Romero calls for Congressional hearing on POC leadership issue

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1 Pacman Party list Representa- tive Mikee Romero said that he would call for a Congressional hearing to resolve the current leadership issue in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

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The POC election committee disqualified presidential candidate Ricky Vargas and his chairman Abraham Tolentino for the upcoming election citing lack of attendance in general assembly for the past four years. Vargas is the current president of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) while Tolentino is the PhilCycling president.

Without Vargas challenging him, incumbent POC President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco will run unopposed anew.

Romero criticized Co­juangco’s failure to deliver good result in the past 12 years of his tenure.

“I think the Congress should do a congressional hearing also. I’m just waiting who will make the privilege speech. It’s about time,” said Romero.

“In the last 12 years, they have no program. They have a lot of excuses like government intervention and they keep on saying we’re untouchable. It’s time to overhaul POC and it’s time to overhaul Philippine Sports,” added Romero, who is also the chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 42.

“In the last Southeast Asian Games, we are No. 6. One day if we wake up, it might happen that we’re going to end up at No. 10 in 11 countries. Have mercy on Philippine sports.”

He also lambasted the POC election committee for disqualifying Vargas.

“I’m not saying that we should replace Peping but it should be overhauled. We have to go to the democratic process and it has to be set in motion, that’s the path,” said Romero. “What they (POC) are doing is not a democratic process but a process of elimination then only one is qualified. It needs to be democratic.”

The Manila Times contacted the POC for comments but received no reply as of press time.

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