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Huge shakeup in POC as Vargas fires Cojuangco, 4 others from key posts

Ricky Vargas shook up the POC during its general assembly. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—In a surprise development, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas did some shuffling in some crucial posts.

Following the committee's general assembly on Monday, Vargas handed pink slips to some key officials, including former chief Peping Cojuangco.

Cojuangco, which still held a position despite losing the presidency as chairman of the constitutional amendments committee, was relieved from the said position as the major part of the POC shakeup.

Vargas, who is also the chairman of the PBA Board of Governors, will act as the chairman of the POC Constitutional Amendments Committee "until I find a suitable replacement" as per his speech.

Vargas then announced that Muaythai Association of the Philippines head Lucas Managuelod will now lead the POC membership committee, replacing Philippine Squash Academy president Bob Bachmann.

Vargas also took out Monsour Del Rosario as chef de mission for this year's Southeast Asian Games as well as his deputy, Charlie Ho.

He also appointed Congressman Bambol Tolentino, the POC chairman, to be the CDM for the 2020 Olympics, replacing Joey Romasanta.

"The individuals I mentioned have lost my trust and confidence," Vargas explained the shakeup, which came six months before the start of the SEA Games, which the Philippines will host.

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