POC officials resign en masse

Joey Romasanta in POC

Led by Joey Romasanta and Chairman Abraham Tolentino, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials have decided to resign from their respective positions on Tuesday.

Tolentino stated he called for a special election scheduled tentatively on July 5 at the Golden Bay Restaurant in Pasay City.

In the previous week, POC president Ricky Vargas stepped down amid controversies hounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this year.

POC officials gathered at the Government Service Insurance System building in Pasay City on Tuesday, but Tolentino said the assembly was “invalid.”

“This extraordinary general assembly is invalid because it did not meet the 10-day notice requirement after Ricky Vargas’ resignation. But, since everyone was here, I took the opportunity to call for an election 10 days from now. It will be held 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Bay Restaurant,” he stated.

Tolentino added that most of the elected officers agreed to resign, except for Second Vice President Jeff Tamayo (soft tennis), and Board members Prospero Pichay (chess) and Robert Mananquil (billiards), who did not attend the two-hour meeting that led to some verbal tussles.

Those who followed to resign were auditor Jonne Go (canoe-kayak) and Board member Clint Aranas (archery). Incumbent treasurer Julian Camacho (wushu) told The Manila Times that he has yet to decide if he would step down or not.

Romasanta added he would no longer run for any position as he doubted an election could be carried out in 10 days.

“Honestly, I don’t think we can do it in ten days in the sense we have to comply with the procedures,” he stated.

Yet Tolentino believes the special election could be done, “If we really want it, we will find a way; if not, there will be excuses.”

Romasanta assumed the POC presidency on June 18 after Vargas presented his binding resignation.

Notwithstanding being the first vice president, Romasanta’s assumption of the POC top post was questioned by Tolentino, who said Romasanta was not a president of an Olympic sport.

Romasanta is vice president of Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas and president of the Philippine Karatedo Federation, which is not yet an Olympic sport.

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