POC President Bambol Tolentino
By Kyle Encarnacion
MANILA — The three-man Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Electoral Committee (Elecom) has on Saturday junked electoral protests seeking to prevent POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino from reelection together with four other candidates on his ticket.
The POC election is set for Friday, 27 November 2020.
The three-man committee made up of POC EleCom Chairman Atty. Teodorico Kalaw, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to Philippines Francisco Elizalde and University of the Philippines (UP) president Danilo Concepcion, released an eight-page resolution crushing the protest and disqualification cases filed against five candidates under Tolentino’s ticket.
Three major points where raised in the protest and disqualication cases. These include the “alleged compensation from the Phisgoc” that involves four of the five protested candidates.
Second was “alleged lack of time” that points to Tom Carrasco of triathlon who is running as POC chairman and Dr. Raul Canlas of surfing gunning for a director seat.
And last, was the issue on Philippine Judo Federation (PJF) president Dave Carter for an “alleged suspended SEC registration of nominating NSA.”
In its final ruling, the POC EleCom stated that: “Accordingly, the committee therefore decides and rules with final disposition of these Official Protests as follows: (1). All official protests filed against candidates Carrasco, Tolentino, Carrion-Norton, Canlas, and Carter are denied in their entirety for lack of merit. Accordingly, the Certified List of Candidates for the 2020 POC Regular Terms Election as issued last 31 October 2020 is now deemed final,”
The EleCom cited in its ruling that the POC General Assembly is the sole authority as to the qualifications of any voter.
Tolentino is seeking for his first full term as president of the private sports organization.
Kalaw, along with Elizalde and Letran Athletic director Victor Calvo, handled the POC election last year after former POC president Ricky Vargas resigned. (AI/MTVN)