies in two NSAs are incompatible with each other, Araneta ended.”

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